Governments and public administrations
The need for enhanced security against cyber threats
In an age of digital transformation and digital sovereignty issues, governments, public administrations and local authorities need to protect themselves and their citizens from all forms of cyberattacks – and thus ensure vital business continuity. Personal data linked to citizens, sensitive data linked to research, taxation, health... the stakes could not be higher.
Ransomware, data theft... town councils and other government bodies are seeing an explosion in the number of cyber attacks directed at them. The focus is on: data, computer networks and other workstations. After all, by definition, a government body is in the business of managing a lot of confidential information. However, this data – which most often exchanged between several sites (ministries, town halls, prefectures, research centres, etc.) – is particularly exposed.
The stakes are therefore high. Some of your data are necessary for the proper functioning of public services, and their alteration or destruction by potential cyber-criminals can lead to the complete paralysis of your business activity, whether you are a government body or a local authority. To add to this complex situation, the rise of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in a professional context associated with the growth of teleworking can create security breaches and threaten IT infrastructures and their proper functioning.
In their efforts to deal with all cyber threats, public administrations and local authorities seek to establish trusted communication channels (authentication, confidentiality, integrity). Similarly, to ensure the continuity of public service, the role of IT managers is to ensure the ongoing high availability of infrastructures, thanks to robust and hardened cybersecurity solutions.
In addition, attacks on network components and workstations should not be overlooked: operations handling confidential information (personal data, research projects, pupils’ and students’ grades, even sensitive data related to defence, etc.) in connected environments must be monitored to avoid theft or alteration.
Our solutions focus on the features you need to address your organisation’s issues. For example, with the Stormshield Network Security (SNS) range of firewalls, you get a solution that is tailored to your needs. As such, it provides key features based on securing communications with deep, context-drive protocol analysis to prevent known and unknown attacks, control data flows and filter URLs. Not to mention the High Availability (HA) function to ensure business continuity.
With our Stormshield Endpoint Security (SES) range, you can also block advanced attacks, including ransomware, that target your endpoints. This provides you with a vital tool for effectively combating data leakage and loss. Finally, you have control over the use of external peripherals (USB media) and workstation compliance (up-to-date Windows workstations, healthy machine, etc.).
Stormshield offers several solutions for this purpose.
Regulations, mobility, digital sovereignty; there is a lot of information for public organisations to absorb. Stormshield’s experts will help you get a clearer view by providing you with an efficient, tailored response. With the issue of a European sovereign cloud under discussion, now’s the time to turn to a trusted European player.
Governments and their public bodies also have to deal with a wide geographical distribution of the infrastructure to be protected, on a regional or national scale, or even overseas.
This means that the administration’s IT teams must be able to easily deploy security equipment as physically close as possible to the elements to be protected. But they also need to manage an infrastructure that is often extensive, with a large team of administrators, without being able to rely on local on-site experts.
To meet this challenge, Stormshield offers a solution for monitoring your assets and thus facilitating their deployment, management and administration. This translates into valuable time saved. The Stormshield Management Center (SMC) solution offers operational simplicity, secure communications management, and a reduction in repetitive tasks.
Cybersecurity as applied to the public sector is subject to a variety of regulations. In France, several regulations are coming into force, including the General Security Reference (RGS) system, which establishes certain recommendations. This national framework is complemented at European level by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Cybersecurity Act. These regulatory requirements mean that the chosen solution must be proven to be appropriate. Certified and qualified products: a great choice for ensuring cyber-serenity.
Would you like more information on cybersecurity regulatory requirements? Take a look at our interactive e-book. It shines a spotlight on the public sector and education in particular.
Stormshield is the only operator to date to offer a firewall solution qualified at Standard level by the ANSSI. This complex process goes far beyond certification, and is a testament to the reliability of Stormshield’s SNS firewall range. The range therefore holds ANSSI Standard qualification (France), and also EAL3+/EAL4+, CCN (Spain) and NATO Restricted and EU Restricted levels.
This comprehensive range of products enables government bodies and local authorities to protect the sensitive confidential data of their citizens.