StateTech - Technology Solutions That Drive Government https://statetechmagazine.com/rss.xml en Cognitive Tech Promises to Make State Medicaid Programs Smarter https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/cognitive-tech-promises-make-state-medicaid-programs-smarter <span>Cognitive Tech Promises to Make State Medicaid Programs Smarter</span> <img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201802/ST_HT_Smart_Medicaid_GettyImages-690009512.jpg" width="1440" height="540" alt="Male doctor using computer with tablet" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Fri, 02/23/2018 - 12:44</span> <div><p>Ridesharing apps, crowdsourced navigation, personalized advertisements: <strong>cognitive technologies are already at work transforming our lives and businesses</strong>. These products of artificial intelligence that mimic the human brain are performing tasks that only humans used to be able to do. So why can't state Medicaid programs be next? Well, <a href="https://www2.deloitte.com/insights/us/en/industry/health-care/smart-technology-in-health-care-medicaid-programs.html">according to a new report by Deloitte</a>, they can be — and <strong>the technology may have much to offer these large and expensive statewide programs</strong>.</p> <p>In 2016, Medicaid programs <a href="https://www.kff.org/medicaid/state-indicator/total-medicaid-spending/?currentTimeframe=0&amp;sortModel=%7B%22colId%22:%22Location%22,%22sort%22:%22asc%22%7D">accounted for nearly $575 billion in spending</a>. Given the size of the programs and how many lives they touch, <strong>states and care organizations are always at work looking for ways to streamline the programs</strong> while helping Medicaid members <strong>improve health outcomes</strong>. Applying cognitive tech, such as the <strong>Internet of Things and machine learning</strong>, could be a way for states to see a greater return on investment on improving patient care.</p> <p>"Smart technologies could provide that possibility through the application of intelligent programs that can <strong>process vast amounts of data to understand patterns and make predictions about a member's future health outcomes or healthcare utilization</strong>," the Deloitte report's authors note. They add that remote patient monitoring (RPM) data can help patients live independently and geospatial information systems (GIS) can improve access to care.</p> <p><a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/register?newsletter" target="_blank"><strong>SIGN UP</strong>: Get more news from the <em>StateTech</em> newsletter in your inbox every two weeks</a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Modern Infrastructure Enables Modern Medicaid</h2> <p>To make these types of use cases a reality, however, legacy systems just won't cut it. Medicaid programs will already need to have modernized platforms in place, particularly with two architectural advancements that can make Medicaid truly smart:</p> <ol><li> <p><strong>Open Application Programming Interfaces</strong> (APIs): An API, as the report defines it, allows two pieces of software to interact with one another, and an "open" API allows the owner to securely authorize other users quickly and efficiently. Current systems don't have the ability to open an API, which makes sharing info and permissions with external systems difficult and costly. "With open APIs, Medicaid systems can easily share data with other systems," the report adds, noting that Medicaid agencies can then use these shared data sets to "<strong>improve service delivery and augment predictive analytics to deliver targeted preventive care</strong>."</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Cloud Computing</strong>: States and healthcare organizations across the country are <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2017/11/google-offers-omaha-path-21st-century-it-efficiency">gradually taking advantage of the cloud</a> to improve operations and care capabilities. Medicaid programs stand to gain the same benefits. "Among other things, <strong>migration to the cloud allows states to use inexpensive cloud-based solutions</strong> such as machine learning from major public cloud providers such as <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/brands/google/default.aspx">Google</a>, <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/brands/ibm/tivoli.aspx">IBM</a> and <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/microsoft.html">Microsoft</a>," the report notes. These public cloud services can provide cost-effective ways for Medicaid providers to implement machine learning. "With their systems in the cloud, <strong>Medicaid agencies can use these inexpensive, cloud-based, machine learning-enabled applications</strong> to deploy chatbots that improve customer service and detect important patterns in member data that can inform patient care," the report's authors add.</p> </li> </ol><h2 id="toc_1">Medicaid Programs Can Capitalize on Smartphone Tech</h2> <p>Organizations all over the country are already making use of technologies such as machine learning, IoT and GIS at an increasing pace. In fact, <strong>70 percent of Medicaid members are already making use of IoT in the form of smartphones</strong>, according to the Deloitte report.</p> <p>The report points to two ways to capitalize on this smartphone use to streamline systems and improve care models.</p> <p>The first is through remote patient monitoring. Hospital trips are costly, both for healthcare organizations and for the patients involved. Medicaid programs can reduce hospital trips by <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/02/how-mobile-tools-help-healthcare-providers-optimize-care-improve-collaboration">better monitoring what patients do outside of a healthcare organization's setting</a> via telehealth.</p> <p>These remote patient monitoring systems can call on not just smartphones to connect patients with doctors and monitor patient movements, but also other IoT devices, such as <strong>in-home motion sensors</strong>, which can detect patient movement in their home and determine behavior, such as medication adherence, exercise or even if they have fallen.</p> <p>"The Medicaid agency's open API platform would allow the network to access data about the member, including demographic and [electronic health record] EHR data, and can combine this with RPM data to detect patterns and trends, and make predictions about a member's risks and utilization," the Deloitte report states.</p> <p>The second way to capitalize on smartphone use is to optimize nonemergency medical transportation services via ridesharing apps or other methods. With ambulances being one of the costliest ways to get around, many places, such as Houston, have already made moves to cut back on the number of people using emergency transport unnecessarily — <strong>at the </strong><strong>cost benefit</strong><strong> of all involved</strong>. Houston <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2017/09/houstons-mobile-telehealth-service-helps-first-responders-streamline-care">set up a telehealth service that seeks to determine if emergency transport is necessary</a> and, if not, schedules taxis to help get patients to the care they need. Meanwhile, nonemergency medical transport is taking off in other ways across the country <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2017/03/nonemergency-medical-transportation-rides-internet-age">through healthcare organization partnerships with rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft</a>.</p> <p>The Deloitte report's authors suggest adopting more programs like these and urge Medicaid agencies to <strong>plug directly into the platform in order to monitor performance for ride vendors and ensure there is no fraud, waste or abuse</strong>.</p> <h2 id="toc_2">The Future of Smart Medicaid</h2> <p>Up-and-coming technologies also promise to help Medicaid programs streamline patient care. Chatbots, or artificial intelligence-backed programs that <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/01/state-and-local-governments-tap-chatbots-slash-staff-workloads">mimic human conversation and can answer common questions</a>, can help members get faster answers while freeing up Medicaid staff to work on other projects. Meanwhile, GIS can be used to <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2017/03/digital-technology-fighting-epidemics">track the spread of disease</a> and <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2017/03/kentucky-turns-gis-tackle-opioid-epidemic">ensure access to care</a>.</p> <p>While these goals may seem lofty, if Medicaid programs start small and <strong>aim for a cohesive smart framework, more streamlined, </strong><strong>cost effective</strong><strong> and efficient care systems are possible for Medicaid users</strong>, the report notes.</p> <p>Moving forward, of course, the Deloitte report's authors warn that these new technologies and systems won't be a panacea for many of the issues that Medicaid programs face, and that they will need to be fully integrated to work.</p> <p>"<strong>Smart technologies implemented in silos don't constitute a smart Medicaid system</strong> — for that, they need to be integrated into a cohesive framework to provide a comprehensive set of solutions that can help solve some of the challenges associated with running a program that is as large and complex as Medicaid," the report's authors note.</p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT25516</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Core</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>State &amp; Local</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Curated</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>False</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/7441" hreflang="en">Awareness</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> <div>Over 1000 words</div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/cognitive-tech-promises-make-state-medicaid-programs-smarter" data-title="Medicaid users are already using smartphones, so why aren't systems and providers taking advantage? 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Here's how to start making Medicaid 'smarter' with #cognitive tech, according to @Deloitte:" data-via="StateTech" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Feb</span> <span>23</span> <span>2018</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/author/juliet-van-wagenen"><img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Headshot%20JV.JPG.jpg?itok=8ak2COBM" width="58" height="58" alt="Juliet Van Wagenen" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/juliet-van-wagenen"> <div>Juliet Van Wagenen</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Juliet is the senior web editor for <em>StateTech</em> and <em>HealthTech</em> magazines. In her six years as a journalist she has covered everything from aerospace to indie music reviews — but she is unfailingly partial to covering technology.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/40421"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:44:49 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 40421 at https://statetechmagazine.com How to Tackle Data Privacy in Increasingly Connected Governments https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/how-tackle-data-privacy-increasingly-connected-governments <span>How to Tackle Data Privacy in Increasingly Connected Governments</span> <img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201802/ST_Data_Privacy_Day_GettyImages-509733626.jpg" width="1440" height="540" alt="Streams of binary code being transmitted from the phones and tablets of people walking " typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Thu, 02/22/2018 - 12:44</span> <div><p>Data and analytics facilitated by connected technologies are helping to <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/01/state-and-local-it-teams-use-real-time-data-boost-services">streamline government work and encourage citizen engagement </a>across the country. But with new data comes new territory to protect and secure. And, indeed, <strong>there is more data than ever before available to state and local government bodies</strong>.