There’s an old proverb that says a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Imagine a metal chain pulled from end-to-end. If each link can sustain a significant force, then the entire group is strong. But if just one link breaks, then the whole structure is considered weak. Now imagine if this chain held together your IT infrastructure.

With more cyber threats than ever before, the number one goal for State and Local Governments is to protect the network and IT environment. To stay ahead of threats, maintain compliance and safeguard the infrastructure and critical agency data from cybercriminals, these agencies invest in protection – engineering a multi-layered security approach built on visibility, tracking and analysis. That’s the opinion of experts in a recent Government Executive and Route Fifty survey sponsored by CenturyLink.

Our team recently carried out perception and attitudes analyses on cybersecurity across State and Local Governments. Based on a survey of more than 300 decision-makers, almost 80 percent note cybersecurity as a highest priority. Yet lack of investment in personnel, education, and managed security services makes it impossible to guard against the most dangerous threats, such as privacy and accessibility of citizen data, data integrity, and public safety.

Almost 40 percent of respondents name poor in-house expertise as one of their biggest challenges. Less than half believe departments have the internal assets necessary to defend against modern cyber threats. Additionally, nearly all respondents agree lack of formal training is a major weakness. In an effort to build a stronger security chain that adequately protects against threats at the state and local level, many are investing in analytics and education.

With a significant shortage of skilled cybersecurity personnel, the technology platform selected can diminish staff burden. Research indicates platforms that leverage analytics and automation of various cyber practices – such as internal diagnostic audits, user activity monitoring, and event detection can save time for security operations personnel, provide better insight and visibility into the threat landscape, and also reduce false positives that may take staff attention away from the real issues. When combined with in-depth training programs, an analytics platform can identify the most important threats, speed time-to-decisions, and assess potential impacts.

Learn how analytics, education and augmenting skilled staff through managed services can build the strongest value chain across your IT environment. Download the report here.

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