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June 9, 2011

Louisiana Pilot Tests Multiband Radios’ Interoperable Capability

Antenna length and lack of mission-specific accessories seen as issues in otherwise satisfactory test.

June 6, 2011

School Administrators Unaware of Enhanced 911 Solutions, Survey Finds

Successful enhanced 911 system implementation takes a team approach.

May 27, 2011

New England States Coordinate Cyber-Security Response Planning

Rhode Island is establishing a cyber-disruption response team to help restore critical IT systems following a disaster.

March 17, 2011

GIS Maps Location of County Employees for Emergency Response

A new employee locator could aid Miami-Dade County, Fla., officials in coordinating responses to future disasters. The application plots where county employees live and work on a map that’s searchable by an employee’s identification number, name, address or ZIP code.

February 24, 2011

Content Management System Simplifies Collaboration on Fire Service Initiatives

Washington Fire Chiefs association uses SharePoint to simplify collaboration on legislative and policy actions less expensively.

February 17, 2011

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February 2, 2011

Smartphone Application Will Give Campus Police a Virtual Look at an Incident

University of Maryland researchers are ready to test an application that streams audio and video of 911 calls to campus dispatchers.

January 21, 2011

Wireless Network Upgrades Improve First Responder Coordination in Georgia City

Greater bandwidth gives Marietta, Ga., police officers and firefighters increased access to information and more time in the field.

November 18, 2010

Nebraska Fusion Center Implementing New Search Tool

Information portal provides federated search and automated audit capabilities, allowing law enforcement agencies to search disparate databases simultaneously.

October 20, 2010

California Releases Public Safety Communications Strategic Plan

State agencies look to collaboration to build an interoperable communications network within the next 10 years.

October 7, 2010

Georgia Counties Use Web-Based Solution to Develop Emergency Plans

Web-based collaborative workspace provides version control and helps avoid misunderstandings.

October 1, 2010

Davis County, Utah, Agrees to Share GIS Data With Mormon Church

GIS data from the Mormon Church will help the county shelter evacuees during disasters, receive disaster declarations and apply for public assistance.

August 19, 2010

Providence, R.I., Builds on Port Security With Chemical Sensors

Sensors will add chemical data to Rhode Island's common operating picture.

July 14, 2010

California Disaster Corps Program Tracks Volunteers, Improves Coordination

Web-based Disaster Volunteer Resource Inventory will help improve structure for incorporating volunteers in disaster response.

June 23, 2010

Amateur Radio Operators Aid Government Communications During Emergencies

Volunteer radio operators provide situational awareness to emergency managers during and after disasters.

May 18, 2010

FCC Waivers and Funding Could Fuel Nationwide Public Safety Network

A window of broadband technology grants is open exclusively to jurisdictions receiving waivers.

May 6, 2010

Messaging System Links Texas Residents and Officials During Emergencies

Mass notification system also provides information about public health issues, disaster recovery and missing children.

January 25, 2010

Pennsylvania County Publishes Emergency Call Information Online

The Montgomery County Department of Public Safety provides near real-time emergency and traffic incident information online.

January 21, 2010

Disease Surveillance System Aids Illinois' H1N1 Response

The system lets Illinois officials quickly track diseases and respond accordingly.

January 18, 2010

RFID System Tracks Firefighters in Real Time, Improves Incident Management

The Dayville, Conn., Fire Company utilizes wireless tracking of firefighters to improve emergency response and post-incident accountability.

December 24, 2009

Text-a-Tip Programs Promote Campus and Public Safety

University of Southern California's text message tip program guarantees user anonymity while promoting campus security.

December 9, 2009

Web-Based System Simplifies South Carolina's Disaster Data Collection

South Carolina's Web-based data management system simplifies the HAZUS updating process and provides redundancy in case of disaster.

November 24, 2009

YouTube Platform Aims to Connect Citizen Journalists with News Outlets

YouTube Direct allows news outlets to review and manage submitted content, engage videographers.

October 1, 2009

DHS Awards Grant for Development of DNA Identification Solution

Grant to fund development of a rapid, low-cost solution to determine identity with DNA.

August 14, 2009

Notification Software Keeps Incident Commanders Connected

System provides for two-way messages across phones, pagers, e-mail and text-messaging.

August 13, 2009

Virtual Alabama Facilitates Data Sharing Among State and Local Agencies

Alabama lets law enforcement, first responders share important data as incidents happen.

