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Grant Thornton, TechAmerica Survey: Cyber Tops Agency CIOs Concerns

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Cybersecurity is a top concern of many federal chief information officers, hindering cloud computing and mobility efforts, a survey found, according to Federal News Radio.

In surveying 40 federal CIOs, information resources management and congressional staff members, Grant Thorton and TechAmerica found cybersecurity was a greater concern than cost control, human capital, a centralized agency policy and mobility.

Cyber concerns have made CIOs hesitant to implement mobile and cloud practices since cybersecurity is inconsistently applied with varying levels of quality, according to one respondent.

Another CIO said most data breaches come from within the agency, but agencies focus their efforts and funds on finding outsider threats instead.

Congress should update the Federal Information Security Management Act and issue clearer government-wide cyber policies, some CIOs said.

Citizens are demanding digital public service, which the report said will be difficult to provide amidst the current budget environment.

CIOs said they needed additional funding for cybersecurity and 54 percent said controlling information technology costs was among their top management priorities, the report said.

Tighter budgets give CIOs permission to implement innovative solutions that reduce waste and inefficiency, many respondents indicated.

One CIO said he can buy thin client hardware and virtualization instead of new laptops.

Additional areas CIOs are concerned about include growing requirements, analytics and shared services, which Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel just announced an initiative for.

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