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Reduce, reuse...CalRecycle. Learn how one state is making its recycling management more efficient.
11/23/2022
California looks to reshape recycling IT

Reduce, reuse...CalRecycle.

Learn how one state is making its recycling management more efficient.

CalRecycle is planning an enterprisewide system that can track, regulate and monitor recyclables.

Are you ready for the future? See how data and emerging tech can set you up for innovative success here ⬇️
11/23/2022
The most future-ready US cities

Are you ready for the future?

See how data and emerging tech can set you up for innovative success here ⬇️

Cities that leverage data, partnerships and emerging technologies can best adapt to changing citizen expectations, a new report found.

A collaborative effort among universities, state agencies and national organizations will study climate effects on U.S. ...
11/21/2022
Urban climate lab makes holistic appraisal of resilience

A collaborative effort among universities, state agencies and national organizations will study climate effects on U.S. cities to gain insight for future resilience strategies.

The Baltimore Social-Environmental Collaborative will integrate environmental, health and community response data to drive potential climate solutions that support equity and resilience.

Communication is key, especially when fighting off ransomware attacks. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) r...
11/21/2022
Ransomware response requires better federal, state, local coordination

Communication is key, especially when fighting off ransomware attacks.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends state, local and tribal gov to improve collaboration with federal agencies such as the FBI, Secret Service and CISA for better cyber defense.

Federal agencies most involved with cybersecurity should improve communication with each other and with other levels of government, GAO said.

Phishing attacks come in various forms -- so this state makes sure its cybersecurity training does too. “You have to mak...
11/21/2022
How one state’s phishing training evolves with threats

Phishing attacks come in various forms -- so this state makes sure its cybersecurity training does too.

“You have to make it relevant, you have to make it contextual to the actual end user,” one CISO says.

Indiana regularly tests employees on various platforms and attachment formats, including prompts related to headline news and retests of scams those that have proved difficult for workers to catch.

Automation can be helpful in speeding up decision-making processes, but it can turn harmful when the data involved resul...
11/21/2022
How to reduce citizen harm from automated decision systems

Automation can be helpful in speeding up decision-making processes, but it can turn harmful when the data involved result in leaks, bias or distrust.

A recent report from EPIC - Electronic Privacy Information Center sheds light on how to avoid these issues.

Read about it here ⬇️

For agencies that use automated systems to inform decisions about schools, social services and medical treatment, it’s imperative that they’re using technology that protects data.

One state is combining cloud, data and AI to ward off incoming algal blooms in a move to protect communities, the enviro...
11/17/2022
By predicting ‘disgusting algal blooms,’ water district hopes to head off damage

One state is combining cloud, data and AI to ward off incoming algal blooms in a move to protect communities, the environment and the economy.

The South Florida Water Management District is combining its observational data with satellite imagery and Google Public Sector’s Climate Insights to predict the formation of harmful algal blooms.

For some, cloud adoption was a game changer. But unexpected costs leave some organizations in a rut as they struggle to ...
11/17/2022
Why cloud is a budget breaker

For some, cloud adoption was a game changer. But unexpected costs leave some organizations in a rut as they struggle to manage and protect data in the cloud.

Misunderstandings about cloud security, scalability and storage has led to the vast majority of enterprises spending much more than anticipated, a new survey finds.

CISA offers guidance for managing an organization's cybersecurity vulnerabilities Read below to learn what the agency ha...
11/15/2022
Automation key to vulnerability management, CISA says

CISA offers guidance for managing an organization's cybersecurity vulnerabilities

Read below to learn what the agency has to say ⬇️

By automating vulnerability disclosure, organizations can more easily categorize their exposure and limit impacts.

Nonprofits vulnerable to hate crimes often apply for funding for planning, training, equipment and physical security Thi...
11/15/2022
Groups at risk for hate crimes can tap new cyber funds

Nonprofits vulnerable to hate crimes often apply for funding for
planning, training, equipment and physical security

This year, cybersecurity is added to the list.

