2021 Cyber Security Trends for Local Government Entities

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Due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, local government entities have had to adapt their workflow models to operate remotely with staff connecting to the central network and accessing vital government resources from their homes. In many cases, this has weakened organisations’ cybersecurity measures, as their network is now being accessed across a plethora of endpoint and mobile devices that may or may not be secure.   

As such, throughout 2021 we can expect to see a variety of cybersecurity trends take hold across local government entities as the pandemic continues to dictate workplace boundaries – both technical and physical – and new and innovative security solutions are applied to best-mitigate against an ever-growing threat landscape.


Re-training Government Employees in Cybersecurity  

Many government employees will need to be re-educated on the procedures associated with best-practice cybersecurity prevention, especially in this ever-evolving landscape. Whether workers are operating from their homes or the office, security training programs need to educate them on how to identify potential phishing and malware threats, as well as the appropriate actions that can be taken to avoid falling victim to them.   

One such example would be to ensure all employee devices are equipped with effective security software, explaining how that software works, and stressing the importance of updating devices to be compliant with the latest security patches.


Focus on Protecting Endpoints  

Endpoints are increasingly becoming the focus of targeted attacks from cybercriminals, and it’ll be the responsibility of local government entities to ensure that all connected devices, no matter where they are located, are being adequately protected. Given how much important – and even classified – data is present on government networks, securing all endpoints at the endpoint itself is vital. Security measures must go where devices, users and data do.  

And with modern malware becoming increasingly sophisticated, it looks likely that standard VPNs won’t be the best solution against targeted attacks on endpoints for much longer. The security software will have to successfully counter these risks, but the consequences of inaction make it worth the time and investment.


A Shift to Zero-Trust Security Services  

Zero-trust security is the best way to have complete control over the access of a network and it’s individual layers. It requires users to verify themselves at every layer, not just at first access. This means that all endpoints are required to prove themselves as non-hostile and that certain resources can be kept deeper within the network for only those who are qualified to access them.  

A zero-trust mindset allows government entities almost total control over who gets to see what organisational resources and provides layers upon layers of security to obstruct cyber-criminals in their attacks.


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