Advanced Threat Protection to Maintain Public Trust
According to a report by the Government Accountability Office, the number of cyberattacks on federal agencies increased 1,300% between 2006 and 2015. These agencies now experience more than 77,000 attacks per year. State and local governments are being similarly targeted.
In the face of this onslaught, government offices must strive to protect data on sprawling networks often running on legacy operating systems with data protection provided by outdated security technology. While the use of Einstein, the federal government’s signature-based defense tool, is offered as a major step forward in government cybersecurity, it can't stop attacks caused by signatureless, unknown threats, which are more likely to be used by today's sophisticated criminal hackers.
Funding limitations and a lack of interdepartmental collaboration compound the problem, as many standard on-prem solutions require costly hardware deployments for advanced threat defense, and additional IT resources to manage them. At the same time, governmental bodies are grappling with the challenges and costs of securing both government-issued and BYOD mobile devices.