Government also faces cyber security challenges

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New research from Deloitte and NASCIO finds that less than a quarter of chief information security officers (CISO) have confidence in their state's ability to guard data against external threats.

The Deloitte-NASCIO cyber security assessed the security of all state digital data and cyber assets administered by CISOs.

"Through the programs and services they deliver, states have become enormous repositories of citizen data. As such, the privacy of individual citizens is contingent on adequate IT safeguards," said Srini Subramanian, a principal at Deloitte & Touche  and leader of its security and privacy practice to state governments. "Citizen trust in government is severely impacted when the data is compromised."

The research results call for a greater collaboration among state CIOs/CISOs and business/program leadership of the executive branch agencies and elected officials.

"The biennial Deloitte-NASCIO CISO Cybersecurity survey has become a key element in NASCIO's advocacy focused on improving states IT security programs," said Doug Robinson, NASCIO executive director. "Particularly in a time of aggressive threats, tight budgets and gaps in compliance, it's critical that CIOs and CISOs work collaboratively with state policymakers and agency leadership in an effort to reduce risks and better protect citizen data."

Challenges facing CISOs and CIOs as identified by the research include budget constraints, shortage of information technology talent, and industry turnover.

For more:
- see the report

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