July 20, 2009

Report to Assess Gaps in Disaster Planning for Children

Standards for training, sheltering and emergency care as well as more focused funding among recommendations from the National Commission on Children and Disasters.

July 15, 2009

California Planning Statewide Public Safety Interoperable Communications Network

California Public Safety Communications (CAPSCOM) Strategic Plan expected in May 2010.

July 8, 2009

University of Hawaii Purchased Disaster-Resistant Hard Drives Following Flooding

After major flooding caused the University of Hawaii to lose research project information, it purchased fire- and flood-resistant hard drives to aid future business continuity.

July 7, 2009

Public Safety Faces Collaboration Challenges in Pursuit of Broadband Stimulus Funds, Says Expert

Consortium under consideration could give public safety agencies a unified voice in pursuing funding for broadband networks.

June 25, 2009

Children Overlooked During Disasters, Report Says

Nonprofit organization Save the Children commissioned a report that included a national report card of how well individual states meet children's needs during a disaster.

June 18, 2009

Florida Counties Prepare for Hurricane Season with a Web-Based Common Operating Picture

Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe, Fla., counties could see expedited coordination through use of an Internet-based coordination tool.

June 15, 2009

St. Louis County, Minn., Pilots Electronic Filing of Criminal Complaints

Law enforcement in St. Louis County sees significant savings from electronic filing of criminal complaints that incorporate electronic signatures and biometric officer authentication.

June 4, 2009

US-VISIT Pilots Digital Fingerprint Collection for Exit Procedures at Two Airports

Non-U.S. citizens leaving the country from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport will have their fingerprints taken.

June 3, 2009

DHS Issues Guidance on Port and Transit Security Grants

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides more than $500 million for port security, transit security, and fire station construction and renovation.

May 22, 2009

Technology's Role in Disaster Mitigation

Electronic medical records, all-hazards alarms and smart airplanes all have a role in disaster preparedness.

May 22, 2009

Creating a Culture of Preparedness is the Best Hope for Disaster Mitigation, Lt. Gen. Russel Honore Says

"Just like you know how to drive, [It] ought to be mandated in our future population because the world keeps getting bigger and the world is not getting safer," he said.

May 12, 2009

DHS Selects Labs for Project 25 Interoperability Testing

Compatibility assessment program will make radio testing data available on the Web.

May 8, 2009

SAIC Awarded Contract to Conduct First Responder Training

Science Applications International Corp. to support the Center for Domestic Preparedness with curriculum development assistance and instructors.

May 8, 2009

Timothy Manning Named Deputy Administrator of FEMA's National Preparedness Directorate

Manning will be responsible for integrating the Post-Katrina Reform Act measures across all levels of emergency management.

May 7, 2009

Swedish Hacker Charged with Network Intrusions at Cisco and NASA

Philip Gabriel Pettersson indicted on charges including stealing source code of Cisco's Internetworking Operating System.

May 5, 2009

Newark, N.J., Sees Lower Crime with CompStat, Acoustic Gunshot Detection

"I am getting phenomenal feedback from residents, at community meetings, who tell me that they've seen great changes in Newark," said Newark's Police Director Garry F. McCarthy.

May 4, 2009

States' Attorneys General to Meet with Craigslist

Attorneys general seek the closure of Craigslist's "erotic services" section.

April 23, 2009

Contra Costa County, Calif., Coordinates Emergency Response with Messaging Solution

Alerting system provides for messages in multiple languages other than English.

April 22, 2009

Clean Cities Program to Fuel Clean Vehicles and Alternative Fueling Infrastructure

"From advanced battery cars to hybrid-electric city buses, we're going put Recovery Act dollars to work deploying cleaner, greener vehicles in cities and towns across the nation that will cut costs, reduce pollution and create the jobs that will drive our economic recovery."

April 17, 2009

Delaware to Use Facial Recognition in Issuing Drivers' Licenses

Applicants for licenses and identification cards will start getting personal attention.

April 15, 2009

New Rules Implement Ryan Haight Act

Sixty-day public comment period for new regulations designed to make prescriptions filled online safer began Monday.

April 14, 2009

Fusion Centers Major Target of Louisiana Homeland Security Grants

Urban search and rescue teams, expanded network of fusion centers and probationer and parolee database upgrades among projects receiving funding.