Nonprofits applying for funding to combat hate crimes in New York can now include cybersecurity projects in their applications.

Add bridge monitoring to the list of what smart phones can do. Researchers developed an app that measures bridge vibrati...
11/14/2022
Smartphone sensor networks monitor bridge integrity

Add bridge monitoring to the list of what smart phones can do.

Researchers developed an app that measures bridge vibrations, collecting data that could help lower maintenance costs and extend bridges' lifetimes.

The resulting data could help decrease inspection and maintenance costs while increasing bridges’ lifetimes.

How bitcoin mining enriches the economy, people and businesses of this state "at zero cost," Chief of Strategy and Innov...
11/14/2022
Bitcoin-mining helps bring business to the city's ‘front porch’

How bitcoin mining enriches the economy, people and businesses of this state "at zero cost," Chief of Strategy and Innovation Carlo Capua says.

As the first U.S. city to mine the cryptocurrency, Fort Worth leaders say the venture will attract more visitors and businesses.

To keep the workforce's technical expertise on pace with rapidly emerging tech, AI tutors could be a solution.
11/14/2022
Can AI tutors give the nation’s workforce a competitive edge?

To keep the workforce's technical expertise on pace with rapidly emerging tech, AI tutors could be a solution.

The number of workers needing new skills across a variety of emerging technology fields will soon outpace the nation’s ability to train them, but researchers at the Defense Department have a plan.

A new portal gives government leaders vital climate data on their communities, enabling them to take data-driven actions...
11/10/2022
Climate projections everyone can understand

A new portal gives government leaders vital climate data on their communities, enabling them to take data-driven actions against future environmental extremes.

The Climate Risk and Resilience portal gives emergency managers nontechnical climate datasets and high-resolution, forward-looking climate insights.

This state is submitting more than 31,000 addresses to the FCC’s Broadband Data Collection challenge process in an effor...
11/10/2022
Challenge to FCC broadband map IDs thousands of NY addresses lacking connectivity

This state is submitting more than 31,000 addresses to the FCC’s Broadband Data Collection challenge process in an effort to get the federal funding they need for the people who need it.

Gov. Kathy Hochul said the state’s ConnectALL Program submitted the addresses of more than 30,000 locations that are either unserved, underserved or missing information.

How one public health system is upping its data game by first acknowledging its flaws.
11/10/2022
How data solves hospital system’s pain points

How one public health system is upping its data game by first acknowledging its flaws.

NYC Health and Hospitals’ data office focuses not on providing capabilities to customers, but on delivering services.

Researchers developed a handheld water sensor to test tap water for contaminants that could help officials tackle water ...
11/08/2022
E-tongue tastes water for contaminants

Researchers developed a handheld water sensor to test tap water for contaminants that could help officials tackle water issues and build trust in their communities.

Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Lowell are piloting a handheld, cloud-connected electrochemical sensor that quickly tests tap water for contaminants.

The fish are absolutely going to love this announcement. U.S. Department of Energy is funding innovative tech that helps...
11/08/2022
$4M to keep fish populations afloat

The fish are absolutely going to love this announcement.

U.S. Department of Energy is funding innovative tech that helps fish navigate hydropower plants and keeps the environment clean.

The Department of Energy is looking for new ideas to protect fish around hydropower facilities.

In a bid to one day close the cyber workforce gap, Cyber.org launched an online tool to educate and train K-12 teachers ...
11/08/2022
Cyber range looks to inspire next generation of talent

In a bid to one day close the cyber workforce gap, Cyber.org launched an online tool to educate and train K-12 teachers and students about cybersecurity.

The Louisiana-backed range will provide hands-on training for K-12 students nationwide and help fill the cyber workforce pipeline.

