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Are you making the most of your cybersecurity resources?

Over the past two years, the administration has released numerous new cyber mandates and related guidance documents, most notably the Zero Trust Strategy and the National Cybersecurity Strategy and its accompanying Implementation Plan.
 
Although federal cybersecurity budgets increased substantially in fiscal 2023 and are expected to continue to rise in 2024, agencies have simultaneously faced an increase in cyberthreats and attacks from ever smarter adversaries while working to meet the new mandates.
 
As it is unlikely that cyber budgets will continue their upward trend (with requests rising almost 27% across fiscal 2023 and 2024, according to Federal CISO Chris DeRusha), we want to hear directly from you about the ways in which your organization is balancing demands and allocating its resources.
 
Please take a few minutes to fill out this brief survey. To thank you for participating, we will send you a $5 Amazon gift card. You will have a chance to add your email address to receive the card at the end of the survey. We will only use your email address to send you the gift card. We will keep all answers anonymous.
 
We will publish the results in the coming weeks on FederalNewsNetwork.com.
 
A Federal News Network Survey, underwritten by Axonius logo

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* 1. MANAGING YOUR CYBER BUDGET
Where do you expect to spend your dollars in 2024? (please rank the list from 1 to 10, with 1 being your top priority and 10 being your lowest)

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* 2. MANAGING YOUR CYBER BUDGET
What are your top challenges in managing cyber programs given your current budget? (please rank your top 3 challenges)

  No. 1 challenge No. 2 challenge No. 3 challenge
Managing staff morale and avoiding burnout
Meeting new White House mandates
Acquiring necessary technology
Controlling shadow IT
Being agile (more proactive, less reactive)
Taking full advantage of existing tools
Training/upskilling cybersecurity and technology employees
Protecting your expanding attack surface
Identifying and prioritizing gaps in cyber capabilities
Ensuring infrastructure resiliency
Retaining/growing your cyber team
Creating a cyber culture enterprisewide

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* 3. MANAGING YOUR CYBER BUDGET
How concerned are you about potential flat cyber budgets or smaller cyber budget growth in fiscal 2024?

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* 4. MANAGING YOUR CYBER BUDGET
How concerned are you about potential flat cyber budgets or smaller cyber budget growth in fiscal 2025?

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* 5. MANAGING YOUR CYBER BUDGET
How do fluctuations in the federal budget process, including the likelihood of delays brought on by now expected continuing resolutions, affect the following cyber efforts? (please rank each item from 1 to 5, with 1 being the most impactful and 5 being the least impactful)

  1 (most impactful) 2 3 4 5 (least impactful)
Hiring cyber workers
Training cyber workers
Planning for filling gaps in your cyber capabilities
Acquiring tools to fill gaps in your cyber capabilities
Taking more advantage of your current toolsets
Being agile (more proactive, less reactive)

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* 6. MANAGING TALENT & TEAM RESOURCES
Is the current size of your cybersecurity team sufficient?

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* 7. MANAGING TALENT & TEAM RESOURCES
Considering your current cybersecurity organization, how would you rate your workforce’s skill sets and capabilities?

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* 8. MANAGING TALENT & TEAM RESOURCES
Is your organization relying on cyber tools and services to help make up for any shortfalls in cyber personnel or skill sets?

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* 9. MANAGING TALENT & TEAM RESOURCES
Rate the degree to which you agree or disagree with the following statement: “We are leaning into cyber automation and orchestration tools so that we can free up our staff to focus on cybersecurity needs unique to our agency’s mission and delivery of services as well as on coming future threats.”

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* 10. MANAGING TALENT & TEAM RESOURCES
How confident are you that your current cybersecurity staff can identify and remediate vulnerabilities quickly and effectively, and build and manage a holistic cyber infrastructure?

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* 11. ADDRESSING MENTAL HEALTH & BURNOUT
Rate the degree to which you agree or disagree with the following statement: “Looking across our organization, burnout increasingly affects the employees on our cyber and technology teams.”

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* 12. ADDRESSING MENTAL HEALTH & BURNOUT
What, if any, of the following factors contribute to employee stress on your organization’s cybersecurity teams? (choose all that apply)

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* 13. ADDRESSING MENTAL HEALTH & BURNOUT
Have you personally considered leaving your agency because of job stress?

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* 14. PRIORITIZING FOR FUTURE CYBER NEEDS
What percentage of your cyber tools are cloud-hosted or cloud-native now?

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* 15. PRIORITIZING FOR FUTURE CYBER NEEDS
What percentage of your cyber tools do you hope to make cloud-hosted or cloud-native by the end of fiscal 2024?

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* 16. PRIORITIZING FOR FUTURE CYBER NEEDS
How confident that your agency can currently meet the requirements of CISA Binding Operational Directive 23-01 (or DoD Instruction 8531.01) on improving asset visibility and vulnerability detection?

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* 17. PRIORITIZING FOR FUTURE CYBER NEEDS
How much of a concern is ensuring the security of software as a service applications for your cyber team?

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* 18. PRIORITIZING FOR FUTURE CYBER NEEDS
Rate the degree to which you agree or disagree with the following statement: “We currently devote adequate resources to improving critical infrastructure security and ensuring CI resiliency.”

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* 19. DEMOGRAPHICS
Which of the following best describes the organization you work for?

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* 20. DEMOGRAPHICS
What is your job title?

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* 21. DEMOGRAPHICS
How many years have you been in your role in government?

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* 22. Thank you for taking part in our survey. To receive your $5 Starbucks gift card, please provide your email address.

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