The Government relies heavily on information technology to drive efficiencies and increase citizen engagement. However, an uptick in cyber attacks and data breaches that affect government operations has created a perfect storm of risks and challenges. Cyber threats continue to have an outsized impact on department and agency operations, which can erode public trust and reduces the ability to deliver critical mission functions.
In response to destructive cyber attacks, data breaches, budget pressures and public expectations, the Government must change how it addresses cyber threats and larger business risks. They should use new strategies to secure its sensitive information and protect its vital infrastructure:
• Proactive cyber threat hunting
The Government is turning to cyber threat hunting as a proactive means of identifying dormant threats because traditional prevention and response measures are often ineffective against determined adversaries.
• Increased use and sharing of cyber intelligence data.
Intelligence gleaned from information sharing is now proactively incorporated into indicators of compromise (IOCs) to search for other signs of malicious activity, such as nefarious users who may be harvesting data and performing privilege escalation.
• Continuous security monitoring, with an emphasis on boundary protection and security event lifecycle management
The government departments and agencies to expand their continuous monitoring and diagnostic capabilities by increasing their sensor capacity, automating data collection, and prioritizing risks.
• Automation and orchestration of security operations
Agencies that must defend the government’s critical infrastructure with existing tools and capabilities face four major limitations:
• Lack of skilled staff to analyze the growing number of incidents
• Slow incident remediation time
• Error-prone and inconsistent manual remediation processes
• Inexperienced staff spending less time hunting for new threats and more time remediating false alerts
Security orchestration can help combat these limitations through the process of connecting security tools and integrating disparate security systems to drive automation and reduce human analysis and interactions. It requires that the organization have a mature security environment
Mature Security Environment
A mature security environment provides a holistic and accurate view of events that are occurring in the network at any given time, while limiting the amount of noise (false alerts). It lets analysts know what is on the network, controls access to it, and watches.