Department of Innovation and Technology codified to reduce costs, improve cybersecurity

Gov. Bruce Rauner  

Gov. Bruce Rauner recently signed legislation officially recognizing the Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT), which will improve and update Illinois’ cybersecurity and government services.

“When we first came into office, we discovered that our technology systems had been grossly neglected,” Rauner said in a press release. “Employees at multiple agencies relied on manual, paper processes for much of their work. That was extremely inefficient. We created DoIT, put a team of experts in place and developed a comprehensive approach to modernize our technology.”

The DoIT was formed by executive order in 2016 and has encrypted more than 5.8 billion records, protecting Illinois resident’s personal and private information. The department also launched a statewide security operations center that identifies risks and responds to cyber threats, according to the release.

State Rep. Christine Winger (R-Wood Dale) said the bipartisan legislation creates a necessary department that is equipped to deal with state agency information in the safest possible way.

Rep. Christine Winger  

“DoIT will transform the antiquated nature of the state’s systems, and help protect Illinois residents and their information efficiently,” Winger said in the press release. “I am pleased to see this initiative move forward, especially one that will support the infrastructure and future of Illinois.”

DoIT staff has also increased government efficiency by streamlining financial data into a single system, which has saved the state more than $20 million.

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