5 Security Challenges Facing State and Local Governments in 2016

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Threat Sophistication

Threats will continue to evolve and become more sophisticated.

The world of cyber crime and 24/7 threats hasn't slowed down, and isn't likely to in 2016. Not only will hackers continue to evolve, they will become more sophisticated, and state and local government networks are among the highest risk. According to Sentinel IPS's recent data, government and education networks are nearly twice as likely to be infected with malware or ransomware and four times more likely to be infected with Cryptowall.

By hiring someone who knows and can focus on security, governments can protect their networks and avoid having to do damage control after a breach. Although investing upfront in a knowledgeable security staff member may seem expensive on the front end, the alternative is a costly and tedious cleanup after an inevitable hack.

When it comes to the security of state and local government networks, recent data all points in one direction: vulnerability. At a time when network security is more in the spotlight than ever, state and local governments are expected to keep data private and secure, but the threat of network exposure is more prominent than ever.

By analyzing over 30 million security alerts from its users around the world, Sentinel IPS discovered that 67 percent of state and local government networks triggered critical malware or ransomware alerts, compared to only 39 percent of non-government/education networks.

What does this mean for state and local governments looking ahead to 2016? The data shows several trends emerging for the upcoming year.

David Lissberger is chief executive officer at Sentinel IPS, a managed service that relieves the burden of network security for businesses with its threat management system that is based on active threat intelligence.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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