FMA Cybersecurity Survey Identifies Training as Top Concern for Government

A survey of government IT professionals finds that training to prevent cyber security threats is an investment priority for more than 60 percent of federal civilian and defense/military organizations. The Fort Meade Alliance cyber security survey outlines recent findings below and in an infographic:

  • Almost 70 percent of government IT decision-makers agree that end users are aware of agency security policies, yet lack of training is considered an obstacle to preventing cyber threats by about one-third of survey respondents.
  • Employee training is among the top investment priorities for prevention of insider threats
  • Employee training is a significantly higher investment priority for defense agencies, compared with their civilian counterparts

“Cyber security awareness training can help solve many of the challenges we face with protecting information technology assets, and our government’s most sensitive information and mission-critical systems,” said Deon Viergutz, president of Ft. Meade Alliance and director of cyber operations for Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions.

“Through educational programs developed by our institutions of higher learning and through E.A.R.N., and other workforce training programs offered by the state of Maryland, current and future generations of cyber warriors are being prepared for careers in the industry,” said Jeffrey Wells, executive director of cyber development in the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. “With input from the government, this survey reinforces the need for education and training to evolve to meet the ever-growing demand for qualified workers in the field.”

Government market research firm Market Connections, Inc. conducted the online poll of U.S. federal government IT decision-makers. The poll measured awareness and attitudes about a wide range of cyber security topics, including threats, challenges to insider threat prevention and investment priorities for prevention of insider threats. Survey results reflect respondents from federal civilian and defense/military agencies.

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