2019 saw a significant rise in ransomware attacks on public sector targets. Specifically, these attacks have been targeting local government departments. With this insight, the Home Office has published a series of recommendations for cybersecurity teams to utilize relevant threats. These guides cover threat intelligence, threat hunting, and digital risk and intelligence, deriving from a series of conversations with stakeholders in government and industry around their current capabilities. One of these guides highlights a recommendation to use a security operation center to reduce risk, along with investing in the development of people involved in the effort, and ensuring essential data is visible. But, as the rate of attack is increasing and, unfortunately, government cyber defences are still struggling to keep pace, it is important to explore more thoroughly the key challenges being faced.
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