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For immediate release: February 25, 2011
Meghan Penning

NASCIO Directs Governors’ Attention to Cybersecurity Risks


NASCIO Directs Governors’ Attention to Cybersecurity Risks
Call to Action Highlights Threats and Critical Capabilities for States

LEXINGTON, Ky., Friday, February 25, 2011 — The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has issued a cybersecurity call to action, which directs the attention of new and incumbent governors to a key set of questions state policy leaders should ask state chief information officers (CIOs) and chief information security officers (CISOs).

The call to action follows up on NASCIO’s survey of state CISOs, which was conducted jointly with Deloitte and Touche, LLP, and released September 2010. It highlights the need to establish statewide information security policies and technical controls that are coordinated with federal initiatives and private sector efforts, all of which must be fully integrated to protect IT-based services to citizens, state networks, and the sensitive information held by governments at all levels.

“With 26 new administrations, it’s imperative that new governors and other state policy leaders be aware of the cybersecurity threats that states face on a daily basis.” said Kyle Schafer, NASCIO president and West Virginia CIO. “This call to action is meant to assist state leaders in understanding the threats and developing appropriate process and policy to mitigate risks.”

The nation’s governors will gather in Washington, D.C., February 25-28 for the National Governors Association Winter Meeting. The agenda includes the opportunity for the governors to meet with leading experts to discuss threats facing state governments in cyber space, as well as key steps governors may take to better protect their states’ computer networks and electronic systems. The call to action outlines the broad parameters of these threats, the criticality of maintaining the operational capabilities of state networks and systems, and base-level requirements for securing the sensitive data that states hold on behalf of citizens.

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers is the premier network and resource for state CIOs and a leading advocate for technology policy at all levels of government. NASCIO represents state chief information officers and information technology executives from the states, territories, and the District of Columbia. The primary state government members are senior officials who have executive level and statewide responsibility for information technology leadership. State officials who are involved in agency level information technology management may participate as state members. Representatives from other public sector and non-profit organizations may also participate as associate members. Private sector firms may join as corporate members and participate in the Corporate Leadership Council. For more information about NASCIO visit

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Shawn Vaughn
Membership and Communications Coordinator
National Association of State Chief Information Officers
(859) 514-9156

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