Cybersecurity

Governors tighten IT cybersecurity amid Ukraine attacks

Governors in Texas, Colorado, New York and North Carolina are calling on their IT departments to ensure critical infrastructure is protected.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Labor Department defends response to states' unemployment fraud

The department says it's working on fixes after criminals siphoned billions in improper benefit payments.

Cloud & Infrastructure

FirstNet should be reauthorized before it sunsets, GAO says

Any significant changes to the public safety broadband network would be complex, expensive and may disrupt services delivery if the contract with AT&T is interrupted or changed before 2042, GAO warned.

Public Safety

Wireless data reduces high-speed accidents at intersections

Wireless data transmitted between oncoming vehicles and traffic signals is allowing researchers to dynamically change the duration of green lights to prevent accidents.

Cybersecurity

NY launches joint cybersecurity center to strengthen coordination

The Joint Security Operations Center will bring federal, state, county and local cybersecurity data sharing efforts under one umbrella to improve incident response and provide a holistic view of the cyber-threat landscape.

State & Local

Democratic senators call for $5B in federal funds for election security

The money would go to cities and counties to modernize outdated equipment and upgrade cybersecurity.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Labor, USDS pilot new unemployment insurance tech

A pilot project underway in New Jersey and Arkansas focusing on the experience of claimants for unemployment insurance is new territory for the Department of Labor. The agency is working with the United States Digital Service to develop pieces of tech for states to use in unemployment claims.

Data & Analytics

Seattle takes on double parking with curbside data

An open-source specification that shares curbside data on loading zones will help the city reduce congestion and make it easier for delivery drivers to find usable spaces.

Cybersecurity

Cyber primer for local leaders

The Center for Technology in Government has created a basic, no-nonsense primer to help local leaders identify, respond to and recover from security breaches.

Cybersecurity

Ransomware routed by fast-acting, info-sharing Texans

Thanks to federal, state and local government coordination, security teams were able to get 23 Texas municipalities hit with ransomware in 2019 back in business in eight days.

Data & Analytics

Evidence-based policing platform boosts state police effectiveness

A SAS platform aggregates and analyzes data from multiple sources and enables role-based access to organizational data, traffic citations, criminal incidents and statewide calls for law enforcement service.

Cybersecurity

Procurement: The 'tip of the spear' for cybersecurity

State and local procurement staff must diversify their supply chains, mitigate third-party risks and create transparency in their systems by identifying and prioritizing the protection of their most important assets, experts say.

Data & Analytics

NY spearheads regional, data-driven approach to tracing illegal guns

The state plans to improve data analysis and information sharing with neighboring states, federal agencies and local law enforcement partners and beef up the analytical capabilities of the State Police.

Cybersecurity

Free cybersecurity tools for state, local governments

Free cybersecurity tools are available state, local, tribal and territorial government members of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center and the Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center – they just need to know to ask for them, experts said.

Public Safety

What responders really think about communications tech

Easy access to data from an extensive survey of over 7,000 first responders can inform development and deployment of public safety communications technology.

Data & Analytics

Montana builds data-driven broadband coverage map

The state has contracted with LightBox, a real estate information and technology platform, to use its SmartFabric solution that integrates the company's core parcel, building footprint, address file and geocoding data with points of interest, cell phone location and tax assessor details.

Data & Analytics

Data, fines and threats to compel water conservation

California's Las Virgenes Municipal Water District is giving its affluent residents access to their water consumption data to discourage overuse.

Cybersecurity

No easy fix for ID verification for government benefits

While states are looking for turnkey solutions to qualify applicants for government programs, many individuals without the right credentials can fall between the cracks.

Data & Analytics

Mobile apps help community with annual homeless count

Kansas City and Houston are using mobile apps to more accurately conduct their point in time homelessness counts.

State & Local

States must lay tech foundation for cannabis growth

As states legalize marijuana, they need scalable systems that can handle the complexities of licensing, product tracking and registering buyers and sellers – not just for medical use but for the recreational use that may follow.

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