The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) recently released its annual State CIO Top 10 Priorities for 2023 survey results. This survey asks 51 state and territory CIOs to rank their top policy and technology priorities for the coming year.
It should come as no surprise that cybersecurity is, once again, priority #1 for state CIOs. Why? Perhaps it’s because none of the other initiatives on the list (not even hybrid work, legacy modernization or cloud adoption) can succeed without a solid cybersecurity foundation. In fact, cybersecurity directly affects most, if not all, of the nine other priorities on this year’s NASCIO Top 10 list.
Priority #1: Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity has held the #1 spot on the NASCIO Top 10 list for the last 10 years. In the last few years, we’ve seen a shift in cyberthreats from state-sponsored threat actors to the rise of well-funded, highly motivated private organizations. And, they’re innovating faster than ever before. But, it is possible to beat them at their own game, no matter how quickly they move. With the Palo Alto Networks platform approach to building and operating a modernized, future-proof security framework, you can integrate cybersecurity into every initiative to protect data and ensure continuity of services.