For Local Governments, Every Month Is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

As we wrap up another October of cybersecurity-related content, it should be noted that for many government IT leaders every month feels like Cybersecurity Awareness Month—and has for the last decade at least.

The past 12 months have been particularly challenging, given that ransomware attacks doubled against public institutions, cyber insurance premiums have risen dramatically while coverage limits have been severely cut, and we witnessed something almost unthinkable when even local governments were impacted through supply-chain attacks most exemplified from Kaseya customers. This is where cybercriminals find a way to penetrate a cyber services company and surreptitiously gain access to all its customers most trusted addresses.

Further complicating the situation is the increasing demand for experienced cyber tech employees—local governments are having an especially difficult time attracting such talent. Surprisingly, it appears that money is no longer the largest stumbling block, as has been reported in the recent past. Today, cybersecurity candidates are increasingly seeking quality of life factors that include working from anywhere, working non-standard hours, and requiring more health and wellness benefits. Senior tech staff have expressed their frustration from what many are referring to as “pandemic burnout: and are simply retiring or moving to completely different jobs

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