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FMA Survey: Cyber Training Top Priority Among Federal Civilian, Defense Agencies

Deon Viergutz
Deon Viergutz

A new survey from the Fort Meade Alliance indicates that cybersecurity personnel training is a top investment priority for more than 60 percent of federal civilian and defense agencies.

Market Connections Inc. conducted the online survey of U.S. federal government information technology policy makers to gauge their awareness of cyber threats, insider threat prevention obstacles and cyber investment priorities, the FMA said Oct. 27.

“Cybersecurity 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 the Fort Meade Alliance and director of cyber operations for Lockheed Martin‘s information systems and global solutions.

The survey results show that nearly 70 percent of respondents agree that end users are aware of the security policies within their agencies while more than 30 percent say lack of cybersecurity training remains a challenge to threat prevention efforts.

“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,” said Jeffrey Wells, executive director of cyber development with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development.

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