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Cybersecurity and Data Protection in the Public Sector

Government organizations face very unique cybersecurity threats. Access to infrastructure information and sensitive citizen data provides some compelling targets for hackers and malicious actors. From preventative to reactionary measures, there are a number of things government organizations need to have in place to respond to any threat. 

Protecting Sensitive Citizen Data

The public is threatened by having their data stolen and used maliciously in their everyday lives. When there’s a third party that handles sensitive personal information, those organizations must protect that data not just to prevent theft or fraud but also to maintain public trust. Government agencies handle a vast array of sensitive citizen data, ranging from personal identification details to financial records and healthcare information. Robust data protection measures, including encryption, access controls, and secure storage systems, are vital for safeguarding citizen information.

Securing Critical Infrastructure

Power grids, transportation systems, and communication networks are all vital infrastructures that the entire community relies on. That makes them a very tempting target for actors that are trying to disrupt daily life or hold these structures as leverage for ransom or other demands. These threats include serious consequences on public safety, economic stability, and national security. Governments need to proactively implement advanced security protocols, run regular vulnerability assessments, and create response plans in case of an incident.

Building a Culture of Cybersecurity in Government

Cybersecurity must be a daily focus for every member of government entities. IT teams and security departments need to build response plans that address multiple scenarios and react to all aspects of a cybersecurity incident. Along with these formal plans, a security-first mindset needs to be incorporated into every level of government. Training, awareness campaigns, and clear and updated policies can empower employees to identify and mitigate potential risks. 

Responding to Cyber Threats

The preventative measures outlined above are the first level of defense, but should those measures be thwarted, government entities need to be able to swiftly detect, respond to, and recover from cyber threats. A timely response can minimize the impact of attacks and prevent further compromise. Collaborative efforts among government agencies, cybersecurity experts, and law enforcement agencies are crucial for effective incident response and information sharing.

Strong IT Foundation

Preventative measures and timely responses are critical to government security, but your IT infrastructure itself can act as a security measure. It is crucial that an organization’s IT solution is built on a strong foundation, including significant bandwidth, secure cloud-based applications, and data center connectivity. This adds a layer of security to all day-to-day operations. Real-time backup capabilities, as well as disaster recovery services, are also important to ensure the safety and security of citizen data and critical infrastructure. DQE can customize this foundation for any government entity or organization, providing local, expert support to mitigate or respond to any threat.