Managing Cyber Threats through Effective Governance

A Call to Action for Governors and State Legislatures

The Center for Internet Security (CIS), the Center for Technology in Government at the University at Albany, State University of New York (CTG UAlbany), the National Governors Association (NGA), and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) collaborated to create this Call to Action for state governors and legislatures.

The four organizations conducted formal interviews with 13 sitting CIOs and CISOs and consulted with other organizations, Homeland Security experts, and cybersecurity experts to include: the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), and the University of Maryland.

Managing Cyber Threats through Effective Governance: A Call to Action for Governors and State Legislatures is tailored to those responsible for governance.

It presents four action steps and a set of eight tools to guide the decisions states must make and execute to respond to an ever-increasing and evolving threat to state assets and operations.

This Call to Action is mindful of previous efforts of states’ cybersecurity initiatives and identifies governance as the missing ingredient. The document sets forth an actionable approach to ensuring that each state has cyber governance, and can maximize investments while securing their state.