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Why is Cyber Security such an issue for the Government sector?

Cybersecurity is a significant government concern as agencies store sensitive data, making them attractive targets for cyber threats. Successful attacks can compromise classified information and disrupt critical services, emphasising the need for robust measures to protect against data breaches and potential threats to national security.

Data breaches cost businesses an average of $4.35 million in 2022 and 39% of UK businesses reported suffering a cyber attack in 2022.

AAG IT, 2022

Most Common Threats in the Government Sector

While all industries are susceptible to cyber threats, some are more prominent than others. Take a look at the most common ones facing your industry...

Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs)

What is it?

APTs involve prolonged, targeted cyber attacks where threat actors gain unauthorised access to government systems, often with the goal of stealing sensitive information.

What would the impact be?

APTs can result in the compromise of classified data, intelligence leaks, and long-term espionage, posing significant risks to national security and diplomatic relations.

How would we reduce this risk?

Implement robust network segmentation, employ advanced threat detection tools, regularly update and patch systems, and conduct regular security audits to detect and mitigate APTs.

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Insider Threats

What is it?

Insider threats involve individuals within the government, such as employees or contractors, who intentionally or unintentionally compromise security.

What would the impact be?

Insider threats can lead to unauthorised access, data breaches, and the compromise of classified information, posing substantial risks to national security.

How would we reduce this risk?

Implement strict access controls, conduct thorough background checks, monitor user activities, and educate employees about the importance of security policies to mitigate insider threats.

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Ransomware Attacks

What is it?

Ransomware is malicious software that encrypts files, demanding a ransom for their release. Government agencies are often targeted due to the sensitive nature of their data.

What would the impact be?

Ransomware attacks can disrupt government operations, lead to data loss, and incur financial losses if agencies opt to pay the ransom.

How would we reduce this risk?

Regularly back up critical data, employ email filtering systems to detect malicious attachments, update and patch systems promptly, and conduct cybersecurity drills to prepare for potential ransomware incidents.

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How can you protect against cyber attack?

Do the Top 10 basics
  1. Ensure Secure Backups: Protect against ransomware attacks with reliable backup systems; recovery relies on a secure backup strategy.
  2. Strong Password Policies: Prevent unauthorized access through robust password practices; avoid password reuse to deter quick account takeovers.
  3. Implement Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): Boost security with multiple identification methods; MFA is a crucial defense, especially against Dark Web-sold passwords.
  4. Use Virtual Private Networks (VPNs): Safeguard remote and home connections to internal systems; VPNs prevent eavesdropping and fortify against common attacks.
  5. Enforce Encryption: Encrypt critical data on mobile devices and ensure encryption for internal and cloud storage; take a comprehensive approach to data protection.
  6. Anti-Phishing Email Controls: Strengthen defense against human vulnerabilities; shield against phishing attacks and malicious links through email content control.
  7. Prioritize Staff Training: Integrate cybersecurity awareness into onboarding and ongoing education; combat evolving threats with continuous staff training.
  8. Cloud Security Compliance: Verify that cloud services meet industry security standards; regularly review and update security settings for data storage and application services.
  9. Foster Reporting Culture: Establish a reporting culture for addressing issues promptly; create and update response plans to enhance organizational resilience.
  10. Cyber Essentials PLUS Certification: Align with government-backed Cyber Essentials PLUS for fundamental organizational security; includes proactive testing to reinforce cybersecurity measures.
Follow industry-specific advice
Network Segmentation

Segment networks to restrict lateral movement, minimising the impact of a potential breach.

Strict Access Controls

Control user permissions, conduct thorough background checks, and monitor user activities

Incidence Response Plan

Develop a plan to swiftly and effectively address and contain attacks, minimising potential damage

And finally - regular penetration testing and vulnerability scanning

Precursor Security's penetration testing and vulnerability scanning services fortify government cybersecurity by identifying and addressing vulnerabilities in systems and networks. This proactive approach ensures the protection of sensitive data from evolving cyber threats.

See what we can do to protect your organisation today.

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