As Washington, D.C. battles a hazy, hot, and humid summer, it also continues to battle a more complex threat – cyber attacks. The public sector is leading a data breach shake down as organizations and agencies look to stop hackers from exposing the United States’ most secure and sensitive data.
Planning ahead for a cyber attack
In June 2016, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released a set of guidelines to help organizations improve recovery and security capabilities before and after a cyber attack. The Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) at NIST recommends that organizations develop playbooks that document actionable steps and integrate the necessary processes and procedures to recover from a cyber attack.
It’s no longer a question of if a breach will occur but when—causing a greater need for organizations to focus on recovering from these cyber events. The Guide for Cybersecurity Event Recovery states, “Recovery has also become more important to organizations because of the dependence on information technology (IT) for providing core business.” There is no grace period for organizations to get their head on straight after a breach—in the public sector, it needs to be business as usual to ensure operations are back on track quickly, securely and efficiently.
But this guidance is not all about recovery—it also outlines the need for increased detection and response. It’s not enough to heal after an attack; it’s about spreading greater awareness of these attacks in order to stop them in their tracks before they infiltrate an organization’s systems.
How to protect your enterprise
Agencies struggle with fragmented IT infrastructure making it nearly impossible to efficiently manage, secure, and access information – a hacker’s paradise ripe for the picking. And, with data in multiple locations, disparate systems and massive data growth, agencies face obstacles with integrating systems and data for fast back up, archiving, and recovery.
Avnet Government Solutions (AGS) is the lifeguard on duty this summer. AGS’ Security-as-a-Service (SECaaS) is dedicated to developing and delivering solutions tailored to meet the unique security needs of government customers.
AGS SECaaS offers end-users the ability to leverage a proven IT security offering via an annual Op-Ex subscription making it easier and more affordable for public sector agencies to protect and recover their data from complex and proliferating threats.
As the threat landscape continues to evolve, it is crucial that public sector agencies maintain a fortified front to keep hackers out while regularly evaluating and modifying their recovery plan. Spare yourself from a cyber sunburn with an extra coat of sunscreen. With Avnet Government Solutions and NIST’s new guidance, we’ll help you get back to having fun in the sun.