Aligning IT with business goals was the number one challenge facing the majority of CIOs in the public and private sectors, according to a Government Accountability Office report. According to the report, “This challenge requires the CIOs to develop IT plans to support their companies’ business objectives. In many cases this entails cross-organizational coordination and collaboration,” echoing the results from the ASIS study on convergence (see “The Growing Trend Toward Convergence,” page 48).
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A January report from the Government Accountability Office reveals that 911 emergency calls may not be cyber safe. The document addresses five agencies that coordinate with state and local governments on cybersecurity-related activities, including the Department of Homeland Security, and cites the increased information-sharing between these agencies as a security concern. “Because these critical systems are becoming more interconnected, they are also increasingly susceptible to cyber-based threats that accompany the use of Internet-based services,” states the report. “This, in turn, could impact the availability of 911 services.”