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Tech Professionals Weigh in on Cybersecurity Priorities, Hurdles

Identity management by government agencies, along with a need for leadership support, emerged as key elements of the state’s information security posture.

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Identity management by government agencies, along with leadership support, emerged as key priorities among those attending the recent California Cybersecurity Education Summit.

In an informal survey of those attending the event in Sacramento, attendees were asked three questions. The multiple-choice questions and the ranking of answers are as follows:

How important is it to have one digital ID for California residents and businesses?

  • Very important
  • Important
  • Vitally important
  • Somewhat important
  • Not at all important

What is at the top of the list that could negatively impact your cybersecurity efforts?

  • Leadership support
  • Skill sets
  • Funding
  • Strategic planning
  • Costs

Which of the following aspects of cybersecurity is currently at the top of your to-do list?

  • Identity management including multifactor
  • Technical staff training
  • End-user training
  • Patch management
  • Asset inventory

The summit was presented by Government Technology* and hosted by the California Department of Technology, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the California Highway Patrol and the California Military Department and included cybersecurity leaders from state and local government throughout California.

*Government Technology and Industry Insider — California are part of e.Republic.
Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies in California, Nevada, Texas and Virginia, including as an editor with USA Today in Washington, D.C. He lives in Northern California.