April 7, 2009

California High Speed Rail Gets Funds to Continue Engineering Design

$29.1 fills authority's budget request for fiscal year 2008-2009.

April 5, 2009

New York Statewide Wireless Interoperable Communications Network Refocused on Regional Systems

New technology, federal stimulus funding, new governance structure with more first responder participation, recognition of regional deployments and calls for regional and state cooperation reinvigorate new push for statewide wireless interoperable communications network.

April 1, 2009

Company Offers Free Environmental Training

Training on a variety of environmental stewardship topics offered in exchange for feedback.

March 31, 2009

Green Tourism Key to Virginia's Economic Development

"The convention center's commitment to the environment is not only a preferred amenity, but more frequently a requirement for meeting planners looking to book their conventions."

March 31, 2009

Virginia Gov. Signs Raft of Legislation Promoting Renewable Energy

Energy from municipal and agricultural waste, biofuels, 'green roofs' and other renewable energy projects encouraged.

March 31, 2009

Growth of Internet Crime Slows in 2008

California, New York, Florida and Texas top states with greatest number of scammers and victims.

March 31, 2009

FEMA Proposes Forgiving Some Community Disaster Loans

At the time the loans were granted, Congress prohibited FEMA from forgiving any special CDLs.

March 30, 2009

New Tool Detects Conficker Worm on State and Local Computers

Worm has infected Windows PCs that don't have the MS08-067 patch installed.

March 25, 2009

U.S. Brings Technology, Increased Intelligence Sharing to Bear Against Border Violence

X-ray machines, vehicle license plate readers and Law Enforcement Tactical Centers among resources being deployed to secure the Southern border.

March 25, 2009

Model for Viable Electric Vehicles in Cell Phones?

"Creating an energy-independent economy is our generation's moon-shot."

March 18, 2009

Demonstrating Success Key to Green Revolution, Climate Researcher Says

Fleet management, alternative fuels, green IT and innovative projects lead the way to achieving state's climate control goals.

March 16, 2009

Funding, Partnerships and Fire Administrator on Napolitano's Front Burner

"Things like training, disaster preparation, exercises, overtime oftentimes become the first thing to be cut in a tight economic season."

March 16, 2009

Information Sharing Key to Better Food Safety, Obama Says

Margaret Hamburg to lead the Food and Drug Administration.

March 16, 2009

Smart Grid Security Requirements Released

Requirements for smart grids aim to ensure security is built in from the beginning.

March 10, 2009

3-D Personnel Locator 'Bakeoff' Planned for April and May

"There are many people who go up to first responders and say 'I have a piece of gear to say exactly where you're at.' We have followed a lot of those claims over the last year and half and some of those claims are perhaps a little bit more forward than they should be."

March 7, 2009

First Responder IPT to be Heavy in Practitioners

"We're leaving out a really important part of the homeland security enterprise and that's the first responders who are day to day out there securing the homeland with many other things that first responders do"

March 2, 2009

First Responder IPT, Interoperability and Preparedness Dominate DHS S&T Stakeholders Conference

Improved self-contained breathing apparatus, CBRNE detection, lie-detection training, social networking, vehicle disabling and other efforts presented and discussed.

February 10, 2009

South Carolina Hopes to Spur Online Service Adoption with Environmental Impact Calculator

Useful first step lacks polish, prominence.

February 6, 2009

Homeland Security Intelligence Bill Aims to Improve Sharing

Over-classification of homeland security intelligence causes considerable confusion about what information can be shared with state, local and tribal law enforcement partners.

February 5, 2009

Peanut Butter Recall Affects Disaster Recovery in Arkansas and Kentucky

Salmonella Typhimurium from the peanut butter has infected 529 people.

February 5, 2009

House Votes to Postpone DTV Switch

DTV delay measure that should satisfy almost everybody heads to Obama.

February 4, 2009

Napolitano Appoints Special Advisor on Immigration and Customs Enforcement

To focus on growth in detainee population and the shift in arrest priorities.

February 4, 2009

Stimulus Package Offers Challenging Opportunities for Law Enforcement

There are several funding sources available, but they have to know what they want and be prepared to roll it out quickly.

January 28, 2009

DTV Delay Fails to Pass House

The bill faced opposition over how the extension would be paid for.

January 28, 2009

House to Vote on DTV Delay

"These populations are less aware of the transition, probably did not order coupons or did so quite late, and may not understand the implications of the change."

