Cybersecurity is not a strategy to be executed in the back offices of agency IT departments. While technology and security professionals continue to play a leading role in securing government information, cybersecurity depends on every agency employee today. The escalation of cyber attacks, both in volume and sophistication, makes it imperative that every public servant has an eye on security.
Frontline employees must secure their devices, follow cyber hygiene protocols and help identify potential insider threats in real time. Procurement professionals must ensure that everyone has the right technology and that it’s easy to secure from the time of deployment. Agency leaders must create and enforce robust cyber policies that tackle threats holistically, coordinating across technological, organizational and cultural aspects.