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2014 Deloitte-NASCIO Cybersecurity Study

October 9, 2014 Comments off

2014 Deloitte-NASCIO Cybersecurity Study
Source: Deloitte/NASCIO

The third biennial Deloitte-National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Cybersecurity Study, conducted in the spring of 2014, assessed the state of cybersecurity initiatives administered by state chief information security officers (CISOs). CISOs from 49 states participated in the survey and 186 business leaders from a broad cross-section of states responded to a parallel survey. The study highlights the challenges that states and chief information officers (CIOs)/CISOs face in protecting states’ critically important systems and data. The survey results call for greater communication and collaboration with business leaders.

The following key themes emerged from the report:

  • Maturing role of the CISO: State CISO role continues to gain legitimacy in authority and reporting relationships. In 2014, 98% of respondents state they have a CISO role, and 90% of these roles report to the CIO. The responsibilities of the position are becoming more consistent across states, yet expanding. CISOs today are responsible for establishing a strategy, execution of that strategy, risk management, communicating effectively with senior executives and business leaders, complying with regulators, and leading the charge against escalating cyber threats using various security technologies.
  • Continuing budget-strategy disconnect: The improving economy and states’ growing commitment to cybersecurity have led to an increase – albeit small, in budgets. 48% of respondents noted an increase in budget; however, budget is still the #1 barrier. CISOs have also been successful at tapping supplemental resources, whether from other state agencies, federal funding, or various agency and business leaders. Nevertheless, budgets are still not sufficient to fully implement effective cybersecurity programs.
  • Cyber complexity challenge: CISOs are concerned about the intensity, volume and complexity of cyber threats that run the gamut from malicious code to zero-day attacks. Sophistication of cyber threats is the #2 top barrier. 74.5% of respondents cited malicious code as the top external threat. CISOs need to stay abreast of existing and developing threats and increasing regulations to establish and maintain the security of an information environment that now increasingly extends from internal networks to cloud and mobile devices.
  • Talent Crisis: The skill sets needed for effective cybersecurity protection and monitoring are in heavy demand across all sectors. 59% of CISO respondents choose Talent as one of the top barriers. State CISOs are struggling to recruit and retain people with the right skills, and they will need to establish career growth paths and find creative ways to build their cybersecurity teams.
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State App Collection Published by NASCIO

May 13, 2013 Comments off

State App Collection Published by NASCIO

Source: National Association of State Chief Information Officers

The National Association of State Information Officers (NASCIO) has launched a catalog of native mobile apps available from state governments for tablets and smartphones. Users can click on the interactive map to see what apps are offered by their state or territory. Apps are also searchable by a list of 20 different categories, including health and wellness, economic development, tax and payment information and education loans and grants.

“This tool offers a convenient way to see what other states are producing in terms of mobile apps, and allowing states to generate ideas for their own state or territory,” said Brenda Decker, NASCIO president and Nebraska CIO, in a statement. “Some states lead the way in mobile app development and can pose as models for those growing their mobile app capabilities.

On the Fence: IT Implications of the Health Benefit Exchanges

June 4, 2011 Comments off

On the Fence: IT Implications of the Health Benefit Exchanges (PDF)
Source: National Association of State Chief Information Officers

Despite the contentious debate over national health care reform there seems to be one trend that has gained some degree of consensus at the state level – planning for implementation of state health benefit exchanges. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) has already provided $2.8 billion in funding to states to build benefit exchanges, expand Medicaid eligibility and continue prevention efforts. In addition to the substantial amount of funding states have already received, they will receive billions more during 2011 and beyond. The Affordable Care Act provides states with the unique opportunity to either develop and run their own exchange or default to the federal government to establish and operate the exchange. State CIOs will play varying roles in health care reform, but irrespective of their responsibilities it will be imperative to provide sound leadership and provide feedback to governors on any IT gaps that may exist during this momentous time.

State CIOs Face Looming Retirements and Critical IT Skills Shortage Under Tight Budget Constraints

February 8, 2011 Comments off

State CIOs Face Looming Retirements and Critical IT Skills Shortage Under Tight Budget Constraints
Source: National Association of State Chief Information Officers

States continue to experience a shrinking state IT workforce, according to a new survey, “State IT Workforce: Under Pressure – A National Survey of the States,” released today by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). The survey is available for download on NASCIO’s website, http://www.nascio.org/publications.

“This survey reflects recent state IT workforce trends and predictions from the view of the state CIO,” said Chad Grant, NASCIO policy analyst and author of the study. “The inevitable wave of baby boomers that will leave the state workforce in the next five years has only compounded the challenges that exist for recruitment and retention of highly qualified IT personnel.”

Now more than ever, state governments are relying on state CIOs to provide dependable information technology business solutions, serve citizens and enable the delivery of agency services. These services are developed, implemented and supported by an aging IT staff that may face a critical shortage in the next few years due to retirement.

NASCIO executive director Doug Robinson stated, “retirements from of an aging state IT workforce have been a looming issue for the majority of the states and a comparison of NASCIO’s September 2007 findings and our current survey highlights that the recession has only delayed this inevitable tsunami of turnover.”

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