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1. Homeland security advisors survey discusses threats and level of preparedness    The National Governors Association released its 2017 Homeland Security Advisor Survey which discusses homeland security priorities from the perspective of HSAs from 44 states. Cyber tops the list of concerns but few feel prepared to address this threat. Read the full report  here   .  2. GAO to begin studying federal cyber regulation harmonization   In May, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) will begin to study a long-time NASCIO priority, harmonization of disparate federal cyber regulations. The GAO request stems from an October, 2017  letter from ...
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When agencies transform their IT systems to address the digital imperative, one thing that doesn’t get the attention it deserves is disaster recovery (DR). Being more digital means being more dependent on technology. This increases the risk of disruption due to cyber-attacks, natural disasters or hardware/software failures. At $5600 per minute 1 to $8000 per minute 2 , the cost of disruption can be prohibitive for agencies. It has become more important than ever to keep business continuity plans updated and build a disaster recovery solution that can help recover in minutes. However, doing this through traditional DR models can be expensive. Compromising ...
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Driverless vehicles. With their alluring promise of leisurely commutes and road trips and the eradication of traffic accidents, it’s not hard to see the appeal. Claims of a world of passengers (not drivers) being whisked about safely and conveniently in just a few years may be overly optimistic, but that doesn’t mean that vehicle manufacturers aren’t working hard on research, testing and even production of these types of vehicles or that states aren't thinking about the challenges and benefits ahead.   The role that states will have in the future of driverless vehicles is not yet clear, however there will be disruptions, new regulations and standards ...
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As CIOs and State IT leaders, you are well aware that digital transformation in state government is inevitable. As your organization evolves and transforms, cloud should be one of the critical components you take with you on that journey. In fact, NASCIO recently released its annual survey of state information technology leaders on critical priorities for the coming year and cloud services is ranked as a close second just behind security (up one spot from last year). But before you define (or design) your cloud adoption strategy, take time to identify the ways in which cloud can play a role and how cloud capabilities align with your organization’s goals. ...
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How do you get the most out of networking opportunities at conferences? Like many of my public and private sector colleagues, I’ve been attending The National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO) Midyear and Annual Conferences for more than a decade. Along the way, as both a state government official representing Michigan and more recently as a part of the corporate membership, I’ve learned a few things to help achieve my goals. I’m sharing some tips to try and help the wider NASCIO community and hopefully create a WIN/WIN that can enable you to make the most of your precious time. I’m also hoping to open the door to a wider conversation that allows everyone ...
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1. DHS authorization passes Senate Committee  On March 7, the Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act (H.R. 2825) passed the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee by 10-1; the measure has already passed the House. The bill would reauthorize DHS for the first time since its inception and "codify and authorize" roles and responsibilities for various components within DHS. 2. New name for NPPD  The National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) within DHS which includes the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications and the Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis will go by a new name should H.R. 2825 be signed ...
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This year marks the 30 th anniversary of the NASCIO State IT Recognition Awards, which honor innovation and excellence in the use of information technology in state government. Since the program’s inception, states have submitted nearly 4,000 nominations highlighting their important work. In celebrations of this milestone, NASCIO challenges all states to submit at least one nomination for award consideration. Along with individual state recognition, the Awards highlight the integral, but often unsung, role information technology plays in meeting the goals of state government across our nation. To provide guidance on how to submit strong award nominations, ...
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As public sector cybersecurity specialists, we see firsthand that state leaders are considered to be guardians of public safety. They are expected to identify, protect, detect, respond, and help their agencies recover swiftly and effectively from any disruption to critical infrastructure to reduce damage and restore operations and services. In working with our clients, we know that most critical infrastructure protection programs only address physical threats, leaving many states vulnerable to cyber threats ranging from service disruption to public safety concerns. It is crucial that states expand their risk mindset to include cyber risks and lead a statewide, ...
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The pace of technology change is staggering. While agencies were still trying to figure out how to deal with Cloud and Analytics, along come AI and Blockchain to make lives more interesting! There is a lot of discussion around Blockchain - World Economic Forum estimates that by 2027, 10% of global gross domestic product will be stored on blockchain technology. And, lot of action as well - Gartner estimates that blockchain-based business will be worth $10 Billion by 2022. Almost every other industry is piloting blockchain initiatives - manufacturing and retail organizations are piloting blockchain for supply chain and inventory management, healthcare and ...
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1. National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) releases cyber budgeting guide . In late January 2018, NCSL released the " Budgeting for Cybersecurity " guide which aims to help legislators determine whether cyber-related budget requests are "justified and sufficient." The guide also speaks to cyber governance, strategy, training, hardware and software and much more. NASCIO contributed to the report. 2. President Trump releases budget and infrastructure plan . On February 12, President Trump released the President's Budget which proposes  cuts to domestic programs  like Medicare and increases funding for the military. The President's budget would  increase ...
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The CIO as Broker

