Cyber attacks in the public sector are on the rise. According to a July 2019 report by a Senate homeland security subcommittee, the number of cyberattacks reported by federal agencies increased by over 1,300% between 2006 and 2015. Moreover, security threats to the public sector encompassed 75% of the approximately 41,000 total security incidents analyzed last year. Out of these, 330 attacks were confirmed breaches of government data, often caused by hacking, malware and cyber-espionage.
Even though federal agencies are gatekeepers to some of the nation’s most valuable and sensitive data, much of the core infrastructure tasked with securing these assets has not evolved — significantly complicating government efforts to battle the most malicious threats. Likewise, a recent surge in IoT technologies and endpoints has injected greater levels of fluidity into the mission landscape, underscoring the need for solutions that can safeguard data from device to data center.