State & Local

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    Cities await announcement of drone pilot program winners

    The Federal Aviation Administration will soon name the 10 winners of drone Integration Pilot Program that will help expand the integration of unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace.

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    Florida ports get situational awareness

    By assimilating existing systems, sensors and workflows into a common operation picture, CommandBridge will give users a full view into what’s happening at the ports.

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    FirstNet takes core network, devices, apps for a test run at Boston Marathon

    First responders participating in the demo used FirstNet-ready devices with land mobile radio integration and location-based apps.

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    All 50 states now have data breach notification laws

    Alabama's new law takes effect June 1 and outlines what organizations and data hosting firms must do to comply.

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    Oregon's pot data needs better security

    The agency that regulates recreational marijuana needs to improve the reliability and security of the data it uses for licensing and seed-to-sale tracking, auditors said.

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    Virginia scanning program slashes vulnerabilities in web apps

    The Virginia Information Technologies Agency cut the number of high-risk vulnerabilities affecting its web applications by 30 percent in one year by deploying a vulnerability scanning service.

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    Local governments' cybersecurity crisis in 8 charts

    At least some, and perhaps even a large fraction of, local governments may be unable to respond to electronic intrusions, a recent survey finds.

  • Connecticut CIO Mark Raymond (Sara Friedman)

    Connecticut's cyber strategy

    CIO Mark Raymond discusses the recent WannaCry attack and his state’s cybersecurity strategy.

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    How hackers could cause chaos on America's roads and railways

    Transportation systems are ripe targets for cybercriminals, and many government officials are only now waking up to the threat.

  • hack button on keyboard (MiniStocker/

    Senator presses DHS on scope of Russian voting hacks

    A Department of Homeland Security official told a Senate panel that it's possible more election systems were targeted than had been reported.

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    Smart planning delivers powerful benefits for cities and citizens

    Smart planning takes advantage of the best available data and technology to coordinate and optimize every area of responsibility a city touches.

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    So far, Atlanta's ransomware costs top $2.6 million

    The city has already spent $2.6 million recovering from a ransomware attack that demanded a roughly $51,000 payment.

  • mobile devices (Indypendenz/

    CISO-as-a-service for Michigan municipalities

    The CISO-as-a-service pilot is designed to help small and mid-sized government agencies improve their cybersecurity posture.

  • hurricane damage (NASA)

    Hurricane response lessons from ground zero

    CIOs from Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands shared what they learned from hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Topic Resources

  • Understanding Data Center Modernization Options

    As government agencies modernize data centers, there are many options for complying with mandates, streamlining operations, and reducing costs. Cutting-edge technologies, such as Flash, paired with cloud operations, adds speed and efficiency. Modernizing data center management also can accelerate workload processing, optimize data analytics, and increase security.

  • PixelNet 2.0: The Pixel Perfect Platform

    On a large corporate campus for a major hardware manufacturer, the ability to display and manage audiovisual data is paramount. From real-time operations room video and security camera footage, to lobby signage, to streaming data and other A/V applications in conference rooms across multiple buildings, critical operations rely on accurate, real-time video data.

  • Enabling the Data-Driven Economy in the Cognitive Era

    Government leaders have to consider and weigh many variables as they undertake the mission to improve the lives of citizens. They are continually challenged to improve program outcomes, optimize service delivery, and strengthen security, safety and resilience. They face these challenges knowing they have to build capabilities to identify hidden patterns, apply insight with speed and build knowledge that will better enable them to enhance and protect the economic vitality of the citizens and communities they serve.

  • Mission Possible! Your cognitive future in Government

    Welcome to the age of cognitive computing, where intelligent machines simulate human brain capabilities to help solve society’s most vexing problems. Early adopters in government and other industries are already realizing significant value from this innovative technology, and its potential to transform government is enormous. Currently, cognitive systems are helping government organizations navigate complexity in operational environments and foster improved engagement with constituents. Our research indicates that government leaders are poised to embrace this groundbreaking technology and invest in cognitive capabilities to improve outcomes for government organizations across mission areas.

  • Using Software as a Service For Innovative Government

    As state and local government agencies continue their efforts to modernize and update their IT infrastructure to streamline operations, reduce costs, and deliver better citizen services, many are finding the Software as a Service (SaaS) model to be effective. Moving to a SaaS platform reduces the management burden on IT, improves access and scalability, reduces cost, and can actually increase security.

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  • decoding FontCode (Changxi Zheng/Columbia University)

    Hiding in plain sight: Embedding messages in fonts

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