Mission, Vision, and Goals


It is the mission of DET to be a strategic business partner to state agencies, providing the services and knowledge to fulfill their business needs through education and problem-solving in an open and professional manner.


We are a culture focused on the utilization of data for driving continuous improvement, efficiency, and effective decision-making.

Who We Are - Featuring our CIO, David Cagigal​

The State of Wisconsin has received an A- in the Center for Digital Government’s Digital States Surveyin 2016 and 2018, along with first place in the Adaptive Leadership category. Adaptive Leadership reflects our ability to align the state’s technology investment strategies. It is truly a barometer of state agencies being able to work together toward common goals. In Wisconsin, we now view enterprise collaboration as our everyday way of doing business – it has guided our data center consolidation efforts, our recent enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation, our cybersecurity strategies, and our e-government program, just to cite a few examples. I firmly believe in the potential of enterprise collaboration to keep us moving forward.

Cybersecurity presents an even greater challenge for productive collaboration, but fortunately, we have colleagues in local government, utilities, and private-sector organizations who were willing to step up. Beginning in mid-2014, representatives from 16 critical infrastructure sector owners in the state (e.g., banking, energy, transportation, food and agriculture, water systems) began meeting to design a Cyber Disruption Response Strategy – a framework to help infrastructure owners and operators function in public/private partnerships to respond to cyber disruption events.

The State of Wisconsin still faces ongoing cyber risks, and the state's infrastructure must be protected from these threats. Wisconsin must prioritize the infrastructure and data that we protect, assess risks and hazards, and make prudent investments in cybersecurity and cyber-defense capabilities to achieve our security goals and objectives. To mitigate risks in cyberspace requires a comprehensive strategy to counter and, if necessary, withstand disruptive and destructive attacks. Due to these risks Wisconsin also developed another cybersecurity strategy document, which  provides a high-level overview of all the major cybersecurity-related efforts being undertaken in the State of Wisconsin through robust security and continuity programs. Ensuring the State of Wisconsin is secure and resilient online is an essential component of building a more competitive and productive economy.

The past few years have required intensive work and participation from our enterprise partners. But the positive assessment we received from the Digital States Survey was a welcome reminder from an impartial source of all we’ve accomplished recently through a collaborative mindset and effective governance mechanisms. And we have every intention of maintaining that momentum.​