Cybersecurity in the Government and Public Sector
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Following the rise of hacktivism, government agencies and public sector organizations are facing increasingly complex challenges to secure their assets from cyber attacks. Modern hackers seek to disrupt critical infrastructure and operations depending heavily on the internet or internal networks to function, as well as compromise confidential information, national secrets or critical intelligence. These attackers will aim for any weak point in your systems to gain access to other critical systems/databases, which is why it’s become such a necessity to regularly audit all of your operations to identify and correct your vulnerabilities before a damaging cyber attack spreads to all your systems.
Cybersecurity Challenges Faced by the Government and the Public Sector
Securing public infrastructures and services from attacks aiming to disrupt the availability of the services.
Protecting critical data and intelligence from malicious attackers.
Defending against state-funded attacks.
Implementing new technologies in conjunction with legacy systems.
Securing legacy systems from intrusions.
Securing legacy systems from intrusions.
The Impact of a Cyberattack on Governement Agencies & the Public Sector
Was recently hit by a ransomware which locked over 200,000 computers and caused over 19,000 appointments to be cancelled. The attack cost the NHS over £92m and disrupted the systems over the course of an entire week, affecting not only computers but also medical equipment. The hackers were able to infect their systems due to unpatched security systems and outdated Windows operating systems, allowing them to infiltrate ransomware through a vulnerability of a file sharing feature in the operating system. This also allowed the ransomware to spread
Recently patched a vulnerability on a feature of their website which compromised the personal information and accounts details of 60 Million users. The vulnerability allowed users to carry out account changes on the behalf of another user and compromised sensitive information - including schedules of when critical documents/checks would arrive in the user’s mailbox.
This compromised data can be used by hackers to attempt identity theft or to steal sensitive documents belonging to compromised users. This information is typically resold on the black market to potentially malicious players, allowing them to earn a monetary gain while being impossible to trace.
These incidents demonstrate the importance of regularly auditing and testing your security systems, as well as testing the features of your web applications to identify your vulnerabilities before they are exploited.
Quick Assessment of your Cybersecurity with 7 Questions
Is there a system in place to detect and remediate to intrusions?
How often are Manual Penetration Tests performed on critical systems?
Are there systems in place to prevent sophisticated attacks?
How regularly are systems and databases backed up in the event of a ransomware attack?
What systems and procedures are in place to mitigate the impact of a cyber attack?
How often are Security Audits carried out on the existing systems?
How often are Security Audits performed on internal systems?
If you could not confidently answer most of these questions, we recommend re-evaluating your systems and procedures in place to mitigate the eventuality of a cyber threat. Whether it’s for the integration of new technologies, the implementation of a new feature or simply to assess the security of your systems that were assumed to be secure, It is highly recommended to regularly test the security of your applications/networks and database to identify your risks of being affected by a damaging cyber attack.
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