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Helping You to #BeCyberSmart

Each October, the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency and the National Cybersecurity Alliance lead the cybersecurity community in an educational campaign around the impact of cybersecurity breaches and best practices to prevent them. Cybersecurity Awareness Month was created to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity among individual citizens and companies alike. While the campaign,…

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Acquisition Adapts

The way the government acquires technology is changing. This shift is driven by a number of factors including reliance on cloud-based technology, a growing remote/distributed workforce, agile development, and general digital dependence. While changes are intended to ensure the process of acquisition does not stand in the way of needed innovation, it’s also important to…

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Modernization Gets a New Look

Modernization has been a priority and a buzzword in government for so long that it could feel like an antiquated concept. The response to the pandemic forced many modernization projects into overdrive and hastened the update of how the government does business, but the work is far from over. In a post-pandemic world, there are…

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Emergency Management and Response

Everyday Monitoring Feeds Emergency Response The use of sensors and the analysis of data they capture has created a vast network of smart cities -- localities that can use real time data to prioritize projects and spending. Perhaps one of the areas that benefit the most from this ability to “see” the city in real…

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Ransomware — Kidnapping Data

The recent Colonial Pipeline hack, and ensuing gas shortage, have brought the downstream effects of ransomware front and center. As that attack showed us, ransomware is not just a way to extort a company out of money, it is a way to disrupt life for hundreds, thousands, even millions of people. When ransomware first became…

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No Free Lunch – How Much Do Grants Really Cost?

The final shared services function named by the Trump administration was Grants. The Quality Service Management Office (QSMO) is run out of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and aims to standardize federal grant administration from pre-award through award and then onto closeout. This standardization aims to lower the costs of grant administration…

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Realizing the Value of Healthcare Data

As we’ve learned over the past year and a half, data is a critical tool in keeping us healthy as individuals and as a collective society. Early on in the pandemic, people were hungry for information to assess personal risk. Charts tracking national, international, and hyper-local stats on COVID cases were readily available to fill…

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Public Sector Content Marketing Preferences

The research firm, Market Connections, recently released the findings from their 2021 Public Sector Content Marketing Review. This survey of technology purchase decision-makers in the federal, state & local, and education market found that these buyers value long-form content, including research reports, white papers, and case studies, in helping shape their decisions. Of course, these…

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Innovation Goes Local: How State & Local Government is Securing Next Generation Tech

States and localities are leading the way with some incredibly innovative uses of technology.  Smart city projects are having an impact on citizens where they work and live. Energy efficiency is enabled with smart streetlights that are able to more precisely turn off and on. Cost savings and safety are improving with connected infrastructure that…

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