NASCIO releases the State CIO top ten policy and priorities for 2019

Published: December 07, 2018

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NASCIO’s survey again shows cybersecurity as a major focus for State CIOs

Each year, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) conducts a survey of the state CIOs to identify and prioritize issues facing state IT and government. For 2019, the survey results indicate that the following are the top priorities for strategies, management, and process solutions:

  1. Security and Risk Management
  2. Cloud Services
  3. Consolidation / Optimization
  4. Digital Government
  5. Broadband / Wireless Connectivity
  6. Budget, Cost Control, Fiscal Management
  7. Customer Relationship Management
  8. Data Management and Analytics
  9. Enterprise IT Governance
  10. Identity and Access Management

The Survey also touched on priorities for technologies, applications and tools, with results as follows:

  1. Cloud Solutions
  2. Security Enhancement Tools
  3. Legacy Application Modernization / Renovation
  4. Business Intelligence and Business Analytics
  5. Identify and Access Management
  6. Collaboration Technologies
  7. Data Management
  8. Enterprise Resource Planning
  9. Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity
  10. Networking


As in years past, cybersecurity remains a primary concern, both for strategic planning and in specific tools and technologies. Data Analytics has also been of increasing importance for state IT leaders, and this remains a priority for 2019. In addition, the modernization, consolidation, and optimization of existing systems is again high on the list, as it was for 2018 as well. There are some changes in priorities as well, as Shared Services is no longer on the list, despite previously being listed at number 6 in 2018, and Agile and Incremental Software Delivery has fallen off as well. Ultimately, however, many consistencies remain this year, as the top 4 priorities remain the same for 2019, as state IT leaders focus on making state technology secure, efficient, and modern.

Source: NASCIO