State Program Conducted With Harrisburg University Named a Finalist for Technology Award

Secretary of Administration Sharon Minnich announced today that a state information technology initiative conducted with Harrisburg University of Science and Technology has been selected as a finalist by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) for its 2015 recognition awards.

The initiative by the Office of Administration is among 44 finalists selected from over 100 nominations. Winners in 11 categories will be announced at NASCIO’s annual conference this fall.

The Office of Administration partnered with Harrisburg University to conduct a no-cost exercise with students in the Certified Government Chief Information Officer program. By focusing on the role of the chief information officer (CIO) and the non-IT issues of a data breach, the exercise provided current and future CIOs with a better understanding of the legal and communications aspects of cyber incident response. The exercise can be easily be replicated by other states that want to strengthen their cybersecurity posture.

Part of the University’s Government Technology Institute, the Certified Government Chief Information Officer program targets the unique challenges of public-sector IT executives. Today’s government CIOs require sophisticated skills sets in leadership, strategy, and management. CGCIO immerses them in comprehensive study of executive-level issues, including IT strategy and planning, governance, security, financing, and workforce development. Through CGCIO, current and aspiring senior-level IT executives earn a recognized credential and learn to manage the demands of their increasingly complex roles.

NASCIO presents the Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology awards to states that have implemented exceptional programs which have made an important contribution to the operation of state government. This is the 27th year for the awards program.