Government Cybersecurity

Government networks are just as vulnerable to data breaches, as commercial organizations- and recent studies have shown that: government cybersecurity teams are understaffed, the number of attempted cyberattacks are increasing; as well, as the severity of successful attacks, such as Petya and the Dallas, Texas cyberattack on the city’s Emergency Alert system. Meaning, individuals and organizations should take preventive measures to keep ward off cyber intrusions.

I’m part of a government organization, isn’t my office and information already secure? Not necessarily. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which functions as the Human Resources department for the federal government, was hacked in 2015. The OPM data breach, is the largest government breach to-date and affected nearly 20 million people. After looking further into the breach, it appears OPM’s network had been infected with malware for more than a year before the breach was detected.

What is malware? Malware is software SPECIFICALLY designed to damage or gain access to a computer without the owner’s knowledge.  Malware comes in many forms, such as software or even a piece code embedded in an email or webpage- which is why the guy’s computer across from your cubical, got infected after he visited that page with laughing cats.

How did the OPM breach happen? The OPM breach revealed that the most vulnerable point of entry is often not within the target’s network, but an affiliated third-party. A hacked third-party was the point of entry for the Target (2013), Sony (2014) and Netflix (2017) data breaches. The OPM breach also revealed the importance of incorporating harder to replicate credentials to gain network access, such as multi-factor authentication.

What is multi-factor authentication? Multi-factor authentication is a security verification method that uses a token (something you have) WITH something you know, like a password, to verify the user and grant access.

How can Thursby Software help me? Thursby offers government personnel (organizations and individuals) smartcard enabled applications. Sub Rosa, a mobile web browser application, uses multi-factor authentication- such as Common Access Cards (CAC) and Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards with our card readers. The application is available for Apple and Android mobile devices. This allows the end user to securely browse sites, including those that require security certificates, access Outlook Web App (OWA) and use S/MIME (sign/encrypt/decrypt email) features from a Mac or mobile device.

Sub Rosa also works with derived credentials, such as Purebred and mobile device management programs.

Who else has Thursby Software helped? Thursby has been a pioneer in Mac and mobile devices for more than 30 years. Our hardware and software products have been deployed and used by the U.S. Naval Services Training Command and DLA.

Recently, Thursby has partnered with the United States Navy Reserve to launch the Ready 2 Serve (R2S) program. This Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program allows active Navy Reservist to access OWA, using S/MIME features (sign/encrypt/decrypt emails) and access Navy websites with security certificates from their personal mobile devices. The R2S app is a customized version of the Sub Rosa app, specifically, designed for the Navy Reserve. This program functions at 1/10th of the cost of the previous government program. 


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How do I get started? Contact or call us at +1(817) 478-5070 today to see how we can help you increase security while maintaining usability


About Thursby Software

Thursby Software is a privately-held American enterprise based in Arlington, TX. Founded in 1986, with a solution to integrate Macs into Windows environments- Thursby has become a trusted and reliable brand, offering simple and secure solutions for Macs and mobile devices to clients ranging from the Pentagon to the Discovery Channel and BMW.

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