Use Case

Riverbed’s Latest SSL Client Streamlines Civilian Agency’s Migration to the Cloud

Cybersecurity breaches have increased by 67% since 2014 while the number of applications that use the HTTPS protocol has increased by 60%. In this instance, the evolution of application security from HTTP to HTTPS presents a unique challenge for many agencies that make up the federal government. With the evolution of cybersecurity threats, at least 95% of organizations now utilize SSL (Secure Socket Layer) and TLS (Transport Layer Security) protocols which adds a layer of complexity to accelerating application performance. 

A large civilian agency within the US federal government aims to migrate its application workloads from a local private data center to Microsoft Azure. With the agency’s workforce being geographically dispersed across the country, network latency was a concern and so the agency sought to mitigate the disparity with a solution that could help them optimize applications and networks. To achieve this, the agency leaned on RavenTek for its proven experience tackling difficult and complex application and network performance challenges.

The agency needed a solution that would streamline the lengthy process of accessing PKIs and credentials. Along with this, RavenTek understood the need to ensure that the solution would not increase the attack surface on the network. With these layers of complexity, RavenTek recommended Riverbed’s latest SSL SteelHead Client solution as the agency had the advantage of having already installed Riverbed’s Steelhead product for network optimization. The SSL Client operates from a secure device (the Client) – bypassing the need to obtain a private key or certificate to “join the SSL/TLS conversation.” This latest solution from Riverbed supports accelerated application performance without requiring the IT team to track down hundreds if not thousands of PKI credentials to optimize SSL protocols.