cybersecurity MeriTalk Research: SLG IT Leaders Reveal Startling Risks in Cyber Defenses
Amid a tumultuous threat landscape, state and local government (SLG) IT leaders are warning that their organizations’ cybersecurity preparedness is putting citizen data at risk, according to new research from MeriTalk, underwritten by Invicti, Keeper, Recorded Future and ServiceNow.
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