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In recent years, NASCIO has identified trends and opportunities that have informed and guided CIOs around the nation. One of the most important references produced in this regard is the NASCIO Annual CIO Survey. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, the survey reports on Business Models, Sourcing and the CIO as Broker . The survey results presented in these references clearly demonstrate a portfolio of new approaches and the need for new skills and capabilities for managing a broad portfolio of services.  The 2015 NASCIO Annual CIO Survey presents that 85% of state CIOs see themselves as a “broker” of services, delivering solutions that must integrate multiple offerings, ...
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Last Thursday, January 18, NASCIO released the association's 2018 federal advocacy priorities, which are:  Harmonize disparate federal cybersecurity regulations and normalize the audit process  Recognize state authority and ongoing innovation with emerging technology  Information sharing and safeguards: meeting citizen expectations  These priorities were debated and selected by NASCIO's  executive committee  and signal to our federal and strategic partners the issues on which the association will focus for the year. The priorities chosen for this year probably aren't a surprise. NASCIO spent a large part of 2017 working on advancing the 'harmonizing ...
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NASCIO just released the State CIO Top Ten priorities for 2018, and just like the last five years, legacy modernization features as a top priority for CIO investments. Agencies continue to spend nearly 80% of their IT budgets on outdated systems. One of the reasons is the rapid pace at which new technologies get introduced. This pace is faster than the time it takes an agency to modernize its systems. So, as soon as the modernized system becomes operational, agencies are forced to look at modernizing the ‘modernized’ system. Agencies need to re-think & accelerate modernization, and one approach that can help is the software + people modernization approach. ...
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The rallying cry in public sector IT circles is “IT modernization.” This imperative means many things in practice, but when it is invoked by elected leaders and others with funding authority or public accountability the word “modernization” seems to be a catch-all euphemism for “cloud.” It is no surprise, then, that “cloud services” ranks so highly in NASCIO’s survey of top strategies, processes and solutions. While the public sector is unique in many ways, the cloud weighs heavily on any organization contemplating digital transformation. CenturyLink recently worked with analyst firm 451 Research to survey hundreds of IT leaders around the world in various ...
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FirstNet   update  Ohio and Vermont are the latest states to opt-in to FirstNet, bringing the total to 35 states and territories as of this writing. Colorado has selected Rivada Networks and Macquarie Infrastructure to build and maintain an alternative RAN if Governor Hickenlooper decides to opt-out. Note, the deadline to accept FirstNet's state plan or voice opt-out is December 28.    NTIA releases opt-out grant application   The NTIA has released information on the application information necessary for opt-out states that seek grant funding from the agency to construct the state's RAN per their alternative plan (if approved by the ...
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Top Ten Trends

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CIOs are continually evaluating how best to apply limited resources in state government. Industry partners are continually evaluating the needs of government in order to deliver capabilities that meet those needs. In the end what we are all after are positive outcomes for the citizens of this great country. One important metric we have used for many years is the annual  State CIO Top Ten Priorities . The Top Ten informs the association, state government and the marketplace regarding the most pressing priorities for state government CIOs. Over the years we've observed the trends of these shifting priorities presented on the  Top Ten Strategies, Management ...
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Companies like Facebook, Uber, and many others have redefined consumer expectations and created a new normal. Order a crescent wrench from Amazon Prime and it will be at your door in an hour. Ride-sharing services, like Uber and Lyft, are making traveling so convenient that some households are downsizing the number of cars they own. This sort of on-demand customer experience – unheard of just a few years ago – has changed the average consumer, and they are beginning to expect this same level of service and convenience everywhere…including from their government. What does this mean for government? With individual service expectations ratcheting up and technology ...
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FirstNet   hearing  On October 12, the House Homeland Security Committee's Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications Subcommittee invited GAO, FirstNet, and DHS to testify on the current state of interoperable communications at the  hearing  "Assessing First Responding Communications." Much of the hearing focused on FirstNet and addressing challenges related to coverage, user adoption, and network resiliency.   New Hampshire Out?   NH's Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC)  unanimously (15-0; 2 abstentions) recommended  that the state opt out of the FirstNet state plan. On October 16, Governor Sununu ...
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Agile: The Sixth Sense

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I was flipping the remote and stumbled upon one of my favorite movies; The Sixth Sense. The key point in the movie which I assume requires no spoiler alert; is when the child Cole, explains to Bruce Willis’ character that “I see dead people” and goes on to explain that “they only see what they want to see and hear what they want hear.” I have always loved this section of the movie; especially as it is a clue that Willis’ character is in fact a spirit suffering from the exact issue he is attempting to resolve. Furthermore, we as the audience get to see all the clues that went unnoticed; actions and interactions, Willis wasn’t interested in addressing throughout ...
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Relive #NASCIO17 Annual!

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[RESOURCES NOW AVAILABLE]  Session resources are available on the  conference agenda.  Materials are linked in the sessions descriptions. Video recordings coming soon.  [NASCIO GIVES BACK]   Through the generosity of NASCIO attendees, NASCIO made a total donation of $11,055 to Kids In a New Groove . This donation helps in KING's efforts to provide one-on-one music mentorship to Central Texas youth in foster care. [BY THE NUMBERS]   Relive #NASCIO17 with this infographic . ​
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