Cloud & Infrastructure

Arkansas outlines broadband connection plans

A hybrid fiber-wireless approach will provide the best near-term solution as future-proof fiber-to-the-home connections are built out.

Cybersecurity

Microsoft raises bug bounties by up to 30%

The scenario-based bounties focus on vulnerabilities that have the highest potential impact on customer privacy and security.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Chicago makes childhood education data accessible through new cloud

The Chicago Early Childhood Integrated Data System will bring together data from across systems and programs in neighborhood-level analyses and program-specific dashboards.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Ohio tees up GPU-powered high-performance cluster

The Ohio Supercomputer Center announced Ascend, a new high-performance computing cluster to support artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data and data analytics.

Cybersecurity

Malware fight unites local law enforcement, national guard in training exercise

The Cyber Strike exercise featured a live training environment where individuals from different organizations worked on a closed network to disable a malware application.

Cybersecurity

North Dakota launches whole-of-government cyber response

Agencies are planning a statewide response to a significant disruption to energy, internet-based communications or other critical infrastructure.

Cybersecurity

NC prohibits agencies from paying ransoms

State and local government agencies in North Carolina may not submit payments to -- or even communicate with -- someone who has encrypted their IT systems. Other states are considering similar legislation.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Pardon application process moves online

Pennsylvania’s digitization of pardon applications is the first update to the paper-based process “since the advent of computers,” officials said.

Data & Analytics

City leans into metrics to boost services delivery, cut ‘time tax’

With a new dynamic report that provides up-to-date metrics on city agency performance and the creation of a chief efficiency officer position, New York City Mayor Eric Adams aims to improve city services delivery.

Data & Analytics

Ohio brings ballistics analysis in-house

The state is investing in systems to help forensic investigators more quickly determine whether a firearm may have been used in multiple shootings.

Cloud & Infrastructure

IBM launches AI-accelerated, ‘quantum-safe’ mainframe

IBM’s z16 mainframe is designed for hybrid cloud environments, features an on-chip AI accelerator and what the company calls the industry’s first quantum-safe system.

Emerging Tech

New Mexico positions itself as a quantum computing hub

The Quantum New Mexico Coalition brings together two national labs and more than 30 colleges, businesses and nonprofit organizations to build the business and workforce infrastructure for a quantum computing economy.

Cybersecurity

Compromised email behind fake emergency data requests

Emails that look like they’re coming from law enforcement agencies have mobile providers, ISPs and social media companies turning sensitive data over to hackers.

Cybersecurity

Phishing scam targets election officials, FBI warns

Election officials in at least nine states received emails with attachments that redirected to credential harvesting sites.

Data & Analytics

How agencies can build data literacy

Only 21% of the global workforce seems to be fully confident in their data literacy skills, and just 24% percent of senior decision-makers pass standard data literacy tests, a new report says.

Cybersecurity

Illinois joins states setting up cyber units

Gov. JB Pritzker announced the Illinois Cyber Security Commission to boost cybersecurity and coordinate efforts across all levels of government.

Cybersecurity

Can CDM work for state, local governments?

Proposed legislation would extend the federal Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program to state and local governments to help them strengthen their cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity

NJ mulls cyber incident reporting

A state Senate bill would require public agencies and government contractors to report cybersecurity incidents within 72 hours.

Cybersecurity

PISCES trains entry-level cyber analysts to protect small municipalities

The National Cybersecurity Center’s Public Infrastructure Security Cyber Education System trains students to detect network anomalies that threaten communities too small to adequately secure their own systems.

Emerging Tech

Intel launches research, education grant program for Ohio chip manufacturing

A 10-year, $50 million grant program will support a collaborative, multi-institution research and education program to support domestic semiconductor production.

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