Symmetry Systems for

Federal Government

Protecting Your Most Sensitive Data

With the largest, most complex, and decentralized networks comprising over 100 agencies, the US Federal government has more data systems than any organization in the world. It accounts for a larger percentage of domestic data breaches each year, in part due to a shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals and manual efforts prone to delays and errors. Major data breaches, such as the Solarwinds Breach in 2020, have surfaced the urgent need for better cyber threat visibility.

Federal government cybersecurity teams need to establish data security practices to protect their data, their most critical asset.

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Protecting Customers and Proprietary Business Data

Breaches are increasing in number, strength of impact, and attack effectiveness against federal, state and local governments, military organizations, and educational institutions. Traditional network defenses have focused on preventing intrusions, but attackers continue to evade them and gain access to the most classified data.

Federal Government Data Security Challenges

Transition to the Cloud
Attack Volume and Velocity
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Transition to the Cloud

The move to the cloud continues to compound this challenge. Federal agencies must satisfy the requirement of moving data from unclassified, sensitive, and classified enclaves while ensuring that secure access to sensitive data can be maintained. The Data Center and Cloud Optimization Initiative (DCCOI) sets aggressive targets for IT transformation projects, which also apply to 300,000 Defense Industrial Base organizations assisting the modernization of cybersecurity.

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Attack Volume and Velocity

Ransomware attacks have been growing in volume and in effectiveness over the past few years. In 2020, 44 percent of global ransomware attacks targeted municipalities alone. Over the past 3 years, 246 ransomware attacks have been on the U.S. government, costing taxpayers around $51 billion. Ransomware by nature seeks to take control of data and a lot of times organizations aren’t able to evaluate if the data is sensitive, protected, or mission-critical. To properly evaluate the risk or impact of ransomware attacks, federal government organizations need to classify their data. They also need to have data security measures in place to make sure that ransomware actors cannot move laterally across cloud data stores, picking the data they consider worth holding for ransom.

Comprehensive Data Security with DataGuard

Federal government cybersecurity teams use DataGuard to develop a complete understanding of what data they have, where it is located, who has access to it, how it is secured, and in what manner it has been used.

With DataGuard DSPM, the federal government can:
  • Execute the Cloud First directive per Federal and DoD Data Strategy while satisfying the regulatory requirements by DCCOI, Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), FedRAMP, FISMA, CSA STAR, CIS Standards, NIST 800-53, NIST 800-171, etc.
  • Fill the growing cybersecurity skill gap with automation and enable security teams to effectively identify and respond to data anomalies.
  • Gain better visibility into the security posture of government data spanning across data stores, databases, and data lakes in hybrid cloud environments.
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Enforce Data Security Best Practices


  • Discover sensitive data, even where you didn’t know you had it
  • Understand who has access to which sensitive data in your on-premise and multi-cloud data stores

Visualize and Detect

  • View a data map to quickly identify violations of least privilege for data access to simplify zero trust strategies
  • Detect and control out-of-country data operations and maintain compliance with privacy regulations


  • Minimize the cost and risk of data exposure by reducing access to dormant data
  • Improve the security posture of your sensitive data and cloud data stores

Respond and Recover

  • Minimize the cost and risk of data exposure associated with cloud data stores
  • Reduce time to detect and remediate data security issues to minimize data breach cost
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The Federal Government Sector

DataGuard enables federal government organizations with a single source of truth about their data security posture and associated data risks across AWS, GCP, Azure, and on-premise environments—without having data ever leaving their environment.

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