In recent years, misinformation has sullied public trust in elections. But an October report suggests election officials...
11/08/2022
How GIS fortifies election information

In recent years, misinformation has sullied public trust in elections.

But an October report suggests election officials may be able to build back that trust by verifying voter and candidate data using geographic information systems.

Geographic information systems can help election directors speed up voter information verification processes and expand data collection capacities.

Today marks  and as people cast their votes from coast to coast, one expert says paper trails may be the ideal defense f...
11/08/2022
Cybersecurity front and center in voting innovation

Today marks and as people cast their votes from coast to coast, one expert says paper trails may be the ideal defense for election security.

Learn more about the vulnerabilities a digital election can harbor here ⬇️

Ensuring votes have a paper trail is a far better solution than relying on emerging, unproven technologies, election security experts say.

If at first you don’t succeed … fail, fail forward. A recent report from Centre for Public Impact explains how governmen...
11/05/2022
Failure is inevitable, so why not learn from it?

If at first you don’t succeed … fail, fail forward.

A recent report from Centre for Public Impact explains how government should embrace failure, not hide from it.

Agencies that can “fail forward” learn to identify, analyze and communicate about how projects fall flat and work toward innovative solutions to complex government problems.

One county has its eyes set on providing residents with 1-Gbps connection to meet growing demands from residents and bus...
11/05/2022
‘Insatiable appetite’ for internet pushes county to gigabit broadband

One county has its eyes set on providing residents with 1-Gbps connection to meet growing demands from residents and businesses.

Learn from CIO Bob Leek what it takes to make it happen here ⬇️

Clark County, Nevada, CIO Bob Leek said localities must meet rising demand and invest in the future.

The Empire State is striking back. To curb harmful environmental practices, New York is building a platform to track and...
11/03/2022
Energy data to power state’s clean-energy economy

The Empire State is striking back.

To curb harmful environmental practices, New York is building a platform to track and monitor organizations' energy data.

Integrating energy system and customer data, the Integrated Energy Data Resource will spur development of distributed energy resources, innovative use cases and utility operational efficiencies.

Indiana OIT 🤝 Indiana & Purdue University A 4-year partnership will enable the universities to conduct cybersecurity ass...
11/02/2022
State, universities team up for local gov cyber assessments

Indiana OIT 🤝 Indiana & Purdue University

A 4-year partnership will enable the universities to conduct cybersecurity assessments of local government to gauge future efforts to ward off cyber attacks.

The Indiana Office of Technology joined with Indiana University and Purdue University on a four-year effort to help ensure local governments have adequate defenses.

MFA offers solid defense against threat actors, but sometimes phishing scams can still get through and hook unlucky vict...
11/02/2022
Why you need phishing-resistant MFA

MFA offers solid defense against threat actors, but sometimes phishing scams can still get through and hook unlucky victims, according to CISA.

Learn common phishing attacks and what MFA techniques can combat them here ⬇️

Multifactor authentication can be vulnerable to phishing attacks, fake push alerts, communications protocols weaknesses or SIM swap attacks, according to CISA.

The CHIPS Act 'is not a program to just go and build a couple of factories and call it a day,' one expert says. Read on ...
11/02/2022
States look beyond ‘lab to fab’

The CHIPS Act 'is not a program to just go and build a couple of factories and call it a day,' one expert says.

Read on to learn how local leaders should make the most of federal funds to revitalize their whole community.

https://gcn.com/cloud-infrastructure/2022/11/states-look-beyond-lab-fab/379175/

A large chip-making facility funded by the CHIPS Act represents an opportunity for state and local leaders to build a technology-based business infrastructure and workforce.

Familiarity breeds cyber attacks. Easy-to-guess passwords are like 'having really good cameras...but leaving all the win...
10/31/2022
Enough with the weak passwords, already

Familiarity breeds cyber attacks.

Easy-to-guess passwords are like 'having really good cameras...but leaving all the windows and doors unlocked," one expert says.

