According to a recent Cisco report, the number of connected devices per person worldwide will rise 50% from 2.4 in 2018 to 3.6 by 2023. And, at the same time – as we all well know - the days of a government employee logging on just during traditional business hours, in one building, on one or two devices, is over.
People bring the “constantly connected” mindset from their personal lives, to work. This mindset forms the expectations that they will have the ability to access all the information they require – anywhere, anytime.
For government security teams, it’s a love-hate relationship. On the upside, there are huge productivity benefits. And new opportunities for insights with the data collected and shared. But, as the volume and the variety of connected devices increases, so do potential cyber vulnerabilities. Read More
Federal agencies are always worried about the security of their systems. They should be. The amount of organizations that have been hit by cybercrime has only gone up in recent years, and it will likely take even more public knowledge of the problems out there for more groups to take it seriously. Thankfully, there are some government IT solutions for those that want to defend their information while still being able to proceed as normal. There are many risks out there, but vigilance can allow organizations to limit their exposure to the most deadly attacks over time. In the end, it is more about damage prevention than actually blocking attacks. Read More
Utilizing big data may be an attractive option for many companies, but recent cybersecurity breaches have the public growing cold on the idea. Although there are many potential benefits from the use of these types of initiatives – including a greater understanding of public health, genetic risks in the development of chronic illness, and the obesity epidemic – big data use may become hard to sell to citizens. Government technology solutions unfortunately must rely on the public accepting these projects in order for any headway to be made. Many local agencies may want to use these new programs, but will they be able convince people of their safety? Read More
Risk analysis for local government agencies will soon become a little bit easier. A recent announcement from a senior Obama administration official said that the U.S. is forming a new cybersecurity agency. This federal group, known as the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center, or CTIIC, will ‘connect the dots’ between different threats and agencies, to allow organizations to solve threats quickly. This group is also being designed to act as a method for companies to share information on possible threats without necessarily turning over civilian data to other agencies, in accordance with the wishes of various Internet freedom watchdog groups. Read More
Ultimately, the goal of any group’s security department is to keep their data from being compromised. This isn’t necessarily the same thing as preventing breaches – intrusions occur on all servers. Instead, the issue that government organizations need to be aware of is how to limit damage when an attack occurs. The best defense here does not consist of creating impenetrable servers, but storing information in such a way that its theft does as little damage as possible. To this end, encryption, strong security policies about data storage and good archival policies can protect a federal agency’s information better than anything else. Read More
Federal organizations are caught between a rock and a hard place with cybersecurity. On the one hand, they are increasingly vulnerable to different types of attacks coming in from online criminals that attempt to steal information off of their servers. On the other hand, it is increasingly difficult for them to keep up with the different ways they can be hit. Because organizations have a limited IT budget, it is impossible for them to stretch it out long enough to use every single security system out there. This leaves these groups vulnerable to being attacked. Read More
The outlook on cybersecurity is bleak. Although it isn’t necessarily obvious from looking at the amount of popular coverage it gets, criminals are overwhelmingly winning the cybersecurity war. This is due to a number of complex factors, but primarily it is because individual businesses don’t have an effective means of defending themselves. Up-to-date and secure data storage is so expensive that most companies don’t have the means to hide it properly from criminals. However, nearly every business and governmental agencies have information that needs to be protect. Read More
Federal IT services are frequently dealing with a large amount of security concerns. After all, it is the nature and job of these types of individuals to have to stor data that could be very damaging if accessed by hackers. Yet, cybersecurity concerns have grown more heated than ever. Thanks to recent high-profile hacks on major companies, the public consciousness about cybersecurity has been roused. Read More
Organized crime, not simple ego and games played by children, is the result of modern hacks on most companies. With this perspective. it is necessary for agencies to be sure to protect themselves and their partners by safeguarding their data. It is, unfortunately, very easy to wind up acccruing hundreds of thousands of dollars and damages due to the havoc that can be wreaked by someone with full access to a given network. It is therefore incredibly important that users and vendors take care to protect themselves and their data by making use of good security strategies. Read More
Agencies that are interested in protecting their data must go through a delicate balancing act. While it is important for everyone within an organization to be security conscious and aware, policies that are too limiting can quickly cause a group to lose favor and ultimately harm the functioning of the agency far more than an attack ever would. This may be why, in part, so many groups are looking for tech talent. People with expert skills can light the way for an organization to take a security path that’s sensible without being overbearing. Especially since many agencies are utilizing big data strategies in order to get the maximum value from their centers, it makes sense to find talent that can provide the security necessary to keep a company floating. Read More
At this point, everyone understands the risk that agencies face in terms of cyberattacks. There are simply so many different kinds of threats organizations face that preparing to take on all of them is a massive undertaking. Despite this, big data strategies for local government offices are necessary to improve the quality of civil services for citizens. What this means is that local entities need to be able to better protect the servers they have housing their important data. For citizens, officials and professionals alike, security has become even more serious. The issue now is not whether or not groups should develop their own ways to defend their servers, but how their troves of data should be defended. With serious consideration going toward both the use of older types of protection like an Antivirus program, and modern-day methods of detection like endpoint threat response software, it is likely that agencies will see their servers increasingly layered by barricades against attacks. Read More