What are your agency's top IT priorities?

Dec 17, 2012

Agency top IT priorities

Whatever the IT challenges facing your agency, cybersecurity is likely to be the underlying concern in meeting them, according to a survey conducted for the Lockheed Martin Cyber Security Alliance. By a commanding margin, security trumped such transformational technologies as mobile devices, big data and cloud computing as a top priority for administrators.

The results came from online responses and in-depth telephone interviews of 203 people from federal civilian and military agencies, as well as some state and local agencies, conducted by Market Connections Inc.
The survey does not specify any level of confidence for the results, but the predominance of cybersecurity as an issue makes it likely that the numbers reflect actual concerns. Agencies apparently are putting their money where their worries are, with 72 percent of respondents saying they have spent “a lot” on cybersecurity, about double the results for other issues.

Malware and phishing are the top security concerns, with 59 percent and 57 percent ratings, respectively, and officials apparently feel their security investments are paying off. Seventy-one percent said they are well prepared to defend against malware and 54 percent feel well prepared against phishing. Defenses against insider threats inspired the least confidence, with just 33 percent of respondents saying they are well prepared.

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