According to the 21st Annual Survey of Federal Chief Information Officers (CIO), which was released by TechAmerica and Grant Thornton LLP, even the high-tech realm of cyber security depends more on top leadership involvement than on encryption and codes.
The survey was conducted from January through April 2011 by teams of representatives from TechAmerica member firms, who interviewed CIOs and other IT officials at 35 Federal departments, agencies, major programs, and Congressional oversight groups. Among other findings, the survey found that the top 3 priorities for investment were finding ways to lower cost, integrating systems and processes, and implementing security and privacy measures. Most survey respondents also expressed concern that the IT capital planning process was too slow.
Survey respondents also indicated that although they thought highly of data center consolidation and cloud computing, adoption faced difficult barriers of inter-agency trust and management culture. A full copy of the survey results is available at TechAmerica's website.