NASCIO has alerted its members that the organization has "seen positive movement forward regarding its relationship with Department of Homeland Security," since NASCIO is the only state association listed as a "key security partner" in the DHS' IT Sector-Specific Plan (IT SSP.)
"The IT SSP recognizes that much of the nation's critical infrastructure and key resources rely upon the IT sector for products and services," said NASCIO on its Web site, "including the reliable operation of networks and systems and the movement and storage of critical data. The plan takes a risk-management approach, identifying and prioritizing IT functions. Additionally, the IT SSP:
- Establishes shared IT Sector goals and objectives, aligning initiatives to meet them
- Describes roles, responsibilities and opportunities of DHS, the IT Government Coordinating Council (on which NASCIO is represented) and key security partners in implementing the IT SSP
- Provides opportunities for integrating public and private sector preparedness efforts with tools and technologies essential for effective incident response, system remediation and reconstitution."