</p> <p>"As more government services have moved from paper to digital, different types of constituent data can be collected and analyzed for the first time," says Richard Kliethermes, acting CIO for the <a href="https://www.mo.gov/">state of Missouri</a> and <a href="https://www.nascio.org/">NASCIO</a> privacy and data protection co-chair. He notes that this new information is coming from various places, particularly from government apps, which can offer session, device user-agent and geolocation information on users. "This additional information can be used to better serve constituents by <strong>tailoring their interactions with government, securing their transactions, and to ensure accessibility</strong>."</p> <p>But alongside that, of course, come new security and privacy concerns. And while cybersecurity often takes center stage, particularly in the age of WannaCry, data privacy is inextricably linked to security, says <a href="http://privacy.wv.gov/Pages/aboutus.aspx">West Virginia Chief Privacy Officer</a> and fellow NASCIO Privacy and Data Protection Co-Chair Sallie Milam.</p> <p>"<strong>Security and privacy are two sides of the same coin</strong> and both are essential to maintaining information privacy," says Milam. "While security addresses threats that arise from unauthorized system behavior, privacy manages controls that are a <a href="https://www.nist.gov/news-events/events/2017/06/privacy-risk-assessment-prerequisite-privacy-risk-management">byproduct of </a><a href="https://www.nist.gov/news-events/events/2017/06/privacy-risk-assessment-prerequisite-privacy-risk-management">authorized</a><a href="https://www.nist.gov/news-events/events/2017/06/privacy-risk-assessment-prerequisite-privacy-risk-management"> processing of personal information</a>. Privacy does not exist in the absence of security."</p> <p>Milam points out that while a law may require that certain personal information remain confidential, to achieve that requirement means that <strong>privacy and security must work together</strong>.</p> <p>"Privacy policy may require that an individual's identifiers, such as name, Social Security number and home address be removed from a record before it is shared, so that the record is de-identified. Security policy may require that data at rest — stored or inactive data, on any device or network — be encrypted, so that no unauthorized access may occur," she says.</p> <p>Both controls, Milam notes, are essential to maintaining individual privacy.</p> <p>Moreover, <strong>properly understanding the data that a government has available</strong> is essential to not only keep data safe from hackers, but also to ensure it's used to its fullest extent in open data programs or for other uses across government bodies. This means classifying citizen data appropriately and actively.</p> <p>"Unless an organization keeps current with its data classification, as well as its data inventory, it is impossible to identify privacy requirements. As a result, <strong>some data may be overprotected and not used or shared as broadly as allowed</strong>, and other data may not be protected adequately," Milam says.</p> <p>So how can governments get a leg up in maintaining a full view of citizen data? A combination of tools and training are key, say the NASCIO privacy and data protection co-chairs.</p> <p><a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/register?newsletter" target="_blank"><strong>SIGN UP</strong>: Get more news from the <em>StateTech</em> newsletter in your inbox every two weeks</a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Tools, Privacy Best Practices Offer a First Line of Data Defense</h2> <p><strong>Government users are some of the worst offenders of clicking on phishing emails</strong>, according to a recent <a href="https://www.wombatsecurity.com/hubfs/2018 State of the Phish/Wombat-StateofPhish2018.pdf?submissionGuid=4a794784-d44b-479f-b070-474f5df4fa0a">State of the Phish 2018 report</a> from Wombat Security Technologies. With a large portion of attacks coming through phishing and social engineering vectors, it's clear that training government workforces is key to stopping an attack that can threaten citizen data before it even starts.</p> <p>"Security and privacy training is critical to help the workforce understand their role in data protection," says Milam. "<strong>The human brain is our best 'technology' to respond to security threats</strong>, such as phishing scams and to ensure that data is protected appropriately."</p> <p>Of course, tools such as data loss prevention technology, are also necessary.</p> <p>"While we train employees to remove sensitive information from their emails, such as credit card information and Social Security numbers, it is helpful to have technology to ensure that this information is protected, by enforcing our rules," says Milam.</p> <p><strong>Other tools to help protect citizen data include</strong>:</p> <ul><li>Database/endpoint/server encryption</li> <li>Data loss protection systems</li> <li>Advanced malware protection platforms</li> <li>Data/application-aware firewalls</li> <li>External and internal identity and access management systems</li> <li>Multifactor authentication Identity proofing</li> </ul><p>Kliethermes also recommends automation and orchestration tools "to ensure controls are working and in place within various siloed on-prem and cloud environments."</p> <p>Having <strong>strong incident detection and response capabilities</strong> are necessary, as well.</p> <p>"Endpoint and server vulnerability management, application security testing, geographical disparity between compute and storage sites, and high availability not just within a site, but between sites, are some solid practices to protect data," says Kliethermes.</p> <p>If all else fails, it's important for government IT teams to have a data breach plan already in place and a team ready to act. In fact, a recent <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/brands/ibm/default.aspx?enkwrd=IBM">IBM</a> and Ponemon Institute <a href="https://securityintelligence.com/media/2017-ponemon-institute-cost-of-a-data-breach-study/">study on the cost of data breaches</a> found that <strong>having a fully functioning incident response team in place is the leading factor in reducing breach costs</strong>.</p> <p>"<strong>Good preparation includes developing an incident response plan, as well as training your team</strong>, such as by a tabletop exercise so that roles are practiced, and threats are better understood," says Milam.</p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT25516</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Core</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>State &amp; Local</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Original</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>False</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/7441" hreflang="en">Awareness</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> <div>500-1000 words</div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/how-tackle-data-privacy-increasingly-connected-governments" data-title="You've thought about #cybersecurity, but what about privacy? @NASCIO privacy co-chairs @richkliethermes and Sallie Milam offer advice on how to keep #statelocal citizen data safe and secure:" data-via="StateTech" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/how-tackle-data-privacy-increasingly-connected-governments" data-title="You've thought about #cybersecurity, but what about privacy? @NASCIO privacy co-chairs @richkliethermes and Sallie Milam offer advice on how to keep #statelocal citizen data safe and secure:" data-via="StateTech" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fstatetechmagazine.com%2Frss.xml%3Fitok%3Dp7RfOg_R%26destination%3D%2F%253Fitok%253Dp7RfOg_R%26_exception_statuscode%3D404" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/how-tackle-data-privacy-increasingly-connected-governments" data-title="You've thought about #cybersecurity, but what about privacy? @NASCIO privacy co-chairs @richkliethermes and Sallie Milam offer advice on how to keep #statelocal citizen data safe and secure:" data-via="StateTech" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Feb</span> <span>22</span> <span>2018</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/author/juliet-van-wagenen"><img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Headshot%20JV.JPG.jpg?itok=8ak2COBM" width="58" height="58" alt="Juliet Van Wagenen" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/juliet-van-wagenen"> <div>Juliet Van Wagenen</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Juliet is the senior web editor for <em>StateTech</em> and <em>HealthTech</em> magazines. In her six years as a journalist she has covered everything from aerospace to indie music reviews — but she is unfailingly partial to covering technology.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/40416"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:44:15 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 40416 at https://statetechmagazine.com Illinois' First Blockchain Report Highlights Challenges and Opportunities of Adopting Tech https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/illinois-first-blockchain-report-highlights-challenges-and-opportunities-adopting <span>Illinois&#039; First Blockchain Report Highlights Challenges and Opportunities of Adopting Tech</span> <img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201802/ST_Illinois_Blockchain_2_GettyImages-911664940.jpg" width="1440" height="540" alt="Blockchain Network in Modern City" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:17</span> <div><p>Illinois has made it no secret that it <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/media/video/nascio-2017-illinoiss-smart-state-initiative">wants to be the nation's first smart state</a>. It's on a mission to continually investigate and roll out new technologies, and blockchain has been high on its agenda. The <strong>unchangeable distributed ledger technology underlies </strong><strong>bitcoin</strong>, but has the potential to do much more.</p> <p>The state recently released its <a href="https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/doit/Strategy/Documents/BlockchainTaskForceFinalReport020518.pdf">first official report</a> about blockchain's role in government. It outlines the successes and possibilities for many of its six statewide blockchain pilots. The report, which is <strong>fittingly hosted on a blockchain and distributed ledger peer-to-peer file storage system known as the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS)</strong>, summarizes the initial findings of <a href="https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/doit/media/events/Pages/20180110.aspx">Illinois' Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Task Force</a>.</p> <p>While it also identifies several challenges to implementing blockchain, the overall findings were promising about the technology's future for state and local governments.