No entity in the world is immune to cyberattacks. The increasing digital communication and collaboration for productivity only exacerbates these risks of cyberattacks. Threats like phishing, ransomware, and data breaches are all risks to even the most established institutions. One could say the most sensitive data in the world is the data housed within government agencies. In fact, all levels of government are prime targets for various reasons. Cyberattacks could be used to gain access to government employee information, personal identifiable information of citizens, or highly sensitive data regarding military defense. Fortra understands compliance and data security, and how to work with government agencies – as well as the outside agencies that work with government – to secure their data and digital infrastructure.
Solutions to Secure Government Agencies
Few would argue that cybersecurity solutions for government agencies need to be robust to protect such precious data. Arguably just as important, the outside entities that work with government agencies need to be just as protected against cyber threats. As threats come from so many different angles, it can be daunting to understand the cybersecurity solutions needed to be protected and compliant. Employees can also be stretched by the workload it takes to incorporate such solutions, which often slows down day-to-day business.
Fortra understands that a solid cybersecurity policy should include threat detection, vulnerability management, data protection, email security, and more to keep vital data compliant and safe while day-to-day operations continue for government agencies and their outside partners.
Penetration Testing and Threat Detection for Government
There is no shortage of cyberattacks and attempts to infiltrate organizations, which means organizations need to stay vigilant about their cybersecurity — government organizations are no exception. A gap in cybersecurity is one of the ways threat actors try to gain access to data, which is why it’s important to find these security gaps first. Fortra’ vulnerability management and penetration testing software swiftly discovers, tests, and reports vulnerabilities in a few simple steps. Network Insight uses threat detection to identify and report on compromised devices using multiple pieces of intelligence unlike most other solutions. By having this visibility to security vulnerabilities, government agencies can quicky remedy the gaps and stay protected.
Security Configuration Management for Government
The Federal Information Systems Management Act (FISMA) is a US federal law requiring all federal agencies and agency contractors to create and implement security guidelines to protect and reduce risk of sensitive federal data breaches. To comply with FISMA, Fortra’ security configuration management solution offers automated reporting and achieves nonstop compliance.
Data Protection and Compliance for Government
Data protection and compliance regulations are essential pieces of an overall cybersecurity policy. A government agency needs to comply with various laws and policies based on their specific department such as Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and typically personal identifiable information (PII) if they store PII information. However, regardless of compliance regulations, government agencies and their partners need to keep data protected.
Data must be protected regardless of where it’s housed and how it travels. Fortra offers an all-encompassing data classification and protection plan that protects sensitive information with ease and accuracy.
Data Exchange Protection for Government
Correspondence between internal and external partners in an agency need to remain safe and compliant, including when transferring files. Fortra managed file transfer is a robust file transfer solution to help government agencies meet strict security requirements including FISMA, PII, etc., by controlling the transfer of all sensitive files in a streamlined process. However, speed in file transfers can be just as important as their security. Government agencies need to keep business moving. Fortra file transfer acceleration solutions allows fast file transfer to easily access secure information, prepare offsite disaster recovery backups, share video from active military sites, and more.
Email Security for Government
Email remains the primary tool of digital communication for most organizations, which is why it’s a primary tool for cyberattacks. Having a strong email security policy is vital to all organizations – including government agencies. Fortra award-winning Secure Email Gateway (SEG) uses deep content inspection to detect email content of incoming and outgoing emails. The SEG’s unparalleled adaptive redaction removes cyber threats and prevents data breaches in real-time to keep business moving rather than traditional stop and block solutions.
Phishing remains a strong tactic for email cyberattacks. In fact, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency reports that 90 percent of successful cyberattacks start with phishing. Fortra Domain-based Message Authentication and Reporting Conformance (DMARC) functions as an “identity check” for government agencies as it prevents offenders from commandeering the agency’s domain names and brand for email. Email impersonation, a phishing technique to trick users with familiar addresses, can be a frightening possibility if the agency lacks the security solution to combat it. Fortra can put you at ease about your inbox.
Solutions to Secure Federal Data in Non-Federal Systems
Just as important as the government agencies are their contractors and outside partnerships when it comes to cybersecurity. Government data must stay secure no matter where it travels. Compliance can also be unnerving for outside partnerships. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication 800-171 enforces the protection of CUI in nonfederal systems. Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is the result of the Department of Defense requiring safer data practices from government contractors. These are not equal compliance rules, contractors need to make sure they are compliant based on their specific relationship with the government agency. There’s also International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) information that contractors need to keep protected.
Related resource: Data Security for ITAR Guide
Fortra can help government outside partners with the following:
Understand and create a data classification solution that prioritizes the data that needs protecting
Minimize the risk of data breach by using adaptive data loss prevention to sanitize confidential or highly sensitive data
Secure file transfers everywhere, no matter the size, who has it, or where it is stored