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Proposed Budget: Securing and Optimizing State IT

IT is a fundamental part of providing government services to citizens and promoting community prosperity. State IT applications help citizens find health care providers, choose health insurance coverage, connect educational opportunities to workforce development, enjoy Minnesota’s great outdoors, and much more.

Governor Walz’s proposed budget includes $15.4M in Fiscal Year 2020 and $8.7M in FY21 to strengthen Minnesota IT Services’ (MNIT’s) cybersecurity efforts and $4.1M in FY20-21 to boost oversight of the state’s IT project portfolio. These resources will enhance MNIT’s cybersecurity posture at a time when cyber-attacks are increasing in sophistication and frequency, and they will ensure that state IT projects roll out at the highest performance level when MNIT partners with state agencies to deliver the services Minnesotans need.

Bolstering Cybersecurity

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Investing in Tools and Staff

Securing more than 2,800 supported applications across the state and protecting the private data of 5.5 million Minnesotans safe requires highly-skilled staff, modern tools, and, in some cases, outsourced consultation and services. Governor Walz’s budget prioritizes $8.14M in FY20 and $7.8M in FY21 for these resources, to continue building a robust cybersecurity program at MNIT that can quickly detect threats and rapidly respond to incidents.

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Consolidating State Data Centers

Part of Minnesota’s broader cybersecurity strategy includes reducing the state’s datacenter footprint. Governor Walz’s budget includes $8.2M in FY20 and FY21 to expedite and support datacenter migration. Consolidating the state’s datacenters and reducing the state’s cyber-attack surface area will enable MNIT’s cybersecurity experts to hone in efforts around constructing a strong, layered perimeter of protection to keep unwanted and potentially malicious traffic out of state networks.

Supporting IT Project Oversight

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Acquiring Proper Oversight Resources

The $4.1M requested in Governor Walz’s budget for IT project management oversight includes funding for a two-year professional service contract to investigate and analyze gaps in MNIT’s project management oversight process and create an improvement roadmap plan to address challenges moving forward. It also provides funding for additional staff needed to strengthen and better administer IT portfolio and project management oversight and control. This effort will create consistency in MNIT’s IT project portfolio and yield a significantly increased likelihood of successful projects which impact citizen’s digital experiences with government.

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