Cybersecurity

Ransomware now encrypts so fast it ‘will burn the house down’

A new study found that ransomware can encrypt 54 GB in 43 minutes, an extremely limited window of mitigation, especially considering it takes about three days for compromises to be detected.

Emerging Tech

Facial recognition inappropriate for high-risk applications, experts say

Accuracy, privacy and transparency issues make facial recognition technology too risky for local agencies, according the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Cyber Law, Policy and Security.

Cybersecurity

Ransomware getting ahead of state, local governments, survey finds

While respondents acknowledge the growing threat from ransomware, most are unprepared to prevent or respond to it.

Public Safety

State upgrades mass alert system

Emergency managers in Iowa can now automatically push out safety alerts through emails, text messages, phone calls, RSS feeds and social media -- and in multiple languages.

Cybersecurity

Agencies confront rising cyber insurance rates

Even those meeting more stringent qualifications are finding that affordable insurance cannot provide enough protection against cybersecurity risk.

Data & Analytics

How crowdsourced data helps cities fight litter

Analyzing the amounts and composition of litter, combined with information on location, transit patterns and days of the week, is giving cities insights for better intervention and messaging strategies.

Emerging Tech

Flipped procurement gives city easy access to innovative solutions

Pitch Long Beach! gives vendors a process for proposing new approaches to civic challenges and city managers a way to quickly learn about emerging technologies that can meet local priorities.

Data & Analytics

City makes cross-agency data sharing easier

San Antonio’s SmartSA Interlocal Data Sharing Agreement not only helps streamline services delivery, but it also promotes data transparency, builds trust and fosters innovation among the partners.

Cloud & Infrastructure

A sustainable look at secure device destruction

While many agencies routinely destroy decommissioned IT equipment, environmentally friendly options can extend device life and purge non-classified data from solid state drives.

Cybersecurity

Legacy vulnerabilities risk critical infrastructure security

The convergence of IT and operational technology along with the layering of third-party digital products and services over legacy systems often compounds the limited visibility and control security teams have, experts say.

Emerging Tech

Rural county puts land records on blockchain

Clerks in Wise County, Va., can create, store and access smart land records through a solution from Bloqable, the company developing the software.

Cybersecurity

Compliance fatigue: Can states stay on top of privacy monitoring?

States may have crafted data privacy legislation that they don’t have the capacity to enforce, one expert suggests.

Cloud & Infrastructure

How a public defender’s office transformed client management into a people-centered solution

The Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office worked with Salesforce to reverse engineer 100 years’ worth of case-centered data and processes.

Data & Analytics

The data platform behind intelligent transportation

The stream of enriched data from connected vehicle devices and intelligent transportation systems will support scores of applications drawing on real-time and historic analysis of road and traffic conditions.

Emerging Tech

Blockchain takes root at Ginnie Mae

Distributed ledger technology is expected to improve data security, provenance and legal sufficiency by reducing the number of times information is handled by entities across the housing finance ecosystem.

Data & Analytics

What's your data maturity? Assessment tool benchmarks data practices, suggests next steps

Data.org's free assessment survey measures data practices across 10 areas, including infrastructure, security and strategy.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Edge computing for integrated, responsive smart cities

Look for edge computing first in private 5G deployments where massive amounts of data need low-latency processing, experts say.

Data & Analytics

Missouri maps COVID in wastewater

The Sewershed Surveillance Program gets samples from more than 100 locations – covering more than half the state's population – to create maps that help decision-makers monitor trends in the spread of the virus.

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.

Data & Analytics

Collecting, managing vaccination info advances agency data maturity

Agencies had to overcome legacy technology and privacy challenges as they quickly learned to collect, store and protect vaccination data.

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