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October 29, 2015

Two Thirds of Respondents Think the Federal Government Needs to Invest in Data Security So Citizens’ Data is Better Protected

Tom Greiner, Managing Director of Technology for Accenture Federal Services

(Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 29, 2015) According to the latest #AFSFedPulse survey, the federal government needs be more proactive about data security. Two thirds of respondents think the federal government needs to invest in data security so citizens’ data are better protected.

Tom Greiner, Managing Director of Technology for Accenture Federal Services, shares the survey results and what they mean to citizens.

SOUNDBITE #1:

AGENCY LEADERS FACE CRITICAL AND CHALLENGING DECISIONS REGARDING INFORMATION SECURITY. SURVEY RESPONDENTS CLEARLY WANT FEDERAL LEADERS TO BETTER PROTECT PERSONAL DATA. THE CHALLENGE FOR AGENCIES IS TO MATCH SECURITY INVESTMENTS WITH THE RIGHT PRIORITIES FOCUSING ON THE CROWN JEWEL ASSETS AND PROCESSES ESSENTIAL TO MISSION DELIVERY AND CITIZEN SERVICES.

SOUNDBITE #2:

WHILE MORE THAN HALF OF SURVEY RESPONDENTS THINK THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO BE MORE TRANSPARENT ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS WITH OUR DATA, ONLY HALF OF MILLENNIALS AGREED. OVERALL MILLENNIALS ARE MORE RELAXED THAN BOOMERS OR GEN XERS WITH REGARDS TO DATA SECURITY. THIS IMPLIES THAT MILLENNIALS HAVE A STRONGER BIAS TOWARD CONVENIENCE THAN PRIVACY. SO THE CHALLENGE FOR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES WILL BE TO RESOLVE THAT TENSION TO DELIVER SERVICES THAT PROTECT PERSONAL INFORMATION IN AN EASILY ACCESSIBLE WAY.

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