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State CIOs Call for Congress to Act on Cyber Security

May 10, 20072 mins
Data and Information SecurityIdentity Management SolutionsIT Leadership

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) held their annual Washington D.C. Fly-In, and 40 state representatives called on Congress to strengthen national cyber security through state homeland security funding. Additional funding for Real ID was also on the agenda.

Coverage of NASCIOs Washington DC Fly-in during the first week of May is available from their NASCIO Website. The site lists the key issues addressed, and highlights the importance of this seventh annual event.   

 These fly-ins provide valuable opportunities for state CIOs to get face time with congressional and federal leaders, including Congress.  This year’s focus was on cybersecurity planning and reforms in federal funding for state IT projects. The other big topic was funding for Real ID

Thirty-five state CIOs and deputy state CIOs participated on May 2 in as many as 60 informal meetings held at various sites to discuss a variety of issues, including cyber security, enterprise architecture, health IT and the Real ID Act, said Doug Robinson, the group’s executive director.

Washington Technology Magazine also did a piece which focused on the funding.

 Based on lessons learned from previous fly-ins, state CIOs typically focus their messages around s few core issues for maximum impact.  The focus on cybersecurity comes at a time when the Department of Homeland Security DHS and many federal agencies are under fire from Congress for their own cybersecurity difficulties.

Still, NASCIO is developing closer relations which DHS and getting more involved in several information sharing and other IT programs such as the IT Sector Plan within the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP).  Greg Garcia, Assistant Secretary for Cyber Security and Telecommunications, US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), spoke at the NASCIO mid-year conference that followed the fly-in (near Dulles Airport), and collaboration between the states and DHS is as strong as ever.

 No doubt, there is much to do on both sides, but cooperation is more evident evident than before. NASCIO  holds their 2007 Annual Conference in Tucson, Arizona,  from September 30 – October 3, 2007.  


Daniel J. Lohrmann is an internationally recognized cybersecurity leader, technologist and author. During his distinguished career, Dan has served global organizations in the public and private sectors in a variety of executive leadership capacities, including enterprise-wide Chief Security Officer (CSO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) roles in Michigan State Government. Dan was named: "CSO of the Year," "Public Official of the Year," and a Computerworld "Premier 100 IT Leader." Dan is the co-author of the Wiley book, “Cyber Mayday and the Day After: A Leader’s Guide to Preparing, Managing and Recovering From Inevitable Business Disruptions.” Dan Lohrmann joined Presidio in November 2021 as an advisory CISO supporting mainly public sector clients. He formerly served as the Chief Strategist and Chief Security Officer for Security Mentor, Inc. Dan started his career at the National Security Agency (NSA). He worked for three years in England as a senior network engineer for Lockheed Martin (formerly Loral Aerospace) and for four years as a technical director for ManTech International in a US / UK military facility. Lohrmann is on the advisory board for four university information assurance (IA) programs, including Norwich University, University of Detroit Mercy (UDM), Valparaiso University and Walsh College. Earlier in his career he authored two books - Virtual Integrity: Faithfully Navigating the Brave New Web and BYOD For You: The Guide to Bring Your Own Device to Work. Mr. Lohrmann holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science (CS) from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and a Bachelor's Degree in CS from Valparaiso University in Indiana.

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