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Whole-of-state cybersecurity

Serving the public interest by working together across agency lines to create a more secure government. 

What is a whole-of-state approach to cybersecurity?

In a whole-of-state architecture, state, local, education, and tribal leaders work together and pool resources to improve their cyber posture and reduce risk.

The status quo isn’t working

Less than half of IT executives rate the relationship between local and state government IT security practices as “fair.”

Local governments are under attack

Roughly 44% of ransomware attacks worldwide are now targeting municipalities.

State & local governments need to future-proof security

The number of attacks targeting the government sector increased by 95% worldwide in the second half of 2022 compared to 2021.


How to create a whole-of-state cybersecurity strategy

Whole-of-state cybersecurity requires three components — governance, implementation and validation.

Why adopt a whole-of-state approach?

Government agencies at all levels must reduce their cyber-attack surface. A whole-of-state method to IT risk and cyber hygiene bridges the gaps in outdated, siloed strategies.

Increased Coordination

Increased Coordination

Statewide collaboration reduces fragmented IT risk management that would otherwise leave sensitive data and essential services at risk.

Complete Visibility

Complete Visibility

Consolidated and comprehensively aligned tools increase cyber hygiene to eliminate gaps where threats can enter unseen.

Consistent Governance

Consistent Governance

Joint direction across all levels of government fosters interconnectivity of cybersecurity systems to mitigate potential threats.

Scalable Implementation

Scalable Implementation

Statewide execution leads to scalable, measured results that fractured strategies and point solutions can’t manage otherwise.

Essential components for whole-of-state

This type of cybersecurity architecture takes more than the right software. To be successful, you need a solution partner that can help you throughout the planning, implementation and maintenance of your program, and that have experience along these key components.

Policy, funding & support

Whether it’s driving policy, securing funding or gathering support at all levels, Tanium can help drive your strategy.

Information sharing

Collaboration across agencies is key to building and maintaining support for your program.

Incident response

Tanium can help you navigate the modern threat landscape by building an incident response function across state and local agencies.

Workforce development

Empower your IT security and operations team with smart tools that automate tedious processes and ease the burden on teams across state and local agencies.

Standardized tools

For each aspect of your cybersecurity needs, there are hundreds of tools available. Standardizing your tool set is key to managing a successful approach.

Governance, implementation & validation

A successful whole-of-state approach is iterative. Establish roles and responsibilities at each level, roll out your program, and verify it’s working as planned at each phase

Tanium is your whole-of-state partner

Learn how Tanium can guide you through your whole-of-state implementation.


Lessons learned from Arizona’s whole-of-state cybersecurity strategy

In this eBook, we dig into the details of how they successfully brought a whole-of-state strategy to life and the real-world ways it’s made Arizona safer.

See how Tanium can help

Tanium can help you pursue a whole-of-state path to cybersecurity with guidance drawing from direct experience. And, when you’re ready, the Tanium Converged Endpoint Management platform, gives full endpoint visibility, control and remediation at scale – for your entire IT environment.