Compare / Contrast Two State Government IT Security Policies

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Volunteers have been recruited to help state governments improve their cybersecurity practices. The coordinating committee has decided that the first task these volunteers undertake will be a comparative analysis which examines the strengths and weaknesses of existing IT Security Policies for state governments (agencies and offices of the executive branch under the leadership of the state governors). Since you volunteered early, you have your pick of any two states’  IT Security Policies from the list published by the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MSISAC). (See item #1 under Research.)


  1. Select two state government IT Security Policies. Use the list at  (if you encounter a broken link, you may search for that state’s policy or choose a different state).

  2. Download and review your selected state governments’ IT Security Policy documents.

  3. Develop five or more points which are common across the two documents. (Similarities)

  4. Identify and review at least three unique items in each document. (Differences)

  5. Research best practices for IT Security and/or IT Security Policies for state governments. Here are two  sources which you may find helpful:



  6. Using your research and your comparison of the two policy documents, develop an answer to the question: Why should every state government have an IT security policy for state agencies and offices under the state’s executive branch?


  1. An introduction or overview of IT Security Policies for the executive branch of state governments (covering state agencies and offices in the executive branch including the governor’s office). Explain the purpose of an IT security policy and how it is used. Answer the question: why should every state in the nation have a comprehensive IT security policy for state agencies and offices? (Make sure that you address the importance of such strategies to small, resource-poor states as well as to large or wealthy states.)

  1. A separate section in which you discuss the common principles and policy sections / statements (similarities) found in both IT security policy documents.

  1. A separate section in which you discuss the unique aspects of the first state’s IT security policy document.

  2. A separate section in which you discuss the unique aspects of the second state’s IT security policy document.

  3. A section in which you discuss your evaluation of which state government has the better of the two IT security policy documents. You should also present best practice based recommendations for improvements to either or both IT security policy documents.

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