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2012 Deloitte-NASCIO Cybersecurity Study

State governments at risk: A call for collaboration and compliance


The second biennial Deloitte-National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Cybersecurity Study, conducted in the summer of 2012, assessed the security of state digital data and cyber assets administered by state chief information security officers (CISOs). CISOs from 48 states, and two US territories, participated in the survey. 63 business official stakeholders from a broad cross-section of states responded to a parallel survey.

The study highlights the challenges that states and chief information officers (CIOs)/CISOs face in protecting states' critically important systems and data. The survey results call for a greater collaboration among state CIOs/CISOs and business/programme leadership of the executive branch agencies and elected officials.

Less than one quarter (24 percent) of CISOs are very confident in their states' ability to guard data against external threats, according to the study.

Moreover, while some threats to state information technology security diminished since 2010, the increasing sophistication of cyber-attacks presented a new set of challenges to state officials tasked with safeguarding citizens' personally identifiable information.

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