The battle over how content on the Internet is packaged and sent wages on. But now, President Barack Obama has firmly put his foot in the net neutrality camp, and he's asked the Federal Communications Commission to recategorize broadband Internet access as a public utility. Obama laid out his plan in an announcement posted on the White House website.
All states have retention policies for government records. "But those retention policies vary greatly across states," Stateline reports. "Often employees have to determine on their own whether to keep or delete an email. " Open government advocates say this issue is a big deal because transparency and the historical value of public records are at stake. Read more here.
Security, cloud services and consolidating and centralizing services are top of mind for state CIOs, according to a new survey by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers. NASCIO ranked the top ten priorities for CIOs in 2015:
Security: risk assessment, governance, budget and resource requirements, security frameworks, data protection, training and awareness, insider threats, third party security practices as outsourcing increases, determining what constitutes “due care” or “reasonable”
Cloud Services: cloud strategy, proper selection of service and deployment models, scalable and elastic IT-enabled capabilities provided "as a service" using internet technologies, governance, service management, service catalogs, platform, infrastructure, security, privacy, data ownership
Karen Robinson will retire from her post as CIO and executive director of the Texas Department of Information Resources by year's end, according to the agency. As CIO, Robinson has championed a number of challenging projects, including cybersecurity, data center consolidation, cloud computing and mobile devices. Check out StateTech's recent interview with Robinson about effective leadership.
Federal agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are playing a central role in the government's fight against the deadly Ebola outbreak, but "state and local public health departments are the nation’s first line of defense," Stateline reports. Stateline also explains how these agencies work with the CDC and which public health labs are ready to test for Ebola.
Does your city or county excel at using best practices for 311 systems, web portal technology, telephony systems and mobile communications infrastructure? The Public Technology Institute is taking applications for its Citizen-Engaged Communities designation program, which recognizes excellence in citizen participation, seamless service delivery and democratic accountability. Applications are due Oct. 31, and designated communities will be announced in November.
Anyone trying to justify an investment in mobility should look to the findings of a study from the Mobile Work Exchange and Citrix: Mobile-ready agencies gain three additional hours of productivity per employee, per week. Respondents cited the following benefits of having employees with access to mobile devices:
Source: Mobile Work Exchange, "State & Local Mobility Map: Road to Mobile Readiness," July 2014
Video conferencing solutions span a vast menu of options — from $100,000 multicamera, immersive telepresence rooms to roadside Skype calls on a colleague's smartphone — and there are myriad solutions that fit every need. Making sense of all the available technology requires understanding your use case in state and local governments.
CDW's Technology Insights app now includes the Video Conferencing guide to help your organization on its video conferencing journey. Learn more by scanning the app's QR code or clicking here.
Look out Heartbleed, there's a new bug on the block. Identified by RedHat and other security experts as the Bash Bug or the "shellshock" bug, many in IT security are worried about the Linux software vulnerability which apparently affects software that's been created as far back as 20 years ago.
The ISC2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional certification confirms one’s knowledge in defining the architecture, design, management and controls for secure systems. CISSPs in the Washington, D.C., area can command salaries of more than $120,000, according to the job search website Indeed.