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Cyber ​​security in public administration

Cyber ​​security in public administration

Cyber ​​security in public administration, offices, cities, municipalities and other state-related institutions

Hackers are particularly interested in government institutions, since data from government institutions is particularly valuable (e.g. insurance numbers, tax numbers, addresses, police reports). There are already many examples of cities, state administrations and state projects that have been attacked.

Some of the most common vulnerabilities and risks faced by cities and government entities

We found leaked data on the dark web for 65-70% of all counties and their municipalities and administrative communities. In our experience, after 10 years of business operation, 20-30% of employees are affected by data leaks. It is empirically very likely that your institution has suffered data breaches that you are unaware of.
  • The challenge of regularly checking and ensuring the security of the numerous digital offers from cities and municipalities
  • Stolen data or data leaks on the dark web allow cities and municipalities access
  • e-mail forgery and e-mail phishing to civil servants and government employees
  • Ineffective or no training to increase employee awareness
  • Low or no budget for the information security officer of the administration
  • Scarce resources to bring transparency to cybersecurity

How to prevent cybersecurity incidents and risks from dark web data leaks?

  • Carry out regular audits of the numerous digital offers of your cities, administrative offices, municipalities, communes, administrative communities and other state institutions and projects. A vulnerability may allow easy access to other organisations.
  • Conduct regular training to raise awareness among your officials and government employees
  • Conduct regular darnet audits to check for new leaks

How can Botiguard help?

Botiguard is a specialized audit and dark web analysis company. We can offer:

  • Botiguard BusinessSecure is a fast, effective and fairly priced cybersecurity audit. You get the best of both worlds: an automatic audit and personal advice, if necessary also on site. We check the numerous digital offers or cyber security of your state institutions from outside and support you in the transparent presentation in your city council or municipal council meeting. We check everything that is currently necessary or may be an established standard against current ransomware threats.
    • The standard Darknet analysis is already included in Botiguard BusinessSecure:
      • Standard darknet analysis (as part of our standard audit Botiguard BusinessSecure)

        • We analyze the Darknet for your company and create data excerpts. The standard report usually contains the following information if leaked:
          • Real first and last name
          • username
          • passwords
          • phone numbers
          • Email address
          • purchase history
          • IP addresses
          • Addresses (e.g. street, zip code)
          • Estimation of the date of the data leak
          • Estimate when a data leak was detected
        • The age of the data can be a few months to years
  • Other individual services by arrangement, taking into account sense and reason or your personal risk (e.g. strategy consulting, awareness training)

  • Individual, intensive Darknet research (as part of our individual advice and services)

    • The output is very individual, based on the concrete findings. This intensive dark web research is recommended if you have recently experienced or suspect a data breach, other customer leaks, hacking attacks, or ransomware activity. You will receive concrete evaluations when data leaks have been found in recent breaches on the dark web.
    • The age of the data can range from hours to a few weeks.


You can consider doing a dark web analysis yourself. We strongly recommend not doing this yourself. As a company specializing in dark web analysis, we have access to large databases and are always up to date. It is very difficult and time-consuming to keep access to dark web forums up to date, to increase reputation in forum admins, to translate texts to negotiate and communicate with hackers in the long term, to collect and structure the mass of data or to make test purchases. You risk false negative results. In addition, a dark web analysis can reveal sensitive information (e.g. health, sexual orientation, religion, party affiliation) and put you in a legal dilemma. Avoid this and let professionals do it.

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