Why public entities and non-profits need to step up cyber security

Technology Insights

As the past few years have shown, no organisation is exempt from the dangerous and malicious actions of criminal cyber entitiesPublic entities and the importance of cyber security

In 2020 alone we saw several state government departments and large not-for-profit organisations become the subject of major attacks, with highly confidential data placed at risk or stolen.  

With this in mind, there’s never been a more critical time for public sector entities and non-profits to take a deep look at their security posture and implement extra measures to protect privacy and security.

This is particularly important during periods of rapid digital change where transitioning to cloud systems and facilitating remote working has left entities with undetected gaps in their security infrastructure.  

Cybercriminals invest millions Protect your business against cyber attacks

Keeping your organisation’s capabilities on par with that of cybercriminals is difficult when larger criminal enterprises invest millions in the latest technology. This includes leveraging advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning for smarter, more targeted, and round-the-clock hack attempts that seek to exploit any potential weakness.

Subpar attempts to protect your data will do little to shield it against the highly sophisticated systems these entities use. But it needn’t cost a fortune to implement robust security practices and tools that stop threats in their tracks.

The key doesn’t lie in using the most expensive solutions, but in gaining a thorough understanding of your risks and then developing smart mitigation strategies. Only then can you identify the right security and privacy solutions to support your security infrastructure.

For public sector and non-profit entities, these should also be solutions that simplify compliance efforts and have been purpose-built to align with legislation and information security standards.

Get a cybersecurity health check

Many local and state government departments, and non-profit organisations, simply don’t have the time or resources to conduct a thorough privacy and security analysis.

Delaying efforts to find time and resources only places you at more risk of a breach. And if internal staff lack the skills to complete a thorough assessment, there is the potential that they may miss something which could be fully exploited during a hack attempt. In fact, 95% of all cybersecurity breaches are due to human error.

Working with a cybersecurity expert to understand your IT environment is an astute way to get the ball rolling and gain assurance that your strategy is as robust as it needs to be.

At RSM, our cybersecurity experts are skilled in conducting deep risk assessments and developing practical security strategies.

We can work with you to: cyber security health check

  • evaluate your current security posture
  • identify and discuss gaps and potential risks
  • determine compliance obligations
  • show you how to take cyber to the next level
  • create and implement new cybersecurity governance practices
  • ready the organisation for cybersecurity certification

Our people have decades of experience in cybersecurity and privacy risk services across local and state governments.

We keep up to date on the latest cybersecurity trends so we can share this knowledge with our clients and keep them a step ahead in the ever-evolving threat landscape.

For more information or to discuss security and privacy within your business, contact your local RSM office today


Riaan Bronkhorst
Principal - Perth

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