The Reality of the Local Government Cybersecurity Skill Gap

Written by Jim Flynn

With technology evolving at an unprecedented rate, information technology (IT) directors in the public sector are feeling the pressure to ensure not only that they remain informed of the latest tools and trends, but that their entire teams are equally knowledgeable. With budget constraints always at the forefront of concerns for cost-conscious IT directors, it may not always be fiscally feasible to routinely outsource training and education for every member of your team. Instead, prioritizing techniques must be implemented to raise the level of technical skill and competency in the most knowledge-deprived areas with the potential to make the most critical impact on infrastructure and civic data. For this reason, local government IT teams are realizing—and working to address—a critical skill gap in the area of cybersecurity.

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