How State Governments Struggle With Cyber-threats

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-29-2016 Email

With phishing, social engineering and ransomware emerging as significant threats, state governments are increasing their efforts—and boosting their budgets—to enhance their cyber-security programs, according to a recent survey from Deloitte and the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). The accompanying study, titled "State Governments at Risk: Turning Strategy and Awareness into Progress," focuses strictly on the challenges seen at the state government level—along with how state CISOs and their teams are responding. But the findings prove revealing for organizations within all sectors, many of which are dealing with the same complex issues. With a slight uptick in available funding, for example, states are looking to increase investment into incident response, access control and compliance/risk management solutions. Like private enterprises, they're struggling to hire staffers who can cover all gaps in cyber-security competencies. As a result, they're outsourcing functions such as cyber-threat risk assessments and forensics/legal support. As threats continue to grow and shift in nature, "we need to begin viewing the management of cyber-risk as a core function of running government operations," according to the report. CISOs, CIOs and other tech and security leaders representing a total of 49 U.S. states and territories took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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