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State Department Latest Government Agency to Be Hacked

When retailers and restaurant chains were hacked, the public got angry. When financial institutions were invaded, the public worried. Now, as the list of organizations that have been breached grows to include government agencies, the public is starting to panic.

Shortly after news broke that the White House had its unclassified servers hacked, the State Department was forced to take the unprecedented step of shutting down its email in response to a cyber attack. The U.S. Postal Service, Office of Personnel Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Healthcare.gov are all also victims of recent network intrusions.

Government agencies were once thought to have the most secure networks, but recent events have clearly placed that assumption in doubt. In fact, regardless of an organization’s mission or the industry it occupies, the network monitoring and cyber security solutions it utilizes are what determines whether it is vulnerable to or protected from malicious hackers.

No matter what industry you’re in, in light of the avalanche of hacking and data breach stories hitting the news recently, it would be wise to re-examine the security tools that you have in place today. Network Forensics is one tool that should be in your arsenal.  Security analysts and Network Engineers can use network forensics to analyze what tactics a hacker used to infiltrate the network, something particularly valuable today when cybercriminals are constantly coming up with new and more sophisticated ways to breach security.  To learn more about this topic, download our white paper entitled, “Why Your Enterprise Needs Security Attack Analysis.”

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