</p> <p>"This task force believes that blockchain technology and its built-in encryption can facilitate highly secure methods for interacting with government and keeping paperless records, <strong>increasing data accuracy and providing better cybersecurity protections for Illinois residents</strong>. Though the technology still needs refinement, government has an opportunity to help shape and adopt innovative solutions," the report states.</p> <p>Illinois isn't the first state to consider blockchain. New York Assemblyman Clyde Vanel <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/new-york-targets-blockchain-voter-security-smart-contracts-and-more">recently introduced several bills</a> that look to study the tech's use in everything from voter security to smart contracts. But Illinois is <strong>the first to release a comprehensive study on the potential impact of the software in local government</strong>.</p> <p><a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/register?newsletter" target="_blank"><strong>SIGN UP</strong>: Get more news from the <em>StateTech</em> newsletter in your inbox every two weeks</a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Opportunities for Blockchain in State Government</h2> <p>Blockchain has long been touted as a way to <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2017/02/can-blockchains-help-build-trust-governments">ensure transparency and accuracy in government</a>.</p> <p>"Blockchains have the potential for opening up new markets, for allowing any participant to enter into business whether they have a lot of capital or very little capital. Blockchains open up the global economy to everyone from large communities down to small rural communities," <a href="https://www.nascio.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=ZnvGSa9y2yc%3D&amp;portalid=0">states a report released last year</a> by <a href="https://www.nascio.org/">NASCIO</a>.</p> <p>Indeed, Illinois' government officials see that hope reflected in their findings.</p> <p>"Blockchain can play a key role in <strong>creating a highly efficient, hyperconnected and secure government, which translates into better services for our citizens</strong>," said Kirk Lonbom, state CIO and acting secretary for the <a href="https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/doit/Pages/default.aspx">Illinois Department of Innovation &amp; Technology</a> (DoIT), <a href="https://www2.illinois.gov/IISNews/15316-DoIT_Blockchain_Task_Force_Report.pdf">in a press release</a>.</p> <p>In particular, Illinois' blockchain report points out three key advantages for state governments.</p> <ol><li> <p><strong>Transaction Reconciliation</strong> — Reconciliation, the report points out, is the act of "ensuring that two sets of records agree." By requiring those entering information into the ledger to share data points in a single format, blockchain could eliminate the need for reconciliation entirely, the report argues. Another subtler but still important part of that is it <strong>standardizes data and transaction formats for governments, vendors </strong><strong>and</strong><strong> IT teams</strong>.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Immutability and Data Integrity</strong> — Blockchain offers government bodies unchangeable and permanent storage for data. This not only offers that data integrity, but also eliminates the need for government audits. "Forensic analysis and legal discovery processes could be conducted without the need for special methods, expensive technologies or significant resources being employed. The clear benefit here is reduced court costs where a jurisdiction recognizes the facts in the distributed ledger as admissible," the report states, adding that this would also help to <strong>encourage honesty and transparency in government</strong>.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Improved Transaction Security and Resilience</strong> — Blockchain ledgers are owned by all parties, which means they <strong>lack a central point and, therefore, a central point of failure</strong>. "The ledger is owned by all participating parties which means that in the event of failure everyone can keep their own copy of data and transactions. This form of resilience and security provides the opportunity to create new identity systems where users own the data, which remains universally consistent and cannot be destroyed," the report states, noting that this gives it a <strong>significant security edge over existing systems</strong>.</p> </li> </ol><h2 id="toc_1">Challenges Ahead for Blockchain Adoption</h2> <p>Yet, as with any new technology, challenges persist. The report points to four main issues with blockchain use cases.</p> <ol><li> <p><strong>Energy and Processing Power</strong> — Bitcoin mining, which uses the same underlying technology as blockchain, is currently using up massive amounts of the world's energy (even <a href="http://fortune.com/2018/02/13/iceland-bitcoin-mining-electricity/">threatening to overwhelm Iceland's power grid</a>). <strong>Blockchain could add that same cost via computational power and energy</strong>.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Scalability</strong> — "As ledgers are designed to retain all previous transactions, the ledger's size will increase. This increase in size will continually need to be forecast against both the capabilities of the network and the future behavior of the users," the report notes. This could be an issue if<strong> the network becomes so large that it is no longer cost-effective for users</strong>.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Interoperability</strong> — In order for blockchain to reach its full potential, all parties will have to be on board, but that will require updates to legacy IT systems across the country to accommodate the new tech. This is exacerbated by the fact that there are several competing blockchain technologies across the globe, meaning the market could be fragmented, unless we standardize the technology. "Transactions on blockchains will need to have stable URLs and an equivalent of HTTP redirection to point to updated locations. Further standardization efforts are needed to create URL schemes for blockchain transactions," the report says.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Privacy</strong> — Once something is in blockchain, it can't be removed. While this is certainly a positive when it comes to transparency, it also means that <strong>any private, inappropriate or illegally entered information can never be removed</strong>. "The potential impacts of the permanence and persistence of this information could potentially impact the privacy of individuals," the report states. To prevent and manage potential privacy challenges the task force advocates for "<strong>thoughtful design and good governance</strong>," going forward.</p> </li> </ol><p>Despite the challenges ahead, the task force notes that this is simply <strong>the start of state and local investigations into blockchain use cases</strong>.</p> <p>"The surface of using Blockchain and distributed ledger technology is just being scratched and <strong>Illinois has been intentionally laying the groundwork to benefit economically through business growth</strong>, as well as finding practical uses for our citizens," State Rep. Keith Wheeler, R-50th District, said in the press release.</p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT22516</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Data Center</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>State &amp; Local</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Curated</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>False</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/7441" hreflang="en">Awareness</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> <div>Over 1000 words</div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/illinois-first-blockchain-report-highlights-challenges-and-opportunities-adopting" data-title="What can #blockchain really do for local government? @IllinoisDoIT's first blockchain report unveils the upsides, and potential downsides, to the promising tech #statelocal" data-via="StateTech" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/illinois-first-blockchain-report-highlights-challenges-and-opportunities-adopting" data-title="What can #blockchain really do for local government? @IllinoisDoIT's first blockchain report unveils the upsides, and potential downsides, to the promising tech #statelocal" data-via="StateTech" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fstatetechmagazine.com%2Frss.xml%3Fitok%3Dp7RfOg_R%26destination%3D%2F%253Fitok%253Dp7RfOg_R%26_exception_statuscode%3D404" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/illinois-first-blockchain-report-highlights-challenges-and-opportunities-adopting" data-title="What can #blockchain really do for local government? @IllinoisDoIT's first blockchain report unveils the upsides, and potential downsides, to the promising tech #statelocal" data-via="StateTech" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Feb</span> <span>21</span> <span>2018</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/author/juliet-van-wagenen"><img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Headshot%20JV.JPG.jpg?itok=8ak2COBM" width="58" height="58" alt="Juliet Van Wagenen" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/juliet-van-wagenen"> <div>Juliet Van Wagenen</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Juliet is the senior web editor for <em>StateTech</em> and <em>HealthTech</em> magazines. In her six years as a journalist she has covered everything from aerospace to indie music reviews — but she is unfailingly partial to covering technology.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/40411"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:17:06 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 40411 at https://statetechmagazine.com Intel's Driverless Car Unit Deepens City Data with Transit App Collaboration https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/intels-driverless-car-unit-deepens-city-data-transit-app-collaboration <span>Intel&#039;s Driverless Car Unit Deepens City Data with Transit App Collaboration</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:49</span> <div><p>After acquiring <a href="https://www.mobileye.com/en-us/">Mobileye</a>, an Israeli company that builds <strong>sensors and cameras for driverless vehicles</strong>, <a href="http://intelandmobileye.transactionannouncement.com/">in March 2017</a>, <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/intel-interstitial.html">Intel</a> is now looking to deepen its navigation data repository for the autonomous vehicle unit. The tech giant is aiming to do so by announcing on Feb. 21 that Mobileye would be collaborating with another Israeli startup, <a href="https://moovitapp.com/">Moovit</a>, which offers a transit app that <strong>boasts 120 million users across 2,000 cities</strong>.</p> <p>“Moovit expects to <strong>surpass 1 billion users by 2021</strong> and to expand significantly the number of cities that use Moovit’s data analytics to improve urban mobility,” said Nir Erez, the co-founder and CEO, <a href="https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180221005481/en/Moovit-Raises-50-Million-Led-Intel-Capital">in a statement</a>. “We are especially thrilled about our plans to collaborate with Mobileye. It’s a synergistic relationship at an exciting time to be shaping the future of urban mobility.”