Government is demanding that private industry improve delivery efficiency while simultaneously decreasing costs â€“ all the while meeting ever-more-stringent information assurance requirements. To achieve these goals, organizations of all sizes must ensure that their networks are run with a strict eye toward cost containment. The key to cost containment lies in increased productivity (powered by scalability) and automation (powered by a centralized network infrastructure). Our organizationâ€™s network is the starting point for this analysis. The goal is to analyze how increased productivity and automation have been deployed using our industryâ€™s best security practices to provide a high level of confidentiality, availability, and integrity. The results of our security decisions are reviewed and the lessons learned are presented. We include a series of recommendations to enable decision makers to select new technology solutions to ensure a continued strong security posture while minimizing procurement and maintenance costs.