State & Local

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    Atlanta still hobbled by ransomware attack

    Days after the announcement of a ransomware attack on Atlanta's city network, officials are still struggling to bring citizen-facing websites and internal application back online.

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    Oregon governor signs data breach law

    The legislation will toughen the state's consumer data breach laws, requiring that residents be notified within 45 days after a data breach has been discovered.

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    Atlanta is the latest ransomware victim

    After an attack that encrypted data across computers in Atlanta's government offices, the city is working with federal and industry cybersecurity response teams to determine the extent of the attack and unlock the computers.

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    Cybersecurity partnerships: Strength in numbers

    Public sector organizations are forming partnerships to better share threat information and provide tactical cybersecurity training to IT staff.

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    Congress puts $380 million toward election security

    The omnibus funding bill includes grant funding to help states secure their election systems.

  • blockchain (Sotnikov Ivan/

    Colorado bullish on blockchain

    A bipartisan bill in Colorado encourages state agencies to explore blockchain solutions in new and existing IT projects to secure data, eliminate redundancies, prevent fraud and save money.

  • mobile phone user (Don Pablo/

    A smartphone-based 'office' for parole agents

    California's Virtual Integrated Mobile Office app lets parole agents update their case files from smartphones while in the field.

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    Best practices for election systems security

    A new handbook from the Center for Internet Security details ways jurisdictions can improve the security of their digital elections systems.

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    Inventory management system streamlines foresters' field work

    Soon available on foresters' personal mobile devices, the Michigan Forest Inventory system helps the state manage its trees for habitat preservation, recreation and timber sales.

  • eInspection app for oil gas inspectors

    Environmental inspectors find mobile app to be a force multiplier

    With the help of tablet-based app, Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection "massively" increased the number and accuracy of its inspections of oil and gas wells.

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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.

  • voting scrutiny (Bakhtiar Zein/

    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.

  • police car lights (ChiccoDodiFC/

    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.

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.

  • Optimizing Federal Data Center Operations and Management

    In this white paper you’ll learn the advantages of data center optimization, and a step by step process to get there. Also, how federal data center optimization can help improve agency efficiencies, lower costs, centralize and increase security, and scale for quicker, more robust performance.

  • 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.

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    Citizen engagement and public service in the era of the IoT

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