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Arming elected officials with the right kind of cybersecurity information can lead to better planning and incident respo...
06/16/2022
How to reframe the cybersecurity conversation for elected officials

Arming elected officials with the right kind of cybersecurity information can lead to better planning and incident response.

Cybersecurity teams can use an emergency management framework to prepare elected officials to respond to and communicate about a cyber incident.

Bad actors that use drones to interfere with emergency response or law enforcement could be hit two-year prison sentence...
06/16/2022
Legislation sets penalties for drone misuse

Bad actors that use drones to interfere with emergency response or law enforcement could be hit two-year prison sentences.

The Drone Act of 2022 would set new federal penalties for drone operators who weaponize drones, disrupt emergency operations or use the technology to deliver contraband into prisons.

New technology proposed for Bluetooth would allow devices to broadcast signals that can be picked up by an unlimited num...
06/16/2022
New Bluetooth upgrade could provide a big audio assist for government

New technology proposed for Bluetooth would allow devices to broadcast signals that can be picked up by an unlimited number of receivers.

A new technology called Auracast will give devices the ability to broadcast a signal that could be picked up and heard by an unlimited number of receivers.

Data gaps can make it difficult for state and local officials to analyze crime trends.
06/16/2022
Inconsistent data reporting thwarts crime analysis

Data gaps can make it difficult for state and local officials to analyze crime trends.

Almost 40% of law enforcement agencies did not submit any data in 2021 to the FBI’s crime statistics collection program.

Improving transparency, efficiency and accountability builds citizen trust in government.
06/15/2022
3 ways governments can regain citizens’ trust

Improving transparency, efficiency and accountability builds citizen trust in government.

Transparency, efficiency and accountability are the key ingredients to rebuilding confidence.

"Cyber smart" investments will make America's digital infrastructure more resilient against attacks.
06/15/2022
Infrastructure investments should focus on 'cyber smart' projects

"Cyber smart" investments will make America's digital infrastructure more resilient against attacks.

Funding appropriated in the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act should go toward investments that bolster resilience and protections for America's digital and physical infrastructure, National Cyber Director Chris Inglis said.

North Dakota testing new drone use cases this summer.
06/15/2022
UAS network expands operational drone testing

North Dakota testing new drone use cases this summer.

In partnership with North Dakota's Vantis network, drone operators will test a number of use cases for beyond-visual-line-of-sight flights, ranging from search and rescue missions to small package delivery.

An Ohio county plans to build a 125-mile fiber-optic ring and data center to deliver gigabit speed internet service to n...
06/15/2022
County to build fiber ring and data center for local governments

An Ohio county plans to build a 125-mile fiber-optic ring and data center to deliver gigabit speed internet service to nearby governments.

The Summit County Public Safety Fiber and Communications Network will serve 31 Ohio city, village and township governments and public safety agencies.

Data visualization tools are helping officials identify cases with an increased risk of fraud.
06/14/2022
Data tools help root out social services fraud

Data visualization tools are helping officials identify cases with an increased risk of fraud.

Data modeling, analytics and visualizations are helping the Texas HHS inspector general detect and prevent fraud, waste and abuse within state programs.

Leaders are asking for increased oversight after identifying the water sector as U.S. critical infrastructure's "weakest...
06/14/2022
Water sector wants greater cybersecurity for its infrastructure

Leaders are asking for increased oversight after identifying the water sector as U.S. critical infrastructure's "weakest link."

Experts from the water and wastewater sectors called on the Environmental Protection Agency to bolster cybersecurity for what they called America's "weakest link" when it comes to critical infrastructure.

The NYC fire department is looking for software solutions that protect its members' personal information.
06/14/2022
NYFD calls for help with doxing

The NYC fire department is looking for software solutions that protect its members' personal information.

The New York City Fire Department is looking for cybersecurity services to help it protect responders’ personally identifiable information.

The increased risk of threats compelled IT leaders to declare cybersecurity as their top priority in this recent survey.
06/14/2022
Cybersecurity is Job 1 for city, county IT leaders

The increased risk of threats compelled IT leaders to declare cybersecurity as their top priority in this recent survey.

