The public sector is quickly becoming one of the biggest targets for cyber criminals. As attacks grow in frequency and sophistication across all industries, the public sector makes up a worrying percentage of targets.
In the last few years, disruptive and harmful attacks hit numerous American cities and even the UK's national health system. This is just the tip of the iceberg for cyber security in the public sector: Governments worldwide are being attacked with alarming regularity.
Recent hacking incidents targeting municipal and government institutions are skyrocketing—courthouses, libraries, hospitals, schools and government service agencies are vulnerable. While the consequences for some attacks are thankfully minimal, many were more significant. Typically, the severity level can be influenced by the types of data each institution holds.
Fortunately, there are ways to defend against cyber attacks, and it comes down to developing the right level of capabilities. In this article, we'll explore how government cyber security can catch up.