Cybersecurity is wrapped up in any discussion of networking, but for state and local government leaders, there’s an added level of urgency. The responsibility to protect citizens personally identifiable information (PII) along with a need to keep essential services online and available makes security a top-of-the-list priority.
As one of the top three most exploited sectors in the U.S, government agencies are constantly under attack by bad actors. In particular, ransomware is on the rise, as local governments frequently don’t have the budget or resources to effectively deal with that threat. Some states have even banned technology from certain vendors, following the federal government’s lead, in an attempt to limit unwanted, or unseen access, to essential systems.
At the same time, however, there’s pressure on state and local government leaders to make more services accessible to both employees and citizens online and on-the-go via mobile. But that openness and convenience also leads to greater vulnerability. Moreover, legacy systems, including traditional security tools like AV solutions, claim more than their fair share of resources introducing even more vulnerabilities into the mix and seemingly preventing investment in new, more effective, cloud-based security solutions.
Webinar to Provide Unique Insights for End-to-end Security
While every environment presents some unique challenges, networked organizations have much in common when it comes to cybersecurity. Using large, private medical universities as a model, an upcoming webinar will take a deep dive into threat detection, mitigation and compliance strategies, with a focus on cloud-based tools that can enrich cybersecurity. The webinar, “Transforming Medical Universities with Cloud-Based Cybersecurity Tools,” will also examine how to align your security strategy with your key organizational objectives.
Security experts Brian Smith-Sweeney, the CISO for Columbia University Medical Center, and Cristian Rodriguez Sales Engineering Manager, Public Sector at CrowdStrike, will highlight the spectrum of security issues impacting universities.
Smith-Sweeney will look at the ins-and outs of selecting next-gen endpoint security to help defend against evolving threats. According to the 2018 SANS Endpoint Security Survey, more than 80 percent of known breaches involve an endpoint. With the number of methods to access a network growing exponentially, effective endpoint protection is essential to any security strategy.
Ready to learn more? Register here.