</p> <p>At a time when cities are <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2017/12/intelligent-transportation-systems-save-cents-main-street">investing heavily in intelligent transportation systems</a> and <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/future-connected-transit-more-just-driverless-cars">getting roads ready for autonomous vehicles</a>, the addition of <strong>Moovit's data to Mobileye's navigation systems could give Intel's product an edge in the market</strong>.</p> <p>“With significant investments in automated driving, mobility management platforms and smart infrastructure, Intel is at the forefront of a fundamental transformation of urban mobility," Professor Amnon Shashua, senior vice president of Intel and CEO / CTO of Mobileye said in a statement. "We’re working with some of the most innovative transit companies, municipalities and transit authorities to build critical foundational technologies for this transformation.”</p> <p>To deepen the relationship between the two companies, <strong>Shashua will also join Moovit’s Board of Directors as an observer</strong>.</p> <p>“Moovit is one of the world’s leaders in public transit data and analytics,” Shashua continued in the statement. “<strong>The combination of Mobileye’s and Moovit’s technology and data will be instrumental in making cities ready for autonomous vehicles</strong>.”</p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT25516</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Core</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>State &amp; Local</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Curated</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>False</div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> <div>300-500 words</div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/intels-driverless-car-unit-deepens-city-data-transit-app-collaboration" data-title=".@Intel's #driverless car navigation unit @Mobileye will incorporate @Moovit transit app's data analytics into its nav systems per a new collaboration" data-via="StateTech" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/intels-driverless-car-unit-deepens-city-data-transit-app-collaboration" data-title=".@Intel's #driverless car navigation unit @Mobileye will incorporate @Moovit transit app's data analytics into its nav systems per a new collaboration" data-via="StateTech" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fstatetechmagazine.com%2Frss.xml%3Fitok%3Dp7RfOg_R%26destination%3D%2F%253Fitok%253Dp7RfOg_R%26_exception_statuscode%3D404" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/intels-driverless-car-unit-deepens-city-data-transit-app-collaboration" data-title=".@Intel's #driverless car navigation unit @Mobileye will incorporate @Moovit transit app's data analytics into its nav systems per a new collaboration" data-via="StateTech" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Feb</span> <span>21</span> <span>2018</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/author/juliet-van-wagenen"><img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Headshot%20JV.JPG.jpg?itok=8ak2COBM" width="58" height="58" alt="Juliet Van Wagenen" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/juliet-van-wagenen"> <div>Juliet Van Wagenen</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Juliet is the senior web editor for <em>StateTech</em> and <em>HealthTech</em> magazines. In her six years as a journalist she has covered everything from aerospace to indie music reviews — but she is unfailingly partial to covering technology.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/40406"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:49:39 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 40406 at https://statetechmagazine.com Endpoint Devices: The New Battleground for Public Sector Cybersecurity https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/endpoint-devices-new-battleground-public-sector-cybersecurity <span>Endpoint Devices: The New Battleground for Public Sector Cybersecurity</span> <img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201802/ST_HP_Endpoint_Security_GettyImages-496432246.jpg" width="1440" height="540" alt="person using printer" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Tue, 02/20/2018 - 13:31</span> <div><p>In the quest for secure systems, there is still one important weak point that many private and public sector organizations are still overlooking: <strong>endpoint devices</strong>. These are devices such as PCs, printers, scanners, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phones and smart meters, which carry important and private information from both staff and citizens. Though these devices might seem innocuous, they're being <strong>increasingly preyed upon by cybercriminals to gain access to sensitive information</strong>.</p> <p>In the average home, we may be more aware of the growing number of connected devices — from thermostats, to televisions, gaming systems and smart home devices. However, in a public sector setting, <strong>it can be easy to overlook the sheer volume of connected devices</strong>, all of which open up the public sector networks to vulnerabilities.</p> <p>Making things more complicated is the sheer number of endpoints public sectors have to deal with. <a href="https://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_table_201.htm">Employing more than 20 million people</a>, federal, <strong>state and local governments are using a lot of connected devices in the workplace</strong>, and many struggle to track how many they have deployed.</p> <p>This is contributing to the sinking feeling that many state and local government officials have when they think about protecting their networks. A <a href="https://blog.netwrix.com/2017/08/22/infographics-top-cybersecurity-risks-in-government/">recent survey</a> from security consultancy, Netwrix, highlighted that the public sector is still lagging behind the private sector in cybersecurity. Moreover, perhaps more shockingly, only <strong>14 percent of government respondents considered themselves "well prepared" for IT risks</strong>. Meanwhile, SecurityScorecard found that across all industries surveyed in its <a href="https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/533449/Images/SecurityScorecard 2017 Govt Cybersecurity Report.pdf">2017 cybersecurity report</a>, government organizations received one of the lowest security scores.</p> <p><a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/register?newsletter" target="_blank"><strong>SIGN UP</strong>: Get more news from the <em>StateTech</em> newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!</a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Why Do Hackers Target Public Sector Endpoint Devices?</h2> <p>Cybersecurity for endpoint devices is widely underappreciated. In many cases, endpoint security is not seen as a high requirement for IT procurement contracts.</p> <p>For example, in a <a href="http://www8.hp.com/h20195/v2/GetPDF.aspx/4AA6-9485EEGB.pdf">recent Spiceworks survey</a> of more than <strong>300 </strong><strong>enterprise</strong> <strong>IT decision-makers</strong>, just <strong>16 percent considered printers a high-risk target for a security breach</strong>, significantly less than PCs and mobile devices. This underappreciation for the risk that devices such as printers pose can lead to unattended vulnerabilities that cybercriminals are likely to exploit.</p> <p>Unauthorized users can access these devices through an unsecured wireless connection — <strong>allowing anyone to capture privileged data or access the internal network</strong>.</p> <p>Another reason that cybercriminals are targeting endpoint devices is that these<strong> devices are constantly being equipped with greater functionality and connectivity</strong>. Features such as wireless printing or the ability to connect with additional devices, like tablets, provide greater accessibility and flexibility for workers, but can also create gateways into private networks. As these endpoint devices become evermore interconnected with our networks, <strong>protecting them becomes vital</strong>.</p> <h2 id="toc_1">3 Ways to Defend State and Local Government Data</h2> <p>With the cost of cyberattacks growing quickly, not only in terms of revenue and value of stolen data, but also in terms of credibility, government officials should take all the steps they can to keep data safe. So how do we go about defending government data from endpoint intrusion? There are a few steps that IT teams can take:</p> <p><strong>1. Protect digital data</strong>: It may seem like a no-brainer for companies in the financial services space, but the public sector must be vigilant about password protecting documents and leveraging encryption. This includes the sharing of documents and personal information via email, but extends to encrypting information to and from printers/scanners or multifunction devices for added protection.</p> <p><strong>2. Centralize device management</strong>: One way to take the burden off IT staff regarding security is to centralize device management. Taking advantage of HP's Secure Managed Print Services or Device as a Service - a subscription model for devices - ensures employees have the most up-to-date and secure environments. In this instance, responsibility over adhering to security policies, fleet management, management of confidential information and end-of-life device disposal is managed by a manufacturer or service provider specializing in fleet security to ensure endpoint security is meeting all requirements.</p> <p><strong>3. Adopt devices with built-in cybersecurity</strong>: Deploying devices with <a href="http://www8.hp.com/us/en/solutions/business-solutions/printingsolutions/securityoverview.html">security features built in by the manufacturer</a> adds an additional layer of security. Public sector departments should look for technologies such as self-healing properties to ensure devices, from PCs to printers, are as secure as possible. This means going beyond products that advertise bolt-on virus protection, toward those that leverage a layered security approach needed to combat advanced attacks.</p> <p>That said, <strong>following these endpoint security strategies is only part of the broader cybersecurity puzzle</strong>. Public institutions should take a new approach to their procurement, vendor selection and IT device deployment protocols, placing security at the center of decision-making. The frequency and scale of cyberattacks will continue to rise, but with more information and a plan to mitigate these risks, <strong>the public sector will be better prepared </strong><strong>against</strong><strong> potential breaches</strong>.</p> <h2 id="toc_2">Compliance Can Keep Government Endpoints Safe</h2> <p>Keeping practices up to date with cybersecurity policies is also an enormous part of protecting state and local government networks.</p> <p>According to a <a href="https://www.riskbasedsecurity.com/2018/02/over-5200-data-breaches-make-2017-an-exceptional-year-for-all-the-wrong-reasons/">report released by Risk Based Security</a> earlier this month, there were more than <strong>7.8 billion data records exposed in 2017</strong> — a 24.2 percent increase from 2016. The vulnerability intelligence service reported that government breaches accounted for 7.2 percent of all breaches, but that number is likely higher since 40 percent of breaches came from organizations/agencies that were not identifiable based on public disclosure data, <a href="https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/2017-smashed-worlds-records-for-most-data-breaches-exposed-information/d/d-id/1330987?">according to Dark Reading</a>.