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Government Contractors – Key Cybersecurity Partners in Safeguarding our Nation 

By Melinda Waters 

  

We all know it – we are in a digital age. Our data must be secure. This includes our daily data and digital footprints. But there is a much larger issue. How can we safeguard our federal government agencies’ data?  



Federal government agencies face unique cybersecurity challenges. These impact us all, from compliance and regulations set by the government itself to sophisticated cyber threats from outside entities and countries. The federal government has many ways to ensure the safety and integrity of sensitive data. Government contractors are key partners in the never-ending task of safeguarding federal data. 

 

In this blog, we will discuss cybersecurity in our government. We’ll look at the challenges the federal agencies face and discuss the solutions they use. Finally, we’ll look at why government contractors are key.  

 

Cybersecurity Challenges: 

 

Government agencies face many daily cybersecurity challenges. These challenges change constantly. One of the primary challenges is the extremely large scale and complex nature of our government networks, which are all connected. The number of networks, systems, and devices presents an enormous landscape. It has many entry points. This means vulnerabilities must be addressed so sensitive data is not successfully attacked. Government contractors are often on the front lines foreseeing vulnerabilities and taking steps to fix them. 

 

Cyber threats continue to grow not only in number but also in nature and sophistication. Government agencies face daily ransomware attacks and attempts to breach cyber defenses. Threats come from all sources. They can be criminal attempts, foreign adversaries, or hacktivist groups that target our federal government to undermine our national security. 

 

  • Cybersecurity Frameworks: 

Government agencies consistently face sophisticated cyber threats. Because of this, federal agencies use cybersecurity frameworks. These include the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Information System Security Officer (ISSO), and HITRUST. These frameworks help government agencies gain a better understanding and guidance on best practices and risk management. 

 

  • Continuous Monitoring and Threat Intelligence: 

Federal agencies must be ahead of the threat. They must constantly monitor network activity and use threat intelligence to uncover and respond to cyber threats. Integrating security analytics platforms will help find potential security breaches and allow the agencies to adapt to keep networks and data safe. 

  

  • Employee Training:  

Human error is still the main source of cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Federal agencies must educate their employees through cybersecurity awareness training. When creating education training, it is helpful to include common threats, scams, and how to keep sensitive data safe. By guiding and helping their employees understand and be up to date on potential cybersecurity threats, employees are empowered to stay aware and lower the risk of inside threats.  

 

  • Collaboration:  

Federal agencies can work together with other U.S. government agencies, industry partners, universities and other academia, and international allies to share ideas and exchange best practices to strengthen and defend against cyber-attacks. 

 

Government Contractors as Key Partners 

 

Government contractors are often key partners in keeping the integrity and security of our government’s data. The evolving and changing cybersecurity field requires the right talent. These firms are prepared to assist in multiple areas. Managed security services, cybersecurity research and development, cyber threat intelligence, training and simulation are some areas. That is why it’s key for government contractors to have a team of highly qualified employees. And they also need to nurture and maintain a pipeline of qualified experts as the field continues to evolve and new ways of breaching data emerge. 

 

We all agree that federal government agencies must ensure our national interests and infrastructure are safe from cyber threats. The federal government must constantly be on guard. They must maintain the best and most talented team to detect, manage, and lessen the risk of cybersecurity threats. We live in a digital age, and with great invention and innovation comes attempts at cyber destruction. The federal government is taking steps and putting in the work necessary to keep our agencies safe by using strategies and cyber security frameworks to build up its defense against cyber-attacks. 

 

Are you a government contractor working in cybersecurity? Let TalentRemedy’s industry experts assist your organization in building and maintaining a talent pipeline. We specialize in helping companies hire top talent to keep your organization successful. Contact us at info@talentremedy.com or 703-362-0175 to set up a time to learn more about how our team can support your hiring needs. 

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