State & Local

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    Engagement, accessibility, cybersecurity top local government priorities

    By leveraging social media, video, mobile messaging and other communications tools, agencies are poised to drive significant change in how they interact with their communities.

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    Is your county elections clerk ready for Russian hackers?

    In a decentralized election system with more than 10,000 separate jurisdictions, the onus for security is on local officials.

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    Scoring sex offenders to predict future risk

    OffenderWatch's Focus assigns a risk score to registered offenders based on more than 100 different risk factors found in the offender's record as well as other data sources.

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    MyCOMPASS makes social services navigation mobile

    With the secure app, users can access and review their benefits, upload documents and report changes, improving customer service and saving Pennsylvania millions.

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    Can the code help local governments?

    The source code is open and available for reuse, but smaller governments might be looking for a more comprehensive solution, according to open government experts.

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    Despite security concerns, states haven't upgraded voting tech

    Although election security has received significant attention following the 2016 presidential election, a new report finds that little has changed since 2015.

  • Recent data breaches spark debate over 'reasonable' notification rules

    States are trying to beef up consumer protections by clearly defining how quickly residents must be notified of a data breach and broadening the category of "personal information" covered under such laws.

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    How Maryland uses data to fight opioids

    Although data from Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs can help identify users who need treatment, license plate readers help police catch criminals bringing drugs into the state.

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    Federal, state execs push for blockchain expansion

    Agencies are looking to the private sector for interoperable blockchain solutions that cut across mission needs.

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    Smart Cities Council announces challenge winners

    The Smart Cities Council has selected five locations as the winners of the 2018 Readiness Challenge.

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    The push to make local justice data shareable

    As interest in data-driven analysis increases, counties are working to make their criminal justice data available and interoperable.

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    Is FirstNet secure enough for law enforcement?

    Although California eventually decided to opt into the FirstNet national public-safety wireless broadband network, it raised concerns about the network's compliance with Criminal Justice Information Services requirements.

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    How agencies should respond to shorter breach reporting statutes

    As the increasing number of breaches collide with tighter reporting mandates, agencies must strike a balance between protecting citizens and taking the time required to conduct a meticulous forensic investigation.

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    NTIA awards next round of FirstNet planning grants

    The National Telecommunications and Information Administration's State and Local Implementation Program helps jurisdictions prepare for FirstNet's roll out.

Topic Resources

  • Compliance is Made Easier with Certain Steps

    State and local agencies have to prioritize which regulations are most applicable and find efficient ways to ensure compliance—a task made more challenging by insufficient human and financial resources.

  • Take Cybersecurity to the Next Level

    A top challenge for every government agency today is the effective management of cybersecurity risks. Protecting government information and citizens’ personal data has become more challenging as our networks and the amount of data on them has grown exponentially. In this Executive Insights, you’ll learn how a risk-based approach leveraging automation can provide a solid foundation to your agency’s cybersecurity posture.

  • The Economics of Software-Defined Storage

    Data growth is a standard problem of the modern digital age. Being data driven to remain in business and increase profitability is not an option; rather, it is a necessity. In these complex times, tighter IT budgets along with the need to shift the focus on business requirements are putting added pressures on IT departments. This whitepaper examines a new era of software-defined storage solutions that allows businesses to build out a service-based storage infrastructure in an economically feasible manner.

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    When natural disasters strike, intelligent virtual assistants respond

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