Critical Security Areas of Focus for Government CIOs
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Critical Security Areas of Focus for Government CIOs

By Gov CIO Outlook | Thursday, February 18, 2021

Adaptive security approaches treat risk, confidence, and security as a continuous and adaptive mechanism that anticipates and mitigates ever-changing cyber threats.

FREMONT, CA: Forward-looking elected leaders know that politics is technology and technology in a digital society. A host of technologies assists any government program offered on a scale. If the success of these enterprise ventures is undermined by inadequate technological execution, the policy priorities are compromised.

Public-sector leaders expect government Chief Information Officers (CIOs) to identify ways where technology can cut costs, build productivity, and enhance results for people and enterprises. They also expect CIOs to recognize the societal, technical, economic, environmental, and political trends impacting the constituents they represent. Following is a list of strategic technology trends that are, should be, or soon will be crucial areas of focus for government CIOs as they alter public services.

Adaptive Security

From malware targeting cities to attacks on vital infrastructure facilities, governments in all regions and at all levels are under threat, driving the need for new security approaches. Adaptive security approaches treat risk, confidence, and security as a continuous and adaptive mechanism that anticipates and mitigates ever-changing cyber threats. It understands that there is no complete defense and that security needs to be flexible, anywhere, all the time.

Citizen Digital Identity

Digital identification—the capacity to prove a citizen's identity through every official digital channel—is vital for incorporation and access to government services. Still, many governments have been reluctant to implement them. Government CIOs must-have digital identities that support both defense and citizens' aspirations.

Multichannel Citizen Engagement

Governments who reach people via their favorite platforms, for example, in person, by phone, by mobile devices (more than 50 percent of government website traffic today comes from mobile devices), tablets, chatbots, or augmented reality, will meet citizens' needs and achieve program outcomes.

Agile by Design

Digital democracy is not an investment that is 'set and forget.'  CIOs must build an agile and flexible ecosystem by implementing an agile-by-design approach, a set of standards and practices used to develop more agile processes and strategies that influence both the present and the target states of business, information, and technology architecture.

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