State CIOs Making Cybersecurity Top Priority For 2016
The National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO) is appealing to Congress for support in improving infrastructure, streamlining regulatory compliance, and bolstering state-level cybersecurity efforts. Many states simply just don’t have the budget or resources to devote to cybersecurity and making matters worse is complicated federal regulations that make it difficult to put the right technology in place.
Cybersecurity has been priority number one for NASCIO for years; however, this organization is now seeking assistance from the federal government to support specific goals. As discussed in “State CIOs agenda targets cybersecurity,” posted by Kenneth Corbin on CIO.com, NASCIO hopes for resources to protect systems and data currently managed by the states. Most state CIOs are only able to dedicate 2% of IT budgets to cybersecurity and many operate without the skilled workers to manage those systems. In another approach, NASCIO is hoping to work with the Department of Homeland Security to extend their cyber programs to the state level, improving cybersecurity preparedness with stronger protection, response, and recovery efforts.
Further complicating state CIO efforts are the layers of federal regulations in place to oversee a variety of federal programs, like Medicaid and food stamps, and the different IT specifications needed to manage the data. When data is collected, sharing it with agencies is equally difficult. States are burdened by operational inefficiencies because they can’t seamlessly share data with other states or federal agencies. Not only does productivity suffer, states can’t improve citizen services by using the data that they have because it’s stuck in silos.
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