July 9, 2017

Forcepoint Cross Domain Solutions raise the bar on ROI for global governments

Stacey Winn

As the Cross Domain Solutions leader for more than 20 years, Forcepoint, a Raytheon business, works very closely with government and technology partners to ensure that our solutions continue to deliver the most robust security and usability possible while supporting our customers’ current and future mission requirements.

Today we’re excited to announce strong momentum focused on supporting government customers with major achievements for our Cross Domain Solutions portfolio including

  • Forcepoint Trusted Thin Client completes Lab Based Security Assessment for Secret And Below Interoperability
  • Forcepoint NGFW integrates Sidewinder proxy and threat intelligence for global governments
  • Forrester Total Economic Impact study showcases quantified and qualified benefits of Forcepoint Trusted Thin Client
  • IDC whitepaper quantifying the operational and security results of switching to Forcepoint NGFW

Raising the Bar

One of the biggest projects we’ve been working on is a multi-year modernization project to address the U.S. Government’s Raise-The-Bar initiatives for Cross Domain Solutions.

Completing the Lab Based Security Assessment (LBSA) (formerly Certification Test and Evaluation (CT&E)) portion of the Secret And Below Interoperability (SABI) process provides the SABI community, and those that leverage the SABI accreditation process, with a new and even more secure Forcepoint Trusted Thin Client v2.0 baseline that is now available for fielding within the SABI community. Accomplishing the LBSA also allows Forcepoint to provide an extensive body of evidence to our close international partners in support of their own testing initiatives.

Forcepoint Trusted Thin Client provides users with secure simultaneous access to information on any number of networks from a single endpoint device. Designed for enterprise deployments, administrators utilize centralized management, monitoring, scalability to easily add networks and clients and the flexibility to enable users in offices, in-theater and in the field.

Forcepoint Trusted Thin Client 2.0 introduces:

  • New version of the secure operating system (OS) derived from Red Hat Enterprise Linux for expanded hardware support and a newer foundation
  • Simplified web-based administration
  • Improved audio and video capabilities
  • Updated VDI clients from Citrix, VMware and RDP
  • Improved security protection mechanisms

Forcepoint cross domain solutions protect the human point of interaction between people and sensitive data by building in security from the ground up and balancing with usability. Forcepoint delivers solutions that enable secure practices while also streamlining efficient and secure access to, and transfer of, mission-critical information.

Department of Defense Total Economic Impact Study: Forcepoint Cross Domain Solutions Deliver 239 Percent ROI

To further showcase the security and usability efficiencies and costs savings realized with Forcepoint Cross Domain Solutions, the latest Forrester Consulting Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study is now available. The new report determined that Forcepoint Trusted Thin Client, Forcepoint Trusted Gateway System and Forcepoint Trusted Print Delivery delivered a  239 percent ROI to a Department of Defense intelligence customer.

The challenge: The DoD agency had users at 18 site locations and they worked with four separate networks at different clearance levels. The key challenges they faced before implementing cross domain solutions included: the need for four separate endpoint devices per user and separate printers for each network at each site, rigorous assessment and authorization requirements, and pressure to reduce IT spending and control staffing costs.

The solution: this customer used three Forcepoint cross domain solutions in support of their mission, but it is important to note that these solutions also provided significant benefits when deployed individually:

  • Forcepoint Trusted Thin Client to facilitate desktop hardware consolidation and secure simultaneous access to multiple networks.
  • Forcepoint Trusted Gateway System to facilitate secure file transfers between multiple networks. This solution enables efficient file transfer between users as well as streamlining of software files used for system patching and updating. In addition, Trusted Gateway System is the transfer guard that allows the multilevel nature of Forcepoint Trusted Print Delivery
  • Forcepoint Trusted Print Delivery for the ability to consolidate printer infrastructure and hardware, and eliminating much of the consumables costs, by enabling users from lower security levels to print up to a single bank of high side printers.

The results: our customer has seen marked savings in costs (hardware and personnel) and greatly increased the organization’s security profile including:

  • Desktop device consolidation provided a $2.5 million hardware and maintenance savings and an operations labor savings of $1.3 million
  • Printer consolidation allowed for the elimination of 3 out of the 4 printers at each site
  • Servers, and the data they hold, are now centrally located, reducing the risks associated with multiple data locations and environment complexity across 18 sites
  • Trusted Gateway System provides additional security for data transfers between networks eliminating the need for portable media. In the words of the interviewee, “I can’t imagine what we would do without it – it’s just a part of our everyday process, like email.”

Next steps:

For more information you can read the full Forrester Consulting Total Economic Impact (TEI) study or join Forrester Consulting on a live Forcepoint webcast on July 12, 2017 at 2 p.m. ET (recording will be posted). You can also learn more about Forcepoint Cross Domain Solutions.

About Forcepoint

Forcepoint is the leading user and data protection cybersecurity company, entrusted to safeguard organizations while driving digital transformation and growth. Our solutions adapt in real-time to how people interact with data, providing secure access while enabling employees to create value.

Stacey Winn

Stacey Winn is a Sr Manager with Forcepoint’s Global Government & Critical Infrastructure team. She has more than 20 years of experience in the software development industry, the majority of that time focusing on cross domain and cybersecurity solutions for global government customers. Ms...

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