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Local governments focus on protecting, modernizing technology

December 8, 2022

Annual survey of tech leaders shows continued need for funds, talent

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Public Technology Institute (PTI), part of CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the information technology (IT) industry and workforce, today released the results of its annual cybersecurity survey of city and county government technology leaders from around the nation.

PTI interviewed technology professionals who work for local governments of all sizes as part of the 2022 Local Government Cybersecurity National Survey.

“This has been a year filled with anticipation regarding the release of federal funding for state and local cybersecurity initiatives via the Investment in Infrastructure and Jobs Act,” said Dr. Alan Shark, vice president, public sector, and executive director of PTI. “Budgeting for cyber continues to be a major concern of local governments but the good news is that most of the respondents have seen an increase in their current cybersecurity budgets.”

Some of the more significant results from this year’s survey include:

81% of local governments have a government-wide cybersecurity policy for employee behavior and operational safeguards and procedures

70% of respondents saw an increase in their current cybersecurity budgets compared to the previous year

63% of respondents felt their budgets were not adequate to support their cybersecurity initiatives

61% of IT executives say elected leaders are “somewhat engaged or familiar” with their cybersecurity efforts

40% of IT executives say their organization’s premiums for cybersecurity insurance have risen dramatically over the past year

39% of local IT executives rated the relationship as poor between their local government IT organization and the state (in terms of information sharing, resource sharing, education and training provided by the state)


The 2022 Local Government Cybersecurity National Survey is available for download here.

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