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Governments Under Attack: Change the Game to One You Can Win

The US government experienced 77,183 cyber-security incidents in 2015, 10% more than the previous year. Governments all over the world are continually under threat of complex, sophisticated attacks launched by rival nation-states, terrorist groups, hactivists and profit-motivated criminals. Even risky behaviors by well-meaning employees who are just doing their jobs can trigger high-severity security incidents. This wave of attacks, which includes ransomware, massive data exfiltration and cyber espionage, shows no signs of letting up. The effects of these events trickle down to everyone—from the military to government contractors to citizens. These security incidents may lead to unauthorized disclosure, modification and destruction of sensitive data and could also lead to critical infrastructure disruptions. Attacks like these could jeopardize national security and undermine public safety.

“Federal agencies were hit with a double-digit rise in cyber-security incidents last year, despite the government’s throwing more resources at curtailing attacks and security breaches, according to a recently released report by the Office of Management and Budget.”

Information Week

Challenges: Why Traditional Security Measures Fail

  • Threat actors initiate attacks at vulnerable endpoints rather than at well-defended servers
    Detect-and-protect security solutions are easily bypassed by today’s complex advanced threats and don’t address the vulnerability of endpoints.
  • For governments, 99% security isn’t good enough
    Traditional layered defenses offer less than optimal protection for mission-critical systems and classified data. The biggest risk is users clicking on email attachments and malicious links, which could lead to compromises.
  • Nation-state attacks leverage difficult-to-detect kernel exploits
    Widely known attacks that target government agencies use malware like Turla, Duqu, Equation Group and Duqu2, which hide in operating systems (OS) and can bypass application sandboxes and security solutions based on artificial intelligence that sit above the OS kernel.
  • Complex infrastructures limit fast deployment of critical security patches
    Patching and detection of indicators of compromise (IoCs) are after-the-fact fixes and are ineffective at halting zero-day attacks. Faster patching works only when you have the patch.
  • Threat intelligence that can’t be shared in human- and machine-readable formats isn’t useful
    To respond swiftly and appropriately to systems under attack, military and intelligence agencies need threat data in standardized, shareable formats.
  • Cumbersome, lengthy deployments slow down protection
    Governments need solutions that are up and running quickly and work effectively in a multi-platform environment.

Bromium Endpoint Protection Secures Government Data and Systems

With proven security protection and deployability, Bromium provides 100% isolation of threats in multi-platform environments typical of federal government organizations. It integrates fully with current US Department of Defense, US Department of Homeland Security and other government infrastructures. Large-scale deployments can be accomplished quickly, providing scalability, isolation, detection and protection. Bromium protects a diverse set of endpoints and workloads, including Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X, VDI and both on-premises and off-premises devices. Additionally, Bromium generates threat intelligence in widely used industry-standard formats, including Structured Threat Information eXpression (STIX)/Malware Attribute Enumeration and Characterization (MAEC), to enable sharing, analysis and forensics.

  • Advanced endpoint security
    Bromium’s CPU-enforced isolation technology isolates 100% of attacks, preventing breaches that leverage the number-one point of entry—least-privileged users on physical and virtual (VDI) endpoints. It helps government agencies defend against nation-state attacks that use spear phishing, cross-site scripting, ransomware, and other sophisticated techniques to gain access to classified data and mission-critical systems. Additionally, users are free to click on anything without risk of compromise.
  • 100% isolation of zero-day attacks, including kernel exploits
    Bromium’s hypervisor-based virtual container isolates, monitors and reports on known and unknown zero-day attacks, including OS kernel level and BIOS/UEFI exploits and ransomware. Bromium eliminates the opportunity for data exfiltration and manipulation and the costly process of evicting advanced threats.
  • Real-time threat data feeds to IT patch management and reporting tools
    Bromium reports on known and unknown zero-day threats and provides government agency-specific hashes and IoCs in real time, without patient-zero compromises. Traditional security solutions take days to report on new attacks and zero-day threats, leaving the enterprise vulnerable. OS and application vendors can take an additional week, month or more before they can release a patch for the unknown vulnerability. Only Bromium, with it’s 100% isolation can enable the enterprise with real-time threat data, without a successful breach, enabling IoC scans, remediations and security patches in less than one minute—no need to wait weeks for information assurance vulnerability alert (IAVA) or vendor patches.
  • Enhanced ROI
    Bromium enables IT management tools to perform quickly and efficiently. Delays associated with traditional defenses become a thing of the past. With Bromium, it takes under 30 seconds to report the attack and under 30 seconds to patch. Unknown attacks across the entire government infrastructure are resolved swiftly and efficiently, increasing operational efficiency and freeing up valuable IT resources.

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