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Latest State IT Report Focuses on Cybersecurity Preparedness

January 13, 2017

Cybersecurity remained a top priority for the state’s IT enterprise in 2016, and the latest Annual State IT Report from the Georgia Technology Authority looks at a range of work focused on protecting state government from cyber criminals.

Resources dedicated to cybersecurity and highlighted in the report include the State Government Systems Cybersecurity Review Board, which assesses the security posture of state agencies to identify risks; the Cybersecurity Review Panel, which oversees information systems housing the state’s most critical data; and the Cybersecurity Risk Register, which provides a standardized approach for categorizing cybersecurity risks across state agencies.

The report, now available at gta.georgia.gov/annualreport, also describes the state’s participation in national cybersecurity exercises coordinated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The exercises sought to strengthen information-sharing partnerships among federal, state, local, and private-sector participants.

The work of the Georgia Senate Study Committee on Data Security and Privacy is examined as well. The study committee conducted hearings in 2016 and issued recommendations for additional steps to strengthen the state’s protections against cybercrimes.

The report even takes a look ahead to 2017, when GTA will be one of the state agencies charged with leading the Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center, a public-private partnership focused on interdisciplinary research, innovation, and education in the field of cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity isn’t the report’s only focus.

The past year saw state agencies earn national recognition for their leadership in using technology to provide innovative services, ensure greater access to government, and help guide decision making. The report describes these award-winning accomplishments and other significant successes and how they are resulting in real-life benefits to Georgians.

IT expenditures are among state government’s biggest budget items, and the report provides an overview of technology investments. For FY 2016, 93 percent of the state’s executive branch agencies reported spending $683 million on IT infrastructure services, network services, application development and support, and related activities. Although the report’s data aren’t comprehensive, they nevertheless provide important and useful insights.

The report includes executive-level summaries of other important activities.

  • IT strategic planning is helping state agencies better align business objectives with the most appropriate technologies for achieving them.
  • GTA is collaborating with state agencies to establish enterprise policies, standards, and guidelines for effectively using technology.
  • The state’s official web portal and enterprise web-publishing platform are helping ensure access to state services and information for Georgians with a range of disabilities.

In addition to the website, a copy of the report suitable for printing is available in PDF format.