States at risk: The cybersecurity imperative in uncertain times

Deloitte Insights

States at risk: The cybersecurity imperative in uncertain times

A joint biennial report (6th edition) from Deloitte and the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO)

Executive summary

The pandemic has highlighted public-sector cyber leaders’ resilience—but has also called attention to long-standing challenges facing state IT and cybersecurity.

DURING 2020, chief information security officers (CISOs) have risen to the challenges brought on by the pandemic, working closely with state IT departments to balance cybersecurity risks and business continuity. With most employees unexpectedly working from home for an indefinite period, CISOs secured networks for remote work by enabling or expanding multifactor authentication, enhancing system monitoring to receive early detection and alerts, and reviewing readiness plans to address the possibility of unexpected cybersecurity incidents. CISOs’ actions helped most states maintain essential business functions and service to citizens, even in a time of tightly constrained cyber budgets.

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Authors:

Meredith Ward
United States

Srini Subramanian
United States

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