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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Public Technology Institute (PTI), part of CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the information technology (IT) industry and workforce, say that results of its annual cybersecurity survey of city and county government technology leaders from around the nation finds many are focusing on protecting and modernizing their technology.

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.