The proposed tools will provide cost-effective, user-friendly options for non-technical government leaders to integrate cyber risk management into their operations culture using data and research tailored specifically toward State, Local, Territorial and Tribal entities.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (PRWEB) December 20, 2018
Threat Sketch, a leading cybersecurity company, announces plans for creating a cybersecurity toolkit designed for small governments. This work will be done with funding and support provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Office of Infrastructure Protection, through the National Infrastructure Protection Program Security & Resilience Challenge, which is implemented by the National Institute for Homeland Security (NIHS).
The information held by small governments is as much at risk for cyber attack as any other government agency, business or nonprofit organization, and the risk of attack continues to increase. Almost 40 percent of local government CIOs reported more attacks during the last 12 months, while another 18 percent reported a cyber attempt almost daily, according to surveys by International City/County Management Association.
“We are very excited to be working on a toolkit designed specifically for small government entities,” said Rob Arnold, founder and CEO of Threat Sketch. “These organizations are a vital part of the critical infrastructure for the communities they serve, and their reach extends to a large number of people. One economic measure of impact is that small government entities impact the lives of 148 million U.S. citizens. This new cybersecurity toolkit will work to help small governments prepare for and prevent cyber attack.”
While small governments share many of the same risk attributes as commercial business and nonprofit cousins, they also have unique risks as well. The proposed tools will provide cost-effective, user-friendly options for non-technical government leaders to integrate cyber risk management into their operations culture using data and research tailored specifically toward State, Local, Territorial and Tribal entities (SLTT).
The toolkit will include: An educational guide that describes leadership’s role in managing cyber risk and how the NIST (National Institute for Standards and Technology) Cybersecurity Framework can be leveraged to guide a cyber risk management initiative, a budgeting tool and a cyber risk assessment that illustrates the risk landscape and supports strategic planning among the organization’s highest leaders. The tool also provides a risk-driven, vendor neutral action plan for reducing cyber risk that is balanced and aligned with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.
About Threat Sketch -- Founded in 2015 in Winston-Salem, NC, Threat Sketch provides tools that enable small business owners and executives to evaluate and manage cybersecurity at a strategic level. The founders bring decades of IT, cybersecurity, risk analysis, financial/economic, and project management experience and expertise to a wide variety of small business clients. To learn more call 844-487-4757 or visit threatsketch.com.