Government Cyber Security Solutions
As we continue to advance in an Internet-dominated era, so do the threats lurking within it. Cyber-attacks often result in the compromise of sensitive, private data as well as losing access to important systems. The biggest question we ask today is — who should be responsible for fortifying private and public defenses?
Gone are the days when cybersecurity was merely a line item on an organization’s IT budget. Today, the extent of the risks has expanded so much that precautionary and defense management now requires the broader engagement of all the stakeholders, especially policymakers and elected officials.
While companies in the United States typically operate independently of one another and the government, which establishes an “every man for himself” approach when it comes to handling cybersecurity, we should acknowledge that this outlook no longer works.
Cybercrimes have gone beyond being just a private-sector problem, which calls for us to have a robust government cybersecurity stratagem today.
Last March 2018, the city of Atlanta, Georgia became the subject of a ransomware attack by hackers who took the city government’s data and systems to hold them hostage, demanding $51,000 in Bitcoin to decrypt the data. It was a successful massive cyber-attack, compromising portions of the city’s digital infrastructure.
Not a few days after, cybercriminals have taken down dozens of Baltimore’s 911 centers, which grimly put the public safety of the community in jeopardy.
Another huge cybercrime conducted just last year as well was the Islamic State’s attack on several government websites. It hijacked the websites and replaced governmental content with ISIS propaganda to scare off citizens while vandalizing one of the primary means through which governments communicate with their constituents.
These attacks are just a few examples when state and local governments were targeted by cyber criminals. While they may not cause direct physical effects, strikes like these prove a fundamental shift at how intruders are broadening their targets and starting an increasingly unsettling trend.
Where does the government cybersecurity stand now?
Apart from aiming at private entities such as banks and major companies, as well as federal governments that offer a big payday for malefactors, they are also constantly targeting smaller, more vulnerable victims that offer quick success.
These scenarios should serve as a wake-up call for local and central government that cyber-attacks will continue to resurface and that cybersecurity risk is real.
An International Data Corp. (IDC) report written in 2015 by a research team led by Alan Webber notes that “the government cybersecurity approach should include a different way of thinking and looking at this issue, both within government and outside of it. Cyber criminals are going to be in the network or that they are most likely already there so what we have to find out is how do we resume on operating safely, knowing that intruders may already be there.”
What should be done
Prompting government cybersecurity innovations could come in many forms. This includes incentivizing research, setting standards, and stimulating the current economy. The government just needs to eradicate its unwillingness to fail with these cybersecurity advancements while pushing people forward in a smart way.
Furthermore, there are top issues that must be taken into account for better government cybersecurity, according to Webber. Some of these are: re-assessing our definitions of cybersecurity, the government’s role as the innovative driver, and lastly, the need to outline liabilities and reporting requirements.
While the Obama administration took notice of the importance of enhancing government cybersecurity through similar strategies by founding the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC) and Information Sharing and Analysis Centers (ISACs), it is still not validated yet whether they will successfully address the evolving cybersecurity threat in the United States.
The continuous development of today’s cyber landscape is also accompanied by the monumental challenge of safeguarding expansive networks 24/7 from a host of potential cyber criminals. By needing to get just the right moment, these attackers can easily cause damage to financial markets, public infrastructure, government sectors, and even military assets.
What should be kept in mind is that the public and the government have an intertwined nature, which is why it is crucial for both bodies to make the effort in improving the overall standpoint of the United States.
Ultimate Technical Solutions, Inc.
UTSI provides a multi-layered computer and network security approach to protect your critical systems against cyber criminals. Our team of experts can implement solutions that will genuinely protect your computers as well as your crucial data. Call us at (504) 539-4160 for more information.