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Using randomness to protect election integrity

Researchers found a way to reduce the likelihood of a successful election hack by using game theory to predict targets combined with random audits that make it harder for an attacker to change an election result without detection.

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Looking to the feds for help in fighting cybercriminals

The proposed State Cyber Resiliency Act would create a dedicated grant program to help states protect themselves against cybersecurity threats and better identify, detect, respond to and recover from attacks.

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Denver 311 service adds AI capabilities

The Salesforce Service Cloud Einstein is helping Denver’s 311 service automatically classify and escalate calls as they come in.

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How clouds lift Utah’s government services

Data-driven government that meets citizen demands while keeping budgets in check is top of mind for Utah’s CTO Dave Fletcher.

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The advantages of regional approaches to emergency notification

As multiple levels of government are often involved in responding to major incidents, agencies are banding together to develop a regional or statewide approach to critical communications.

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Georgia gets serious about HTTPS

In an effort to make state government websites more secure, Georgia officials are switching to the encrypted website protocol platformwide.

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What’s a tech domain name worth? NYC is about to find out.

On May 2, the city will auction off its tech-themed premium domains to local businesses.

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Questions, concerns continue to swirl around election security

The Department of Homeland Security is not seeking control of election-related critical infrastructure, but state and local election officials remain wary.

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Hawaii puts cannabis tracking in FedRAMP cloud

The state is using BioTrackTHC's State Traceability System in Amazon Web Services’ GovCloud for its state medical marijuana program.

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Drones on duty

Police, wildlife trackers and bridge inspectors are using high-flying cameras and sensors to save time and money.

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Oregon transit agency tries fare collection as a service

The cloud-based TouchPass system offers small to mid-size transit agencies an easy way to upgrade to electronic fare collection.

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FirstNet award finally issued

The massive broadband public safety network build out will cover 50 states, five U.S. territories and Washington, D.C.

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DHS adds encryption requirements to responder radio equipment

The change will help ensure that responders from different jurisdictions using equipment from different manufacturers can communicate securely and successfully.

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Making CDM more accessible to state and local governments

The General Services Administration acknowledges that purchasing the monitoring and security services has been harder than it has to be.

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Attacks, crashes underscore need for new 911 systems

Recent disruptions in legacy 911 emergency-response systems point up the urgent need for new technology, but few states or localities can afford the upgrades.