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Cyber Disruption Response Planning Guide

  • April 2016
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Cyber Disruption Response Planning Guide

State government must now view cyber attacks that are more than cyber incidents.  We must prepare for larger magnitude events.  These can be termed cyber disruptions, disasters or even catastrophes.  This publication includes the following:

  • A call to action for states to develop state cyber disruption response plans that include: a governance structure that clearly designates who is in charge in a given event or phase of an event; development of a risk profile for state assets; collaboration among the various agencies that have cyber responsibility; and a communication plan to ensure the right people have the right information as early as possible so they can response effectively.
  • A checklist for states to work with in developing progress toward a cyber disruption response operating discipline.
  • A cross functional process description that can be used as a starting point for states to develop their own unique cross functional process for orchestrated planning and response at various threat levels.

Is State IT Working on the Right Things?

  • July 2015
  • Number of views: 16295
Is State IT Working on the Right Things?
What does it mean to be working on the right things? This determination is often difficult when considering the state as both an enterprise and a collective of individual agencies. Through interviews and formal surveys, NASCIO and Infosys Public Services gained insight from state IT leaders on the fundamental processes, mechanisms and criteria necessary to ensure that state IT is working on the right things. The resulting report will help state IT decision makers understand the key factors needed to identify the right things to do, see how they and their peer states stand against these factors and what can be done to bridge the gap.

Unmanned Aerial Systems, Governance and State CIOs: On the Radar

  • May 2015
  • Number of views: 15991
Unmanned Aerial Systems, Governance and State CIOs: On the Radar
State governments are turning to unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for a variety of applications. This brief lays out important public policy issues when it comes to state CIO governance of UAS.

Building Successful Relationships: State CIO Advice for IT Partners

  • March 2015
  • Number of views: 14883
Building Successful Relationships: State CIO Advice for IT Partners
Given today's fiscal environment, states are turning to their IT partners to provide cost-effective delivery of citizen services. This brief focuses on the best strategies for IT partners to engage with state CIOs while building successful business relationships.

States and Open Data: From Museum to Marketplace - What's Next

  • May 2014
  • Number of views: 9664
States and Open Data: From Museum to Marketplace - What's Next
NASCIO takes a look at what has occurred across the states since NASCIO's first report on open data published in 2009. This latest report examines progress in open data across state and local government. Open data initiatives are advancing at all levels of government in the United States and globally. States and local governments have partnered with industry to create innovative capabilities in delivering data to consumers. Those consumers include citizens, business, non-profit organization and government. The report also presents recommendations for continuing to advance state government open data initiatives and begin moving to a next level of maturity.

Sharing Costs in Cross Jurisdictional Collaboratives

  • March 2014
  • Number of views: 7735
Sharing Costs in Cross Jurisdictional Collaboratives
State Chief Information Officers have made the case for forming cross jurisdictional collaboratives when addressing state government services. State CIOs have come to understand the opportunities and the value proposition in forming collaborative arrangements. Cost sharing is foundational to any collaborative and is often the primary reason for the initial formation of a collaborative. This report proposes a list of essential design elements for cost sharing and provides some examples of successful collaboratives.

Destination: Advancing Enterprise Portfolio Management – First Stop: Issues Management

  • December 2013
  • Number of views: 15739
Destination: Advancing Enterprise Portfolio Management – First Stop: Issues Management
State CIOs are managing a growing and diverse set of investments, services and collaborative arrangements. Enterprise portfolio management (EPM) is a discipline that provides the tools and best practices necessary for doing this proactively and successfully. EPM provides a view into the enterprise – not only projects, but also services, operations, programs and resources. EPM essentially turns enterprise architecture into action. EPM involves many portfolios. The first portfolio that drives the others is the portfolio of issues that identifies, scores and prioritizes the very issues we're trying to solve through projects, programs, management initiatives and operations.

State CIO Leadership in Government Innovation and Transformation

  • October 2013
  • Number of views: 6370
State CIO Leadership in Government Innovation and Transformation

One of NASCIO's guiding principles is to "promote the CIO as the technology leader who drives innovation and transformation." To advance this belief, this leadership white paper explores the various structures and relationships of the State Chief Information Officer's (CIO) role and how these differences impact the CIO's participation in government transformation and innovation. The NASCIO CIO Leadership Working Group explored these differences and caution that a "one size fits all" approach is not the objective given that there are clear reasons for these variations. We looked at how the role of the CIO might evolve given 'forces' that could impact this evolution, such as technology disrupters and innovation. We discussed these 'forces' and critical success factors with private sector CIOs to learn how they have evolved their position, authority, and responsibility to support corporate transformation. We prepared this paper as a guide for CIOs, Governors, and other state officials to learn more about the various models that exist and how those models could evolve to support the direction of the enterprise.

The Enterprise Imperative: Leading Through Governance, Portfolio Management, and Collaboration

  • October 2013
  • Number of views: 7210
The Enterprise Imperative: Leading Through Governance, Portfolio Management, and Collaboration

NASCIO, TechAmerica, and Grant Thornton LLP have collaborated for a fourth year on the annual survey of state government IT leaders. The 2013 survey report, The Enterprise Imperative, offers the latest insights from State CIOs and concludes these leaders are emphasizing effective enterprise governance models, adopting business disciplines, and forging the right relationships for collaboration. The 2012 survey – Advancing the C4 Agenda – focused on the balancing act that CIOs must maintain both in providing high-quality services and in delivering new, innovative solutions. These demands have not decreased over the past year. CIOs are responding by focusing on the enterprise, and by coordinating across boundaries. The enterprise focus may involve integrating governance and portfolio management across the state, improving the effectiveness of IT procurement, or deploying statewide identity and access management solutions.

Effective Cross-Jurisdictional Collaboration – Governance is Critical!

  • July 2013
  • Number of views: 12080
Effective Cross-Jurisdictional Collaboration – Governance is Critical!

Cross-jurisdictional collaboratives are on the rise. As the number of such collaboratives increases, there are essential ingredients for framing and sustaining successful and even exceptional collaborative arrangements that deliver real outcomes. As NASCIO reviewed successful collaboratives, proper governance continually surfaced as one of those essential ingredients for effective sharing of government information and services and effective employment of technology across two or more enterprises. This issue brief presents examples of effective governance and describes what constitutes effective governance.

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