Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) says Illinois’ information technology (IT) systems will be brought into the modern era, securing Illinois residents personal data from cyber-attacks and saving taxpayers money, by the newly formed Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT).
“Our state currently relies on IT systems that were built in 1974. It’s time to enter the modern era,” said Sen. Radogno. “In a world where information is power, we have to secure and modernize our IT systems to protect Illinoisans’ personal data from cyber-attacks, make state government more efficient, and save taxpayers money.”
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed Executive Order 10-01 on Jan. 25, creating the new Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) to centralize and consolidate all IT decisions and spending for state agencies. DoIT will implement a strategic, statewide technology plan that allows Illinois to provide more tailored services to residents.
Currently, state agencies rely on a patchwork of IT systems that are often redundant and could be vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Additionally, these systems often are unable to share data between agencies, making it difficult to identify waste. By bringing the systems under one agency, Illinois will be better able to save taxpayer money, and more efficiently serve Illinois residents.
“By centralizing IT systems for our state agencies, we can better serve the people of Illinois,” said Radogno.