Cybersecurity

Hochul names first chief cyber officer

Colin Ahern will work with state agencies to manage cyber risks and prevent attacks and oversee cyber threat assessment, mitigation and response.

Cybersecurity

The changing face of ransomware

As ransomware continues as a profitable business model, attackers are squeezing the inefficiencies out of their operations.

Cybersecurity

Biden strengthens cyber coordination between DHS and state, local government

The State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act improves collaboration between DHS and state and local governments by boosting the sharing of information and federal resources.

Public Safety

Lawmaker questions community doorbell surveillance

Sen. Edward J. Markey wants more information on “invasive data collection and problematic engagement with police departments” of Amazon’s subsidiary, Ring.

Data & Analytics

Inconsistent data reporting thwarts crime analysis

Almost 40% of law enforcement agencies did not submit any data in 2021 to the FBI’s crime statistics collection program.

Cloud & Infrastructure

County to build fiber ring and data center for local governments

The Summit County Public Safety Fiber and Communications Network will serve 31 Ohio city, village and township governments and public safety agencies.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Cloud adopters are the ‘weak link’ in security

Threats are shifting from cloud providers to developers and users, according to a new report.

Cybersecurity

NYFD calls for help with doxing

The New York City Fire Department is looking for cybersecurity services to help it protect responders’ personally identifiable information.

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is Job 1 for city, county IT leaders

Thanks to the attack on Colonial Pipeline and the growing risk of international threats related to the war in Ukraine, 97% of IT leaders cited cybersecurity as a top priority in an annual survey.

Cybersecurity

Ransomware hits NJ school district

The attack forced the cancellation of finals and gave students a lesson in old-school learning.

Emerging Tech

In search of a more energy-efficient blockchain

Researchers have built a blockchain whose proof-of-work solves energy use optimization problems, possibly offsetting wasted compute power.

Public Safety

NIST offers $1 million for next-gen incident command dashboards

Teams that use advanced technologies to improve the quality, usability and functionality of incident command dashboards for first responders can earn up to $1 million in the Command Dashboard Integrating Next-Gen, or CommanDING, challenge.

Cybersecurity

DOE shares playbook for energy emergencies

The Energy Emergency Response Playbook for States and Territories is designed to help state officials respond to threats to the energy infrastructure from cyberattacks, man-made damage and weather-related incidents like drought, flooding, storms, extreme heat or earthquakes.

Emerging Tech

Reno pilots blockchain for historic registry

The city’s “Biggest Little Blockchain” will allow landowners, developers, city employees and the public to access the same record through the online platform.

Cloud & Infrastructure

States look to electric utilities for broadband connections

New York, Arkansas and Florida and their partners are taking advantage of utilities’ existing fiber-optic networks to spur middle-mile broadband connections.

Cybersecurity

Maryland launches Mobile ID for Apple Wallet

The Wallet-based digital IDs can be used for identity verification at airport screening locations.

Cloud & Infrastructure

NYC rips out last pay phones

The last public pay phone in New York City was removed as the city makes way for LinkNYC kiosks that offer free nationwide calling, Wi-Fi, charging ports, 911 access and more.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Multiagency system tracks student progress from pre-K through employment

California’s Cradle-to-Career Data System aims to track student outcomes and show the relationships between education, workforce training, social services and employment.

Emerging Tech

Connecticut expands mobility assistance pilot for the blind

The program, which taps the Aira service to help vision-impaired individuals navigate public transit, will now be available at Bradley International Airport.

Cloud & Infrastructure

School bus Wi-Fi qualifies for E-Rate, FCC chair says

Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said broadband on school buses has been especially helpful in closing the homework gap.

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