Security remains top priority of US state CIOs


By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Friday, 14 December, 2018


Security remains top priority of US state CIOs

Security remains the top priority of US state government CIOs for the sixth year running in 2019, according to the National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO).

An annual survey conducted by the organisation found that security issues — including governance, budget and resource requirements — will again top the agenda.

Other security issues expected to require attention include data protection, training and awareness, insider threats and the development of security frameworks, as well as third-party security practices in light of an increase in outsourcing practices.

The next top priority will be cloud services, including the move towards scalable and elastic IT-enabled capabilities delivered as a service.

Respondents ranked consolidation and optimisation as the third top priority, followed by digital government categories such as developing a framework for digital services, or for identity management.

Strengthening statewide broadband and wireless connectivity is fifth, followed by budget and cost control priorities, including reducing costs and dealing with inadequate funding.

Rounding out the top 10 list are customer relationship management — encompassing building customer agency confidence as well as trust and collaboration, data management and analytics, enterprise IT governance, and identity and access management.

“In addition to the duty to safeguard state systems and citizen information, increasing efficiency and fostering innovation are clearly indicated as key objectives for state CIOs in 2019,” said James Collins, NASCIO President and Chief Information Officer for the state of Delaware.

“It is promising to see that states also plan to focus on expanding partnerships and leveraging the power of data analytics for public good. Partnerships with state agencies and private IT companies are key ingredients for transitioning to NASCIO’s ‘CIO as Broker’ operating model.”

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