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NASCIO Call-to-Action: The Necessity for Maturing Identity and Access Management in State Government

  • 10 November 2012
  • Author: Mike Cooke
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NASCIO Call-to-Action: The Necessity for Maturing Identity and Access Management in State Government
As state leaders act to streamline services, consolidate IT infrastructure and perform more efficiently, trusted digital identities and their authentication becomes a critical enabler with the digital ecosystem. All levels of government and the private sector, are confronted by this challenge and are working together to create common policy, guidelines, standards, and responsibilities to protect cyber assets and ensure appropriate mechanisms are in place for a coordinated identity ecosystem. This guidance presents the value proposition along with key factors for establishing an enterprise-wide approach to identity management.

What Makes Collaborative Initiatives Work?

  • 19 October 2012
  • Author: Mike Cooke
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What Makes Collaborative Initiatives Work?
Collaboration is a major part of the solution to sustaining and thriving government organizations and services. But it has to be done correctly so it is effective, can sustain through the life of the initiative’s intent, and can adapt with changing environmental circumstances. No matter what service area, mode of delivery, management area, or technology, collaborative arrangements should be considered as an alternative that may deliver the most effective outcomes.

Why Should Government Join Up? Why now? What do we gain?

  • 13 September 2012
  • Author: Mike Cooke
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Why Should Government Join Up? Why now?  What do we gain?
Maintaining and increasing government service delivery in the current economic circumstances is nearing the impossible. What is the answer? Part of the answer is the formation of collaborative relationships across agencies and jurisdictions to share and in some circumstances consolidate investments. State and local governments can not afford to go it alone. Through collaborative governance structures, jurisdictions can pool funding, increase buying power, remove or reduce redundant investments in technology and actually make significant gains in the quality of service.

Capitals in the Clouds Part III – Recommendations for Mitigating Risks: Jurisdictional, Contracting and Service Levels

  • 8 December 2011
  • Author: Mike Cooke
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Capitals in the Clouds Part III – Recommendations for Mitigating Risks: Jurisdictional, Contracting and Service Levels

Cloud computing will continue to be an invaluable resource for state and local governments in their efforts to rationalize and optimize computing resources. Cloud computing should be seen as an IT innovation that can support rationalization and optimization of business services as well as IT services. Due diligence prescribes the necessity of exploring and evaluating jurisdictional issues in order to ensure long term sustainability and growing adoption of collaborative government operations in state and local government.

The Heart of the Matter: A Core Services Taxonomy for State IT Security Programs

  • 27 October 2011
  • Author: Mike Cooke
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The Heart of the Matter: A Core Services Taxonomy for State IT Security Programs
To ensure that IT security remains robust in the current difficult budget environment, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has identified a taxonomy of core, critical IT security services to facilitate the analysis of requirements, sourcing options, and costs for delivering appropriate security. For each of the twelve services that were identified, the brief includes a description, a list of the key activities associated with the service, and a list of tools that commonly support service delivery.

State CIO Top Ten Policy and Technology Priorities for 2012

  • 15 October 2011
  • Author: Mike Cooke
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State CIO Top Ten Policy and Technology Priorities for 2012
Each year NASCIO conducts a survey of the state CIOs to identify and prioritize the top policy and technology issues facing state government. The CIOs top ten priorities are identified and used as input to NASCIO's programs, planning for conference sessions, and publications.

The 2011 State CIO Survey

  • 7 October 2011
  • Author: Mike Cooke
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The 2011 State CIO Survey
NASCIO partnered with TechAmerica and Grant Thornton LLP to survey state and territorial chief information officers (CIOs) on their most challenging issues and significant opportunities. At a high level, the survey reveals this to be a time of evolving roles, changing organizational capabilities and demanding workloads for the CIOs. The themes that emerge from the 2011 survey results center on consolidation, collaboration, clout and change — a new state CIO agenda. The report, which is the second Annual Survey of State Chief Information Officers, is titled: “A New C4 Agenda: Perspectives and Trends from State Government IT Leaders.”

Capitals in the Clouds - The Case for Cloud Computing in State Government Part II: Challenges and Opportunities to Get Your Data Right

  • 5 October 2011
  • Author: Mike Cooke
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Capitals in the Clouds - The Case for Cloud Computing in State Government Part II: Challenges and Opportunities to Get Your Data Right
Cloud computing brings with it opportunities, issues and risks. One major consideration that must be addressed is the management of data – governance, stewardship, consistency, ownership and security. Data is the lifeblood of state government operations and critical for service delivery. With the fiscal stress and operational pressures that are driving state and local governments toward serious consideration and adoption of cloud computing, the data must not be ignored. These pressures must be managed intelligently to avoid pushing government into a future situation that could constitute greater cost, and more difficulty in achieving interoperability of government lines of business and government jurisdictions.

Capitals in the Clouds - The Case for Cloud Computing in State Government Part I: Definitions and Principles

  • 16 June 2011
  • Author: Mike Cooke
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Capitals in the Clouds - The Case for Cloud Computing in State Government Part I: Definitions and Principles
Cloud computing has arrived as a serious alternative for state government. There are outstanding issues that must be faced and dealt with in order to maintain the reliability, responsibility, security, privacy, and citizen-confidence in government services. Government is exploring technology and business process innovations that will make the way for government to deliver existing services more economically. Cloud computing provides a number capabilities that have the potential for enabling such innovation.

A Call to Action: Information Exchange Strategies for Effective State Government

  • 28 April 2011
  • Author: Mike Cooke
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A Call to Action: Information Exchange Strategies for Effective State Government
NASCIO Recommends State Government Adopt the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) to Enable Government Information Sharing

The National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) provides a broad range of products and capabilities for planning and implementing enterprise-wide information exchanges. Government effectiveness and citizen centric government services require effective cross line of business collaboration and communication. Use of national standards will avoid redundant investment and unnecessary variation. What is needed is a common discipline for information sharing that is employed by all government lines of business. NIEM exists as that discipline for federal, state and local government.
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