In the last five years, Bloustein Local Government Research Center has undertaken several local government technology initiatives; this report is based on those findings and recommendations. While focused on, and applicable to, small- and medium-sized New Jersey local government agencies, the principles and policies put forward may be applicable to all small and medium-sized local governments, as well as similarly sized businesses and not-for-profit organizations.

Technology is complicated, as is managing it. And like any other activity, technology requires management time, attention, and financial resources. The report, “Managing Technology in Local Government: Cybersecurity, Risk, and Proficiency,” focuses not on technology itself, but on the challenges presented to senior managers and elected officials who have the decision-making responsibility for their organizations.

In addition to providing an overview of why managers must understand the constantly evolving technical issues and solutions in the world of cybersecurity, the report draws attention to the range of risks organizations face when they adopt today’s digital technologies, as well as technology management guidance to agency governing boards and their senior managers. The report also promotes a set of minimum technology standards that when applied, provides a floor level of technological proficiency within the organization.

Taken together, the full report comprises a set of minimum standards and management practices that will provide a reasonable level of proficiency, protection, and sustainability for small and medium-sized government organizations.

Click here to download Report on Managing Technology in Local Government: Cybersecurity, Risk, and Proficiency