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Darrin Curtis | Mar 29, 2022
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In Virginia, it took a frightening attack of “extremely sophisticated malware” that temporarily locked up the state legislature’s computer systems in December 2021 to raise the awareness of lawmakers. In response to the attack, the Virginia House inserted a line item in its state budget bill for $150 million to cover cybersecurity over the next two years.
If you thought all states are doing the same thing, you’d be mistaken. Cybersecurity is chronically underfunded in many states, even though state and local governments are frequent targets of ransomware actors. Most state cybersecurity budgets are between 0% and 3% of their overall IT budget. In the private sector, that figure is more than 10%, according to the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO).
No state or local government agency wants to suffer a cyberattack, but without sufficient funding, it will be impossible to mount a defense. Here are three tips to secure the funding you need:
Effective IT leaders have mastered not only the technology- but the budget process. Always aware that some might view their realm as a cost center, they come fully prepared to budget meetings, ready to defend vital allocations. A cybersecurity line item is the first step to gaining funding. It’s important also to demonstrate your ability to make good on newly available federal funds by investing in technologies to implement a Zero Trust strategy — including tools like RBI that prevent ransomware from ever reaching your users’ systems.
Posted by Darrin Curtis on Mar 29, 2022
Tagged with Awareness, Blog, Government, RBI, Zero Trust
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