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STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS & EDUCATION

Multi-Signal Managed Detection and Response for State and Local Governments

State and local government agencies carry a significant burden of responsibility in securing and protecting residents’ personal information, securing courts & elections, and ensuring that critical infrastructure & supporting services are not disrupted by public sector cyberattacks. Build a robust SLED cybersecurity strategy with 24/7 threat detection and response capabilities expertise to eliminate cyber threats, build resilience, and prevent disruption.

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Prevent your government services and critical infrastructure from operational disruption with 24/7 threat detection and response

Over the past few years, U.S. state and local government agencies, including education institutions, have been the target of hundreds of public sector cyberattacks. With over 90,000 U.S. local government units serving millions of citizens who place an immense amount of trust in these agencies to provide essential services while safeguarding their personally identifiable information (PII), it’s no wonder that state and local governments are an attractive target for cybercriminals.

Recent geopolitical tensions have also prompted state and local government agencies to prioritize how they anticipate, withstand, and recover from cyberattacks in the public sector. However, many agencies are impacted by resource constraints, decreasing budgets, and cybersecurity staffing shortages.

As a result, state and local government leaders have an increasingly complex set of challenges when it comes to preventing operational disruption across the services that their constituents rely on, ensuring election security and protecting critical infrastructure from advanced cyber threats.

As a SLED cybersecurity leader, you need 24/7 threat hunting, detection, and response capabilities, continuous protection of your networks and proprietary supply chain data, strong access control measures, and proactive defense against cyberattackers targeting your organization.

How eSentire Managed Detection and Response Can Help

We are recognized globally as the Authority in Managed Detection and Response because we hunt, investigate, and stop known and unknown cyber threats before they become business disrupting events. Since our founding in 2001 we have protected the world’s most targeted organizations with 65% of our global base recognized as critical infrastructure, vital to economic health and stability.

With two 24/7 Security Operations Centers (SOCs), hundreds of cyber experts, and 2000+ customers across 80+ countries, we go beyond the market’s capability in threat response and address cybersecurity risks for the public sector with a proven track record of success in securing state and local government agencies.

Today, we secure a growing list of customers in state and local government agencies including:

  • County and city governments
  • State supreme courts
  • Health and safety departments
  • Law enforcement departments
  • County commissioners' offices
  • State universities and community colleges
  • School districts

We Support State and Local Government Agencies By:

  • Preventing operational disruption of critical services that citizens depend on and trust through a combination of 24/7 Managed Detection and Response, Exposure Management Services, and Incident Response Services
  • Ensuring that any regulatory penalties and third-party costs associated with data breaches are minimized
  • Ensuring your government agency remains compliant with stringent cybersecurity compliance and regulatory mandates
  • Prioritizing cyber risks by helping your team identify your critical sources of value, discover existing vulnerabilities, and address them based on their impact to your organization
  • Protecting your data and citizen data from ransomware attacks, third-party risk, data theft or exposure, and insider threats

CYBERSECURITY MATURITY ASSESSMENT

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SLED Threat Intelligence Report

Building Cyber Resilience Across Public Sector & Critical Infrastructure Organizations

State and local government agencies, including education institutions, are responsible for highly visible, critical infrastructure services that citizens depend on and trust every day so even the slightest disruption is noticeable and public. Moreover, many agencies manage huge volumes of sensitive data, including personally identifiable information (PII), protected health information (PHI), electoral data, and financial information like credit card numbers and banking details.

Driven primarily by financial incentives, but also in some cases acting within nation-state espionage programs, threat actors frequently target SLED organizations. Therefore, state and local government leaders must allocate the appropriate budget, champion cyber risk awareness, and model informed behavior to maintain a strong cybersecurity posture, build cyber resilience, and prevent operational disruption.

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In this threat intelligence report, we share:

  • The most concerning cyber risks impacting SLED organizations
  • New threat research from eSentire’s Threat Response Unit (TRU) that outlines data from threats impacting SLED organizations from January 2022 - 2023
  • Recommendations on how industry security leaders can strengthen their cyber defenses, build a foundation of cyber resilience and prevent operational disruption
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How eSentire Protects State and Local Governments

Access to Confidential Information

Operational Disruption and the Cost of Downtime

Protecting Against Supply Chain and Third-Party Vendor Risk

Preventing Ransomware Attacks

Avoiding Regulatory and Compliance Violations

KEY STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT INDUSTRY CHALLENGES

Access to Confidential Information

HOW ESENTIRE MANAGED DETECTION AND RESPONSE HELPS

Our 24/7 Elite Threat Hunters and SOC Cyber Analysts actively hunt for threats across your environment. We detect intrusions and contain attacks before data can be exfiltrated.

KEY STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT INDUSTRY CHALLENGES

Operational Disruption and the Cost of Downtime

HOW ESENTIRE MANAGED DETECTION AND RESPONSE HELPS

We detect malicious administrative activity through remote access tools and stop intrusions before malware can be deployed throughout your environment.

KEY STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT INDUSTRY CHALLENGES

Protecting Against Supply Chain and Third-Party Vendor Risk

HOW ESENTIRE MANAGED DETECTION AND RESPONSE HELPS

We mitigate supply chain and third-party vendor risk.

