By Pat Fiorenza
As part of the Agency of the Future Series, GovLoop has released the report, “Winning the Cybersecurity Battle.” Today, the world is interconnected like never before. As a nation, we must work collaboratively to ensure that cyber defense strategies are robust and effective to secure our way of life. You can read the report online or can download a PDF here.
The report includes results from 156 public sector employees, some highlights include:
- 84 percent of respondents see cybersecurity as a priority for their agency in the next 3-5 years.
- 90 percent of respondents do not believe their agencies are fully prepared for a cyber attack.
- 49 percent of respondents cited phishing as the largest threat to cyber security at their agency.
- 22 percent of respondents could not accurately assess the cybersecurity systems and policies of their agencies.
Additionally, the report includes an interview with Dan Lohrmann, Chief Information Security Officer, Michigan, an overview of the federal government cybersecurity landscape, interviews with industry experts from Dell, Juniper Networks, SolarWinds and Symantec. Finally, the report includes a cybersecurity cheat sheet, which is a synopsis of the guide, and provides readers with the need to know cybersecurity information.
The agency of the future will revolve around consolidating and integrating IT systems and connecting disparate data sets to improve decision-making. Additionally, the agency of the future will be rooted in data, cloud and mobile technology. With these trends shaping the public sector, the need is clear to adopt robust security protocols. This report will help you in your efforts to win the cybersecurity battle.
About the Author: Patrick Fiorenza is currently a Senior Research Analyst at GovLoop. In this role, Pat authors and manages the creation of GovLoop research reports, writes a monthly blog series on behalf of GovLoop’s industry partners and works diligently to identify best practices to help facilitate knowledge sharing across government. Pat has covered topics such as big data, mobile, cloud computing, analytics and other technology focused areas in government. Pat received a Masters of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.