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Why NASTD's mainframe survey warrants a closer look

by Claire Bailey

This summer, the National Association of State Technology Directors released survey results indicating a rather bleak future for the mainframe in state government IT. News coverage seemed to imply that state IT teams couldn’t migrate off the platform fast enough. But before IT leaders consider this as just the latest validation to abandon their mainframes, they’d be well advised to take a closer look. The survey does make valid points — for example, a…

Identity, access tools essential to IT security, but states lag on implementation

by StateScoop Staff

Stolen and recycled passwords pose critical security risks for state and local government agencies. Those risks are expected to intensify as demand to support more applications grows over the next year, according to a new report. IT leaders indicated in a report produced by StateScoop and underwritten by Okta that their agencies recognize how identity and access management (IAM) practices can help address security and other IT support issues. However,…

How to improve collaboration between developers and security teams

by StateScoop Staff

DevOps is quickly becoming the default development methodology for government agencies. Forty-two percent of states are now adopting DevOps and another 37 percent of states have DevOps pilots underway, according to the latest survey of state CIOs from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers. The benefits of DevOps are undeniable, but the current model may be creating security blind spots in applications that could have ramifications for the…

With open source pivot, government is poised to innovate business practices

by StateScoop Staff

The use of open source technology is not new in state and local government, but the potential to dramatically change the way agencies operate could bring the concept new life. With an ever-increasing demand for better services coming from citizens, state and local government agencies are finding a need to change the way they operate internally in order to move toward creating a more seamless experience of working with technology.…

Four ways state and local CIOs can boost cybersecurity

by Andre McGregor

Looking back at the hundred-plus FBI cyber investigations and victim notifications I’ve worked over the past decade, without a doubt, the most concerning and most difficult ones centered around local and state governments. States and cities face a tall order: protecting critical data and infrastructure. They’re expected to conduct an investigation, and remediate and prevent future attacks, all with under-staffed or non-existent cybersecurity teams, limited incident response capacity, and a…

Smart patching for smarter security

by StateScoop Staff

To avoid the kinds of cyberattacks that create headaches and headlines, government organizations need to update devices, servers and other assets as soon as possible after a patch is released. Yet patching quickly and correctly across all assets can be complicated, time consuming and prone to errors. Automated patching can address this issue, helping state and local governments improve their security posture and reduce the risks of exposing citizen data,…

Why autonomous vehicles might accelerate the theft of personal information

by Jim DeLorenzo

The impact autonomous cars will have on cities and communities is massive. But are we ready?  One study found only 6 percent of U.S. city and regional transportation plans address the potential effects of driverless technology. Self-driving cars stand to benefit societies by potentially reducing traffic accidents, creating better air quality and bringing more productivity to people’s days when they aren’t wasting time stuck behind the wheel. But there’s also a…

What climbing Kilimanjaro taught Karen Robinson about IT leadership

by Karen Robinson

A version of this article was originally published on LinkedIn. Inspiration can strike anywhere, including the peak of the highest mountain on the African continent. I remember standing on that spot, more than 19,000 feet above sea level, experiencing a combination of exhilaration and utter exhaustion as I ensured our entire team had successfully made the summit. As I scanned the limitless horizon and watched the most breath-taking sunrise, I…

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