  • eSentire Exposure Management experts support in security assessments, testing and make strategic recommendations to offset risks for the SLED industry.
  • eSentire Managed Detection and Response has repeatedly caught and stopped vendor compromises before the vendor reported the vulnerability.

KEY STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT INDUSTRY CHALLENGES

Preventing Ransomware Attacks

HOW ESENTIRE MANAGED DETECTION AND RESPONSE HELPS

We monitor your attack surface 24/7 to discover intrusion attempts, preventing the pervasive deployment of malware and ransomware.

  • We support multi-signal coverage ensuring visibility across endpoint, network, log, cloud, and other data sources for deep investigation and kill-switch response capabilities.

KEY STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT INDUSTRY CHALLENGES

Avoiding Regulatory and Compliance Violations

HOW ESENTIRE MANAGED DETECTION AND RESPONSE HELPS

Our 24/7 Global SOCs leverages proven run books which include detectors mapped to requirements and reporting measures for PCI DSS, CCPA, GLBA, SOX, NYCRR, HIPAA, as well as state-level regulations.

eSentire SLED Industry Cybersecurity Services

It’s critical to employ a multi-layered defense strategy to prevent ransomware from disrupting state and local government agencies such as the exfiltration of sensitive PII data. With 24/7 multi-signal MDR, government agencies can quickly and accurately detect public sector cyberattacks and respond in a timely, effective manner to prevent damage, loss of sensitive data, and disruption to essential services.

Additionally, MDR can provide government agencies with the expertise and resources they need to effectively defend against cyber threats without having to invest in and manage their own in-house security teams. eSentire’s cybersecurity services portfolio is designed to prevent breaches, simplify security and minimize your business risk. We provide around-the-clock threat protection that is proactive, personalized and cost-effective.

Exposure Management Services

Strategic services including Managed Vulnerability Assessments, vCISO and Managed Phishing & Security Awareness Training to identify gaps, build defensive strategies, operationalize risk mitigation and continuously advance your security program.

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Managed Detection & Response

We deliver Response + Remediation you can trust. By combining our cutting-edge XDR platform, 24/7 SOC support, around the clock threat hunting and security operations leadership, we hunt and stop known & unknown threats before they disrupt your business.

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Digital Forensics and Incident Response

Battle-tested Incident Commander level expertise, crime scene reconstruction and digital forensics investigations that can bear scrutiny in a court of law. The world’s fastest threat suppression guarantee with a 4-hour SLA available with our IR Retainer.

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Managed Detection and Response Services that Meet Cybersecurity Insurance Requirements

eSentire’s MDR services have been specifically designed to rapidly identify and contain advanced threats in order to reduce cyber risk. We maintain partnerships with leading cyber insurance providers as an MDR provider of choice and offer complete threat protection that meets insurance requirements and can reduce policyholder costs for state and local governments who are already grappling with budget constraints.

Underwriters at cyber insurance organizations are looking to reduce policyholder risk and many times require policyholders to work with MDR providers like eSentire to develop and implement strong cybersecurity controls and governance.

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eSentire Named First Managed Detection and Response Partner by Global Insurance Provider Coalition

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Why Our Customers Choose eSentire

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Rockingham County Schools (RCS)

RCS is a public school district in Rockingham County in North Carolina. The school has over 11,600 students and 2,000 full-time employees.

The eSentire Difference:

eSentire assisted RCS during the recovery from a malware attack that shut down school operations. Within the first
30 days, eSentire contained the remaining threats, helping prevent future attacks. By partnering with eSentire MDR, RCS benefits from:

  • 24/7 SOC Cyber Analysts and Elite Threat Hunters help RCS anticipate, withstand, and recover from cyberattacks before they impact the school's operations.
  • A cost-effective security solution that optimizes RCS's cybersecurity investment and demonstrates ROI.
  • eSentire delivers 24/7 threat detection and response capabilities, continuously protecting the school's network and sensitive data.
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A logo of eSentire’s customer, Texas United Management, next to the quote from TUM’s Chief Information Officer who describes why eSentire stands out among MDR service providers.
Being able to communicate to the board that our mean time to containment is less than 15 minutes, that’s why we hired eSentire."
Ray Texter
Chief of Information Security | Texas United Management
A logo of eSentire’s customer, Texas United Management, next to the quote from TUM’s Chief Information Officer who describes why eSentire stands out among MDR service providers.
eSentire is an extension of our security and IT team. From the Customer Success Managers, Advanced Services Specialists all the way up to the Executive Management Team, we've seen endless value, tremendous customer support, quality and expertise. eSentire does a wonderful job of making sure we are wholly satisfied with the value we are seeing from their offerings."
Caili Preston
Information Security | Texas United Manufacturing
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eSentire is an extension of our security and IT team. From the Customer Success Managers, Advanced Services Specialists all the way up to the Executive Management Team, we've seen endless value, tremendous customer support, quality and expertise. eSentire does a wonderful job of making sure we are wholly satisfied with the value we are seeing from their offerings."
Caili Preston
Information Security | Texas United Manufacturing
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