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What Local, State, Federal Governments Should Do To Mitigate DDoS Threats

Bob Gourley

Governments have special roles in helping prevent DDoS attacks. Governments at Local, State and Federal Levels have massive infrastructures that should be protected to help prevent DDoS on others and they have important citizen-facing missions that need protection themselves. Governments can also help us all take collective action.

We have all been tracking the the threats of DDoS evolve to the point where we all need to take collective action to prevent attack. This post provides some of our suggestions on what governments can do in this regard:

  • Legislatures should consider how to encourage network operators to operate in secure ways. One concept would be to grade network providers like healthcare providers are graded and do so in a way that provides the public with results.
  • Law enforcement should avail themselves of the powerful research tools used in the cybersecurity community. One critical source is Passive Total. This comprehensive data collection makes it easy to search, correlate and analyze adversary infrastructures. Network defenders can use this to take defensive action, but law enforcement can use it to take legal action and help shut down the bad actors.
  • Local law enforcement is a tremendous resource for scaling information to every citizen. Local law enforcement should continue to evolve to helping citizens prevent and deter crime by helping inform the public on cyber threats through all available media channels (to be effective at this, law enforcement should study the cyber threat as well).
  • Governments and agencies at Local, State and Federal levels should all ensure DNS firewalls are in place. We recommend Verisign's DNS Firewall. It provides cloud-based network security based on is built on Verisign's global recursive DNS platform.
  • Ensure your workforce is tracking the cyber threat by signing up for the daily Threat Brief. This will provide strategic warning of threats and info on mitigation strategies.
  • Government employee training is also key. One way to raise awareness is through our book, The Cyber Threat. This succinct overview articulates the threat in ways that inform and lead to collective action.

We also provide insights and tips aimed at the Businesses and for Home Users. Please review and help get those tips into the right hands.

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Bob Gourley writes on enterprise IT. He is a founder and partner at Cognitio Corp and publsher of CTOvision.com