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Cybersecurity is Job 1 for city, county IT leaders

  • 3 mths ago

Cybersecurity threats have riveted the attention of city and county technology leaders, according to a new survey from CompTIA Public Technology Institute.

Cybersecurity has ranked at or near the top of this and various other public sector CIO priorities lists for roughly the last decade, according to the  “2022 State of City and County IT National Survey,” released June 8. This year, however, 97% of respondents cited cybersecurity as a top priority, up from 88% last year, thanks to the attack on Colonial Pipeline and the growing risk of international threats related to the war in Ukraine. 

Data backup, integrity and restoration has become the top cybersecurity priority, jumping from 54% of respondents citing it as a top category last year to 86% this year. Modernizing defenses, fostering a security mindset, training and developing or testing cybersecurity incident response plans round out the top five concerns.

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