States must focus more on digital modernization and improve the role of CISOs, and the cyber issues they face mirror those of broad array of industries.

The top barriers state CIOs face sound eerily familiar: lack of sufficient or dedicated cybersecurity budget, inadequate cybersecurity staffing and availability of cybersecurity professionals, and legacy infrastructure and solutions to defend against emerging threats, according to a joint biennial report from Deloitte and the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO).

While CIOs at top corporations must tackle many of those same issues, they typically have budget advantages and can pay above-market salaries for top cyber talent. Rarely do rank-and-file state security or IT people earn well into six figures.

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