Critical infrastructure sectors are vital to keep our economy running. When network gaps are taken advantage of, this can result in costly downtime and in the worst case scenario, greatly impact civilians. Once malicious actors are in a network, they can threaten the environment, economy, and even national or global security. That’s why it’s crucial to be protected against a wide spectrum of cyber threats with active network monitoring.
Effective attacks on government agencies can cost billions in ransom and result in damaged systems and loss of efficiency. With complex local, state and national council inter-department integrations, IT staff can struggle to oversee all, especially as government staff may include third party operators or contractors who may unknowingly open critical network gaps in a government’s cyber security, if unmonitored.
Healthcare systems are under duress from malicious attacks on their network. With pressure to use modern healthcare software in departments, healthcare IT staff face great difficulty understanding what is on their networks when it comes to legacy systems. Without active network monitoring, malicious actors can enter and take control. As a result, when a network breach occurs, this leaves families and patients to deal with the data fallout.
The key to a moving, strong economy is the ability to adapt. With far-reaching supply chains, international logistics and attempts to digitise, manufacturing sectors face many cyber threats that can threaten their business and impact others greatly. With the turnover of residual declining machinery without cyber technology taken into consideration, left unchecked, can leave a wide door open in their networks for cyber attacks.
The defence sector of a country is a highly prized target, as successful hacks can reveal critically sensitive data that can endanger lives on a wide scale. With multiple levels of security required to protect a nation, IT network operators require, but may not have the tools to have total network understanding. This can stop them from active threat detection and quickly responding to suspicious network behaviour.
With millions of visitors daily, cyber building management requires busy IT teams to know a baseline for normal network traffic. With the growth of the Internet of Things (IOT), such as public Wi-Fi, digital keys, security cameras, everyday building devices now have internal and external network connections. Such software can allow malicious actors a soft entry into a network, causing great harm to life-affirming equipment.
Our education systems are complex and constantly changing to keep up with the times. Often run with limited IT staff, the large cohort of student and staff network users navigating multiple apps, applications and requiring different network access, means that cyber security is often missed when handling daily IT requests. This is made worse by budget restraints and a lack of manpower to assist in tackling zero day attacks.
Energy & Utility
For utilities, the monitoring of real-time data requires constant network communication. Unfortunately, such devices are complex with their multi-layered communication, while lacking effective cyber risk programming. With the challenges of total network monitoring, it’s difficult for IT teams to identify a breach and emergencies, such as malicious equipment lockdown, which can cause devastating consequences on our people.
A tempting target for sophisticated attackers, finance-related firms are amongst the top 3 globally targeted sectors for cyber attacks. With the global and digital transformation in finance sectors, this increases the cyber risk for people’s livelihoods and businesses. Having the ability to fully see the scope of network communications internally and externally is therefore paramount, especially when dealing with critical threats.