Partner Spotlight - MNP

Partner spotlight - MNP

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MNP Cyber Security Services

Municipal security breaches are a rapidly growing and increasingly complex public sector threat. As demands for your government to meet citizen and stakeholder needs evolve and grow, so do the internal and external threats against the regions, cities and towns you represent. A targeted attack can compromise your payroll systems and personal information and seriously impact your critical infrastructure networks.

At MNP, we work collaboratively with you to protect your municipal organizations and minimize unexpected risks and losses from cyber attacks. Our municipal consulting services go as far as necessary to ensure the protection of your municipality’s assets and reputation.

We immerse ourselves in your operations — enabling you to be nimble, responsive and focused on providing accountable and transparent governance, while continuing to deliver the high-quality services your stakeholders need and expect every day. We also offer peace of mind against other damaging and demoralizing events, including fraud, theft and unexpected capital project over expenditures.

Municipalities Face Numerous Risk Factors

There are numerous reasons why Canadian municipal governments are particularly vulnerable to cyber attacks, including:

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Ransomware These attacks specifically target sensitive government data and stakeholder information. Given the costs of downtime and trying to recover compromised systems, municipalities are more likely to pay the ransom.

Outdated Systems Some municipalities are still using Windows 2000 computers and have had to invest millions in extended warranties rather than upgrade because of the high costs of replacing legacy software and equipment.

Overconfidence Research indicates Canadians are generally overconfident about their cyber security preparedness, which means they only have the illusion of being adequately prepared for an attack.

New Technologies Municipalities are increasingly investing in new technologies such as CCTV and public Wi-Fi zones. As technology use increases, so does the vulnerability for cyber attacks.

Lack of Specialized Cybersecurity Knowledge — Governments in Canada, especially in smaller municipalities, generally have limited budgets and therefore lack specialized cyber security personnel.

Giving You the Confidence to Move Forward

MNP leverages a tailored and targeted mix of services to help you secure your organization’s most valuable assets. Some of the solutions we offer include:

Risk Management

Maturity Threat Analysis We offer a proprietary assessment of your organization’s cyber security posture and reveal the threats you need to be aware of. We provide a clear understanding of your risk profile, which enables you to properly allocate the required budget and resources.

Threat Risk AssessmentWe can identify which of your assets is most at risk and analyze the likelihood, significance and impact of threat scenarios to help you make the most precise risk management decisions possible.

Payment Card Industry Compliancy

Any organization that processes credit card information must be compliant with the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) — a set of data controls, IT security, physical security and policy requirements to mitigate risk of credit card loss, theft or abuse. Drawing on the expertise of one of the largest full-time Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) and Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV) teams in Canada, we help your organization navigate and meet the requirements for PCI compliance.

Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition (SCADA) Services

The abundance of SCADA systems implemented throughout the municipal sector has provided attackers a new route to gain control of sensitive data and potentially disrupt critical infrastructure systems. MNP offers a variety of cyber security and risk assessment services to ensure your SCADA system is secure and able to prevent attacks and breaches before they happen. Ranging from penetration testing, to network architecture and firewall reviews, these services provide you with a report on vulnerable areas and a roadmap to improving your security.

About MNP

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MNP is a leading national accounting, tax and business consulting firm in Canada. We proudly serve and respond to the needs of our clients in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Through partner-led engagements, we provide a collaborative, cost-effective approach to doing business and personalized strategies to help organizations succeed across the country and around the world.

For more information, contact: 

Danny Timmins
National Cyber Security Leader
T: 905.247.3290
E: danny.timmins@mnp.ca

Eugene Ng
Eastern Canada Cyber Security Leader
T: 905.247.3280
E: eugene.ng@mnp.ca