Even in a year when chief information officers (CIOs) across the country were tasked with thinking about a wide spectrum of issues, cybersecurity, data and cloud services continued to dominate priorities for 2016, said Doug Robinson, executive director of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO).
[Its] a strong message to us and the marketplace that cybersecurity is still the defining topic, Robinson said.
Robinson noted the prominence of cyber, data and cloud on the season finale of StateScoop Radios Priorities podcast which is based on NASCIOs top 10 priority list for state CIOs.
The annual list, which NASCIO has produced since 2006, is created by an annual survey of the state chief information officers and decided based on a ranking of importance.
Security, data and cloud all appear on NASCIOs 2017 top 10 priority list , ranking first, seventh and third respectively.
I try not to do too much prognostication about whats going to be on there, I want the numbers to stand for themselves, but I certainly was not surprised that cybersecurity was number one. I told people that months ago, Robinson said.
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