A new white paper from Lockheed Martin has confirmed that cyber security and vulnerability management are now considered absolute priorities by US government entities.
The paper, entitled Cyber Security and Transformational Technologies – Keeping Systems and Data Safe, was released November 5 and reveals the results of an online survey of US-based federal, military and intelligence government technology decision makers.
Of those surveyed, 85 per cent named cyber security as a high priority moving forward. 12 per cent named it a moderate priority while just three per cent said cyber security was a low priority for the future.
That is in comparison to three other key areas of IT investment – big data, cloud computing and mobile devices – which were all named as high priorities by less than 40 per cent of survey participants.
The survey also revealed that government agencies are not merely talking about the danger of cybercrime, but also putting into action the necessary initiatives to ensure ongoing digital security.
More than 80 per cent of participants said that they had one or more initiatives in place in order to tackle cyber security issues, while only four per cent currently had no discussions or plans underway.
72 per cent said that they had already spent "a lot of money" on cyber security, while 30 per cent claimed that were planning investments in this field in the future.
According to the white paper, 59 per cent of governmental decision makers believe malware is currently the most prolific cyber threat facing the public sector today, while phishing, accidental data leakage, hacking, spam and data breaches were also named.
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