State and Local Governments Are a Growing Target
Today's reality is that state and local governments are an attractive target for cyber attackers. While breaches at these organizations don’t always make national news, the attacks are growing in frequency for several reasons:
Less Mature Security and Compliance Programs
Due to tight budgets, State and local governments struggle to match advanced security technologies, security best practices, and staffing of large enterprises, often leaving them exposed to targeted cyber attacks.
State and local governments no longer have a simple on-premises network, and increasingly use mobile, cloud-based, or hybrid solutions. Increasing number of applications create potential weak links and vulnerabilities exposing the government to loss of sensitive data, financial fraud, and business disruptions.
Cybercriminals often view mid-sized organizations as a prime entry point into a larger target, as we’ve seen with many highly-publicized data breaches at large organizations.
State and Local Government Challenges
Many state and local governments are challenged to protect IT assets from today’s advanced security threats. While cyber attacks have increased, budget cuts at many government agencies have left IT professionals fighting with fewer resources. Like many organizations today, state and local governments have a strong requirement to keep networks operational and protect information from unauthorized access.
Investments in security monitoring technology are often underutilized because organizations do not have enough staff or time to get value from these tools. Monitoring thousands of log events and managing system vulnerabilities is an extremely challenging task.
How Cygilant Helps State and Local Governments
Due to limited IT budgets, it is common for a state or local government to have a small IT team tasked with all aspects of IT operations. As a result, lean IT teams are challenged to protect their critical IT assets from cyber attacks and comply with regulations.
Cygilant’s SOCVue services offer an affordable set of subscription-based services to deliver increased security visibility and guidance effectively reducing cyber risks and meet compliance requirements. Cygilant can help you monitor and protect your network from a costly data breach, as well as help, meet many privacy requirements. Our team of GSOC security analysts, working as an extension of your IT team, provide 24x7x365 monitoring of your IT environment to detect, analyze and respond to suspicious activity from cyber attacks. We conduct periodic vulnerability scans and provide guidance on fixing vulnerabilities and patches based on business risk to continually reduce the attack surface, all the while providing an auditable record to help you meet regulatory requirements.
We save our customers 100s of hours and 1000s of dollars every week, and give them peace of mind with 24x7 detection and response to security incidents and vulnerabilities. Get in touch to learn how we can help your organization be more resilient to cyberattacks and compliance mandates.