What Are States and Local Governments Doing to Improve Cybersecurity?

State and local governments are taking steps to improve their cybersecurity with increased attention to their environments and their third-party suppliers. Zero-trust strategies are being implemented to ensure that protocols are in place for more secure interactions with users and the public sector.

Key Takeaways

  • First, consider what systems need protection and who has access to them.
  • The zero-trust behavior model has shifted from “trust but verify” to “trust by exception through verification.” This is a very important change for the public sector.
  • Ensure that suppliers are using the same zero-trust principles. Establish consistent zero-trust principles between suppliers.

Meet Our Speaker

StateRAMP - Leah McGrath

Leah McGrath, Executive Director of StateRAMP

Having served municipalities with the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns and as Deputy Mayor of Fishers, Leah understands the daily cyber threat challenges the public sector faces. She has led StateRAMP as its Executive Director since its launch in 2021. Today, Leah and StateRAMP continue to streamline cybersecurity with a standardized approach and framework based on NIST SP 800-53.