Thanks to the attack on Colonial Pipeline and the growing risk of international threats related to the war in Ukraine, 97% of IT leaders cited cybersecurity as a top priority in an annual survey.

Open source software collects real-time roadway information from connected infrastructure and vehicles.
06/13/2022
Connected vehicle, infrastructure data drives roadway safety

Open source software collects real-time roadway information from connected infrastructure and vehicles.

City planners will soon be able to share and validate digital models of traffic conditions with the help of an open-source tool that collects data from connected vehicles and infrastructure sensors.

Mental health pros may deliver more benefits than police in certain emergencies, a pilot program shows.
06/13/2022
For mental crises, send a pro not the police?

Mental health pros may deliver more benefits than police in certain emergencies, a pilot program shows.

Evidence from a pilot program in Denver suggests that providing mental health support for nonviolent emergencies can help reduce crime and save money.

School officials were forced to cancel all final exams due to a ransomware attack.
06/13/2022
Ransomware hits NJ school district

School officials were forced to cancel all final exams due to a ransomware attack.

The attack forced the cancellation of finals and gave students a lesson in old-school learning.

A new computational model can help pick optimal locations to place EV chargers.
06/13/2022
What's the best place for an EV charging station?

A new computational model can help pick optimal locations to place EV chargers.

With the help of a computational model, officials can strategically place EV charging facilities without putting undue pressure on local power grids.

Researchers say a blockchain calculating energy optimization problems would help save wasted compute power.
06/13/2022
In search of a more energy-efficient blockchain

Researchers say a blockchain calculating energy optimization problems would help save wasted compute power.

Researchers have built a blockchain whose proof-of-work solves energy use optimization problems, possibly offsetting wasted compute power.

Getting leaders to adopt modern tech practice could be the key in clearing organizational roadblocks, techies say.
06/10/2022
Why you need your boss's boss to embrace agile

Getting leaders to adopt modern tech practice could be the key in clearing organizational roadblocks, techies say.

It's not usually the tech that's the difficult part of user experience work, but rather getting senior leaders to help clear organizational roadblocks.

C-suite buy-in can help clear organizational roadblocks to tech development.
06/10/2022
States try incentive-based cybersecurity

C-suite buy-in can help clear organizational roadblocks to tech development.

Organizations that conform to recognized cybersecurity frameworks can avoid facing punitive damages in the event of a cyberattack, panelists at RSA said.

A fleet of 30 autonomous vehicles will provide robot taxi services in parts of San Francisco.
06/10/2022
Driverless taxis hit city streets

A fleet of 30 autonomous vehicles will provide robot taxi services in parts of San Francisco.

California regulators gave Cruise the go-ahead to charge passengers to ride through San Francisco in its autonomous vehicles, but public safety skepticism remains.

Drone operators will test out six new beyond-visual-line-of-sight flight use cases.
06/10/2022
UAS network expands operational drone testing

Drone operators will test out six new beyond-visual-line-of-sight flight use cases.

In partnership with North Dakota's Vantis network, drone operators will test a number of use cases for beyond-visual-line-of-sight flights, ranging from search and rescue missions to small package delivery.

City planners will soon be able to create digital twins of real-world traffic scenarios.
06/09/2022
Connected vehicle, infrastructure data drives roadway safety

City planners will soon be able to create digital twins of real-world traffic scenarios.

City planners will soon be able to share and validate digital models of traffic conditions with the help of an open-source tool that collects data from connected vehicles and infrastructure sensors.

State and local agencies often lack the personnel to process the ever-growing volume of requests.
06/09/2022
6 ways technology can streamline public records requests

State and local agencies often lack the personnel to process the ever-growing volume of requests.

Agencies are relying on technology to simplify and streamline their public records request process and, as a second-order effect, increase constituents’ confidence in their governing bodies.

NIST seeking advanced dashboards to improve first responders' incident command.
06/09/2022
NIST offers $1 million for next-gen incident command dashboards

NIST seeking advanced dashboards to improve first responders' incident command.

