Government Cyber Security

An Assessment of How Governments are Securing Cyberspace
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Published: 13 Jun 2016

Governments worldwide are realising that a holistic security strategy is incomplete without securing the digital assets. Today, governments do not exist as isolated entities—several private stakeholders and public functionaries are involved in carrying out their responsibilities in an efficient manner. These stakeholders may not give cyber security adoption the priority it deserves. Thus, governments are reforming their approach towards cyber security and are trying to ensure that all stakeholders in the IT ecosystem adopt cyber security in vulnerable areas through policy, regulation, strategy, and specific institutions. Countries are adopting different approaches towards cyber security. Some have deployed elaborate nationwide intrusion detection and prevention systems, spanning the entire government network, whilst others are following a more decentralised approach, using legislation and penalties to mandate cyber security practices. New specialised cyber security centres and emergency response teams are being set up, with the involvement of stakeholders from governments, vendors, and critical national infrastructure (CNI) operators. These actions are changing governments’ expectations from the industry in terms of product portfolio and services demanded. This report seeks to identify the major changes that governments are executing on the cyber security front and throws light on how these changes will affect suppliers. An effort is made to correlate the policy flux with the nature of services, which will be in high demand. Key countries and their cyber security set-ups—government stakeholders and private entities, their policies in force, and various stages of development—are presented. Major market drivers and investment restraints are also covered. As cyber security approaches vary depending on the level of development and budgets in a country, a country-wise analysis of policies, participants, and expectations have been discussed. This analysis has been used to draw broader region-level clarity on the cyber security set-up across Europe, North America, Latin America, APAC, and the Middle East regions. The regional breakdown of policies in place and products demanded will help industry stakeholders plan their responses, expansion plans, and product marketing strategies..

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