To mitigate risks caused by potential security concerns, cyber attack prevention should be considered at every stage of planning and implementation. Governments and asset owners would be wise to invest in cyber security protections right from the design stage through to end-user processes. Government bodies and organizations should consider consulting and working with experts throughout to ensure they are covering all bases and investing in the best possible mitigation strategies and technologies.
Officials should also be cognizant of the key threat vectors: malware, ransomware, lost and stolen devices, phishing emails, and rogue Wi-Fi. This also includes ensuring civil servants and third-party service providers are well-trained and aware of the threats. Staff members must be taught how to spot phishing emails and bad links and how to act quickly to reduce the impact of an attack. Other tools in officials' arsenals should include restricting sensitive access where necessary, using encryption, and seeking a cyber security provider that can help support, inform and offer the right tools.
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