Conference Programming Addresses CIO Priorities
On the second day, the annual conference dives into IT modernization, including priorities related to supporting digital government. Sessions will address expanding broadband, adopting cloud and bolstering digital services, among other topics.
NASCIO 2020 will tackle cybersecurity on its third day, presenting a panel on the eagerly anticipated annual NASCIO-Deloitte cybersecurity study. The study surveys the cybersecurity landscape across the country through feedback from state CISOs.
Meredith Ward, NASCIO director of policy and research, says, “This year, we had 51 responses — CISOs from all the states and one territory. Like the NASCIO CIO survey, the CISOs answered study questions right at the height of the pandemic, in May and June. So a lot of their responses were colored by the pandemic, but we also explore all the other issues that we normally would in the survey.”
The final day of the conference addresses questions of innovation and the future of technology. On that day, NASCIO experts will examine a new study on emergency technology governance, produced under a partnership with EY.
“This is focused on how CIOs really implement emerging tech in their state. What are the challenges? What are the success stories of people overcoming those challenges? What do you need to keep in mind if something’s been deployed at an agency level? How do you align emerging technology with the larger state plan and security requirements?” Lane says.
While NASCIO considers its virtual midyear conference to have been a success, state CIOs are eager to return to meeting physically once it is safe to do so, Ward says.
“The ultimate goal is for us to get back together in person as quickly as we can, where there’s space,” she says.
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