- Axonius Federal Systems
Government agencies rely on assets that are geographically dispersed and siloed. This creates barriers to visibility and security. It doesn’t have to be this way, though. Axonius provides a comprehensive view into all assets and their security state, and provides a way to enforce remediation actions quickly and easily.
HOW GOVERNMENTS STAY SECURE
Government organizations are complex and resource-constrained. They also face the same digital transformation requirements as other organizations in different industries. To offer the same efficiency and level of service, these organizations are forced to allow unmanaged devices, IoT devices, generous and flexible access controls, and the use of SaaS applications to users on their networks.
Connecting pieces of critical infrastructure to traditional IT systems — especially if they’re legacy devices — opens up new attack paths for threat actors. Before state and local governments can protect their networks and users, they need to understand what assets they have, the state they’re in, who has access to them, and whether those assets are or can be compromised.
UNIQUE CYBER THREATS
Legacy equipment: Legacy technology such as what’s used in government was not built with cybersecurity in mind. Antiquated systems are prevalent across these organizations’ tech stacks, but they can’t be updated to fit modern cybersecurity requirements. Taking these systems offline to replace (or even fix) them may be impossible due to the need for continuity and 24/7 access. Further, legacy systems are inherently difficult to monitor, especially from remote locations and across distributed environments.
Insider threats: Not all threats facing state and local governments are coming from foreign adversaries. In fact, according to one study, insider threats account for 35% of all unauthorized access incidents. For government organizations who haven’t already moved toward multi factor authentication (MFA), single sign-on (SSO), or passwordless authentication, they should ensure advanced access requirements are in place, especially for privileged users.
Budget constraints: Government agencies are often not flush with the cash to buy modern technology that would help make systems resilient. As a result, ineffective and outdated tools and processes may be in use, exposing them to cyber attacks.