Is your organisation future-proofed against threats?
Whether it is municipalities, provinces, regional water authorities or the central government; all organisations in the public sector possess large amounts of (personal) data. This makes the public sector a sought after target for cybercriminals who can harm thousands of citizens, when they gain access to this data after a cyberattack, such as ransomware.
Key cybersecurity challenges for the public sector
Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs)
Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs)
The public sector is often a prime target for APTs, which are highly sophisticated and targeted attacks that can go undetected for months or even years. APTs, often carried out by nation-states, are designed to steal sensitive information, disrupt government operations, and cause damage to critical infrastructure. To stop cybercriminals from stealing sensitive information, a broader perspective and better context to hunt, detect, investigate and respond to threats is needed.
XDR (extended detection and response) collects and automatically correlates data across multiple security layers – email, endpoint, server, cloud workload, and network. This allows for faster detection of threats and improved investigation and response times through security analysis.
The public sector deals with sensitive information, such as citizen data. This makes the sector vulnerable to insider threats, such as employees, contractors, or other individuals with access to critical systems and data. This challenge is getting bigger through the rise of the hybrid workplace and the increase of remote workers. Threats can come in many forms, including intentional or unintentional actions that compromise sensitive information.
By operationalising a zero-trust model, actionable attack surface discovery, assessment, and risk mitigation can be performed. A solution for Security Risk Management helps to measure risk from vulnerabilities, misconfigurations, asset criticality, XDR, anomalies, and cloud activity.
Many organisations within the public sector continue to use legacy systems that are no longer supported by vendors or have known vulnerabilities. These systems may contain sensitive information or be connected to critical infrastructure, making them a prime target for a cyberattack.
A virtual patching solution can help you protect your infrastructure by shielding known and unknown vulnerabilities from exploits.
The public sector must comply with a wide range of regulations, including data protection laws and regulations related to cybersecurity as part of their security policy. Meeting compliance requirements such as GDPR or NIS2 can be challenging, especially given the complexity and scale of the operations.
As regulations are increasing, there is a continuous challenge of meeting them while battling a growing number of threats. Therefore, it is important to collaborate with software suppliers that help you to secure your data and be compliant.
An updated version of the NIS directive will be implemented starting in 2025. This will have a big impact in the public sector, as the security regulations will touch all critical services such as municipalities, provinces, regional water authorities and the central government. To be compliant, your organisation will need a variety of measures such as detection & response, awareness training and remediation plans.
To help you prepare and understand the implications for your organisation we discuss potential legal implications of NIS2 and explore the directive from the standpoint of a CIO and an auditor respectively.
Are you ready to take your organisation’s cyber security to the next level and safeguard the citizen’s critical personal information? Book your demo or schedule a 15-minute speed date where we explain how Trend Micro can assist you based on your needs and requirements.