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

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

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 and Ohio chief information officer. “These three priorities, along with budget and cost control, have made top ten ranking every year since 2009. In the coming year, NASCIO will work collaboratively to address these priorities.”

Doug Robinson, NASCIO’s executive director noted, “Data management appears for the first time on our top technology priorities. State CIOs understand the real challenges of data governance and the need for more discipline around the management of state data assets. In alignment with these results, we’ll certainly have a focus on enterprise data management this year.”

NASCIO utilizes the annual list of priorities to develop strategic areas of focus for the coming year, formulate new committees and working groups, and plan NASCIO conference sessions and publications.