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State and local government agencies carry a significant burden of responsibility in securing and protecting residents’ personal information and ensuring that critical infrastructure and services are not disrupted by cyberattacks. Over the past few years local governments have faced hundreds of attacks from threat actors. The goal of threat actors is to expose residents’ sensitive information or shut down critical infrastructure such as 911 call centers and water treatment facilities.
At the U.S. federal government level, the State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act (S. 2520) was passed to provide more resources to help local leaders prevent and recover from cyberattacks, as local governments are becoming targeted more frequently by hackers and other cyber criminals.
State and local government agencies have an increasingly complex set of challenges when it comes to protecting sensitive information and critical infrastructure as they strive to connect and efficiently serve their citizens with modern services. With over 90,000 U.S. local government units serving millions of citizens who place an immense amount of trust in their local government agencies to provide essential services while safeguarding their personally identifiable information (PII), it’s no wonder that American state and local governments are an attractive target for cybercriminals.
Personally identifiable information (PII) is collected so state and local government agencies can provide public safety services (e.g., police, fire, emergency medical), education, libraries, highway building and maintenance, utilities, welfare programs, recreation, transportation services, public works, municipal courts, elections, and healthcare.
The onset of existing geopolitical tensions at the forefront is prompting state and local government agencies to focus on their ability to prevent, withstand, and recover from cyberattacks. Local leaders have become more concerned about growing social engineering attacks and about increasingly sophisticated nation-state activities potentially directed against them. This puts pressure on state and local government agencies to prioritize the protection of services and data from cyber threats and rely on top elected and appointed officials to understand the unique cyber threats that they face.
Unfortunately, many state and local government agencies still have security resource constraints, driving them to deprioritize their cybersecurity program. At the same time, cybersecurity talent shortages have plagued state and local governments for years. If their systems are compromised, it can lead to the loss of sensitive data, financial loss, and disruption of essential services. Additionally, cyberattacks on government agencies can impact public trust and confidence in these organizations.
As a result, state and local officials must take action to protect the critical assets from attack, understand the gaps between the actual cybersecurity practices of local governments and the cyber threat landscape, and understand the barriers that occur when developing, and implementing a cybersecurity program.
Off the heels of the 2020 U.S. Census, the International City/County Management Association (ICMA)1 released a report on local government cybersecurity and identified the five key reasons these governments are targeted.
Although cybersecurity awareness gains traction with top elected and appointed officials, cybersecurity teams continue to find themselves under-resourced against today’s threat landscape. Compounding this challenge is the increasing speed and precision with which threat actors accomplish their objectives against state and local government agencies.
There are several steps that state and local government agencies can take to protect themselves against cyberattacks. Some of these include:
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. We were founded in 2001 to secure the environments of the world’s most targeted industry—financial services. Over the last two decades, we have scaled our cybersecurity services offering to hunt and disrupt threats across every industry on a global scale.
With two 24/7 Security Operations Centers (SOCs), hundreds of cyber experts, and 1500+ customers across 80+ countries, we have scaled to deliver cybersecurity services across highly regulated industries with a proven track record of success in securing state and local government agencies.
At eSentire, we go beyond the market’s capability in threat response and specifically address cybersecurity risks for the public sector. eSentire’s multi-signal MDR approach ingests endpoint, network, log, cloud, asset and vulnerability data to enable complete attack surface visibility. Enriched detections from the eSentire Threat Response Unit (TRU) are applied to captured data identifying known & unknown threats including suspicious activity and zero-day attacks. Our SOC Cyber Analysts, and Elite Threat Hunters are mission-driven to put state and local government agencies ahead of business disruption. Powered by our industry-leading XDR cloud platform and unique threat intelligence, eSentire can detect and respond to cybersecurity threats in state and local government agencies with a Mean Time to Contain of 15 minutes.
Today we secure a growing list of customers in state and local government agencies including:
Whether your assets are stored in the cloud, on-premises, or in a hybrid environment, we detect and contain threats that other MDR providers miss. Our global 24/7 SOCs have discovered instances of ransomware gangs targeting our state and local government agency customers and have interrupted their activities before they could establish a foothold by:
|Key State and Local Government Industry Challenges||How eSentire Managed Detection & Response Helps|
|Access to Confidential Information||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.|
|Operational Disruption and the Cost of Downtime||We detect malicious administrative activity through remote access tools and stop intrusions before malware can be deployed throughout your environment.|
|Protecting Against Supply Chain and Third-Party Vendor Risk||We mitigate supply chain and third-party vendor risk.
|Preventing Ransomware Attacks||We monitor your attack surface 24/7 to discover intrusion attempts, preventing the pervasive deployment of malware and ransomware.
|Avoiding Regulatory and Compliance Violations||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.|
Ransomware has become a topic of discussion globally as cybersecurity leaders grapple with the magnitude and impact of this threat. Over the past 2-3 years, adversaries have shifted to using Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) and sophisticated social engineering techniques to deploy highly targeted cyberattacks.
Successful attacks unfold in mere hours from Initial Access to data exfiltration and ransomware deployment, making the time to detect and time to contain critical factors in building an effective cybersecurity program.
Unless you’re prepared to defend against modern ransomware, these attacks can result in your organization being locked out of mission-critical systems and applications for days or even weeks. The resulting downtime can be detrimental to businesses, driving many CEOs to pay the ransom.
Adversaries will continue to evolve their tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) to fulfill their objectives and deploy ransomware. Ultimately, the difference between protection and disruption comes down to the speed at which you can identify and contain a cyberattack.
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— this is why 24/7 Multi-Signal MDR is an important part of your cyber defense strategy. With MDR, government agencies can quickly and accurately detect cyberattacks and respond in a timely and effective manner. This can help prevent damage to their systems and the loss of sensitive data, and minimize the 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.
eSentire’s Managed Detection and Response (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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