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Stephanie Kanowitz

Stephanie Kanowitz is a freelance writer based in northern Virginia.
State & Local

Teamwork, trust and threat sharing key to cybersecurity

State and local government officials and industry experts hashed out the details of what’s needed for better cybersecurity.

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.

Cybersecurity

Agencies still rely on username-password for access management

Even though more secure identity access management solutions exist, 86% of federal, state and local government respondents said that usernames and passwords are their most-used authentication method, according to a recent survey.

Emerging Tech

Can chatbots make reporting suspicious activity easier?

Researchers at the University of Nebraska at Omaha will work with Sarpy County to develop a chatbot that walks users through identifying and reporting suspicious activity.

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.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Saving water with real-time data collection

To support more efficient river management, Idaho’s Water District 63 is automating remote data collection and gate control with high-speed broadband wireless.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Detroit tests cloud-enabled pavement monitoring

In-vehicle sensors collect and analyze data and send it to the cloud where the city can access it as a GIS layer to see road surface ratings.

Data & Analytics

Tennessee taps evidence-based budgeting for funding decisions

Using clearinghouse data, an evidence framework and internal analytic tools, the state's Office of Evidence and Impact evaluates programs to help decision-makers see whether more funding is warranted.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Cloud solutions speed rental assistance payments

The New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration quickly launched a portal for residents to submit applications and track their progress, and a North Carolina county developed an integrated customer contact solution to better deliver payments and services.

State & Local

Tech use in courts skyrockets, challenging those without internet access, study finds

Starting in March 2020, all 50 states and Washington, D.C., began offering video hearings, despite having never done so before.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Network upgrades support heath care growth in rural Iowa

A redundant 10G closed network infrastructure allows state health care workers to transport data to and from hospitals, clinics and outside partners.

Cybersecurity

Ohio adopts single sign-on for unemployment claims

The OH|ID gives users a trusted identity they can use for unemployment benefits, while offering state agencies enterprise-level identity proofing services.

Emerging Tech

Blockchain Organization Tests Web3 Premise by Hosting NYC Data

The city's open data on demographics, air quality and legal notices was uploaded to Filecoin’s distributed network to evaluate its security and reliability.

Data & Analytics

As reliance on data analytics grows, agencies look to talent, automation

The amount of data state and local governments collect is growing faster than their ability to create meaningful information from it.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Eco-friendly data centers key to sustainable enterprises

Climate change – and the availability of water and renewable and locally generated energy -- is driving interest in carbon-neutral data centers.

Cybersecurity

7 cyber defense use cases

Whether facing data loss, ransomware, fraud or privacy threats, agencies can leverage technology and process solutions to help them prevent and respond to attacks.

Emerging Tech

Are we prepared for quantum-based security?

While 90% of federal respondents to a recent survey said they will be ready to defend against quantum-powered attacks expected in the next two years, they may not fully grasp how much work lies ahead, an expert says.

Cloud & Infrastructure

State CIOs focusing on cyber, digital services, connectivity in 2022

Cloud services, identity and access management and app modernization led NASCIO’s list of top tech tools.

Cybersecurity

Keeping UX front and center in ID management

When Boston overhauled its identity management infrastructure, it learned that even a solution built with best-in-class components also requires a seamless user experience.

Public Safety

Protecting 911 from unwanted robocalls

The Federal Communications Commission is looking into preventing unwanted robocalls from tying up public safety phone systems, diverting critical responder resources from emergency services and impeding the public’s access to emergency lines.