After recounting how Idaho dealt with last year’s disastrous floods and drawing applause when Gov. Butch Otter told lawmakers, “For the first time since the 1950s we put more water back into the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer than we pumped out in 2017,” Otter turned to information security.
“About the only thing we value more than water in Idaho are our families and our privacy,” he said.
“We’re doing all we can within our existing management structure to defend our state resources, and more importantly to keep our citizens’ personal information safe from hackers, criminals or worse,” including the establishment last year of a director of information security under the governor’s office. “The next step is improving the structure of that oversight,” he said. “I am recommending a thorough assessment and centralization of scattered and disjointed information resources in the coming months.”
Otter is proposing to transfer functions from the state Department of Administration to a new Office of Information Technology, an agency that would fall under the executive office of the governor.
"Idaho is well situated to be a global leader in this field," he said, noting the state's partnership with the Idaho National Laboratory's Cybercore Integration Center and the thriving cybersecurity degree programs at Idaho's universities.