A newly released survey of 515 IT security professionals is giving government officials a no-confidence vote in terms of their ability to understand digital threats, practice cyber hygiene and legislate encryption policies.

Conducted during last August's 2018 Black Hat cybersecurity conference by researchers at Venafi, the survey found that 63 percent of respondents believe government officials fail to understand the cyber risks targeting digital infrastructure, while 67 percent think officials also do not comprehend the cyber risks affecting physical infrastructure.

To address this issue, an overwhelming 88 percent of survey respondents said that government officials should be required to complete a basic cybersecurity training course. Another eight percent said such measures are only necessary if the officials are drafting cyber regulations or legislation, while only four percent said training wasn't necessary.

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