National Cyber Security Awareness Month
In 2004 the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance launched National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), which is observed in October in the United States. According to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies, “NCSAM was created to emphasize personal accountability and stresses the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity at home and in the workplace.” At CJIS GROUP we are currently tracking many cybersecurity projects planned by state and local government agencies taking action before cyber-attacks affect their organization.
A project we are tracking in the Wisconsin Court System is a great example of an agency taking proactive measures. The Wisconsin Court System has stated, “As cyber-attacks on government organizations have escalated significantly over the past several years Consolidated Court Automation Program (CCAP) is increasing its efforts to prevent such as an attack from occurring in the Wisconsin Courts.” Part of its strategy is to partner with a qualified cyber security vendor that will provide ongoing monitoring, remediation strategies, and actionable recommendations regarding CCAP’s security program and cyber security defenses.
Another project we are currently tracking in the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services indicates they may acquire a Remote Cyber Security Unidirectional Device. The Department has over 800 locations (Intersections, Facilities, Pump Stations, Lift Stations and remote site) and 10,000 devices (Controllers, sensors, access points and devices) that control critical infrastructure such as Water Utilities, Wastewater Utilities, Facilities Automation, Traffic Controls and Remote Sites that are currently classified as critical infrastructure. Engineers, Managers and technicians must continually stay aware of cyber related threats that could compromise these secure locations, and take action almost immediately to prevent possible issues. This practice is extremely resource heavy and current architecture includes firewalls, routers, SIEM, AI and manual monitoring, which even though it is multi-layered has a possibility for vulnerability. The Department is taking proactive measures to remedy its vulnerability, and the internet of things (IoT) has created a whole new level of threat and defense.
Almost all IT projects in state and local government today have a security component – and there are many agencies taking a proactive approach to cyber security. To learn more about specific agency cybersecurity plans please contact us at CJIS GROUP to learn more.