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What Experts See in the 2022 Cybersecurity Landscape — ICYMI

Former CISOs and cyber experts Dan Lohrmann and Deb Snyder discuss current cyber threats, as well as how state and local government can respond to the challenges associated with increasingly sophisticated attacks.

Cybersecurity — so long as government is going to remain connected online to constituents and to itself, it will never cease to be a concern. As bad actors continue to become more sophisticated in their methods, the public sector needs to likewise become more sophisticated in order to defend itself.

According to CyberEdge, 68.2 percent of governments were compromised by at least one successful attack in the past year. The motive for attacks has primarily become financial, with ransomware becoming particularly lucrative, but espionage and “hacktivism” shouldn’t be ruled out either — especially around elections.

Despite the concerns, however, the majority of states and cities dedicate 5 percent or less of their IT budgets to cybersecurity; the majority of counties dedicate 10 percent or less. At the same time, recent federal grant programs will bring about $800 million to state and local governments to fund cybersecurity improvements in the next four years.

In recognition of cybersecurity month, Dustin Haisler and Government Technology Staff Writer Jule Pattison-Gordon were joined by two nationally recognized, award-winning cybersecurity leaders and authors — Deb Snyder and Dan Lohrmann. The former chief information security officers and e.Republic* senior fellows shared their views on the current cybersecurity landscape, funding opportunities and challenges; what agencies should be doing to mitigate their risks; and the applicability of national standards to lower levels of government.


Cybersecurity by the Numbers
Lohrmann on Cybersecurity Blog
Connect with Deb Snyder on LinkedIn
Connect with Dan Lohrmann on LinkedIn


“In Case You Missed It” is Government Technology’s weekly news roundup and interview live show featuring e.Republic Chief Innovation Officer Dustin Haisler and Deputy Chief Innovation Officer Joe Morris as they bring their analysis and insight to the week’s most important stories in state and local government.

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Dustin Haisler is the Chief Innovation Officer of Government Technology's parent company e.Republic. Previously the finance director and later CIO for Manor, Texas, a small city outside Austin, Haisler quickly built a track record and reputation as an early innovator in civic tech. As President, Haisler drives exponential growth, implements new ideas and promotes a corporate culture that rewards creativity. Read his full bio.
Jule Pattison-Gordon is a senior staff writer for <i>Government Technology.</i> She previously wrote for PYMNTS and <i>The Bay State Banner</i>, and holds a B.A. in creative writing from Carnegie Mellon. She’s based outside Boston.<br/>