DoIT and NCSA Team for Smart State
February 6, 2017
National Center for Supercomputing Applications' (NCSA) world-renowned
cybersecurity and large-scale data capabilities are being called upon to
advance Illinois as the nation's premier "Smart State." On Thursday the
state of Illinois and University of Illinois System announced a new
partnership that will bring together next-generation technology and
highly-skilled expertise to improve quality of life, grow the state's
economy and retain and attract residents. The first phase of the
initiative will partner the Illinois Department of Innovation &
Technology (DoIT) and NCSA to tackle Big Data and cybersecurity issues
such as how to better secure transportations systems and citizen's data.
"Illinois is nationally recognized as the first U.S. state to have a
vision and roadmap for becoming a smarter state," said Hardik Bhatt,
Secretary Designate and state CIO of the Department of Innovation &
Technology (DoIT). "The goal is to use technology, Internet of Things,
analytics, and cybersecurity to improve operational efficiency and find
new and more cost-effective ways to serve our customers."
Illinois launched Smart State initiatives, under the leadership of
Governor Bruce Rauner, with the release of a white paper titled,
"Introducing the Smart State: Illinois Leads the Way" in early 2016.
This was followed by two smart state workshops in April and December
that connected leaders from both the public and private sector to
explore how becoming a smart state will improve government efficiency
and access to services, and create a climate that promotes the growth of
business and industry.
Chief Information Security Officer Kirk Lonbom commented, "A partnership
between DoIT and NCSA will bring great benefits to Illinois businesses
and citizens in the area of cybersecurity. The threat posed by
cyber-attackers grows exponentially by the day and collaborations such
as these accelerate the pace of cybersecurity progress."
"At NCSA, University of Illinois faculty, staff, students, and
collaborators from around the globe use advanced digital resources to
address research grand challenges for the benefit of science, industry,
and society," said Bill Gropp, acting director of NCSA. "We are excited
about leveraging these resources to modernize infrastructure in order to
better serve the citizens of Illinois and uplift the state’s economy."