Former GE VP and CTO Larry Biagini helped oversee the multinational corporation’s journey to a secure cloud environment. GE needed to support remote app access across its widely-distributed workforce, shift to local internet breakouts, improve user experience, and better-manage its employees’ cloud activity. Among other mandates, Biagini and team established a new user-specific authentication model, set data centers as cloud destinations, evangelized a cloud-native app-development culture, and moved from a control-based to a risk-based IT framework.
In little time, GE had retired its VPN and MPLS technologies, and, as Biagini puts it, gotten “out of the data center business.” GE reduced costs and improved user experience, improving mobile-device access and facilitating direct-to-cloud connectivity. Security improved with Zscaler’s “follow-the-user” security policy and coverage.
Support remote app access across widely-distributed workforce
Implement direct-to-internet connectivity
Deliver a rich user experience while maintaining visibility
Manage, improve visibility of employee cloud activity
Shift from protecting network to protecting users:
Connect users to applications, not networks
Make data centers direct-connect destinations within the cloud infrastructure
Build cloud-native app development mentality
Move from control- to risk-based framework
Reduced costs: retired VPNs, lower MPLS costs, getting out of the data center business
Normalized mobile-device access
All 340K GE employees protected by Zscaler
3000 branches direct-to-cloud by 2020
“Follow-the-user” security policy and coverage
Consolidated DMZ security vendors — yielding 66% support resource efficiencies
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