Cyber-Security Essentials for State and Local Government

A government executive’s guide to cyber-security policy and governance, operational best practices and planning for the worst case.

In recent years, IT security teams have had to contend with increasing numbers and sophistication of electronic attacks, regulatory compliance and a variety of new technologies coming onto the market. IT security teams are responding, but it takes buy-in from an entire organization to truly maximize the contributions from security personnel and systems.

In government, it’s imperative for CIOs, CSOs and other executives to understand the security threats, the technologies and the issues involved in keeping the IT environment safe from attackers. Executives need to know as much as they can about the challenges faced by their cyber-security teams.

This guide shares best practices for policy and governance, operations and worst-case scenarios. It addresses things like the importance of protecting not just the network, but also the systems, applications and data within it. It also covers topics such as getting IT security experts involved earlier in the life cycle of new projects and the need for strong policy and risk management. This guide also provides insight into security practices for three areas that are increasingly at the forefront of the current threat landscape: applications, the cloud and mobility.


Communicating Through the Cloud

Citizens want the same 24/7 seamless experiences from government that they get from private sector companies such as Amazon and Apple. However, government agencies can face unique obstacles and pressures. Still, there are steps agencies can take to modernize and offer the convenient interactions their constituents expect. Download this paper to learn how cloud-based contact centers can help improve communication with citizens.

Text Data Analytics: In Service of Smart Government

With Teradata big data and analytics solutions you can collect, unify, and analyze all your data - including text and documents - to identify potential or emerging threats to public safety. By leveraging discovery analytics, data science is embedded into your investigative approach - allowing you to reduce mountains of text into a few documents and individuals that matter most. The goal is to triage all available document data down to a workable, manageable size for analysts.

5 Reasons DDoS Attacks are Growing More Serious for Government Agencies

Read this infographic to learn how government agencies are impacted by this evolving threat and why they should be concerned.

Accelerate Efficiency: The Three Pillars of Security Response

State and local governments are inundated with alerts about security vulnerabilities but often don’t have a way to track or assign incidents to the appropriate asset owners, increasing the chance that alerts go unaddressed. To accelerate resolution time and enhance decision-making, they need a clear, orderly incident response plan. Read this paper to learn about the three pillars of successful security response.

Using Cloud-Based Analytics to Reduce Cyber Risk

Read this Q&A with Tony Encinias, Vice President of Public Sector Strategy for ViON and former CIO of Pennsylvania, to learn how cyber analytics delivered as a service can help cost-effectively secure government networks.

Extreme Conditions, Extreme Equipment

Read this paper to learn how public agencies are boosting productivity and streamlining processes by equipping employees with rugged devices.

Pulling Data Together

Download this paper to discover four steps state and local governments can take to lay the groundwork to make data interoperable.

Social Media on the Front Lines

Read this case study to learn how the Lima, Ohio Police Department is utilizing social media to engage with citizens while relying on an archiving solution to support its social media policy.

Accelerate your business with DevOps

Learn more about the 3 components of the DevOps journey: instilling a culture of collaboration, automating to improve application delivery, and building a dynamic software-defined platform.

How Advanced Technology Drives Local Government ROI

In this whitepaper, Granicus addresses how to evaluate technology to get the greatest return for your organization while considering your budget, citizen satisfaction, operations and furthering economic development.