October is in full swing, and with that we welcome cooler temps, changing leaves, Halloween, and importantly, National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).
In its 13th year, NCASM was created to raise awareness about cyber security. The annual campaign features weekly cyber security themes designed to educate and engage the public and private sectors.
NCASM’s been around for a while – so why are we talking about it now? Cyber security is a hot topic that we can’t avoid. And, recent events are bringing it into the limelight more than ever before.
In September, the Obama Administration appointed the first ever Federal Chief Information Security Officer, Brigadier General (retired) Gregory J. Touhill. Touhill is tasked with driving, planning, and implementing cyber security policy across the Federal government. The focus on cyber security across our government is evident – and even more so as we watch two Presidential candidates battle it out, each with their own national security agendas in mind. With the election right around the corner, all eyes are on the candidates to decide which leader will secure our networks and systems, and ensure we have the right people, technology, and practices in place to keep our data safe.
Hesitations & Predictions
The government’s move to the cloud is another hot topic these days. A recent MeriTalk report, underwritten by NetApp and Avnet Government Solutions, found that 85 percent of Federal cloud adopters say their agency will increase spending on cloud computing in 2017. We’ve come a long way from the old ball and chain – legacy systems. But more and more cloud adopters are hesitant about moving to a public cloud because of security concerns. The same report found that while many Federal, state and local, and higher education cloud adopters see benefits in using the public cloud, 95 percent see drawbacks, such as concerns about security/privacy and reliability. For government to feel comfortable modernizing its systems, security must be a top consideration.
Throw Away the Security Blanket
Agencies don’t want to make headlines and, at AGS, we hear you. Just like the government decided to dedicate October to spread cyber security awareness, we are working tirelessly to ensure the public sector has an innovative defense that is strong enough to protect your networks and data as well as flexible enough to meet your needs.
With AGS, it’s smooth – and secure – sailing in the public sector. With solutions like AGS Cyber Protect, agencies can rest assured that they’re getting IT security their way – via our cloud, your cloud, on-premise, off-premise, the hybrid cloud, or your data center – and with a comprehensive defense against complex cyber threats. So lock up your data, maintain a fortified front, and think twice before opening that attachment.
To participate in NCSAM, check out the Department of Homeland Security’s themes and stay connected with @AvnetGov, using the hashtag #CyberAware to continue the cyber conversation.