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Around the same time that Illinois officials announced the breach, Reuters reported that the FBI detected a similar attack in Arizona’s voter registration database.
The Arizona attack was more limited and involved introducing malicious software into one state employee’s computer,” Reuters contributors Dustin Volz and Jim Finkle wrote.
In activity parallel to Illinois’ breach response, Arizona officials detected the breach and temporarily shut down the election website so that the threat could be effectively addressed.
These incidents, which experts like David Kennedy of information security company TrustedSec noted could be part of a larger attack, provide a real-life lesson for state governments. Now, more than ever, it’s critical that government networks are adequately protected against unauthorized access and malicious activity.
One of the first – and strongest – lines of defense here is the firewall. State governments and their IT teams need to not only be aware of the threats facing them this election season, but be prepared with the right cybersecurity tools. Having a next-generation firewall in place is an important piece of this puzzle.
Such an asset enforces organizational policies to ensure that only authorized users can access sensitive platforms like voter registration databases. What’s more, a robust firewall helps deliver a high quality of service while guarding against dangerous and malicious software.
To find out more about how a next-generation firewall could help your organization, contact the experts at Untangle today.