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Reminder: The Web is not the only source of malware

A cloud-based Web filtering and policy enforcement service helped the city of Aspen sharply reduce browser infections, but it doesn't replace antivirus protection.

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How Aspen's DNS services became more secure, reliable and cheaper

Outsourcing Domain Name Services and Web policy enforcement to OpenDNS saves the Colorado city and county money while improving security.

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California pilots electronic license plates -- will other states follow?

The state expects electronic plates to save money on processing registrations and mailing, though the plan has raised privacy concerns.

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Security tool keeps data safe across collaboration systems

CipherPoint data security software prevents privileged IT administrators, attackers from accessing sensitive information across on-premise and cloud-based collaboration systems.

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Maryland lights up new broadband network

Maryland, with the help of federal Recovery Act dollars, has added 800 miles of high-speed fiber to its statewide broadband network linking schools, governments and businesses.

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GPS accuracy still not good enough for emergencies

Location-based wireless services are in high demand, especially in public safety, but getting an accurate fix on mobile devices remains a challenge.

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Cloud gaining traction as state and local cost-cutter

Nearly half of the government IT professionals in a survey said their state or municipality has migrated or plans to move applications to the cloud, according to a Unisys study.

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California PD tests the limits of cellphone tracking

Mountain View police recently tested an opt-in system from Polaris and found that it mostly works, though there are trade-offs.

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IT managers: The biggest threat to infrastructure isn't cyber

Reducing costs, improving security, boosting efficiency are the top priorities for federal, state and local agencies, according to a Cisco survey.

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Richmond's alarm tech cuts 911 errors, speeds call center operations

The city of Richmond, Va., and its partners developed the Automated Secure Alarm Protocol that offers a better way to deliver information from alarm monitoring companies to emergency operators.

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Microsoft's Azure for government will have a US touch

The Windows Azure U.S. Government Cloud for state, local and federal agencies will be hosted in U.S. data centers and managed by U.S. citizens.

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Austin police boost transparency, data management with digital video

The Austin Police Department's digital video recording system in its police car fleet that gives officers total confidence that their interactions with the public will be recorded, uploaded and archived.

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Visual analytics app gives police a nearly omniscient view

Purdue University researchers' VALET combines crime, traffic, geospatial, weather and other data on one screen for real-time situational awareness and predictive capabilities.

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Public transit gets on the bus with smartphone ticketing

Dallas-Fort Worth and Portland are among the latest to let customers buy bus and rail tickets with their smartphones, and riders are responding.

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Most Obamacare exchanges performed well in opening days

Despite anecdotal reports of glitches with the launch of federal and state health insurance exchange sites under the Affordable Care Act, most performed well, according to website monitoring service Keynote Systems.