January 22, 2009

Virginia Tech Activates Alert System Following Stabbing

Virginia Tech Activates Alert System Following Stabbing

January 21, 2009

California Examines Obstacles to Reversing Climate Change

As states such as California continue to develop carbon emissions reduction targets, it will be essential to track and report on emissions reductions.

January 9, 2009

Textecution Disables Texting While Driving

Software aimed at parents who want to keep their children safe behind the wheel as well as employers who want to reduce vicarious liability as a result of automobile accidents involving their employees.

January 7, 2009

The Cyber Fusion Center, Existing Law, InfraGard Tools for Fighting Cyber-Crime

The threat of cyber-terrorism is something of a microcosm of larger counterterrorism challenges.

January 7, 2009

Federal Court Rules Photo-Enforcement Programs Constitutional

"No one has a fundamental right to run a red light or avoid being seen by a camera on a public street."

December 22, 2008

How King County, Wash., Met the Four Elements of Records Management

Records management pays dividends for citizen service, transparency, environmental sustainability and operational consolidation.

December 22, 2008

Sacramento County Mobile Web Services Makes Officers More Efficient

Field identification, dispatch-to-field intelligence distribution, custom equipped handheld computers and other tools help Sheriff's Department become more effective.

December 5, 2008

Green Initiatives: Sustainability is the Elephant in the Room, CIO Says

Keys to greening IT include sustaining the effort, virtualization, energy management, buying green, telework and institutionalizing the drive.

December 4, 2008

California to Merge Emergency Services and Homeland Security

New Emergency Management Agency secretary must be appointed by January.

December 2, 2008

Napolitano Poised for Top Homeland Security Post

Experience with border security, REAL ID, cyber security, public safety technology and interoperable communications will serve her well.

November 26, 2008

New York's $2 Billion Shortfall Won't Freeze Tech Spending

Office for Technology is taking steps to reduce spending, and procurement has slowed down due to the state's financial condition.

November 13, 2008

FBI Director Focuses on Intelligence Sharing at IACP Conference

Field intelligence groups, fusion centers, PinPoint, CompStat and the Multiple Visual Initiative are tools to leverage intelligence.

November 7, 2008

Virtualization and DNS Monitoring: Strategies for Catching Cyber-Criminals

Hackable virtual machines, clever malware, shifty cyber-criminals and other challenges faced by law enforcement online.

November 5, 2008

Detecting Illicit Nuclear Materials Takes Layered Approach

Non-points of entry along the U.S. border, small private planes and yachts and advanced technology are among the next targets of focus for Domestic Nuclear Detection Office cargo screening efforts.

November 3, 2008

Inside the Department of Homeland Security's Tech Garage

Homeland security science and technology chief outlines priorities and current projects: interoperability, counter IEDs, cyber security, container scanners, personnel locators, biometric identification, vehicle disabling technology and a breathing apparatus.

October 31, 2008

Virtual Alabama: Catalyst for Government-wide Empowerment

Virtual Alabama uses geospatial data to aid first responders, educators and economic developers to name a few.

October 24, 2008

Solar Energy Plant Comes Online in California

Solar energy technology uses smaller footprint that other implementations says solar energy company CEO.

October 22, 2008

Michigan Consolidates IT, Pushes Mobile Service Delivery

State now accepting text messages stored on a mobile device as proof of licensure.

October 2, 2008

Ryan Haight Act will Require Tighter Restrictions on Internet Pharmacies

"We also learned of Web sites on the Internet that have chat rooms that glorify the use of drugs and where sellers go to encourage our children to try them."

September 29, 2008

Volvo to Begin Testing Hybrid Buses on City Streets

"A common approach earlier was that bus manufacturers purchased hybrid components externally and attempted to adapt them to their own bus."

September 29, 2008

Four Midwest Governors Form Renewable Energy Initiative

Five years ago, North Dakota had less than 0.5 megawatts of wind energy generation; a new facility will bring that amount to 475 megawatts.

September 24, 2008

Four States Receive Grants to Review DNA Evidence

"More than two hundred people have been exonerated through DNA analysis of crime scene evidence that was not tested at the time of trial."

September 17, 2008

Sacramento Exercise Highlights Use of Volunteer Responders in Disasters

"If Folsom Dam truly did break or Shasta Dam breaks or we have our massive hundred-year floods like they keep predicting, we could be that next region."

September 12, 2008

Sheltering a Sex Offender in Texas? Check the Database!

