For the First Time in Five Years, External Threats Overshadow Internal Threats as the Greatest Cybersecurity Concern for the Public Sector
SolarWinds (NYSE:SWI), a leading provider of simple, powerful, and secure IT management software, today announced the findings of its seventh Public Sector Cybersecurity Survey Report.* This survey includes responses from 400 IT operations and security decision makers, including 200 federal, 100 state and local, and 100 education respondents.
"These results demonstrate that while IT security threats have increased-primarily from the general hacking community and foreign governments-the ability to detect and remediate such threats has not increased at the same rate, leaving public sector organizations vulnerable," said Brandon Shopp, Group Vice President, Product Strategy, SolarWinds. "But the data also shows an increased awareness and adoption of zero trust, as well as a commitment to invest in IT solutions and adopt cybersecurity best practices outlined in the Administration's Cybersecurity Executive Order. It's through these steps that public sector organizations can enhance their cybersecurity posture and fight the rising tide of external threats."
2021 Key Findings:
"Remote access is improving and will continue to be a priority."
- Defense / Military
"The main difficulty is in finding and hiring qualified IT employees and then retaining them."
- Federal Civilian
"If you and your customers are based in the United States, reshoring can help alleviate some of the supply chain unknowns. The looming question is how many supply chain unknowns will remain unknown?"
- Defense / Military
*In October 2021, independent market research firm Market Connections, Inc. surveyed 400 IT security professionals in U.S. federal civilian and defense agencies, state and local government, and education. The survey was conducted on behalf of SolarWinds. Full survey results are available upon request.
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