Today’s evolving cyber threats faced by Federal departments and agencies (D&A) cover a wide range of malicious activities from nation-state sponsors, criminal organizations, terrorist groups, hacktivists, insider threats, and others. These threats come from highly advanced, group-based entities that seek to operate inside of and maintain a presence on and in their target’s systems. When coupled with increasing regulatory requirements and oversight, the move to a risk management versus a compliance approach, and growing resource constraints, these threats presents huge challenges.
To be effective in this operational environment, Federal D&As must employ a cybersecurity program that focuses on operating in cyberspace instead of reacting to it. The need for innovative cybersecurity approaches, methodologies, and best practices that address interoperability, usability, and privacy is critical for the nation and the Federal government.
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Contributed article by John Harrison, director of Criterion's Cybersecurity Center of Excellence.