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PERSPECTIVE: A Whole-of-State Approach Is the Answer to Our Nation’s Cybersecurity Challenges

Adopting a whole-of-state cybersecurity strategy can help state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) government agencies tackle cyber threats, despite issues such as resource shortages and legacy technologies. By consolidating services under a state chief information security officer, underfunded agencies can pool resources and streamline defenses. Obstacles to implementing this strategy include friction due to the surrender of control and budget, but a US Sophos report suggested 70% of IT leaders in SLTT agencies have faced ransomware in the past year.

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