[ISN] Cybersecurity ranks as top concern in federal CIO survey

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Fri, 4 May 2012 09:00:57 -0500 (CDT)

By Andrew Lapin
May 3, 2012

Protecting government information from cyberattacks is the issue that 
weighs most heavily on the minds of federal chief information officers, 
according to a new survey.

One-fifth of respondents to the 22nd annual TechAmerica/Grant Thornton 
LLP Federal CIO Survey mentioned cybersecurity as their top concern, 
ranking it ahead of controlling costs, human capital, governmentwide IT 
modernization efforts and mobility. TechAmerica President and Chief 
Executive Officer Shawn Osborne unveiled the survey results Thursday in 

Forty information technology officials from 35 federal organizations, 
including federal CIO Steven VanRoekel, responded to the questionnaire, 
which was administered by TechAmerica member firms. Comments in the 
survey were not for attribution.

CIOs criticized the government’s “inconsistently applied” security 
framework, lamenting that “quality is all over the place.” In fact, the 
role of federal CIOs is inconsistent and poorly defined, respondents 
said. They added they did not feel empowered to offer innovative IT 


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