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The rapid evolution of business applications and systems is making information technology (IT) a strategic part of mission critical operations. This increase in dependence upon technology and data mining has caused government agencies to deploy more security and monitoring tools to analyze the requisite types of data. Unfortunately, the increased number of tools has made managing the network more difficult instead of easier. For instance, one challenge is that all of these devices need simultaneous access to network data either in real-time or near real-time. Additionally, these different tools all need different subsets of the data available on the network. An easy “firehose” approach of sending a complete copy of all network data will overload the CPU and memory caches of the tools, further reducing the efficiency of those devices and creating unnecessary security blind spots within critical infrastructure. Fortunately, there are some simple actions that can be implemented to increase efficiency, reduce costs, delay component obsolescence, and maximize uptime of critical infrastructure components. Read this whitepaper to get a better understanding of how government agencies can maximize their efforts by implementing a visibility architecture.