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Budget: Securing 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.

Minnesota’s budget increases the investment by $10M in FY20-21 and $10M in FY22-23 to strengthen Minnesota IT Services’ (MNIT’s) cybersecurity efforts. These resources will enhance MNIT’s cybersecurity posture at a time when cyber-attacks are increasing in sophistication and frequency.

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. Minnesota’s budget prioritizes investment 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. Consolidating the state’s data centers 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.

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