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PSC Survey: Federal IT Leaders Cite Cyber, Modernization as Among Top Challenges

cybersecurityA new survey from Grant Thornton and the Professional Services Council has found many federal chief information and security officers consider cybersecurity as their main concern.

PSC said Monday 28 percent of CIOs and CISOs who responded to the survey said they have witnessed an increase of between 51 and 100 percent in cyber threats based on the attacks’ number and sophistication level.

More than 60 percent of respondents claimed federal agencies lack resources to back or rebuild their talent pool.

The modernization of federal information technology systems has emerged as a top priority among CIOs, but respondents said the adoption of agile strategies, cloud computing and mobility platforms still lags among agencies, the survey revealed.

“The spotlight on CIOs continues to increase with the enactment of [Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act] and expectations are high for information professionals to leverage technology to deliver effective mission results,” said Dave Wennergren, senior vice president for technology at PSC.

“Opportunities abound if we can remove some of the current barriers that slow down the adoption of new ideas and technologies.”

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