Cybersecurity to protect citizen data
Whether it is municipalities, provinces, regional water authorities or the central government; all government agencies possess large amounts of (personal) data. This makes the government sector a grateful target for cybercriminals who can harm thousands of Dutch citizens, when they gain access to this data after a cyberattack, such as ransomware.
A 2022 study by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate found that one in three civil servants sometimes worry about online security at work. They note that cybercrime is on the rise and that cyber attacks performed by cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated. They also indicate that they work with many privacy-sensitive files.
Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs)
The government 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 government 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 operationalizing 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 government agencies 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.
Compliance and regulations
The government 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 government operations.
As government 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.
Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) confidently modernises IT environment in AWS through the Trend Micro Cloud One platform
The KNMI (Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute) is widely known for its weather forecasts. The weather room of the KNMI is available 24/7 to warn Dutch people about dangerous or extreme weather.
Because the KNMI provides open data and there is no personal data that needs to be protected, they were one of the first government organizations to go to the cloud. After the organisation migrated to Amazon Web Services (AWS) four years ago, data security also had to be taken to a higher level. In addition, many partners depend on KNMI data: for example, KNMI has its own meteorologist at Schiphol. If the data required for air traffic is hacked or corrupted, this can have serious consequences for air traffic. To ensure the security, availability and reliability of this data, the company chose Trend Cloud One - Conformity and Trend Cloud One - Workload Security.
Get ready for NIS 2
An updated version of the NIS directive will be implemented starting in 2025. This will have a huge impact on the government 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, read this blog on NIS 2 and the implications for your organisation.
Trend Micro is a member of Cyberveilig Nederland
In 2022, Trend Micro became a member of Cyberveilig Nederland. Cyberveilig Nederland is committed to improving quality and transparency in the cybersecurity sector by sharing knowledge and expertise. Trend Micro wants to raise security awareness in the Netherlands to the next level with this membership through this knowledge sharing.
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