September 2018
  • Thank you to our NASCIO 2018 Annual Sponsors!
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  • Visit the conference website for agenda updates
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  • NASCIO Recognizes Outstanding Achievements in State IT: Finalists Announced for 2018 NASCIO State IT Recognition Awards
  • Register today for NASCIO's upcoming webinar - 'Walleyes, Whales & Cybersecurity' - on Tuesday, October 2 at 2:00 pm ET
  • Relive NASCIO's Cyber W3B!N@R Series
  • ICYMI: NASCIO Releases Strategic Plan for 2018-2020
  • Meet our newest Members
  • New CIO Transitions:
    • Spencer Wood, Chief Information Officer, State of Ohio
    • Maria Sanchez, Acting Chief Information Officer, State of New Mexico
    • John Boucher, Acting Chief Information Officer, State of Alaska

This publication discusses the definitions around artificial intelligence (AI), as well as the challenges, opportunities and applications for state governments. The report also lays out several examples of how states are using AI, along with considerations for its development and implementation. From their role as change managers, to involvement in procurement, the publication also outlines the implications for state CIOs.
DHS and NASCIO Release Report on State Cybersecurity Governance

In recognition of the importance of governance in addressing cyber risks, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) partnered with the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) to develop a report and series of case studies exploring how states govern cybersecurity. 

The report and case studies explore how Georgia, Michigan, New Jersey, Virginia and Washington use cross-enterprise governance mechanisms (i.e., laws, policies, structures, and processes) across strategy and planning, budget and acquisition, risk identification and mitigation, incident response, information sharing, and workforce and education. The purpose of the report and case studies is to offer concepts and approaches to other states and organizations who face similar challenges. The report summarizes the case studies and identifies common trends in how cybersecurity governance is addressed across the five states, with supporting examples from each state. 
States Turn Focus to Artificial Intelligence
  Amy Glasscock , Senior Policy Analyst

There's just something about the term "artificial intelligence" that sounds futuristic and far out. Maybe it's those sci-fi movies of years past, or the fear of being taken over by robots in the future. But if you look around at our daily lives, AI has just become a regular part of it. From Alexa, to Siri, to our doorbells and our thermostats, suddenly AI is everywhere. And it's happening fast. In 2017 when NASCIO asked state CIOs "What emerging IT area will be most impactful in the next 3-5 years?" only 29 percent chose AI / Machine Learning. In 2018 (soon to be released), 58 percent chose that same answer. The response doubled in just one year. During this time, NASCIO was working on a new publication, "Ready for Prime Time? State Governments Tune in to Artificial Intelligence," just published in August.

From cutting down paperwork and relieving humans from repetitive work, to e-discovery and improved traffic signals, states are finding ways to use AI and machine learning to improve citizen services. Many states are still evaluating how best to put AI to use in state agencies, but others are in the early stages of deployment.

Our advice for CIOs is to proceed with caution and intention. State CIOs should be prepared to talk about disruption to the workforce and use their role as change managers to think ahead. They should consider developing an AI roadmap to improve the chances of a smooth AI experience. They should also fund pilot projects and be involved in the AI procurement process.

We now know that AI isn't just sci-fi or the future. States are preparing to take on the challenges and opportunities that AI has to offer.
Watch on Washington Top 5

  1. Secure Elections Act delayed  Markup for the Secure Elections Act (S. 2593) was scheduled for August 22 but was postponed after several secretaries of state voiced concern with the bill, noting the lack of funding and the White House also commented on the stalled measure saying they would not support legislation with "inappropriate mandates" that moves power or funding from states to Washington. 
  2. State plans for election security spending released  The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) released information on how states are planning to spend the $380 million in HAVA grants awarded earlier this year. 36.3 percent of funds will be spent by 41 states to improve election cybersecurity and those not investing in cyber will use their funds to replace voting equipment. Click here to see individual state plans that detail how grant funds will be used. 
  3. New leadership at FirstNet  FirstNet CEO Mike Poth will be stepping down this month after close to three years as CEO. Additionally, veteran FirstNet board member Ed Horowitz was named as the new chairman to replace Sue Swenson. Horowitz was the founder and chairman of a venture capital firm and will serve as chair for a two-year term. 
  4. House passes CDM bill  The Advancing Cybersecurity Diagnostics and Mitigation Act (HR 6443) passed the House on September 4. The bill would require federal agencies to: develop capabilities to analyze cyber risk, assist federal entities in setting security cybersecurity priorities and managing risk, and develop policies and procedures for reporting cyber risk among other items. The Secretary of DHS would lead the program. Read more here
  5. ICYMI: cybersecurity webinars  NASCIO hosted a webinar on several cyber topics including: a preview of the 2018 Deloitte-NASCIO cyber study, North Dakota's cyber moonshot, and elections security. Past webinar recordings and future topics on the cost of a data breach and South Dakota's education/training program via email phishing are available here
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