</p> <p>One explanation for this could be a lack of compliance, because while <strong>more than half of governmental bodies have regulations in place</strong> around print security, just over <strong>one-third recognize they are completely compliant, </strong>according to a <a href="http://h20195.www2.hp.com/v2/GetPDF.aspx/4AA7-1160ENA.pdf">survey</a> by the Center for Digital Government.</p> <p>The good news is that <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2017/07/4-best-practices-better-endpoint-backup-state-and-local-government">regular employee communication and training around security compliance</a> and related rules can help <strong>minimize security risks and move a public sector organization toward full compliance</strong>. With that in mind, government officials should <strong>have a plan in place to confirm employees are compliant</strong> and endpoint devices are part of their broader cybersecurity plan.</p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT25516</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Security</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>State &amp; Local</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Curated</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>False</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/7441" hreflang="en">Awareness</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> <div>500-1000 words</div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/endpoint-devices-new-battleground-public-sector-cybersecurity" data-title="Your desktops might be secure, but what about your printer? @HP's Christoph Reuf offers tips on how to make sure your #statelocal #endpoint devices are #cybersecure:" data-via="StateTech" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/endpoint-devices-new-battleground-public-sector-cybersecurity" data-title="Your desktops might be secure, but what about your printer? @HP's Christoph Reuf offers tips on how to make sure your #statelocal #endpoint devices are #cybersecure:" data-via="StateTech" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fstatetechmagazine.com%2Frss.xml%3Fitok%3Dp7RfOg_R%26destination%3D%2F%253Fitok%253Dp7RfOg_R%26_exception_statuscode%3D404" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/endpoint-devices-new-battleground-public-sector-cybersecurity" data-title="Your desktops might be secure, but what about your printer? @HP's Christoph Reuf offers tips on how to make sure your #statelocal #endpoint devices are #cybersecure:" data-via="StateTech" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Feb</span> <span>20</span> <span>2018</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/taxonomy/term/11351"><img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Christoph%20Ruef%20Business%20Headshot%20-%204%20%282%29.jpg?itok=ftibN34Z" width="58" height="58" alt="Christoph Ruef" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/taxonomy/term/11351"> <div>Christoph Ruef</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Christoph Ruef is vice president and general manager of HP’s multi-billion dollar Americas printing business. He has spent nearly 30 years working on HP’s print operations, managing global product strategy, marketing, go-to-market strategy and sales.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/40401"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:31:55 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 40401 at https://statetechmagazine.com The Future of Connected Transit Is More Than Just Driverless Cars https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/future-connected-transit-more-just-driverless-cars <span>The Future of Connected Transit Is More Than Just Driverless Cars</span> <img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201802/ST_Maggiore_Connected_Transit_GettyImages-636452252.jpg" width="1440" height="540" alt="Modern City Concepts: intersection" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Mon, 02/19/2018 - 09:57</span> <div><p>As states continue to invest in technology to <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/faq-smart-city-councils-tips-successful-connected-tech-deployment">create smart and connected cities</a>, their <strong>focus will soon turn to connected transportation initiatives</strong>.</p> <p>Connected transportation is much more than simply <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2017/07/transit-wi-fi-doesnt-just-attract-riders-it-also-supports-back-end-solutions">adding Wi-Fi to buses or subway stations</a>. It is a necessary step to adding safety and efficiency to citizens' travels through a city.</p> <p>So, <strong>what's the next step for our roadways?</strong> Here's what we see as next on the agenda for making connected transit initiatives safe, secure and successful.</p> <p><a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/register?newsletter" target="_blank"><strong>SIGN UP</strong>: Get more news from the <em>StateTech</em> newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!</a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Connected Intersections Form a Smart Transit Backbone</h2> <p>Connected intersections are part of creating a truly connected city, as the intersections not only digitally transform the ways drivers, passengers and pedestrians share the road, but they also can make the city safer. The <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2017/12/intelligent-transportation-systems-save-cents-main-street">technology placed at traffic intersections</a> can reduce crashes, interact with connected vehicles, reduce the time citizens spend at traffic signals and improve air quality by refining traffic flow. <strong>Each aspect of the connected intersection creates a specific benefit for the city and its citizens.</strong></p> <p>One key benefit of connected intersections is the ability to take data from vehicles passing through the intersection. The data not only controls the time a light is green or red, which helps minimize the time drivers wait at the light or allows pedestrians to cross the street safely, but it also monitors traffic safety.</p> <p>Using a secure, anonymous ID of vehicles, connected intersection technology can identify pedestrians and wrong-way drivers, as well as analyze data from connected vehicles to inform all drivers of traffic incidents and traffic flows. For example, in Las Vegas,<strong> vehicle data is mapped to allow traffic operators and emergency responders to view connected vehicle information</strong>.</p> <p>Additionally, the technology used at the intersections can <strong>connect with emergency responders and ensure that traffic stops when they are trying to get through during an emergency</strong>. Using monitoring devices that analyze data, the same technology can help emergency responders find citizens in need of help, acting as a GPS. This is especially helpful in rural areas where roadways and traffic stops are minimal.</p> <p>The key to making the most out of a connected intersection, as well as connected transportation, is to <strong>understand the data stemming from the technology</strong>. At first glance, city officials tend to focus on Big Data and how the technology can automate processes for citizens and town officials, but there's more to it than simple data analysis.</p> <p>When analyzed properly, data from connected intersection technology can increase safety for citizens, and as the technology advances, so will the data and outcomes. For example, data from connected vehicles, such as data on air bag deployment, can be used to alert emergency responders in real time.</p> <p>Cities are laying the groundwork for future opportunities in connected transportation, such as <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2017/06/cities-states-look-make-lanes-self-driving-tech">autonomous vehicles</a>, and <strong>can use tomorrow's technology to transform transportation today</strong>.</p> <h2 id="toc_1">Safety Spurs the Future of Connected Transportation</h2> <p>Advanced technology will continue to produce flashy, autonomous vehicles, but the most important use of the technology is to increase safety. With connected transportation tech, cities can create safer roads, intersections and overall transportation for citizens.</p> <p>New sensor technology on roadways and highway corridors in rural areas can <strong>monitor the weather and conditions of roadways to alert drivers of driving conditions before they arrive</strong>. Using fiber connectivity, this information can be shared quickly back to a data center and citizens can be alerted almost instantly.</p> <p>Yet, fiber connectivity is not on every road and moving the data back to traffic management centers for processing can take too long for real-time decision-making. <strong>Data can be processed directly in the field where it originates to increase response times and safety measures</strong>. This form of in-field data processing, known as edge fog processing, enables city officials to collect and act on data in a flexible, repeating manner.</p> <p>For example, officials and public safety departments in Las Vegas are relying on real-time data from citywide connectivity to ease traffic concerns and keep the roads safe for citizens and tourists.</p> <p>In the near future, cities relying on connected transportation technology will not only be able to use the data to monitor their roads, but they will be able to <strong>share the data across other agencies, cities and states to keep more citizens safe</strong>. For example, agencies can share data from one intersection with bus systems in real time for true multimodal decision-making. Additionally, sharing incident and crash identification with police and emergency responders will allow public safety agencies to do their job more efficiently.</p> <h2 id="toc_2">Connected Transit Security Takes a Front Seat</h2> <p>As connected transportation increases, <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2017/07/connected-vehicle-revolution-makes-cybersecurity-top-mind">keeping data secure will come to the forefront</a> for state and local governments and more security protocols will need to be established.</p> <p>The more data there is, <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/01/risk-vs-reward-internet-things-deployments">the more vulnerable the devices are</a>. While securing individual devices is important, <strong>it's just as important to implement a plan to follow when there is a security breach</strong>.</p> <p>With the threat landscape, it's best for the public sector to <strong>work with the private sector</strong> to better understand security vulnerabilities, as well as how to react to them.</p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT25516</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Core</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>State &amp; Local</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Original</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>False</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/7441" hreflang="en">Awareness</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> <div>500-1000 words</div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/future-connected-transit-more-just-driverless-cars" data-title="Connected transit is about more than just subway #WiFi, says @Cisco's Michelle Maggiore. 