State CIOs say funding hinders data security efforts

2014_10_Deloittes-Srini-Subramanian-NASCIO-study A study authored by Deloitte’s Srini Subramanian and the National Association of State Chief Information Officers indicates state budget constraints remain the leading barrier to guarding against cyber security breaches. (StateScoop photo.)

As state government agencies continue to collect growing volumes of personal, business and health data, they are also becoming bigger targets for hackers looking to exploit that information. A new report warns, however, that government officials may be failing to fully grasp how vulnerable their agency applications and databases are to the kinds of costly cyber attacks that humbled corporate giants Home Depot and Target over the past year.

The report, released Wednesday by Deloitte and the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), found that state officials are making headway in their efforts to better secure the information they maintain. But the study also detected a significant gap in perceptions between state agency leaders and their IT security officers about how prepared state agencies are in responding to cyber attacks.


While half of the country’s states report year-over-year increases in cybersecurity budgets, 76 percent of responding state chief information security officers (CISOs) said those budgets remain insufficient to tackle the increasingly sophisticated cyber threats businesses and governments routinely face.

Moreover, the 2014 Deloitte-NASCIO Cybersecurity Study found that while 60 percent of state agency leaders said they are very or extremely confident in their state’s ability to protect information assets against cyber threats, only 25 percent of CISOs hold the same belief.

Read more about the report’s finding, reactions to the report and what it recommends for state CIOs and CISOs at StateScoop.

Wyatt Kash

Written by Wyatt Kash

Wyatt Kash is an award-winning editor/journalist and digital content and media specialist who has been covering the government technology market for the past two decades. He currently serves as Senior Vice President of Content Strategy for Washington, DC-based Scoop News Group, where he leads content strategy and development for SNG's clients. Before joining SNG in 2014, he previously led content and community development for InformationWeek; co-led a start-up team at AOL to launch, manage and market an online news platform aimed at government, defense and technology industry executives; and served in senior management and content development positions at The Washington Post's Tech Media group, 1105 Media, Hanley Wood and Lebhar-Friedman. He has interviewed hundreds of CEOs and top executives and spoken on industry trends at events throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East. His editorial teams have been recognized with more than three dozen journalism awards. A graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, he earned national honors as a recipient of the G.D. Crain Award, given to one individual annually for outstanding career contributions to editorial excellence in American business media.

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