Public Sector IT Not Fully Confident in Response


With the growing barrage of public sector targeted cyber threats and the current anxiety over resources available, half of polled 1,420 public sector IT decision-makers have expressed a not fully confident vote in their agencies and organizations being ready to properly respond.

Fewer Than Half Prepared

The survey undertaken in the US polled government IT decision-makers on such areas as malware, phishing, supply chain, ransomware, cloud, internet of things and application-based attacks. Upon collating the responses, they found that fewer than half believed they could mitigate and understand the threats.

With the government becoming the most targeted sector of hackers within the past year by a large margin, the survey was conducted due to US Federal agencies facing nearly half of all cyberattacks in the period.

High Anxiety

Although most respondents towards the Texas-based survey have said they are prepared for cyberattacks occurring, the higher level of anxiety surrounding the ability to effectively confront the threats that are increasingly sophisticated in their design lords over the results.

The expansion of cloud, IoT and applications – along with a talent market that is threateningly tight on top of remote working practice spurned by the pandemic – has provided even more challenging avenues for the security environment to navigate through.

Despite an overall effort to improve the cyber security talent gap, over half of those polled have expressed strain and concern in recruiting and retaining cybersecurity talent. 84% of those polled have highlighted that they are lacking in expertise to effectively meet current cybersecurity and compliance standards.

Other areas that were highlighted by those within the poll were time constraints and a complete lack of available training.

Limited Resource

Very few organizations have the people, processes and technologies to match a modern cybersecurity model, with respondents concerned mainly about cyberattacks on their network operating systems, networks and platforms and web apps. What they were concerned about the least were stolen credentials and unauthorized data exposure.

Public sector IT professionals have said that their organizations have between one and five external partners providing cybersecurity services, and most organizations have an in-house staff to manage their cybersecurity.

When polled upon the most effective tools to mitigate cyber challenges, the top solution is security automation, followed by advanced endpoint security, recognizing supply chain security risks and the continuation of response improvements. 49% of the people polled said that adopting zero-trust security frameworks would properly address cybersecurity challenges.

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