About the CIO Institute
Chief Information Officers, their deputies, and their closest advisors
are a community of practice responsible for ensuring that information
technology is deployed effectively to support enterprise goals. In the
early years of information technology, CIOs had few trusted channels to
share lessons learned in solving important problems. The CIO Institute
began in 1992 as an informal group of CIO community members from very
large government agencies who shared the goal of identifying what works
and what does not work in areas of great opportunity and high concern to
people who serve as CIOs.
Beginning with the creation of the Government Technology Leadership Awards, the CIO Institute has designed and provided essential assistance to new programs and institutions to help them become continuing sources of information on solutions to challenges faced by CIOs. Its first target was data warehousing, but by 2000, cybersecurity had shown evidence of becoming an existential issue and most of its work in the past two decades has been focused on cybersecurity. The CIO Institute’s portfolio includes the Data Warehousing Institute, 1995, the Center for Internet Security, 2000, the Critical Security Controls, 2008, the U.S. Cyber Challenge, 2009, three landmark reports from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the National Cyber Scholarship Foundation, 2020, What Works in Finding Elite Cybersecurity Talent, 2021, and several other initiatives.
The CIO Institute’s current focus is on supporting promising practices for expanding the national pipeline of elite cybersecurity talent to protect enterprises and nations in the face of escalating cyber intrusions.