The most common passwords on the dark web are those users have been repeatedly warned away from. Can training help?

NYC is upping its data game with the new Office of Technology & Innovation. Read about OTI and its plan to embrace the u...
10/31/2022
Big Apple polishes data operations

NYC is upping its data game with the new Office of Technology & Innovation.

Read about OTI and its plan to embrace the use of data here ⬇️

New York City’s Office of Technology and Innovation will train staff to leverage data to inform decision-making and enhance city services and programs.

Smart cities Peachtree Corners, Georgia, and the North Texas Innovation Alliance are working together to expand broadban...
10/31/2022
800 miles apart, smart city partners share broadband insights

Smart cities Peachtree Corners, Georgia, and the North Texas Innovation Alliance are working together to expand broadband access and infrastructure.

The North Texas Innovation Alliance will share its broadband rollout experience in a new collaboration with Peachtree Corners, which has connected infrastructure know-how NTXIA can use.

Law enforcement officials may be able to identify and investigate human trafficking cases faster with this data visualiz...
10/31/2022
Algorithm analyzes es**rt ads to detect human trafficking

Law enforcement officials may be able to identify and investigate human trafficking cases faster with this data visualization tool and algorithm.

Researchers have developed an algorithm that identifies similarities in es**rt advertisements, which often indicates trafficking behavior.

Maryland is building a network of weather observation towers that will help agencies' data-driven responses to extreme w...
10/27/2022
Maryland to build weather data network

Maryland is building a network of weather observation towers that will help agencies' data-driven responses to extreme weather events.

The Maryland Mesonet will provide real-time monitoring that will improve responses to weather-related disasters.

This city is tapping into image capture technology to collect street-level data so city personnel can better manage traf...
10/27/2022
Street-level imagery makes data collection a snap

This city is tapping into image capture technology to collect street-level data so city personnel can better manage traffic and road operations.

Cameras, LiDAR, algorithms and cloud databases make it possible for state and local governments to convert imagery into insights.

It takes a village to adopt a cloud... or something like that. “This concept of adaptability, flexibility, scalability –...
10/27/2022
Cloud architecture focuses on relationship management, outcomes

It takes a village to adopt a cloud... or something like that.

“This concept of adaptability, flexibility, scalability – we can't always do that with internal staff,” says one expert on states working with vendors and cloud architects to achieve cloud maturity.

With states at various stages of cloud maturity, their cloud architects must align business solutions with strategic goals.

Salt Lake City's tech sector is putting in the work to keep up with the age of IT modernization.Read on to learn what CI...
10/27/2022
How one city’s IT team keeps up with rapid growth

Salt Lake City's tech sector is putting in the work to keep up with the age of IT modernization.

Read on to learn what CIO Aaron Bentley has planned for the city's tech workforce ➡️

Salt Lake City is adapting to new residents and workers by focusing on customer experience, easing hybrid work challenges and rethinking IT staffing.

'Emotional data' -- meaning why people behave the way they do -- is an important asset for cities exploring the digital ...
10/26/2022
Digital twins need more than infrastructure data, expert says

'Emotional data' -- meaning why people behave the way they do -- is an important asset for cities exploring the digital twin space, says one Smart Cities Council expert.

Read on to learn more about the value of citywide data when it comes to digital twins.

Real-time, bi-directional data can help cities determine not just what residents are doing – but why, according to the Smart Cities Council.

Hurricane Ian tore through Florida in late September, leaving parts of the state in shambles. As cities and counties dea...
10/26/2022
Cloud-based property assessments speed hurricane recovery

Hurricane Ian tore through Florida in late September, leaving parts of the state in shambles.

As cities and counties deal with the wreckage, they can rely on Accela's Rapid Damage Assessment Cloud Service to guide recovery efforts.

Cities and counties that suffered damage from Hurricane Ian could access Accela’s damage assessment service to jump-start recovery.

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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.
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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.
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