Cyber Security in Government is of paramount importance. Whether you work for a central department or federal agency; or a local department, council or authority; you are responsible for large quantities of sensitive data that can be a prime target for cyber-attacks.
Delivering essential services to the public and operating systems and networks that are critical to citizens and national security resilience is a day-to-day challenge. These platforms often underpin key functions of society such as defence, immigration, taxation, health and social care or municipal services.
All governments recognise operating in the digital world is the future; digital transformation is inevitable for everyone. It is important to defend against cyber risks and ensure the continuity of the business through this transformation. Huntsman Security works with UK and Australian Government departments to monitor, detect and respond to cyber-attacks and reduce time at risk.
Government systems almost universally exist within a tight regulatory regime around security and cyber risk. In the US we have seen the rise of the FISMA regulations and the NIST standards that govern security (especially NIST SP800-53), in the UK the policy and standards output of Cabinet Office and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) apply and in Australia the Information Security Manual, ISM, governs federal ICT security controls.
Government Cyber Mitigation Strategies
UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)
On 1st October 2016 the UK government opened a single, central body for cyber security, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). The body manages national cyber incidents and provides support, guidance and advice to UK government departments, industry and SMEs. NCSC published guidelines for organisations that need to protect themselves online, called the 10 Steps to Cyber Security.
Australian Signals Directorate
The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) is an intelligence agency in the Australian Department of Defence. The agency is responsible for foreign signals intelligence and information security. In February 2017, ASD published the ASD Essential Eight mitigation strategies, which they assert mitigate 85% of cyber-attacks.
The Australian Federal Government mandated the Top 4 of these mitigation strategies for government departments back in 2014. The Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit (JCPAA) has now recommended the Australian Government mandate the ASD Essential Eight for all Government agencies by June 2018.
How Huntsman Security technology supports Government
Huntsman Security’s defence grade security platform delivers protective monitoring, compliance reporting and proactive threat management. We have tailored solutions to provide protective monitoring of the ASD Essential Eight controls and the NCSC Top 10.
If your operation is based in the UK why not check against the NCSC’s 10 Steps to Cyber Security by using Huntsman’s Essential Guide to measure your cyber security strength against the 10 steps and develop a plan to complete them all.
Alternatively, if you are based in Australia, explore how the ASD Essential Eight Monitoring solution benchmarks your operation to the security controls.
Make a difference to your cyber posture
Our high speed SIEM automation delivers:
Flexibility and Visibility
- Operates across on premise, cloud or hybrid environments
- Accurate and continuous view of in-built compliance standards
- Reliable metrics for governance review
- Advanced threat detection, incorporating behaviour anomaly detection
- Procurement flexibility should you wish to buy direct (including the G-Cloud Digital Marketplace), through integrators or service providers
Improves effectiveness of resources
- Removes the unknown of compliance self-assessment and reporting
- Instantly identifies non-compliance for remediation
- Local support, security cleared staff and specific in-house government expertise
Huntsman Security has a range of certifications to support its government business. In the UK the company holds Cyber Essentials certification, is a government listed supplier and has made the solutions available on the G-Cloud store. In Australia, Huntsman Security solutions can be procured through the Digital Marketplace.
Cyber Security Resources for Government
Our resources detail practical steps to help build your organisation’s cyber resilience:
- Top Cyber Mitigation Strategies – key Governments recommendations to keep attackers at bay
- The Essential Guide to Cyber Security – following the NCSC 10 Steps
- ASD Essential Eight Cyber Security Controls – the missing ninth step
- Information Monitoring in Government – how to maintain confidence