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Better Data Security Through Classification: A Game Plan for Smart Cybersecurity Investments

  • April 2017
  • Number of views: 140
Better Data Security Through Classification: A Game Plan for Smart Cybersecurity Investments
The brief, a joint project between NASCIO’s Cybersecurity Committee and Data Protection Working Group, explains why a risk based cybersecurity approach is the most beneficial to state government data. When states take a risk based approach they improve operational efficiency, assessments are more accurate, attack surfaces are reduced and decision making is improved. As the brief states, taking an enterprise mentality brings together previously silo-based security and IT tools and allows for ongoing and continuous data monitoring and assessing.

Advancing Digital Government: Better Decision-Making Through Data Sharing Agreements

  • March 2017
  • Number of views: 1560
Advancing Digital Government: Better Decision-Making Through Data Sharing Agreements
This report describes the purpose and the principles for creating data sharing agreements as well as enterprise wide memorandum of understanding (MOU).  The intent is to avoid surprises and ensure everyone involved knows the parameters for sharing certain types of information.  When possible, enterprise MOUs should be in place that encourage information sharing.  The ultimate outcome is better informed decisions so state government is reaching the outcomes it is seeking for its citizens.

Data Strategy: Essential for State Governments (webinar)

  • February 2017
  • Number of views: 1849
Data Strategy: Essential for State Governments (webinar)
All state governments need a guided approach to managing their data and information to obtain the maximum value for success in a challenging environment.  An Enterprise Data/Information Management (EDM/EIM) initiative provides the framework for a state to deliver real information knowledge and provide true value to their citizens.  This session provides the framework of the domain known as enterprise data / information management, explains its essential components, gives the reasons that state governments should create a sustained data management program, and demonstrates some benefits that successful state EDM/EIM programs have achieved.

State CIO Top Ten Policy and Technology Priorities for 2017

  • November 2016
  • Number of views: 11068
State CIO Top Ten Policy and Technology Priorities for 2017
NASCIO conducts a survey of the state CIOs to identify and prioritize the top policy and technology issues facing state government. The CIOs top ten priorities are identified and used as input to NASCIO's programs, planning for conference sessions, and publications.

Better Decisions, Better Government: Effective Data Management Through a Coordinated Approach

  • August 2016
  • Number of views: 4990
Better Decisions, Better Government: Effective Data Management Through a Coordinated Approach

This report describes the basics of how to get started with a data management discipline. It maintains a simple approach to gaining support including governance, bringing together the right stakeholders, and establishing a compelling business case. This report is the second in a series of reports that deals with WHY is data management important; HOW does state government get started.

Advanced Cyber Analytics

  • April 2016
  • Number of views: 9683
Advanced Cyber Analytics
This report examines the subject of advanced cyber analytics.  It makes the case for states to invest in such capabilities and maintain ongoing maturity in advanced analytics.  All organizations, including state government must also develop and maintain response capabilities that continuously mature in sophistication in order to keep pace with an ever changing threat landscape. State government remains in a defensive position.  With the advent of multi-vector strategies by cyber criminals, state government now more than ever needs the ability to correlate disparate data sources generated from the myriad of security tools agencies have already invested in.  Examples of advanced analytics tools are provided.  The report includes a call to action list, a checklist, key questions, and recommendations.

NASCIO & NIEM Working Together (webinar)

  • April 2016
  • Number of views: 3033
NASCIO & NIEM Working Together (webinar)

This webinar presents a discussion on how government can improve its effectiveness through better collaboration and information sharing. Examples of intergovernmental collaborative projects are presented by state and local government recipients of the Best of NIEM awards.

Cyber Disruption Response Planning Guide

  • April 2016
  • Number of views: 12469
Cyber Disruption Response Planning Guide

State government must now view cyber attacks that are more than cyber incidents.  We must prepare for larger magnitude events.  These can be termed cyber disruptions, disasters or even catastrophes.  This publication includes the following:

  • A call to action for states to develop state cyber disruption response plans that include: a governance structure that clearly designates who is in charge in a given event or phase of an event; development of a risk profile for state assets; collaboration among the various agencies that have cyber responsibility; and a communication plan to ensure the right people have the right information as early as possible so they can response effectively.
  • A checklist for states to work with in developing progress toward a cyber disruption response operating discipline.
  • A cross functional process description that can be used as a starting point for states to develop their own unique cross functional process for orchestrated planning and response at various threat levels.

Data: the Lifeblood of State Government

  • October 2015
  • Number of views: 9171
Data: the Lifeblood of State Government
This report presents the case for investing in data management. It presents in simple terms WHY data and information must be properly managed. The report presents basic rationale for investing in the development of a formal data management program. This report is the first in a series of reports that will deal with WHY is data management important; HOW does state government get started; Legal aspects of data management.

Is State IT Working on the Right Things?

  • July 2015
  • Number of views: 13646
Is State IT Working on the Right Things?
What does it mean to be working on the right things? This determination is often difficult when considering the state as both an enterprise and a collective of individual agencies. Through interviews and formal surveys, NASCIO and Infosys Public Services gained insight from state IT leaders on the fundamental processes, mechanisms and criteria necessary to ensure that state IT is working on the right things. The resulting report will help state IT decision makers understand the key factors needed to identify the right things to do, see how they and their peer states stand against these factors and what can be done to bridge the gap.
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