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What Are The Top Cybersecurity Threats Facing Federal Agencies? | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware


Insider attacks: Individuals inside an agency can compromise data either intentionally or unintentionally. Regardless of the motivation, these incidents can be devastating to national security. Notable examples include Edward Snowden, who leaked billions of pieces of U.S. intelligence to WikiLeaks in 2013, and former US Army helicopter pilot Shapour Moinian, who provided aviation-related information stolen from his defense-contractor employers in exchange for money from the Chinese government.

Ransomware: Cyberattacks that encrypt an organization’s data and deny access unless a ransom is paid remain a major threat. Federal agencies must make sure their defenses are effective against these attacks, as they generally refuse to pay ransom. “That’s a big challenge for them,” Szykier says. “Any attack that uses a data-wiping technique that impacts the availability of government systems and prevents them from delivering critical services is a major threat.”

CISA and several other federal cybersecurity agencies in May 2023 updated their #StopRansomware Guide, which aims to help organizations reduce the risk of ransomware by providing best practices to detect, prevent, respond to and recover from these attacks.

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Reasons Why Zero Trust Is Essential to Federal Cybersecurity

As agencies seek to defend themselves against a variety of evolving attacks, a zero-trust approach to cybersecurity has become an essential part of their defense strategies. In 2021, the White House issued an executive order that directs agencies to move toward a zero-trust architecture.

Agencies face some challenges in implementing this approach and complying with the presidential mandate for zero trust. “They need to have strong governance around how they’re going to apply the tools and also maintain the tools,” Szykier says. “They need to be able to measure the effectiveness of their zero-trust strategies.”

Those that meet this challenge will find themselves in a better position to protect their systems and data against cyberthreats.

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