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Check out what she sees on the horizon for #statelocal smart transportation:" data-via="StateTech" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fstatetechmagazine.com%2Frss.xml%3Fitok%3Dp7RfOg_R%26destination%3D%2F%253Fitok%253Dp7RfOg_R%26_exception_statuscode%3D404" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/future-connected-transit-more-just-driverless-cars" data-title="Connected transit is about more than just subway #WiFi, says @Cisco's Michelle Maggiore. Check out what she sees on the horizon for #statelocal smart transportation:" data-via="StateTech" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Feb</span> <span>19</span> <span>2018</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/taxonomy/term/11346"><img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Maggiore%20head%20shot.jpg?itok=CBkYlHIX" width="58" height="58" alt="Michelle Maggiore" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/taxonomy/term/11346"> <div>Michelle Maggiore</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Michelle Maggiore is a professional transportation engineer with 20 years of experience in performance management and strategic planning for transportation agencies and local governments. She leads Transportation Business Development for Cisco's Smart and Connected Communities solutions.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/40391"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:57:00 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 40391 at https://statetechmagazine.com USC and Los Angeles Collaborate to Launch IoT Sandbox https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/usc-and-los-angeles-collaborate-launch-iot-sandbox <span>USC and Los Angeles Collaborate to Launch IoT Sandbox</span> <img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201802/Melpomenem_LA.jpg" width="1440" height="560" alt="Los Angeles overhead" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/13461" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="meghan.bogarduscortez_13461">meghan.bogardu…</span></span> <span>Fri, 02/16/2018 - 10:38</span> <div><p>When cities and universities collaborate using the latest technologies, innovation blossoms.</p> <p>Take Pittsburgh, for example. When <a href="https://www.cmu.edu/" target="_blank">Carnegie Mellon University</a> worked with Uber and <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/brands/google/default.aspx?enkwrd=Google" target="_blank">Google</a>, <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2017/10/pittsburgh-universities-bring-industry-back-city-tech">both city and university benefited </a>from the <strong>employment opportunities and insightful research</strong> generated from the partnerships.</p> <p>In Los Angeles, city-university collaboration has gone a step further with the November <strong>opening of an Internet of Things sandbox</strong> on the <a href="https://www.usc.edu/" target="_blank">University of Southern California</a> campus.</p> <p>The Intelligent IoT Integrator, or I3 Consortium, was created by the <a href="http://ita.lacity.org/" target="_blank">Los Angeles Information Technology Agency</a> (ITA) and <a href="https://www.marshall.usc.edu/" target="_blank">USC’s Marshall School of Business</a> and <a href="https://viterbischool.usc.edu/" target="_blank">Viterbi School of Engineering</a> to be a test site for the city to explore emerging technologies, <a href="http://statescoop.com/internet-of-things-sandbox-opens-in-los-angeles" target="_blank">StateScoop reports</a>.</p> <p>Using this consortium to build a community-based IoT network will allow the city and university to <strong>consolidate valuable information needed to make technological advances</strong>.</p> <p>“Community-based IoT networks are built from groups of independent citizens, companies and other entities that voluntarily work together to <strong>create powerful data ‘rivers’ or consolidated data streams from many IoT device owners</strong> into one common flow,” reads an <a href="https://viterbischool.usc.edu/news/2017/11/smart-city-consortium-formed-usc/" target="_blank">article</a> on the Viterbi School of Engineering website.</p> <p><a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/register?newsletter" target="_blank"><strong>SIGN UP</strong>: Get more news from the <em>StateTech</em> newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!</a></p> <h2>The I3 Consortium Could Encourage Better Data Usage</h2> <p>As data streams grow, the I3 Consortium will be able to help the city of Los Angeles <strong>provide better customer service and streamline management of energy use, transit, garbage collection and other key city services</strong>. The Viterbi article notes that the planned data system could even help monitor unexpected activities such as cyberthreats.</p> <p>To do this, <a href="https://www.marshall.usc.edu/event/i3-consortium-launch" target="_blank">USC Marshall reports</a> that I3 will work with suppliers to create an environment to simplify testing of IoT tools, manage trust with the community of device owners and distribute information and software to encourage the evolution of IoT.</p> <p>Another one of the primary goals of I3 is to <strong>develop an open-source deliverable to help other communities establish their own data “rivers.”</strong></p> <p>“USC Viterbi through its Information Sciences Institute developed some of the early protocols for the internet that helped propel the information revolution,” said USC Viterbi School of Engineering Dean Yannis C. Yortsos, in the Viterbi article. “I3 is to the Internet of Things what the core protocols were to the original internet. <strong>We continue this tradition of technological empowerment, this time in the IoT revolution, for the purpose of building smart cities.</strong>”</p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT25516</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Data Center</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>State &amp; Local</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Curated</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>False</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/7446" hreflang="en">Engagement</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> <div>300-500 words</div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/usc-and-los-angeles-collaborate-launch-iot-sandbox" data-title=".@USCMarshall and @USCViterbi have partnered up with the city of LA to streamline #IOT research and create a standard for other communities." data-via="StateTech" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/usc-and-los-angeles-collaborate-launch-iot-sandbox" data-title=".@USCMarshall and @USCViterbi have partnered up with the city of LA to streamline #IOT research and create a standard for other communities." data-via="StateTech" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fstatetechmagazine.com%2Frss.xml%3Fitok%3Dp7RfOg_R%26destination%3D%2F%253Fitok%253Dp7RfOg_R%26_exception_statuscode%3D404" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/usc-and-los-angeles-collaborate-launch-iot-sandbox" data-title=".@USCMarshall and @USCViterbi have partnered up with the city of LA to streamline #IOT research and create a standard for other communities." data-via="StateTech" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Feb</span> <span>16</span> <span>2018</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/author/meghan-bogardus-cortez"><img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/styles/face_small/public/people/authorpic.jpg?itok=Fy_wIKMK" width="58" height="58" alt="Meghan Bogardus Cortez" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/meghan-bogardus-cortez"> <div>Meghan Bogardus Cortez</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=@megbcortez&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Meghan is an associate editor with <em>EdTech</em>. She enjoys coffee, cats and science fiction TV.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/40396"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:38:18 +0000 meghan.bogarduscortez_13461 40396 at https://statetechmagazine.com 4 Reasons Government IT Teams Shouldn't Lose Control of the Cloud https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/4-reasons-government-it-teams-shouldnt-lose-control-cloud <span>4 Reasons Government IT Teams Shouldn&#039;t Lose Control of the Cloud</span> <img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201802/ST_Cloud_Sprawl_GettyImages-866223454.jpg" width="1440" height="540" alt="Cloud computing concept" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Wed, 02/14/2018 - 17:30</span> <div><p>For many state and local governments, migrating IT resources and workloads to the cloud can yield tangible benefits: <strong>flexibility, scalability, resource management, cost savings, simplified budgeting, ease of deployment and enhanced updating and patching</strong>.</p> <p>The cloud can deliver Software, Platform or <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2017/06/local-government-agencies-cloud-moving-iaas">Infrastructure as a Service</a>, and agencies or departments can turn to the cloud to i<strong>nstantly spin up machines for temporary projects and seasonal workloads</strong>, to test and develop new applications, and to provide email without having to manage on-premises equipment.</p> <p><strong>But failure to manage a cloud environment effectively can cause new headaches</strong>.</p> <p>The same ease of deployment that makes the cloud so attractive can create problems, especially if an organization lacks effective policies and guidelines. Take, for instance, the hypothetical example of a department that invests in <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/Microsoft-Office-365-Pro-Plus-A-subscription-license-1-user/3202220?pfm=srh">Office 365</a>, <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/microsoft.html">Microsoft’</a>s popular suite of productivity software. The IT department no longer has to manage on-premises email, and users gain access to cloud tools such as <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/Skype-for-Business-Server-Standard-CAL-2015-license-1-user-CAL/3926895?pfm=srh">Skype for Business</a> and <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/MS-OneDrive-for-Business-Plan-2-From-CDW/4053726?pfm=srh">OneDrive for Business</a>. The move has the potential to be a clear win-win.</p> <p>But in reality, some users may never use — or even know they have access to — the other cloud tools beyond email. When government staff need to collaborate on documents, they may instead use a company credit card to purchase a consumer license for a stand-alone cloud file-sharing program, rather than using OneDrive.</p> <p>Then, inevitably, some of these users will leave the department or agency. Without tools and practices to ensure proper management and visibility, <strong>the IT shop may never know that government data is sitting on a consumer cloud application</strong> — placed there by someone who no longer even works for the organization — creating an unnecessary monthly expense and, potentially, compliance and security issues.</p> <p>Multiply these problems by the hundreds or thousands of users in a large enterprise — and by the <strong>myriad cloud tools at their disposal</strong> — and it’s easy to see why cloud sprawl can be such a large problem for organizations.</p> <p>Some of the chief risks associated with cloud sprawl include the following:</p> <p><a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/register?newsletter" target="_blank"><strong>SIGN UP</strong>: Get more news from the <em>StateTech</em> newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!