Monday, March 27, 2017

Supersizing security

Back in 2012, the state’s cybersecurity budget was a measly $6,000 -- despite the rapid rise of attacks and vulnerabilities in the digital space.

Colorado’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Debbi Blyth saw a problem when she was first hired to the state in 2014. Funding had been increased, but it still wasn’t anywhere close to meeting budgetary goals.

Blyth knew she needed more funding to protect state assets. Furthermore, she also knew legislators needed more information if she expected them to support cybersecurity.

Read how CISO Debbi Blyth connected the dots for stakeholders to secure a smarter investment and raise the bar (in a supersized way!) for Colorado cybersecurity.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Our year in review: FY16 OIT Annual Report

We are excited to announce that our FY16 Annual Report has been published! This public report provides information about many of our biggest initiatives and accomplishments -- financially, operationally, and organizationally -- in fiscal year 2016.

These achievements are only possible with the incredible dedication and commitment that our OIT employees bring every day to our customers. Please read the report and learn how OIT is working to enrich the citizen experience at every digital touchpoint.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

David McCurdy: Tech trends for 2017

Our Chief Technology Officer David McCurdy was recently interviewed by Deloitte for Tech Trends 2017: The Kinetic Enterprise.

He talks about his take on technology today, including technical debt as an asset and rethinking how the state approaches service delivery. Read the entire article here (David's part starts on page 10) and learn his bottom line.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

SOS: How can public data create business insights?

How can public data create insights for business decision-makers? That’s what Secretary of State Wayne Williams hopes the Colorado business community can help answer on his newly launched online platform to brainstorm ideas.

"We believe public data is an asset and that it ought to be more easily accessible and usable for the people of Colorado, especially business decision-makers," said Secretary Williams.

“But we need your help. We’re looking for your ideas on how public data can create business insights. That includes everyone from the owner of a small business to a manager or CEO of a large corporation. How can public data help you?”

Submitters can pose a question or offer a problem they face in their business. Others can then vote in support of or comment to further develop or enhance an idea. You don’t need to have the answer or be able to implement a solution -- they’re just looking for your ideas.

The Secretary of State’s office has run the Business Intelligence Center program since 2013. Working with partners across the state, including the Governor’s Office of Information Technology, they seek to promote a healthy business environment statewide by making business-relevant data accessible and partnering with the private sector to drive innovation through the use of public data to solve business challenges.

The program pursues this mission in two key ways. First, it assists state agencies in publishing public data to the state’s open data platform, the Colorado Information Marketplace at Second, it runs the Go Code Colorado app challenge, where teams of software developers and entrepreneurs use public data to solve business challenges.

The fourth Go Code Colorado challenge kicked off this year on Feb. 1. Find out more information at