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Annual State IT Report Looks at Cybersecurity, Innovation, and Technology Spending

January 25, 2018

The state’s IT enterprise made considerable strides in cybersecurity in 2017, and those achievements and others are described in the latest Annual State IT Report from the Georgia Technology Authority.

Among the major accomplishments was the start of construction of the Hull McKnight Georgia Cyber Center for Innovation and Training in Augusta. The $95 million center represents the single largest state government investment in a cybersecurity facility in the nation to date. A primary focus is workforce development, helping to fill the growing shortage of cybersecurity talent in the state and nation.

The report, available at gta.georgia.gov/annualreport, highlights several efforts to protect state systems and data, including the launch of the Georgia Cybersecurity Workforce Academy, created to provide training and education to information security officers in Georgia state agencies. It is an important new component of Governor Deal's initiative for addressing ever-increasing threats from cyber criminals, and its establishment is one of the recommendations from the Georgia Senate Study Committee on Data, Security, and Privacy. 

In response to increases in cybersecurity incidents and data breaches, state agency budgets for FY 2018 included funding for cyber insurance. A total of $2.8 million was allocated across agencies to cover the premium for a $100 million cyber insurance policy for the executive branch. 

Other resources dedicated to cybersecurity and noted in the report include the Statewide 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 cybersecurity assessments of 11 agencies whose systems rely on highly sensitive data.

The report offers a look at IT expenditures, one of state government’s largest budget items. In FY 2017, 43 executive branch agencies, or 96 percent, reported spending $700 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.

Beyond the dollars spent, the report highlights state agency projects aimed at providing innovative services, ensuring greater access to government, and helping to guide decision making. These efforts – some of which have earned national recognition – are resulting in real-life benefits for Georgians.

The report provides executive level summaries of other important activities.

  • Georgia’s vision for its use of technology in the future is captured in the Georgia Enterprise IT Strategic Plan 2025, the latest update to the state’s assessment of issues influencing which technology solutions agencies will deploy in the years ahead.
  • An innovative procurement process called Market Test and Rebid is seeking to match agency business needs to the best-suited technology services available.
  • The state’s official web portal, www.georgia.gov, and enterprise web-publishing platform are making it easier for Georgians who want convenient, secure access to state services and information.

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