</a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">1. State and Local Security Is at Stake</h2> <p>Until recently, <strong>IT teams maintained rigid control over access to computing resources</strong> and were able to exercise management and visibility over sensitive data with relative ease. The cloud, along with several other significant developments in IT, has dramatically changed this situation.</p> <p>In one <a href="https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/data-sprawl-to-blame-for-ip-risk/">recent survey by Forcepoint</a>,<strong> 21 percent of cybersecurity professionals </strong>said critical data and intellectual property from their organizations were stored with public cloud services.</p> <p>Perhaps most worrying, only <strong>7 percent</strong> of respondents said they had “extremely good” visibility into how users handle critical data on enterprise and user-owned devices, as well as on applications. Sprawling cloud environments in which IT teams have limited visibility and management capabilities leave organizations vulnerable to attacks and data leaks.</p> <h2 id="toc_1">2. Opaque Operations Can Lead to Overpsending</h2> <p>When it’s easy to purchase new software or services, it’s easy for spending to increase, and when this spending isn’t managed effectively, it can spin quickly into overspending. State and local governments <strong>spend more than necessary on their cloud deployments</strong>, as a result of both initial overprovisioning and abandoned, unused resources that suck up dollars without providing any value.</p> <p>Too often, departments or agencies purchase cloud resources without taking the time to <strong>accurately estimate the amount of computing, data analytics and storage</strong> resources they need.</p> <p>Perhaps just as frequently, these departments spin up resources for temporary projects and then fail to pull back the resources when those projects are complete. Overspending can also happen across an entire organization — with the full backing of the IT shop — when cloud resources aren’t matched appropriately with user roles.</p> <p>For example, <strong>government IT teams often pay for the “pro” or “plus” versions of software suites</strong> without realizing that many users only need basic functionality.</p> <h2 id="toc_2">3. Lack of Control Means a Lack of Optimization</h2> <p>When IT staff doesn’t have full control of the cloud software and services being purchased throughout a state or city government, they can’t connect users with the IT assets that best meet their needs and, thus, ensure that these resources are being used optimally.</p> <p><strong>Lack of optimization is closely related to overspending</strong>, but may also include scenarios in which organizations invest in the appropriate amount of cloud resources but then simply fail to provide access to these resources to the employees best positioned to use them.</p> <p>An department or agency with a well-managed cloud environment will often have a <strong>library where users can see which resources are available and then request temporary access</strong>. In contrast, in an organization with sprawling clouds, users often have no way of knowing which cloud resources are available.</p> <h2 id="toc_3">4. Control the Cloud to Stay on Top of Compliance</h2> <p>It was easy enough for governments to lose track of software licenses before the emergence of the cloud. Now, with users able to subscribe to cloud software and spin up resources in an instant, it’s nearly impossible for IT teams to <strong>stay in compliance with software licensing agreements</strong> unless they appropriately manage their cloud environments.</p> <p>When vendors audit agencies with cloud sprawl problems, the result is often a hefty bill — an outcome that is even tougher to swallow when many of the resources causing noncompliance are “zombie” instances that no one in the organization is using anyway. With <a href="https://blog.cdw.com/software/5-ways-software-asset-management-reduces-costs">software management tools</a>, state and local governments can <strong>ensure constant compliance</strong>, taking the sting out of vendor audits.</p> <p><em>Looking to tap the advantages of <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/01/3-benefits-effective-government-cloud-management">cutting back on cloud sprawl</a>? <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/dam/CDW/PDF/keeping-cloud-sprawl-in-check.pdf" target="_blank">Check out our white paper on keeping the cloud in check</a>.</em></p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT25516</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Cloud</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>State &amp; Local</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Curated</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>False</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/7441" hreflang="en">Awareness</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> <div>500-1000 words</div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/4-reasons-government-it-teams-shouldnt-lose-control-cloud" data-title="Is #cloud sprawl a problem for your #statelocal IT department? 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Here's why staying in control of the cloud should be a major priority:" data-via="StateTech" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Feb</span> <span>14</span> <span>2018</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/statetech-staff"> <div>StateTech Staff</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/40386"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> Wed, 14 Feb 2018 22:30:53 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 40386 at https://statetechmagazine.com States Revamp 911 Systems to Keep Pace with New Media https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/states-revamp-911-systems-keep-pace-new-media <span>States Revamp 911 Systems to Keep Pace with New Media</span> <img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201802/ST_911_upgrades_GettyImages-171337656.jpg" width="1440" height="540" alt="Calling 911 from smartphone." typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Wed, 02/14/2018 - 12:05</span> <div><p>Texting, messaging, video - the way the world communicates has changed and states and cities across the country are revamping their 911 systems and dispatch centers to ensure they can keep pace.</p> <p>In November, a <a href="https://blog.npstc.org/2017/11/02/nelson-klobuchar-introduce-bill-to-spur-ng-911-deployment/">bill was introduced in Congress</a> that would <strong>seek cybersecurity improvements at 911 call centers across the country</strong>, but it has yet to reach the Senate. In the meantime, <strong>several states are already revamping their public safety IT</strong> with the aim to pave the way toward media-rich next-generation 911 systems.</p> <p><a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/register?newsletter" target="_blank"><strong>SIGN UP</strong>: Get more news from the <em>StateTech</em> newsletter in your inbox every two weeks</a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">North Carolina Taps AT&amp;T to Keep Pace with Mobile Traffic</h2> <p>To modernize systems that are over <strong>40 years old</strong>, North Carolina has partnered with <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/search/?b=cwt">AT&amp;T</a> in a <a href="https://it.nc.gov/news/press-releases/2017/09/18/upgraded-911-system-will-help-save-lives-throughout-north-carolina">$99 million contract</a> to upgrade infrastructure so that 911 platforms in the state's <strong>117 dispatch</strong> centers can accommodate <strong>mobile devices and the texts, images </strong><strong>and</strong><strong> videos</strong> that come with them, <a href="http://statescoop.com/rural-or-urban-first-next-gen-911-upgrades-begin-in-north-carolina">StateScoop reports</a>.</p> <p>With <strong>mobile traffic making up more than three-quarters of incoming calls</strong>, the <strong>seven-year upgrade</strong> will look to not only incorporate new forms of media, but to help pinpoint locations for callers.</p> <p>"The challenge now is locating where the person is with that mobile device since they're not always at a hard street address like it used to be," Bill Holmes, a spokesman for <a href="https://it.nc.gov/">North Carolina's Department of Information Technology</a>, tells StateScoop. "We needed better technology to help pinpoint where the calls are coming from and the other part of it is just to create a system with redundancy so we have less downtime with these [dispatch] centers."</p> <p>The upgrade will offer possible <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2017/06/states-explore-their-options-firstnet-plans-emerge">collaboration points for FirstNet</a>, an independent authority tasked with building and operating the nationwide broadband network for first responders. It also will <strong>improve cybersecurity for dispatch centers</strong>, and, in essence, help public safety services better understand a situation by providing more data so they can help callers more quickly.</p> <p>"These technology improvements are essential to ensure that our 911 operators and our first responders are better equipped to best serve the needs of our citizens," Eric Boyette, chair of the NC 911 Board and secretary for the state Department of Information Technology, <a href="https://it.nc.gov/upgraded-911-system-will-help-save-lives-throughout-north-carolina">said in a statement</a>. "North Carolina has developed a strong system to respond to natural disasters and other emergencies. <strong>This next-generation technology will only make that system better</strong>."</p> <h2 id="toc_1">Mapping, Video Come to Kansas' Cloud-Based 911 System</h2> <p>Kansas is also on track to modernize the underlying 911 IT architecture at most of its dispatch centers. As of September, <a href="http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/Harvey-County-Kan-Joins-Majority-of-Counties-in-Modernized-State-Hosted-911-System.html">80 of 105 counties</a> had opted in to the state's new cloud-based NG911 system. <strong>AT&amp;T will host, secure and manage the upgrade, which promises better cybersecurity</strong>.</p> <p>"Their security posture protects our network from other networks," Jay Coverdale, the state's director of network and telecommunications and the <a href="http://www.kansas911.org/">Kansas 911 Coordinating Council</a>'s technical committee chairman, <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2017/09/dispatch-centers-upgrade-911-systems-face-cyberthreats">tells <em>StateTech</em></a> of AT&amp;T's security services. But moreover, the upgrade also offers better mapping and location resources, and will soon offer the public the ability to send photos and videos to dispatchers.</p> <p>"<strong>The new system is almost entirely map-based</strong> from the word go, so as soon as that call hits the system it'll rely on mapping that each county has provided to the state," Don Gruver, communications director for Harvey County, Kansas, tells <em>Government Technology</em>. "The mapping will mean a lot <strong>more accuracy</strong> on who the call gets routed to and then for us to be able to find where the caller is from the time we pick up the call, because right now there's a little bit of a delay as to when we can actually pinpoint where the caller is if they don't know."</p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT25516</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Core</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>State &amp; Local</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Curated</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>False</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/7441" hreflang="en">Awareness</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> <div>500-1000 words</div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/states-revamp-911-systems-keep-pace-new-media" data-title="Mobile phones mean #911 dispatch center upgrades. 