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Government networks are attractive targets for hostile nations, foreign intelligence services and other malicious actors. A core government network can host tens of agencies, including the sensitive data of government employees and citizens. The threat posed by DDoS attacks to public services is severe and real. But securing an intricate network of public services from DDoS attacks is a complex, daunting task.

 

Unlike the private sector, government agencies face a multitude of cybersecurity challenges that require broad approaches to management, control and compliance

The Need to Protect Critical Infrastructures

Protecting critical infrastructures, such as energy, transport, healthcare or emergency services, from DDoS attacks and ensuring 24x7 uptime is a top priority for governments.

Sensitive Data Protection

Government agencies not only have to follow all regulatory and compliance requirements, including data sovereignty, privacy and sensitive data protection, but also have to act as a role model in implementing network security best practices.

Tradeoffs Between Centralized & Decentralized Management

Most democratic nations have a decentralized organizational structure, with each agency managing its own cybersecurity risk and implementing its own solutions. Despite being easier to implement security policies in a top-down way, a fully centralized model brings its own challenges, such as limiting agencies’ ability to develop tailored, agile solutions to their cybersecurity challenges.

Budget Constraints & Tight Spending Controls

Implementing cybersecurity solutions requires a high level of skill and expertise, not to mention the cost. And the public demands a high level of transparency and accountability in government budgeting processes, posing challenges for agency cybersecurity efforts. 

Cyber Protests

Apart from DDoS attacks, malicious actors such as hacktivists also target government agencies for website defacement as a form of protest. Website defacement not only emabarasses the organization on a visual level, but it can also cause harm to the public by spreading fake news.

 

In addition to cyber threat protection, the solution allows public organizations to gain greater visibility of the threats they might encounter

Customized Protection for Large, Mission-Critical Networks

Customized Protection for Large, Mission-Critical Networks

Nexusguard offers a complete suite of solutions to protect the public-facing and backend infrastructure from volumetric and application layer attacks. The scope of services can further be customized to meet the distinctive requirements, for example, by server type, by network requirements (Class C and GRE tunnels), and by availability (on-demand or always-on). Our solutions able to guard against multi-vector attacks fit into any environment, including individual address protection or entire Class C range. Customizable to meet your security needs, it comprehensively protects your network to maximize service uptime and ensure reliable performance for public utilities delivered through government networks.

Address Data Sovereignty Concerns

Address Data Sovereignty Concerns

In some jurisdictions, data sovereignty is of utmost importance to government agencies. At request, Nexusguard can architect a deployment that allows local traffic to be cleaned within the jurisdiction and international traffic to be cleaned in other scrubbing centers elsewhere. Clean traffic from abroad is brought directly back to your jurisdiction via dedicated capacity.

Multi-tenant Architecture & Granular Visibility

Multi-tenant Architecture & Granular Visibility

Our Federated Portal is architectured to fit a complex hierarchical government structure. Role-based hierarchy controls ensure the central, regional and local agencies as well as their subtenants and end-users have the right levels of access, for example, super admin, admin and user accounts, to the right set of traffic visibility and control. With robust, real-time dashboard analytics, authorized personnel can clearly see malicious traffic that is permeating their network.

Flexibility to Localize Security Profiles

Flexibility to Localize Security Profiles

Given the sheer number of IP addresses in a government network and that each IP address can serve different port services, default network analysis and global anti-flood policies may not fully address the security needs of the organization. Nexusguard’s mitigation platform allows the organization to build custom rules tailored to specific protection groups to achieve the highest mitigation accuracy and minimize false positives. It also provides a focused view of the malicious traffic and policy violations on your network. 

Transparent Pricing

Transparent Pricing

Nexusguard applies the calculation of burstable billing to its clean bandwidth pricing, based on the 95th percentile of actual usage. This transparent pricing model gives government agencies a clear picture of bandwidth usage and as such how the taxpayers' money is spent.

Web Application Firewall (WAF)

Web Application Firewall (WAF)

As an integral part of our multilayered mitigation platform, Nexusguard's Web Application Firewall (WAF) ensures fast, reliable and secure delivery of web content and applications. It is geared to defend against OWASP Top 10 Threats, such as SQL injection, brute force attacks on login pages, and many more. WAF is one of a staple in Application Protection that protects sites and applications from SSL-based attacks. Our SSL cert management tool which is PCI and ISO 27001 compliant helps handle SSL-based attacks. WAF events and attacks are monitored and handled via the global multi-terabit scrubbing cloud managed by our SOC 24x7 staffed with security experts. All rule-set updates, upgrades and patch delivery are performed  automatically.

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