By GCN Staff

Gigabit Internet comes to KC public housing

Gigabit Internet comes to KC public housing

The Housing Authority of Kansas City, Mo., is working with Google Fiber to give families in subsidized housing gigabit Internet access.

One hundred apartments in the West Bluff housing complex have been wired with Google Fiber, and eight other properties will soon be outfitted as well, bringing gigabit-speed Internet to more than 1,300 residents.

Residents will get free or reduced-cost Internet access as a result of ConnectHome, an initiative by the Department of Housing and Urban Development that aims to bring affordable Internet access to public housing residents in 27 cities across the country.  The program also covers the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma.

Google said it intends to offer the same service to public housing residents in all its Google Fiber cities, including Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Nashville, Tenn.; Provo, Utah; Raleigh–Durham, N.C; Salt Lake City, Utah; and San Antonio, Texas.

Posted on Feb 08, 2016 at 2:11 PM0 comments

Dashboard shows bed availability for substance abuse treatment

As New York wrestles with a growing heroin and opioid crisis, the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services has created the Bed Availability Dashboard that collects information on available beds from state-certified treatment providers and displays it in real time on the agency's website to help ensure that more substance abusers can get the care they need.

With the dashboard, New Yorkers will be able to search for services by location as well as determine the availability of treatment beds specific to age and gender – including space available for transgender individuals. Users also will be able to see facilities’ next available admission appointment. The site will soon be updated to include information on outpatient services as well.

The dashboard is the latest addition to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's multipronged approach to addressing substance use disorders in New York.

Posted on Feb 05, 2016 at 12:33 PM0 comments

cloud computing

First woman-owned small business gets FedRAMP nod

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program approved another cloud service provider last week, as NetComm, a cloud-based solution company, became the first woman-owned small business to receive FedRAMP certification.

NetComm's Beacon software-as-a-service platform was put through the cloud security framework review process.  Beacon allows users to create customized dashboards and  leverages Amazon Web Services' GovCloud infrastructure as a service (GovCloud also has FedRAMP approval). The National Institutes of Health provided the agency authority to operate, and Veris Group conducted the required third-party assessment for the certification process.

There are now some 60 different cloud services that have been certified as FedRAMP-compliant.

Posted on Feb 04, 2016 at 10:58 AM1 comments

Mobile app to access Navy COOL

Navy launches COOL app for career transition

For many members of the military, time in the service is not intended to last an entire career.  One way service members can more easily transition to civilian jobs is through credentialing, which entails getting civilian credentials -- certificates or licenses -- before they leave the service for skills learned while on duty.

The Navy Credentialing Opportunities Online, or COOL, website helps both enlisted personnel and officers get such credentials, as well as information on which military occupations translate to what civilian careers. Now the Navy has released a mobile application to help sailors access the resources of the COOL website from their phones.

Available for both Android and iOS devices, the app provides learning and development roadmaps  and a number of other tools related to:

  • Credentials mapped to Navy occupations
  • US Military Apprenticeship Program (Department of Labor credentials)
  • Joint Service Transcript (academic credit for Navy training and experience)
  • Civilian related occupations (recruiting and transition tool)
  • Rating information cards (Navy Recruiting, reclassification, and enlisted rating changes)
  • Post 9-11 Government Issue Bill funding of credentials (funding availability for veterans).

“This new app provides an expanded capability for sailors to help them translate the skills they've learned on the job into civilian credentials, career growth opportunities and related civilian occupations,” said Keith Boring, the Navy's COOL program manager. “The app is a great complement to our newly redesigned website and provides extra features that I think sailors will find handy to have at their fingertips.”

Posted on Feb 02, 2016 at 1:39 PM0 comments

Hackers target local law enforcement systems

Hackers target local law enforcement systems

As police departments move to electronic data transmission and storage, they are increasingly vulnerable to cyberattack.

Hackers have attempted to tamper with evidence, release information on witnesses and police officers and blackmail law enforcement officials, security experts told Fast Company --  especially following controversial incidents involving the police. Besides the threat of cyberattack, police department systems suffer from many of the same vulnerabilities as other organizations -- sensitive and private data being left on public servers, devices being misconfigured, systems left unpatched and poor cyber hygiene in general.   

Police departments should thoroughly vet third-party security vendors, the experts said, and ensure that employees be trained on using new digital tools so mistakes aren’t made as a result of lack of knowledge.

Some organizations are offering help to local departments. The International Association of Chiefs of Police has its own Law Enforcement Cyber Center to help officials to help in prevention and investigation of  technology-related crimes. In addition, the FBI offers training and tools to defend and counter cyber threats against law enforcement networks and critical technologies through its Cyber Shield Alliance program, Fast Company reported.

Posted on Feb 01, 2016 at 10:57 AM0 comments