Working together

Information technology officials from state and federal governments are working on an intergovernmental approach to protect their information assets.

The following are questions discussed at a July 11 National Association of State Chief Information Officers' Cybersecurity Committee roundtable:

* Should public information guardians be part of a national or state guard and should those who restore systems be considered first responders?

* Are physical and electronic threats and cybersecurity defined and promoted effectively?

* Are public information assets vital to the business continuity of all infrastructure sectors, such as transportation and energy?

* Should information sharing be a joint federal/state initiative?

* If it's an intergovernmental approach, how do you address priorities and issues?

* Who should represent each governmental level?

* How much of state/local IT is funded by the federal government?

* To what degree should the federal government drive local cybersecurity standards and/or how should we coordinate policies, standards and training?

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