The biennial survey of state chief information security officers (CISOs) listed the top four threats anticipated to have the greatest effect on governments as: phishing, pharming and other related variants; social engineering; increasing sophistication and proliferation of viruses and worms; and mobile devices. What’s more, the report states that only 24% of CISOs are very confident in their states’ ability to guard data against external threats.
“Through the programs and services they deliver, states have become enormous repositories of citizen data,” said Srini Subramanian, principal with Deloitte & Touche LLP. “As such, the privacy of individual citizens is contingent on adequate IT safeguards.”
But those safeguards come at a price and 86% of CISOs reported that insufficient funding posed the most significant barrier to addressing cybersecurity issues at the state level.