6. Cybersecurity Is Mission-Critical
Cyberattacks are growing in volume and sophistication, and thanks in part to a number of high-profile hacks in recent years -- from Hannaford to Heartland Payment Systems -- the issue of cybersecurity is in the news on a daily basis. With the government's efforts to name a cybersecurity czar stalled (and its candidates getting hired elsewhere), VARs and integrators are trying to keep the pressure on the federal government to understand just how serious the threat is to both commercial enterprise and to the government itself.
"Government is emerging as ground zero for the focus of the attack on the enterprise," said TKC's Lipkin. "It's large and complex and has issues with different levels of classification, and the need to protect information at different levels is something you balance into every equation. The solution is not to get everything off the network, though. It's a really complex problem and no one has a single map for 'Here's how you do things in each case.' "
The topic was popular at a number of recent conferences, including Virtual FOSE in August, where executives from government agencies and vendors alike led sessions focused squarely on cybersecurity essentials. Cybersecurity measures have to be holistic, they insisted. The days of piecemeal solutions to protect various levels of government classification and sensitive data are long over -- and not only that, the solutions are dangerously minimal.
"We are being exploited at unprecedented scale by a growing array of state and nonstate actors," said Robert Carey, chief information officer for the U.S. Navy, in his Virtual FOSE keynote. "We need to transition from the old, insufficient security posture ... to a 'new normal.' "