How Should Governments Handle Cyber Risk Management?

The backdrop of the pandemic and escalating geopolitical tensions has led to increased cyberattacks worldwide. Cyberthreats are infiltrating the critical infrastructure of countries around the world. With businesses heavily reliant on digital connectivity and services, any disruption is considered an obstacle to their progress. So, how can government sectors guarantee security, privacy, and digital rights? In this article at IT Brief, Catherine Knowles explains how government-led initiatives play an important role in improving their nation’s cybersecurity risk management.

Risk Management Tips For Governments

A survey conducted by Trellix revealed that cybersecurity professionals demanded government mandates for cybersecurity standards. They also insisted on the full implementation of appropriate software for supply chain risk management policies and processes. The survey report also identified a lack of in-house staff resources and cybersecurity skills shortages in government sectors—especially in the US and Europe. So, how can governments strengthen cybersecurity?

Adjusting Frameworks

Experts suggest government agencies be more agile in updating their national cybersecurity strategies. These initiatives must take a multi-stakeholder approach. Since governments cannot act alone, the technical community and private sectors must also actively participate in building effective resilience capabilities.

Seeking International Cooperation for Risk Management

Cybersecurity risk management demands international cooperation. Since the threat landscape is continuously evolving, a collaboration between different nations in the technical aspects, policy development, and law enforcement is vital. These measures allow various government-led agencies to work together to find solutions.

Leading Awareness Campaigns

Strengthening cyber resilience is achievable with increased awareness at all levels of an organization, regardless of industry. As cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, governments and private sectors must work toward unified awareness campaigns. Furthermore, government-led initiatives must mandate regular cybersecurity mock drills and exercises in public and private sectors to analyze organizations’ security posture and preparedness.

In addition to the points mentioned above, cybersecurity professionals also believe that enforcing zero trust and multifactor authentication (MFA) are some of the top priorities governments must focus on.

To read the original article, click on https://itbrief.com.au/story/government-cooperation-key-to-stopping-cyber-attacks.

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