New Jersey CISO extols virtues of security centralization | StateScoop

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Written by Benjamin Freed Oct 14, 2020 | STATESCOOPThe biennial cybersecurity survey that the National Association of State Chief Information Officers published this week found that most chief information security officers would prefer that their states centralized their missions. But in practice, only about 40% of states consolidate cybersecurity operations under a single umbrella, while half opt for a federated model spreading responsibilities across agencies.
But during a session Wednesday as part of NASCIO’s online conference, New Jersey CISO Michael Geraghty made the case for centralization, while also detailing the Garden State’s distinct approach. While the centralized model poses many financial and operational advantages, Geraghty also explained that, unique among states, New Jersey organizes cybersecurity under the homeland security office, rather than the main IT agency.
“It’s not just IT we’re trying to protect,” he said in a conversation with James Yeager, a vice president at CrowdStrike. “It’s everything that’s critical infrastructure.”
The 2016 consolidation process left Geraghty in charge of the New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell, a fusion center modeled after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center. From the NJCCIC, Geraghty’s team oversees information security across the …

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