More Engagement, Funding Needed on Cybersecurity
Although cybersecurity issues are constantly in the headlines, the survey finds that local elected officials could be more engaged on the topic with IT leaders. According to PTI, 23 percent of IT executives say that their elected officials are actively engaged in their government’s cyber efforts, while 54 percent state that their elected officials are somewhat engaged. Another 23 percent of IT executives report their elected officials are not engaged at all.
Local governments are likely going to feel major budget pressure in 2021 as the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic continues. At the same time, IT leaders say that they need more funding for IT security efforts.
When it comes to cybersecurity funding, 66 percent of IT executives say they think their cybersecurity budget is not adequate. PTI notes that despite economic headwinds and the impact falling tax revenues will have on state and local government budgets, it is arguing that now is “not the time to cut cyber or tech budgets.” PTI notes that “investments should be made that will provide expanded virtual services and a secure infrastructure as governments face uncertainty in terms of continuing to support a remote workforce.”
Encouragingly, according to the survey, 82 percent of IT executives state their local government does have a cybersecurity plan or strategy. Of the local governments with a plan, 71 percent say their plan has been reviewed within the past year, while 23 percent state that their plan has been reviewed within the past two years.