Guidelines for IT Security Leaders in State and Local Government

By: Absolute Editorial Team | 9/28/2016

State and local government agencies are under pressure to do more with fewer resources. They are tasked with ensuring the security of the communities they serve, including the protection of sensitive data. These agencies must also maintain high standards of security in an increasingly challenging environment.

Data breaches at government agencies are skyrocketing, currently accounting for 7% of all data breaches and 43% of all breached records in 2016. When you dig into the data, most of those data breaches come from non-federal agencies. One report suggests that more than 65% of government data breaches happen at non-federal agencies.

Behind many of these data breachers we find several common scenarios: the rise of mobility and an increase in remote workers, device theft and unauthorized access to government data, and increased cloud and mobile contributing to the presence of Shadow Data. With data outside the of control of IT, there’s no visibility into how much data is already at risk. A data breach in the public sector can lead to serious security vulnerabilities, compliance penalties and damaged reputations. While news reports have focused on the increased cyberattacks happening across all organizations, studies have proven that 43% of data-related incidents can be tied back to negligent insiders and that 38% of cyberattacks are correlated with an insider incident.

5 Steps to Prevent Data Breaches in State and Local Government Agencies

In our new whitepaper, we lay out a layered approach to security for state and local government IT security leaders. With this guide, public sector agencies can effectively take back control and to prevent and remediate data breaches. We outline the following components and tactics, specifically tailored to the needs and issues faced by non-federal government agencies:

  • Education and prevention
  • Persistent visibility into all devices and the data they contain
  • Awareness of suspicious user activity
  • Ability to quickly and effectively respond to an attack by immediately securing devices and data
  • Ability to investigate an incident thoroughly and prove compliance measures were taken

Cybercriminals are willing to take the risk in targeting government data because the payout is huge, up to $500 per compromised personal profile. Without the appropriate tools, it takes an average of 201 days to identify a data breach and 70 days to remediate a data breach. What if you had at your hand a way to detect data at risk before it’s compromised? You can get all that with Absolute DDS, now ramped up to combat the prevalent Insider Threats to state and local government agencies.

Download the full whitepaper, to discover our five steps to prevent data breaches in State and Local government agencies.

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