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Study: Government IT executives prioritize security

Apr 2, 2013 3:14:00 AM

The government, like the private sector, is highly susceptible to evolving digital risks. For this reason, federal, defense and intelligence agencies are prioritizing document security initiatives to keep confidential resources protected in the age of adversity, according to a new study by Lockheed Martin.

"Government's challenge is twofold, adopting transformational technologies to help reduce operating costs while also keeping systems and data safe," said Rick Johnson, vice president and CTO of Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions.

The study revealed that 85 percent of government IT decision-makers have put an emphasis on digital document protection strategies, as they have already deployed at least one major initiative. Other technological projects, such as the adoption of cloud computing and mobile solutions, are raising the importance of launching robust security programs.

A separate report by INPUT noted that federal investments in information security will exceed $13 billion by 2015, largely driven by the consensus that the government still has a lot of work to do to remain secure in today's evolving digital landscape.