Security reigns supreme at NASCIO conference
A non-profit agency consisting of state government chief information officers is lobbying Congress for funds to help tighten security on state IT infrastructures.
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) is asking for $50 million during the next two fiscal years to implement a pilot program that would help states bolster information technology security by enhancing preparedness and enabling state and federal officials to better share security knowledge.
Earlier this month a hacker claimed he stole 8.3 million patient records from Virginia’s prescription drug monitoring program database and demanded $10 million from the state for their return.
“Cyber attacks have disrupted state government networks, systems and operations of critical infrastructure,” the organization stated in a communication piece distributed by its members in April. “The security of state networks has serious implications for homeland security, as network security affects both continuity of government and the operations of critical infrastructure.”
NASCIO leaders outlined the proposal during the organization’s mid-year conference in Baltimore in April. Commonwealth Office of Technology Deputy Commissioners Jim Barnhart and Robin Morley represented Kentucky at the event as NASCIO members.
“It was a great opportunity to interact with state chief information officers from around the country and participate in discussions about security issues and other IT trends,” Morley said. “NASCIO is working diligently on behalf of states to secure additional funding through Homeland Security to help states thwart future security risks.”
The two met with a representative from U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers’ office to reiterate the importance of NASCIO’s proposal and the importance of a comprehensive application that reflects the need for broadband across Kentucky to minimize intra-state competition for federal stimulus dollars.