IBM Survey: Government IT Modernization Driven By Security Concerns
IBM News, July 15th, 2021
July 15, 2021,
Volume 280, Issue 2

Escalating Cybersecurity and Ransomware Attacks Make Spend on Cybersecurity a Priority for Government Agencies Next Year, Many Agencies Expect 3 Plus Year Timeline to Comply with New Cybersecurity Executive Order

According to "Government Index for IT Modernization", a new study of current and former U.S. government IT decision makers, commissioned by IBM (NYSE: IBM), nearly 70% of those surveyed view security risks as the top barrier when migrating to modern cloud platforms. Of those surveyed, security also now outweighs reducing costs by almost double as the reason to modernize IT infrastructures.

Recent cybersecurity threats including SolarWinds, one of the largest supply chain attacks in recent history, and the Kaseya cyberattack impacting 1,500 global organizations, have put a spotlight on current cyber threats and existing vulnerabilities. In an urgent response, President Biden issued an executive order, urging federal agencies to modernize and protect their data from existing and future threats.

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