The SolarWinds Orion breach sent powerful shockwaves through the public sector IT community already on heightened alert throughout the pandemic. The event was a powerful reminder of continued escalation of the threat landscape. It also, however, presents an ideal opportunity to rethink public sector cybersecurity strategies and accelerate the adoption of zero-trust architectures across the enterprise.
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Faced with ever-evolving cyberattacks, federal agencies and other critical enterprises work tirelessly to provide secured applications and systems against sophisticated actors. Cyber-operators, however, are overwhelmed, and the scale and complexity of attacks make it impossible to investigate all identified incidents.
A look at why asset management – once a pure IT play – matters for cybersecurity, and how federal IT and security teams can both benefit from cybersecurity asset management.
At the end of 2019, I came to two realizations… The first: There has never been a better time to be a cybercriminal. The second: Only teams of defenders that are focused on proactively disrupting adversaries will win. In the months that followed, both theories have proven to be correct.
Despite the incredible technologies available in cybersecurity today, security teams still struggle to get accurate answers to asset-related questions. While the tools we use can give us individual pieces of the asset puzzle, information lives in many different silos – this makes it difficult to ask simple questions that span the many data sources.
Federal agencies understand how important protecting their networks and critical data is to mission continuity. However, there is a discrepancy between this and how agencies rate their cyber efforts. According to a recent study, 84% of Federal IT managers agree cybersecurity is a top or high priority within their agency, yet, just 51% rate the state of cybersecurity within their agency as “very effective.”
To address the new environment and our need for resiliency, we need to evolve from defense-in-depth to new approaches. Zero Trust (ZT) is a security concept anchored on the principle that organizations need to proactively secure all access to data and
resources to reduce security risks to acceptable levels. Its goal is to ensure the trustworthiness of the user, device or service requesting access to an agency resource at any time
Ransomware attacks are on the rise. According to Cybersecurity Ventures, ransomware will cost organizations across the globe over $20 billion by 2021, with general cybercrime expected to make a $6 trillion impact—estimates including costs associated with restoring data and infrastructure as well as the often-hidden expenses of mitigating the social damage of an attack.
While perimeter security remains important, the routers, firewalls, and intrusion detection systems that protect network access are no longer sufficient protection for Federal agencies against bad actors. Attackers will always try to find ways to breach the network perimeter; it’s usually a question of when – not if – they will succeed.
As government agencies navigate network environments expanding into uncharted territories in the telework age, new threat actors are finding ways to infiltrate and exploit the federal enterprise. Known vulnerabilities and open source information become easy targets with the potential to take down an entire agency ecosystem.
The Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) initiative set out to greatly reduce the number of endpoints across Federal agencies – aiming to establish a secure perimeter to protect the nation’s vital data.