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State Government Must Prioritize Security,Trend Awareness

Josh Jaquish is a technology and business consulting executive with nearly 20 years of experience. Read More

Simply because state and local governments are operating in the public sector does not mean that IT leaders in the field should ignore trends sweeping private enterprise. The daily operations of public agencies are just as nuanced and complex as their corporate counterparts, and decision-makers at all levels of government need to remain in stride with the digital tools that are impacting organizations on a global scale. This requires not only a keen awareness of the latest IT developments in every major facet of the field, but also leaders who ;are willing and able to bring their tech profiles to the next level.

Innovation Starts with an Idea

Just as we see in the business world, technological progress doesn't happen by accident - corporate leaders are always pushing the envelope when it comes to leveraging experimental technology and seeing how new tools affect their bottom line. While this trial-and-error method may not be as applicable to local and state government agencies (in light of tighter budgets and public scrutiny), decision-makers can still keep their eye on the private domain to see which solutions are making an impact - and which are missing the mark.

Infrastructure security remains one of the most urgent IT topics across all sectors, and agency directors can learn a lot from enterprise boardrooms when it comes to bolstering the protection of network resources. Regardless of their position in the government hierarchy, public institutions need to ensure the privacy of their data against the many threats that define today's hazardous digital landscape.

Getting Communities on Board

Because state and local investments are criticized heavily in the public eye, agencies need personnel equipped with the resources and expertise to make compelling arguments for next-gen tech. According to a recent article from Government Technology, appointing a Chief Privacy Officer can be a powerful step forward for public IT consulting.

"There are a number of privacy officials in state government, but there are very few state CPOs," said Trevor Hughes, CEO of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. "When you think about it, it makes sense. There are not many state-level human resources officers either - many of the agencies within a state have their own version of that function."

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