4 Key Data Protection Challenges Faced by State and Local Government
Did you know that the local government is one of the most targeted organizations when it comes to ransomware attacks? To add to the problem, state and local government are often some of the least prepared to deal with ransomware.
And while state and local government are increasingly adopting cloud-based productivity tools like Microsoft 365, most are not aware that Microsoft is not backing up their data.
These challenges reveal the need for state and local government to back up their data with a third- party. Luckily, Keepit provides a simple, secure, and cost-effective solution that ensures that your data is safe, easy to find, and accessible.
Here are some of the top challenges faced by state and local government:
1. Growing Security Threats
As the use of cloud-based collaborative tools - such as Microsoft 365 - increases, there has been an increase in the number of cloud-based cyberattacks.
2. Budget Constraints
While budgets can be a limiting factor, it’s important to consider third-party backup as a preventative solution that could potentially save you millions of dollars in the long run.
3. Stretched IT Staff
Managing complex IT infrastructures can be challenging and time-consuming. Matters can become even more complicated in the face of staffing shortages and employee turnover.
4. Regulatory Compliance
Given that state and local government are accountable for properly handling sensitive citizen data and adhering to stringent record retention standards, staying compliant can feel like an ongoing struggle.
In order to get a realistic grasp of the cyber security landscape today, here are a few statistics to demonstrate how quickly the need for data protection continues to escalate over time.
- There were 246 ransomware attacks on government agencies between 2018 and 2020
- Cybersecurity attacks cost local and state governments about $18 billion in 2020
- The majority of malware attacks across the globe in 2020 took place in North America
- In the past 10 years, the number of detected malware types has increased from 28 million to 678 million
Sources: Comparitech, Statista
So how do you minimize the risk of cyber attacks?
Given the complexity of the problem, you might wonder if the solution is just as complex. Quite the opposite: Keepit’s data security experts have made the solution simple so that you can have peace of mind that your data is safe, secure, and impenetrable to cyber attacks, data deletion, service outages and more.
Many businesses will learn the hard way that relying on SaaS providers to safeguard data introduces risk: according to Gartner, by 2022, 70% of organizations will have suffered a disruption due to unrecoverable data loss in a SaaS application.
Learn how Keepit enables businesses to keep running in the event of a ransomware attack:
- Cloud Adoption and Risk Report: Work from Home Edition. McAfee.
- Ransomware attacks on US government organizations cost $18.9bn in 2020. Comparitech.
- Malware - statistics & facts. Statista.
- Gartner, Assuming SaaS Applications Don’t Require Backup Is Dangerous, Nik Simpson & Michael Hoeck, 5 August 2021