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Navigating Compliance Requirements for IT Infrastructure and Security in State, Local, and Education (SLED) Entities

Introduction

Public-sector cloud compliance is achieved and maintained as part of an organization’s continuing security efforts. But this is not a one-time thing. Agencies and institutions must first comprehend the significance of observation in general. Then, if they are not in compliance, they should devise a plan to become compliant and keep it that way throughout their operations. Finally, they can research tools that facilitate cloud-based compliance management.

Due to the immense amount of personal data that state and local governments and the education sector (SLED) collect and process, they are becoming frequent targets of sophisticated malware and ransomware attacks. SLED-level attacks might not garner as much media attention as federal infrastructure breaches, but they can be just as harmful. Americans rely on SLED systems like Medicaid and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), which manage reams of sensitive personal data and routinely interact with them. Adversaries with financial motives infiltrate SLED networks to steal, sell, or otherwise profit from profitable data, such as Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, and tax and health records that fetch high prices on the black market.

The need to safeguard citizen data, vital infrastructure, and public service provision is increasing strain on SLED departments and institutions. The increased sophisticated attacks by organized crime and nation-states against business companies have created a greater sense of urgency to prevent breaches. A more durable cybersecurity defense must be established to preserve our way of life.

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