Jacklyn Wynn, an official at EMC’s security division RSA, has said government agencies should work to re-evaluate their cyber defense strategies through the integration of cyber policies and objectives with the way they implement their missions on a daily basis.
Wynn, vice president of strategy and market development of global public sector at RSA, wrote that agencies should build up their command-and-control functionalities in an effort to address the chasm between cybersecurity policies and “day-to-day mission execution.”
One of the cyber hygiene practices that agencies should adopt is to have a “pervasive network visibility” into an organization’s cloud infrastructure, networks and endpoint devices, she said.
“This helps IT teams maximize the preventative power of perimeter tools and reduces the ‘dwell-time’ of successful breaches, ” she added.
Wynn also advised agencies to eliminate the use of siloed systems in order to help monitoring teams facilitate cyber defense efforts across user devices and applications.
She also urged agencies to deploy an identity management initiative.
“Minimize unauthorized access to devices and IT assets – with authentication capabilities that verify users with a high level of assurance, across a large range of devices and environments, ” Wynn noted.