Teams that use advanced technologies to improve the quality, usability and functionality of incident command dashboards for first responders can earn up to $1 million in the Command Dashboard Integrating Next-Gen, or CommanDING, challenge.

States' antiquated technology and lack of funding contributes to problems, GAO reports.
06/09/2022
GAO tags unemployment insurance as 'high risk'

States' antiquated technology and lack of funding contributes to problems, GAO reports.

The government watchdog says more than $78 billion in improper unemployment insurance payments were made in fiscal year 2021, and cited fraud, poor customer service, inequitable access, legacy tech and staffing shortages as key drivers of failure.

The next generation of AI models can create “creative” images on-demand based on a text prompt.
06/08/2022
Do AI systems really have their own secret language?

The next generation of AI models can create “creative” images on-demand based on a text prompt.

That an artificial intelligence systems such as the DALL-E 2 model may have created a vocabulary highlights existing concerns about the robustness, security and interpretability of deep learning systems.

A recent report found lack of functional IT controls and improper cybersecurity oversight.
06/08/2022
Watchdog finds cyber risks in TVA control systems

A recent report found lack of functional IT controls and improper cybersecurity oversight.

The Tennessee Valley Authority, a federal utility operating in seven southeastern states, lacked proper IT controls and cybersecurity oversight of systems assisting with flood and river management, according to a recent inspector general report.

Improved body and vehicle cameras will automate law enforcement recording capabilities.
06/08/2022
Smart cameras automate recording, boost police transparency

Improved body and vehicle cameras will automate law enforcement recording capabilities.

Upgrades to cameras in New Hampshire’s State Police cruisers and officer uniforms will simplify camera recording duties and ease uploading footage to secure cloud storage.

City connects infrastructure network solutions via fiber to test mobility technologies.
06/08/2022
Smart edge infrastructure expands capacity, real-time data access

City connects infrastructure network solutions via fiber to test mobility technologies.

Using a fiber-connected infrastructure network solution creates a fully manageable low-latency, high-performance network for testing various mobility technologies on Peachtree Corners’ smart city streets.

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“As agencies look to adopt cloud, they should choose a cloud vendor that can meet or exceed their defined data and security requirements.” 🔐 CentralSquare Chief Information Security Officer Troy Saunders shared steps agencies can take to protect legacy systems and critical infrastructure. Read more on GCN: https://www.gcn.com/cybersecurity/2022/03/legacy-vulnerabilities-risk-critical-infrastructure-security/363153/
Protecting 911 from unwanted robocalls https://gcn.com/articles/2021/12/09/psap-robocalls-fcc.aspx via GCN. FCC first adopted a PSAP Do-Not-Call registry in 2012 to address autodialer-initiated calls. Now they want to know if any new blocking tech could help PSAPs better protect themselves from such calls.
IT networks within government offices, military agencies, and commercial enterprises are under relentless assault by nation-states and cyber-criminals. Many agencies' security strategies are based on a fortress mindset where you protect the network and end devices from attacks by securing access and exit. Unfortunately, this level of security is inadequate in the current cybersecurity climate. Read our article on GCN and learn how rethinking your perimeter defense and expanding visibility can deter modern day adversaries. #cyberattack #secuirtyplanning #packetcapture https://hubs.li/H0_Zptn0
States making slow, steady progress to the cloud http://ow.ly/vVia50Gwr3s via GCN Budgeting, cybersecurity and legacy technology are proving stumbling blocks to migration, according to a new NASCIO report.
FirstNet posts resource guide for emergency managers http://ow.ly/rG6W50GkbMZ via GCN The guide covers a number of topics related to emergency management communications, including features managers may use in their daily roles as well as those dedicated to incidents.
Taking meaningful steps toward stronger security http://ow.ly/lULY50Ggi2T via GCN Understanding the threats that face the government and its partners is critical as is taking meaningful steps to address potential vulnerabilities.
How government can move out of the ransomware bull’s-eye http://ow.ly/Kmsf50Fv2na via GCN The White House has sought to get ahead of ransomware attacks by issuing a cybersecurity executive order featuring aggressive deadlines and sweeping reforms to federal cyber policy.