Web security is hit-or-miss at local level

Web security is hit-or-miss at local level

More than half of local governments surveyed recently said they did not have policies and procedures in place for Web site security, according to the International City/County Management Association. ICMA reported that 55.8 percent of local government respondents lacked online security policies, and 44.2 percent of the governments did have policies.

ICMA's survey of counties and municipalities with populations greater than 2,500 generated 4,123 responses.

Two-thirds of the respondents said their security practices remained unchanged after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Less than 18 percent reported that they planned to purchase additional network security equipment or services, and 15.1 percent said they would make major changes to existing security processes and practices. Ten and a half percent of respondents said they had removed information from their Web sites for security reasons.

Three-quarters of the governments polled said they conduct Web site operations and management with their own staff.

For additional survey results, visit icma.org/download/cat15/grp120/sgp224/egov2002web.pdf.

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