Public servants have always been on the frontline of American defense, whether serving in combat positions or conducting analyses at a desk. They have long protected our infrastructure, economy, freedoms, and national interests. In the current age of cyber insecurity, those duties have never been more important.
Every employee at every level of government is charged with protecting our information from foreign and domestic hackers, who might use that information to harm or demoralize American systems. Furthermore, this protection only becomes more important each day as more people, places, and things are connected to the Internet.
As American government becomes increasingly connected, a question looms: How will our interests and information be safeguarded as cyberthreats mount and evolve?
Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet to cybersecurity. Instead, government will have to adopt multiple tactics that work in concert and evolve with new threat environments. In this guide, we explore the tools and strategies that public servants are using to safeguard our information systems.
To help you better understand the current cybersecurity landscape in government, we:
- Describe 15 trends shaping government cybersecurity in 2015.
- Hear insights from state, federal, and defense personnel on the current state of cyber initiatives.
- Predict how cybersecurity tools and tactics will change in the coming years.
Although cybersecurity will always be a moving target, government is taking action now to better protect our interests at home, abroad, and online. We explore the who, what, and why of that action.