- Maryland Governor Announces Almost $30 Million in Broadband Awards
- Report: Ransomware Attacks Against Education Sector Spiked in 2020
- Beth Niblock Takes Over as HUD CIO
- Fort Worth School District Turns to Parents, Students to Develop Technology Plan
- Houston Launches Cloud-Based 311 Platform to Improve Citizen Services
House Passes $500M State and Local Cybersecurity Improvement Act
The House of Representatives on July 20 voted to approve the State and Local Cybersecurity Improvement Act as part of a slate of cyber bills that passed under suspension of normal rules. The bill would create a $500 million-per-year grant program run by the Department of Homeland Security to help state and local governments improve their cybersecurity.
Federal stimulus funding is helping K12 districts meet their visions for post-pandemic American education through reengaging students, closing gaps in equity and learning, and supporting students, teachers, and parents with flexible and personalized learning.
- Bicameral Legislation Introduced to Extend Program to Close Homework Gap
- Make Way for StateRAMP, Cloud Cyber Standards for SLGs
Raleigh, N.C. On Route to Serve Constituents Better Online
After the COVID-19 pandemic led to an uptick in demand for digital services, the city of Raleigh, N.C. responded with a series of IT service management transformation steps to better meet the needs of its constituents. Beth Stagner, the city’s Director of Enterprise Applications and Data, talked about the challenges and next steps in that transformation during a virtual webinar hosted by Government Technology on July 22.
- California State University Turning Tech Into Student Equity, Achievement
- Witnesses Ring the Alarm on Water Infrastructure Cybersecurity
FCC Partners With Feds, SLGs to Assesses Wireless Emergency Alert Systems
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced that the FCC is entering into partnerships with 11 Federal, state, and local agencies to assess the delivery of Wireless Emergency Alerts in areas across the country during a planned nationwide test on August 11.
- Kansas Creates Cybersecurity Task Force to Protect State’s Digital Infrastructure
N.Y. Higher Ed CISOs Break Down Cyber, Ransomware Threats
New York-based university chief information security officers (CISOs) broke down a range of cyberattack threats that their schools are facing at the New York State Chief Information Officers (NYSCIO) 2021 Conference on July 14, including how to prepare for attacks from different quarters, and respond to them.
- Virginia Pledges $700M to Achieve ‘Universal Broadband’ by 2024
- FCC Acting Chairwoman: Future of 5G Goes ‘Far Beyond’ the Smartphone
- Pandemic Proved SLGs Can Digitize Services ‘Faster Than They Ever Thought Possible’
- Rep. Houlahan on the Inequitable Impact of the Pandemic on Student Learning
- DHS, DoJ Launch StopRansomware.gov Resource
- West Point Seeks Cloud-Based Common Application Platform for Student Data