Cybersecurity for Federal Agencies


Government agencies are just as vulnerable (if not more vulnerable) to cyber attacks as any privately owned business.  Which means that it is crucial for federal agencies to have a cyber security plan that works effectively.

When creating and refining their cyber security plans, government agencies should pay special attention to these 4 aspects in order to stay better protected:

1.  Policy Compliance

When making a cyber security plan, federal agencies are required to meet either regulatory or agency control standards.  Agencies are required to implement these policies within their organization and prove to that they are working correctly.  They are often audited on how well they are providing, validating, and supporting the standard security policy.

2.  Log Management

Security logging  and analysis helps give the IT team an idea of what types of cyber attacks are being used and where their attackers are located.  Agencies can even correlate log data with other data sources which can help with behavior and big data analytics.

3.  Vulnerability Management

Vulnerability management reduces cyber risks by identifying system vulnerabilities.  It finds and reports risk to IT and prioritizes the risks in order of severity. This makes it easier for the agency to avoid certain cyber attacks altogether.

4.  File Integrity Monitoring

Implementing a file integrity monitoring system will detect and prevent changes to the system.  It establishes a secure baseline and reports any suspicious changes. It ensures that systems stay secured, and prevents criminals from being able to access the system undetected.

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