October 2016

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NASCIO Releases 2016 State CIO Survey: The Adaptable CIO

NASCIO, Grant Thornton LLP and CompTIA have collaborated for a seventh consecutive year to survey state government IT leaders on current issues, trends and perspectives. New service delivery models, innovative technology solutions, and rising customer expectations all require state CIOs to adapt continually to changing circumstances. We asked state CIOs to share their perspective on a number of topics, with a particular focus on the continued evolution of the CIO as a broker of shared services, on the IT workforce challenges facing CIOs, and on the use of data management and analytics at an enterprise level. These topics all involve CIOs looking into the future and adapting their strategies and plans to address a state IT and business environment that is becoming ever more complex. Cybersecurity, cloud solutions, mobility, procurement, cross-jurisdictional collaboration and privacy represent other high priority topics covered in the survey.

To submit information for the next edition, contact Kayla Leslie , NASCIO Connections editor.
Events of Interest
National States Geographic Information Council
October 24-28, 2016
Indianapolis, Indiana
National Association of Medicaid Directors
November 6-8, 2016
Arlington, Virginia
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NASCIO Releases Cybersecurity Survey

In late September, the 2016  Deloitte-NASCIO Cybersecurity Study was released. 
The biennial survey found that challenges still exist, but cybersecurity is becoming part of the fabric of government operations. The survey also found that, despite an increase in the governor-level awareness of cybersecurity, the most significant challenge for state chief information security officers (CISOs) in 2016 remains a lack of sufficient funding. Most states' cybersecurity budgets are hovering between zero and 2 percent of their overall information technology budget.

Key takeaways from the 2016 survey are:

* Governor-level awareness is on the rise. The survey results indicate that governors and other state officials are receiving more frequent updates from CIOs/CISOs. Despite an increase of reporting, a confidence gap still exists between IT and the business, emphasizing the need for better communication of cyber risks.

* Cybersecurity is becoming part of the fabric of government operations. The state government CISO role has become more consistent in terms of functions and responsibilities. Top three cybersecurity initiatives in 2016 include training and awareness, monitoring/security operations centers, and strategy.

* A formal cybersecurity strategy and better communications lead to greater command of resources. States taking a proactive approach to strategy setting and communication are more likely to see improvements in funding and access to talent. Survey shows 16 out of 33 states with an approved strategy reported they had an increase in budget.

* There is a need to rethink talent strategies. The nature of what states have to offer workers has changed. States are pointing to job stability and the opportunity to "give back and make an impact" as compelling reasons to gravitate towards state employment. These - along with a rich training and development program - are becoming the basis for a campaign to recruit millennial talent.

To read the survey, visit www.NASCIO.org/stateofcyber.

For questions regarding the survey please contact Meredith Ward, Senior Policy Analyst.
Annual Conference
The Happiest Place in  Technology 
at #NASCIO16
In September, NASCIO members gathered in Orlando for the 2016 Annual Conference. The opening keynote, Robyn Benincasa, set the stage for this two and half day adventure race, where members and partners share innovations, best practices, experiences and expertise to support the effective use of technology policy in state government. Survey results from the State CIO Survey and the NASCIO-Deloitte Cybersecurity Survey provided big-picture context for the other sessions and discussions.  

The power of the story took center stage at this year's conference with two sessions following the Ignite format - five minutes to explain a specific point with the aid of 20 slides advancing every 15 seconds. 

Top Ten Talks
Top Ten Talks

Leadership Lessons Learned
Leadership Lessons Learned
Innovative State IT Projects Recognized
Twelve exemplary initiatives were chosen as recipients for the National Association of State Chief Information Officers' (NASCIO) 2016 Recognition Awards for outstanding achievement in information technology in state government. Learn more
Get to know the NASCIO Team 

Kayla Leslie is now serving as the NASCIO project  coordinator as of October 1. Kayla  can be reached at kleslie@NASCIO.org or 859.514.9191.

Watch on Washington Top 5

Yejin Cooke, Director of Government Affairs
1. Two more states issue FirstNet RFP. Alabama and Arizona issue RFP for statewide public safety RAN if they choose to top out. New Hampshire has already concluded this process; making AL and AZ the second and third states to do so. NASCIO Broadband committee will discuss NH contract on Nov. 2 at 3:30 Eastern.

2. Rivada Out. Rivada Networks has stated that it will not respond to state RFPs until FirstNet announces its private partner (due sometime in November). Both AL and AZ RFPs are due Oct. 24 and Oct.31, respectively.

3. Got plans? New federal CISO Greg Touhill says he's expecting to stay on through a new administration and laid out short and long term plans including: establishing cyber.gov, meeting of federal CISOs, and push for CDM technology.

4. Russia, Russia, Russia! The White House announced its intention to respond to Russia's alleged hacking of American computer systems, saying that the response will be "proportional." Newest victim? Hillary Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta.

5. Elections security. 33 states and 11 local jurisdictions have sought assistance from DHS to shore up elections security including scanning internet-facing systems for vulnerabilities. But don't equate receiving assistance with wanted to be designated "critical infrastructure" which state elections officials strongly oppose.
Meet Our Newest Members
New Corporate Members:
  • Data Management
  • Escher Group
  • Navigator Management Partners
New Chief Information Officers:
  • Mark Nunnelly, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Jesus Caban, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Tony Young, State of Wyoming
New Associate Local Government Members:
  • Collier County
  • City of Fresno
  • Douglas County
NASCIO: Making Connections
NASCIO Executive Director Doug Robinson  attended and spoke at the State of Mississippi - Cloud Services Advisory Council in Jackson, MI, September 7. He attended and spoke the National Association of State Chief Administrators Institute on Management and Leadership in Olympia, WA, October 5-7. He also attended and spoke at the State of Michigan International Cyber Summit in Detroit, MI, October 17. Doug Robinson will be presenting at the State of Idaho Briefings in Boise, ID, October 25-27. He will be the keynote at the Best Practices Exchange in Sacramento, CA, October 31-November 2. Finally, he will be attending and speaking at the National Academy of Public Administration in Arlington, VA, November 16-18.

NASCIO Director of Government Affairs, Yejin Cooke attended and spoke at the National Governors' Association Regional Cyber Security Summit in Boston, MA, October 5-7. She will be attending and speaking at the State of Georgia Senate Study Committee on Data Security and Privacy in Atlanta, GA, October 27.

NASCIO Senior Policy Analyst, Amy Hille Glasscock attended and spoke at the Smart Card Alliance Security of Things Conference in Chicago, IL, October 18-19.
NASCIO Committee and Working Group Schedule

*    Privacy and Data Protection Working Group
    Wednesday, October 26 at 3 pm Eastern

*    Broadband and Telecommunications Committee
    Wednesday, November 2 at 3:30 pm Eastern

*    National Innovations Forum
    Wednesday, November 9 at 12 pm Eastern

*    State IT Procurement Modernization Committee
    Wednesday, November 9 at 12 pm Eastern

*    Enterprise Architecture and Governance Committee
    Thursday, November 10 at 2 pm Eastern

*    Data Management Working Group
    Thursday, November 10 at 3 pm Eastern

*    Cybersecurity Committee
    Tuesday, November 15 at 2 pm Eastern

*    Privacy and Data Protection Working Group
    Wednesday, November 30 at 3 pm Eastern

Corporate Member Partner Profiles
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