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On cybersecurity, many local governments still lack strategic or disruption response plans

October 19, 2018

A majority of local government technology leaders have succeeded at developing training programs and culture around cybersecurity in their agencies, but still struggle to adopt plans around information security, according to recent data from the Public Technology Institute.

Survey results from PTI’s July-August 2018 survey of local government information technology executives indicated that 64 percent of respondents had indeed “developed security awareness training for workers and contractors,” but just 35 percent reported their agencies had “adopted a cybersecurity strategic plan.”

Though not a formal agencywide cybersecurity plan, 42 percent of respondents had adopted a cybersecurity framework based on national standards and guidelines, and 50 percent had established trusted partnerships for information sharing and response.

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