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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.

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.

State Cyber Security Resource Guide: Awareness, Education, and Training Initiatives

  • 29 September 2011
  • Author: Mike Cooke
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State Cyber Security Resource Guide:  Awareness, Education, and Training Initiatives
For the 2011 observance of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, NASCIO has updated its Resource Guide for State Cyber Security Awareness,Education, and Training Initiatives. The guide includes new information from our state members, who provided examples of state awareness programs and initiatives. This is an additional resource of best-practice information, together with an interactive state map to allow users to drilldown to the actual resources that states have developed or are using to promote cyber awareness. It includes contact information for the CISO, hyperlinks to state security and security awareness pages, and information describing cyber security awareness, training, and education initiatives.

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.

State CIO Top Ten Policy and Technology Priorities for 2011

  • 20 October 2010
  • Author: Mike Cooke
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State CIO Top Ten Policy and Technology Priorities for 2011
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.

State Governments at Risk: A Call to Secure Citizen Data and Inspire Public Trust

  • 28 September 2010
  • Author: Mike Cooke
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State Governments at Risk: A Call to Secure Citizen Data and Inspire Public Trust
People put a lot of trust in state governments to collect, maintain and protect the appropriate information necessary to execute their programs, protect individual rights, and ensure public safety. The volume of that information expands at an ever-increasing pace, and maintenance and protection of that information, particularly where it involves Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and Personal Health Information (PHI), becomes more and more challenging. The 2010 Deloitte-NASCIO Cybersecurity Study finds that states need to do more to secure citizen data and maintain public trust.

Security at the Edge: Protecting Mobile Computing Devices Part II: Policies on the Use of Personally Owned Smartphones in State Government

  • 31 March 2010
  • Author: Mike Cooke
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Security at the Edge: Protecting Mobile Computing Devices  Part II: Policies on the Use of Personally Owned Smartphones in State Government
Due to the pervasive use of personally owned smartphones in the U.S., practical concerns have arisen around state employee requests to use these devices for state business. The potential for security incidents and data breaches is a practical concern that state CIOs and CISOs must address when establishing security standards. While these devices make the work lives of employees less complicated, and perhaps reduce state IT acquisition costs, officials must once again face the classic dilemma of balancing risks and rewards. Policies on the Use of Personally Owned Smartphones in State Government highlights the trend toward states establishing security policies and standards for connecting personally owned smartphones to government networks.

State CIO Top Ten Policy and Technology Priorities for 2010

  • 15 November 2009
  • Author: Mike Cooke
  • Number of views: 8320
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State CIO Top Ten Policy and Technology Priorities for 2010
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.

Resource Guide for State Cyber Security Awareness, Education, and Training Initiatives

  • 16 September 2009
  • Author: Mike Cooke
  • Number of views: 6521
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Resource Guide for State Cyber Security Awareness, Education, and Training Initiatives
For the observance of the sixth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month, NASCIO has created a Resource Guide of examples of state awareness programs and initiatives. The compendium augments previously gathered information with data from a just-completed, short survey of state CISOs. It includes links to state security awareness pages, contact information for state CISOs, and information describing cyber security awareness, training, and education initiatives that target four categories: Executives/Elected Officials; Citizens; State Workers; and IT Security Personnel.

The Resource Guide is a work-in-progress that should provide a valuable reference resource for Cyber Security Awareness Month, as well as the ongoing planning of security awareness and training efforts state programs may undertake thereafter.
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