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These states are making mapping, video and texting 911 a very real possibility: .@VisitNC, #Kansas" data-via="StateTech" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Feb</span> <span>14</span> <span>2018</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/author/juliet-van-wagenen"><img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Headshot%20JV.JPG.jpg?itok=8ak2COBM" width="58" height="58" alt="Juliet Van Wagenen" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/juliet-van-wagenen"> <div>Juliet Van Wagenen</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Juliet is the senior web editor for <em>StateTech</em> and <em>HealthTech</em> magazines. In her six years as a journalist she has covered everything from aerospace to indie music reviews — but she is unfailingly partial to covering technology.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/40381"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:05:12 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 40381 at https://statetechmagazine.com Creative IT Leaders Make Citywide Wi-Fi an Affordable Reality https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/creative-it-leaders-make-citywide-wi-fi-affordable-reality <span>Creative IT Leaders Make Citywide Wi-Fi an Affordable Reality</span> <img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201802/ST_Thomas_CITizen_WiFi-GettyImages-626469828.jpg" width="1440" height="540" alt="Network and Connection technology concept " typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:31</span> <div><p>Wi-Fi and broadband internet access are integral to being an active and engaged citizen in today's world. Often, however, municipal internet projects are deployed in downtowns or affluent city centers while less economically developed areas are left behind, furthering the digital divide and isolating the advantages of technology to small sections of a city.</p> <p>To close this gap, <strong>several cities have launched projects aimed at offering free, secure Wi-Fi across all regions of their city</strong>.</p> <p>San Francisco <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2017/12/san-francisco-pursues-city-owned-citywide-internet">announced in October</a> its plans to offer residents <strong>1-gigabit connections as part of a citywide $1.5 billion project</strong>.</p> <p>"Bridging the digital divide is right for our residents and right for the future of our city," San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said in a <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/San-Francisco-moving-closer-to-building-a-12285688.php">statement to SFGate</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/register?newsletter" target="_blank"><strong>SIGN UP</strong>: Get more news from the <em>StateTech</em> newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!</a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">New York Swaps Phone Booths with Hotspots</h2> <p>But not all cities can afford to build out Wi-Fi across the city from the ground up. For this reason, many cities are thinking creatively and launching projects that <strong>take advantage of upgrades to existing citywide infrastructure</strong> to outfit all areas of a region with Wi-Fi availability.</p> <p>In New York City, officials took advantage of a project to <strong>remove outdated phone booths</strong> and replaced them with <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2017/10/smart-cities-week-2017-how-4-it-leaders-made-effective-smart-city-infrastructure">more than 900 Wi-Fi kiosks</a> throughout the city. Each kiosk is outfitted with <strong>tablets, charging ports and displays with relevant information for residents</strong> alongside a Wi-Fi connection that residents, tourists and passersby can access.</p> <p>It wasn't a breeze to get the project off the ground, however, Jeff Merritt, former director of innovation for the city, said at the <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/smart-cities-week-2017">2017 Smart Cities Week conference</a>.</p> <p>"<strong>When we came into office this project was dead</strong>," said Merritt. "Folks wanted to get rid of street clutter. Pay phones were an eyesore. There was an adverse reaction to the idea of putting digital advertisement on city streets. I think that we did the hard work of recognizing the opportunity that exists there."</p> <p>Merritt and his team moved quickly to get contracts in place that would replace the outdated infrastructure with strategically advantageous Wi-Fi kiosks and ended up with "something that far exceeded anything we could have ever come up with on our own," said Merritt. Now, <strong>the city plans to implement more than 7,500 kiosks as part of the project</strong>, but officials aren't being naïve about the need to update the newest infrastructure to meet future needs.</p> <p>"It requires us to think differently about hardware and infrastructure and think about it in a way that is modular and flexible," said Merritt. "We recognize that many of the components of <a href="https://www.link.nyc/">LinkNYC</a> will be outdated in a very short amount of time so the [kiosks] are built in a way that the actual individual module … can easily be swapped in and out."</p> <h2 id="toc_1">Portland Upgrades Lamp Posts for Wi-Fi Access</h2> <p>Lamp posts aren't just for light anymore, at least not in Portland, Maine. In a bid to upgrade the city's lighting infrastructure, roll out connected technologies and, ultimately, save taxpayer dollars, the city council approved an <strong>$8.5 million project to revamp its streetlights downtown</strong> with LED lighting, Wi-Fi and other technologies. The move will ultimately<strong> generate $1 million in cost avoidance annually</strong>, <a href="https://www.pressherald.com/2017/10/16/portland-would-add-wi-fi-to-lampposts-as-part-of-8-5-million-project-to-upgrade-lighting/">the <em>Portland Press Herald</em> reports</a>.</p> <p>"The bottom line here is there is literally nothing but upside to what is being proposed here," city councilor Justin Costa told the Herald.</p> <h2 id="toc_2">Philadelphia Capitalizes on Failed Wi-Fi Projects</h2> <p>Currently <a href="http://www.philly.com/philly/news/philadelphia-census-deep-poverty-poorest-big-city-income-survey-20170914.html?utm_campaign=Philly.com+Facebook+Account&amp;utm_source=facebook.com&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;cid=Philly.com+Facebook">ranked as America's poorest big city</a>, Philadelphia officials believe that smart city projects, including a citywide Wi-Fi deployment, will be able to <strong>move the needle on its poverty rate by improving digital citizenship</strong> and opening the door to greater opportunity.</p> <p>In order to make citywide Wi-Fi possible, officials are making use of <strong>existing human and technological infrastructure from a failed Wi-Fi project</strong> as a stepping stone to the new deployment.</p> <p>"It's a failed initiative by any standard, but some things came out of it that are pretty interesting," Andrew Buss, the deputy CIO for innovation management within <a href="http://www.phila.gov/it/pages/default.aspx">Philadelphia's Office of Innovation and Technology</a>, <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2017/10/smart-cities-week-2017-how-bridge-digital-divide-amid-smart-city-revolution">said at an event earlier this year</a>. "Because everyone was so in to Wireless Philadelphia for that period of time, what ends up happening is we created all these really active communities around the topic of broadband — very committed people, community organizations, individuals, people who are excited about the issue."</p> <p>Wireless Philadelphia was launched in 2004 and abandoned in 2008 when Earthlink dropped the project and it became clear that the underlying technology to achieve citywide goals simply weren't mature enough yet.</p> <p>"Wireless Philadelphia, in a way, was ahead of its time. The technology issues were not worked out," Buss said. "The technology changed faster than the city could implement the program, frankly, and that was a big challenge."</p> <p>With new technology available, however, <strong>the new network should have no trouble keeping up</strong>.</p> <p><em>This article is part of </em>StateTech<em>'s <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/citizen">CITizen blog series</a>. Please join the discussion on Twitter by using the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/statelocalIT?f=tweets">#StateLocalIT</a> hashtag.</em><br />  </p> <p><em><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://statetechmagazine.com/citizen"><img alt="CITizen_blog_cropped_0.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/CITizen_blog_cropped_0.jpg" /></a></em></p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT25516</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Core</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>State &amp; Local</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Curated</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>False</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/7441" hreflang="en">Awareness</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> <div>500-1000 words</div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/creative-it-leaders-make-citywide-wi-fi-affordable-reality" data-title="Creative #statelocal leaders make #citywide #WiFi an #affordable reality in @nycgov, @PhiladelphiaGov, @CityPortland #statelocalIT" data-via="StateTech" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/creative-it-leaders-make-citywide-wi-fi-affordable-reality" data-title="Creative #statelocal leaders make #citywide #WiFi an #affordable reality in @nycgov, @PhiladelphiaGov, @CityPortland #statelocalIT" data-via="StateTech" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fstatetechmagazine.com%2Frss.xml%3Fitok%3Dp7RfOg_R%26destination%3D%2F%253Fitok%253Dp7RfOg_R%26_exception_statuscode%3D404" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/creative-it-leaders-make-citywide-wi-fi-affordable-reality" data-title="Creative #statelocal leaders make #citywide #WiFi an #affordable reality in @nycgov, @PhiladelphiaGov, @CityPortland #statelocalIT" data-via="StateTech" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Feb</span> <span>13</span> <span>2018</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/taxonomy/term/11301"><img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/styles/face_small/public/people/admin-houstonthomas.png.jpg?itok=xC3034eh" width="58" height="58" alt="Houston Thomas III" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/taxonomy/term/11301"> <div>Houston Thomas III</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>In his role as Senior Business Development Strategist and Public Safety Senior Strategist, Houston Thomas III manages the architect and engineering process for large-scale integration projects involving public safety agencies. He provides subject matter expertise to CDW•G law enforcement customers with respect to digital intelligence and evidence management.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/40376"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:31:58 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 40376 at https://statetechmagazine.com