State CIOs will focus on security and cloud in 2016

November 24, 2015

Public-sector CIOs are under mounting pressure to modernize, streamline and secure their organizations’ IT operations, and no issues loom larger than guarding against cyber threats and the transition to the cloud.

In a recent survey, state CIOs named “security and risk management” as their chief priority for 2016, followed by developing a framework for implementing cloud services.

That security ranks at the top is hardly a surprise — NASCIO, the association of state CIOs that conducted the survey, says that members have named security strategies their most pressing priority for the past three years.

In too many state governments, cybersecurity is still seen primarily as a technical issue, the province of the IT department, separate and distinct from the business side of the operation, according to Doug Robinson, NASCIO’s executive director.

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