October 12, 2022
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month in Iowa
DES MOINES- Governor Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation declaring October is Cybersecurity Awareness month. The proclamation seeks to increase awareness of good cyber hygiene practices among all Iowans. Since 2004 Cybersecurity Awareness Month has helped individuals protect themselves online as threats to technology and confidential data become more commonplace.
“We know from recent cyber attacks such as the Colonial pipeline attack in 2021, that basic good cyber practices can prevent a cyber attack,” said Dr. Matt Behrens, Chief Information Officer for the State of Iowa. “This proclamation will go a long way in illustrating to Iowans the very real need for strong passwords, updated software, and training for everyone on how to be cyber smart.”
The Department of Management Office of the Chief Information Officer is the division tasked with managing cybersecurity awareness events and working with local and federal partners to promote the “be cyber safe” program. The National Cybersecurity Alliance and Cybersecurity Infrastructure Agency work at the federal level to create publicly available resources and promote public and private partnerships around cybersecurity awareness month.
For more information on Cybersecurity Awareness Month you can visit Staysafeonline.com or check out the #becybersafe hashtag on your favorite social media. A digital version of the Cybersecurity Awareness proclamation is available on the OCIO's website.
September 29, 2022
Iowa Awarded for Data Driven Government Practices
DES MOINES-The Department of Management Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) is proud to announce that the State of Iowa was awarded 1st place in Data Driven Government from the Center for Digital Government. The award recognizes the systematic use of the state's data resources to support the strategic plans of agencies and departments for effective service delivery.
“This award shows that the investments the State of Iowa made in Information Technology are yielding real results for Iowans,” said Iowa Chief Information Officer Dr. Matt Behrens. “We feel this demonstrates the comprehensive way we are innovating and improving information technology in Iowa.”
The award is part of the biennial Digital State Survey. Iowa’s overall grade in the Digital State Survey increased from “B” to “B+” from the 2020 Digital State Survey. The Center for Digital Government noted that Iowa made, “significant strides toward solid governance around how the state uses and upgrades its technology.”
More information on the Digital States Survey and the Center for Digital Government can be found by going to the website https://www.govtech.com/cdg
August 26, 2022
OCIO announces scalable cybersecurity services for schools and nonprofits
DES MOINES-The Department of Management Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) is proud to announce expanded scalable security services for educational institutions and nonprofit organizations in Iowa. The OCIO listened to feedback from customers to create a special rate for schools, school districts, and nonprofits. This rate makes it easier for schools to utilize the state of the art cybersecurity services offered by the OCIO.
This service will provide next-generation Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) for managed endpoints including PC’s, servers, and other devices. The service also includes state-of-the-art around the clock 24x7 security incident monitoring and response for schools and nonprofits. This security service will cost $8.24 per device billed monthly.
Under Iowa Code 8b, the OCIO is able to provide cyber security services to state government agencies, cities, counties, educational institutions, and nonprofits in Iowa. The OCIO is excited to offer this service to increase the cybersecurity protection throughout Iowa to protect students, teachers, and schools. Qualifying educational institutions and non-profits wanting more information on scalable security service may reach out by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.