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NASCIO Receives U.S. Department of Justice Grant to Advance Cybersecurity in the States
November 5, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky., Wednesday, November 5, 2014. The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) a National Justice Information Sharing Initiative grant to advance best practices in cyber incidence response planning and the use of cyber analytics at the state government level.

The award, in the amount of $100,000, continues the partnership begun in 1998 between NASCIO and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to advance enterprise architecture and information sharing in the states.

“Cybersecurity remains a top priority for state CIOs and CISOs as well as governors,” said Stu Davis, NASCIO president and Ohio chief information officer. “Our 2014 State CIO Survey presents a clear picture of the current cyber threat landscape as well as the most significant challenges states are facing in protecting state applications and citizen data....

Cybersecurity, Cloud and Consolidation are Top Priorities of State CIOs in 2015
October 30, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky., Thursday, October 30, 2014 — Security, cloud services and consolidation remain in the top three positions of critical state CIO priorities in 2015, according to state information technology leaders surveyed by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). The prioritized rankings of strategies and technologies reflect voting by state CIOs and are available for download from NASCIO at www.nascio.org/topten/.

This year, NASCIO’s annual top ten ranking shows IT security strategies and tools are at the top of the list across the states, with ‘security’ topping the list of Priority Strategies. Cloud services and consolidation/optimization traded positions for second and third compared to the previous year.

“Security, cloud services and consolidation remain at the top of the list for the third consecutive year,” said Stu Davis, NASCIO president...

NASCIO Raises Awareness for Electronic Records Day
October 10, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky., Friday, October 10 — Today, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) celebrates Electronic Records Day, raising awareness among government agencies, organizations, and the public about the critical role electronic records play in society today.

For the third year, the Council of State Archivists (CoSA), as part of its State Electronic Records Initiative, continues to raise awareness around E-Records Day. With the increasing reliance on IT, the challenge to manage, preserve, and provide access to digital records and information continues to grow. CoSA vigilantly works to share information with states on managing their digital resources, including enlisting help to preserve electronic records.

“E-records safeguard the rights of the public by providing greater accessibility,” said Doug Robinson, NASCIO executive director. “Users must recognize the importance of managing electronic records and put...

NASCIO Announces New Executive Leadership
October 9, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky., Thursday, October 9 — Top state information technology leaders have been selected to serve as new program year Executive Committee for the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). The association is now led by Stu Davis, Ohio chief information officer and assistant director, and NASCIO president for the 2014-15 program year. Davis succeeds Mississippi Chief Information Officer and Executive Director, Craig Orgeron.

NASCIO’s 2014-15 Executive Committee leaders are:

Executive Committee Officers:
President – Stu Davis, State Chief Information Officer and Assistant Director, Ohio
Vice President – David Gustafson, Chief Information Officer, Nevada
Secretary/Treasurer – Darryl Ackley, Secretary and Chief Information Officer, New Mexico
Past President – Craig Orgeron, Chief Information Officer and Executive Director,...

NASCIO Members Raised the Bar at the 2014 Annual Conference
October 8, 2014

Raised $4,183 for the Connected Tennessee’s Computers 4 Kids

LEXINGTON, Ky., Wednesday, October 8 — State and corporate members of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) raised funds for a local non-profit, Connected Tennessee’s Computers 4 Kids (C4K), while in Nashville for their 2014 Annual Conference.

"As a lead organization committed to excellence in the use of information technology, NASCIO's leadership and members recognize just how critical digital literacy and access to modern technology are for today's youth,” said Corey Johns, executive director, Connected Tennessee.
“We are honored by the generous support of NASCIO's Give Back campaign for our Computers 4 Kids (C4K) program. This donation will continue the program's impact on the lives of disadvantaged Tennessee youth by enabling critical access to today's technology and the opportunity for 21st...

Insufficient funding, sophisticated threats, and shortage of skilled talent threaten security and put state governments at risk: Deloitte/NASCIO Survey
October 1, 2014

Survey signals call to CISOs, CIOs and business leaders to collaborate and move forward

Nashville, TN October 1 — Although nearly one-half (48 percent) of all state chief information security officers (CISOs) reported incremental increases to cyber security budgets, insufficient funding remains the leading barrier to battling cyber threats, according to the 2014 Deloitte-National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) cybersecurity study, released today.

The third biennial Deloitte-NASCIO survey of CISOs and their equivalents also reveals an increasing sophistication of cyber threats and inadequate availability of cyber security resources as other top barriers to achieving adequate cyber security measures within state governments.

Three-quarters (75 percent) of the respondents cited lack of sufficient funding as their top barrier and 46 percent estimated security budget to be only between 1 and 2...

State CIOs: Charting the Course during Uncertain Times
September 30, 2014

NASHVILLE, TN., September 30, 2014 – The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), TechAmerica, and Grant Thornton LLP today release the 2014 annual survey of state chief information officers (CIOs), Charting the Course: Leading Collaboration During Uncertain Times. As major changes continue to sweep through the state IT landscape, the fifth annual survey asked state CIOs to share their perspective on the status and future direction of the state CIO organization and the overall enterprise. While the survey covered a wide variety of topics, we asked CIOs to focus particularly on three main topics - the planning and oversight of critical projects, sourcing and the use of data as a strategic asset. These topics share a common theme in that they all require the CIO to establish priorities and to collaborate with stakeholders and multiple external organizations.

Last year’s survey identified how state CIOs are advancing their...

NASCIO Celebrates State Chief Information Security Officer’s with Jarrett Scholarship
September 30, 2014

Nashville, TN., Monday, September 29 — The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), awarded the Thomas M. Jarrett State Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Scholarship to three deserving CISO’s during the 2014 Annual Conference in Nashville.

This is the second year for the scholarship program, which was created to pay homage to Thomas M. Jarrett, past president of NASCIO (2004 - 2005), for his passion for cybersecurity. The scholarship grants current CISO's the opportunity to attend the NASCIO Annual Conference.

The following individuals were selected to receive this year’s scholarship due to their dedication and leadership in cybersecurity:

Chris Letterman, Chief Security Officer, State of Alaska

"Chris Letterman took over the SSO in 2013 in the midst of a crisis,” said Jim Bates, CIO State of Alaska. “He has effectively, in that short time frame changed the...

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