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 and journalist who has been following government IT trends for the past decade. He joined Scoop News Group in June 2014, as Vice President of Content Strategy, where he heads up the company's content strategy and editorial product development. Prior to joining SNG, Mr. Kash served as Editor of , where he developed content and community relations for the government technology market, covering big data, cloud computing, cybersecurity, enterprise architecture, mobile technology, open government and leadership trends. Previously, he co-led an AOL start team, where he helped create, launch, manage and market an online news platform, featuring advanced social media strategies, aimed at government, defense and technology industry executives. Mr. Kash has also held positions with The Washington Post Co. and subsequently 1105 Media, as Editor-in-Chief of and , where he directed editorial strategy and content operations for print, online, and mobile products and industry events. Contact the writer at or on Twitter at @wyattkash.

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