Every day, the United States government and civilian sectors are targets for nation-states, terrorists, script kiddies, organized crime, hacktivists, and expert cyber criminals. Motives driving these actors are widespread and can include political and ideological reasons, retaliation, financial gain, or to wreak havoc and cause chaos.
These attackers have a range of tools at their disposal; all it takes is exploiting one weakness in an enterprise’s defense to launch a devastating attack. These weaknesses could be well-known patches/vulnerabilities or could be a zero day attack.
On the opposite end of the equation, each government and/or civilian organization battles every day to defend the organization; however, their defenses often fall short due to manual responses, budget issues, staffing shortages, and legacy IT. Compounding this is disparate and limited sharing of information between agencies and organizations.
Cybersecurity is the new battleground and the entire ecosystem must unite their forces and resources to find success against adversaries.