Thank you Chairs Brooks and Meehan, Ranking Members Payne and
As Executive Director of the
Today, with this testimony, I want to provide the Committee information on the readiness of our state governments to defend against and respond to major cyber-attacks, as well as opportunities to collaborate to minimize the risk to our nation. I hope to give you a sense of the threat landscape and how states and the federal government, along with the private sector, can work together to better secure our homeland.
State governments are at risk from a host of new and aggressive security threats that require a formal strategy, adequate resources, and constant vigilance. Cybersecurity continues to be one of the major "hot button" issues for state CIOs and one that receives increasing attention from governors and other elected officials.
State CIOs are taking the lead in securing state systems. According to NASCIO's 2013 survey of State CIOs conducted by in collaboration with
In the same survey, CIOs were asked about the major barriers they faced in addressing cybersecurity. The increasing sophistication of threats, followed closely by a lack of funding and inadequate availability of security professionals, topped the list. Additionally, the survey data reveals that only 8 percent of states have implemented identity and access management of state data systems across the enterprise, although 42 percent of respondents noted an in-process implementation.
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