Diverse Cyber Needs of US Public Sector
Citizens rely on the public sector, including state and local governments, K-12 schools, law enforcement and fire departments, and healthcare entities to provide critical services. The crucial roles performed by public sector entities can be a lifeline to local residents, but they also create an attractive target for cybercriminals & are in need of cyber protection. According to Verizon’s 2020-2021 Cyber-espionage Report, close to half of the cyber-espionage breaches they examined over the past three years were reported in the public sector.
As they gain experience, cyber-criminals’ attacks grow more sophisticated. Meanwhile, public sector entities continue to undergo rapid expansion into data cloud and mobile environments, altering and increasing their attack surfaces while largely remaining budget-restricted.
Public safety forces, local schools, healthcare providers, and other civic amenities face threats and priorities unique to–and within–the public sector:
In 2020, when laptops left the safety of school firewalls behind for virtual learning environments, an intricate lattice of potentially vulnerable endpoints emerged. Across the country, several school districts suffered DDoS and ransomware attacks, some leading schools to suspend virtual learning until the damage could be assessed and systems re-secured.
Meanwhile, healthcare was ranked 7th in 2020’s top industries affected by data breaches. Nearly 30% of the attacks on healthcare organizations were ransomware attacks, some of which, notably, rerouted ambulances, delayed treatments, made medical records inaccessible and, in some instances, led to hundreds of staff being furloughed.
And, while the SolarWinds cyberattack made headlines at the end of 2020, state and local governments across the country suffered breaches and attacks all year, causing disruptions to essential government services and leaving large financial burdens behind.
Protecting these diverse networks requires flexible and dynamic cybersecurity solutions.
The Need for Flexible and Diverse Cyber Protection Solutions
While state-affiliated and other adversarial actors ceaselessly seek access to public sector networks, they’re not alone. Financially-motivated actors also target the public sector with alarming frequency. In March 2021 during a Bloomberg CityLab panel, the former director of the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Chris Krebs, identified ransomware that disrupts services among the top cybersecurity threats faced by local governments and agencies.
A successful cyberattack against a public sector agency can expose sensitive data, providing leverage to extort the victim for ransom. Many cybercriminals attack public sector networks in particular because it is comparatively easy to gain entry. Unlike large corporations and enterprises, public sector agencies often have limited budgets for security training and system upgrades, leaving them with older IT systems that are more vulnerable to breaches.
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Data breaches and cyber-attacks on public sector entities can have far-reaching consequences that threaten data security, imperil service and infrastructure, and erode trust. And, recovering from a cyber-attack is expensive–a 2020 ransomware attack on the New Orleans city government caused more than $7 million in financial damages. In 2020 alone, more than 2,300 US governments, schools, and healthcare facilities were victim to similar attacks.
Legacy IT systems, lack of network visibility, budget constraints, and access to sensitive constituent data make public sector organizations particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks and data loss. These gaps can be filled —but only with the right solutions at the right price.
Meet Acronis SCS Cyber Protect Cloud – our NEW FIPS 140-2, CJIS, and HIPAA certified cloud solution run and supported in the US by 100% US citizens. A full suite of solutions via a single pane of glass, Acronis SCS Cyber Protect Cloud empowers public sector customers with a wide range of features including backup, ransomware protection, and file sync and share, all managed from a centralized console. With mix-and-match functionality, plug-and-play capability, and pay-as-you-go pricing, Acronis SCS Cyber Protect Cloud meets all the unique needs facing public sector agencies and organizations. Regardless of hardware, software, or use case, Acronis SCS Cyber Protect Cloud puts a full suite of solutions at your fingertips—which means you can satisfy your organization’s specific needs today and tomorrow.
It’s hard to overstate the benefits of cloud computing. Yet, many small and mid-sized jurisdictions across the country have been slow to adopt cloud-based storage and computing solutions. 2020 saw many of these holdouts undergoing cloud migration as they adapted to delivering more services virtually with the help of a remote workforce.
Traditional security tools typically offer a patchwork approach to cyber-protection, leaving sensitive data and mission-critical assets vulnerable behind a motley heap of freestanding tools. This makeshift approach is not only ineffective–often revealing easily-exploited gaps–but it’s also needlessly complex and expensive.
While decentralized cloud environments and encrypted cloud storage render some types of cyberattacks less effective, cloud computing security is an essential requirement. Whether shielding a physical, cloud, or hybrid environment, protecting against targeted attacks requires an adaptive, cost-conscious solution that can mold to unique public sector networks and scale as needed.
Why Acronis SCS?
Flexible Deployments and Licencing
We strive to ensure our customers are equipped with the operational assurance and cyber protection they need to survive and thrive in an increasingly complex cyber landscape. We have developed products and licensing structures that allow you to choose the right solutions for you – whether that be a private or Acronis SCS certified cloud or even on-premise solutions. In addition, our flexible licensing models, including annual subscriptions and monthly pay-as-you-go options, offer an adaptive solution to meet your specific public sector needs and budgets. Whatever choice you make, Acronis SCS is dedicated to providing superior service, extensive training and onboarding, 100% US based support, and industry leading technology – all without adding financial and operational burden to you.
Certified & Compliant
At Acronis SCS, the US public sector is our #1 priority – in fact, it’s our only priority. As such, we understand public sector agencies and organizations are subject to some of the most stringent regulatory standards and requirements. Fortunately, Acronis SCS Cyber Protect Cloud– our FIPS 140-2, CJIS, and HIPAA certified cloud solution – has been tested and certified to provide operational assurance and data security across America’s federal, state and local government, education, healthcare, and nonprofit computing environments. With Acronis SCS Cyber Protect Cloud, you can confidently protect the most sensitive data in some of the most targeted computing environments.
US based Support & Operations
At Acronis SCS, we pride ourselves on providing industry- leading, fast, and reliable support you can trust. All members of our support team are US citizens based in Scottsdale, Arizona. They understand your pain points and know how to provide top-notch support to US public sector customers of all stripes, from large federal agencies to the smallest K-12 schools. When you choose Acronis SCS, your organization gains access to security-conscious support from experienced, US-based professionals. No matter the fix, you maintain complete control over your systems and data – we will never remote in or pass data to third parties. In addition, Our US-based data centers mean 100% of your data is housed on US soil, as mandated by the federal government and requested by public sector agencies and organizations.