USA Today takes a look at a new report — from consulting firm Deloitte & Touche and the National Association of State Chief Information Officers — that says states’ financial crises have led to fewer cybersecurity resources.
Deloitte says the study “was launched to assist state leaders in making informed decisions related to cybersecurity threats, risks, programs, and strategies. Survey questions pertained to areas such as information security governance, investments, use of security technologies, quality of operations, privacy, and identity and access management.”
USA Today reports:
Chief Information Security Officers from 49 out of 50 states report that a lack of budget has crippled efforts to manage cybersecurity effectively. One state, which was not identified, chose not to participate.
At risk are sensitive data, including personal and health information of the citizenry. […]
States are embracing strategic planning, but CISOs decry the lack of resources to do enforcement. The study supplies tips for hunkering down, such as pursuing partnerships between state agencies, standardizing procedures and educating staff.