With hotline, shelter operators can check evacuees against state registry.

September 4, 2008

U.S. Government Providing All Hazards Alert Radios for Nation's Schools

Alerts can include an approaching tornado, a telephone outage disrupting 911 emergency services, local roads overrun by flash floods, chemical releases or oil spills, or the urgent need to be on the lookout for an abducted child.

August 13, 2008

Virginia Receives $13.5 Million in Highway Safety Grants

"These grants enable localities, state agencies and non-profit organizations to support programs that address a wide range of transportation safety needs."

August 12, 2008

Keep Your Shoes On, TSA Plans to Relax Screening Requirements for Laptops

The agency is working on solving the "biggest complaint about the security screening process."

August 8, 2008

Anthrax Investigation Blazes Trail for Forensic Science, Provides Plausible Answers

"We faced a weapon which we had never, ever faced before in our life, [and] an inability to trace that evidence such we do with either DNA or firearms or fingerprints."

August 7, 2008

Hope of Answers in Mystery of Anthrax Attacks

Scientists track flipped DNA sequence to United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick.

August 1, 2008

Immersive GIS to Engage Citizens Like Never Before

Transportation, public health, economic development and a school finder among rich geospatial applications now available.

July 31, 2008

Grants Gaining Traction on Reducing Risk, Chertoff Says

Law Enforcement Terrorism Protection grants eliminated in favor of adjustments to the Urban Area Security Initiative and State Homeland Security Program.

July 31, 2008

Governor Plans to Give Minnesotans Access to Electronic Health Records by 2011

Department of Finance and Employee Relations (DFER) to seek proposals for a secure and portable online personal health portfolio for state's employees in 2009.

July 30, 2008

Napa Valley, Calif., School District Excited About Hybrid Bus

Emissions of particulate matter have been reduced by up to 90 percent.

July 29, 2008

Governor Rell Directs DPUC to Ensure Connecticut Ready for Electric Vehicles

"It is critical that Connecticut actively engage in the ongoing dialogue in order to maintain its national leadership in the adoption and integration of [electric vehicles]."

July 25, 2008

California Inches Closer to High Speed Rail

High speed rail looks good, however funding and political realities need to be confronted.

July 24, 2008

Renton, Wash., to Use Cameras to Enforce Speed Limits

The speed enforcement camera system is similar in look to red-light camera systems used elsewhere in Renton and around the country.

July 24, 2008

San Francisco's Cyber Keys Recovered

Mayor Gavin Newsom to the rescue.

July 16, 2008

Southern California Edison Begins Construction of Nation's Largest Solar Panel Installation Project

Program in line with the Million Solar Roofs and supports state's Global Warming Solutions Act.

July 16, 2008

Rhode Island to Leverage Demand Response to Reduce Energy Consumption and Earn Revenue

"This is a positive development in Rhode Island's broader mission to promote environmentally responsible energy policies, while generating revenue for the state that can be used to fund other government programs."

July 9, 2008

State of Utah, California Highway Patrol Award Contracts

In-car video and Project 25-compliant radios.

July 9, 2008

Michigan Officials Call Vertical ID Program a Success

"Prevention is often difficult to measure, but with this issue, it's all in the data. We know we have saved lives, and not just the teen drivers."

July 7, 2008

Feds Advise Consumers of What to do with Their Analog Televisions

If one decides to get a new television set, the question arises "What do I do with the old one?"

June 9, 2008

Maine Public Safety, Social Services Officials Get Access to Child Project Statewide

"I am pleased to announce that through the exceptional generosity of an anonymous donor my office is able to distribute the Child Project for use by 41 sheriffs' offices and police departments across the state of Maine."

June 4, 2008

Secretary Chertoff Provides Update on Using Technology to Secure the Homeland

Border security, critical infrastructure security, strengthening emergency preparedness and interoperable communications among priorities.

May 22, 2008

Virginia Community Colleges Launch Emergency Notification Systems

"The launch of the emergency notification system fulfills one of the recommendations called for in the report of the Chancellor's Emergency Preparedness Task Force."

May 20, 2008

Government Should Give Citizens the Tools to Help Themselves

Web 2.0 enables agencies to provide the next generation IT workforce with leadership experience, to be nimble and to reduce risk.

May 20, 2008

City Government Business Drives Municipal Wireless Network Implementation

Municipal wireless networks must focus on the multiple-use applications that will run on those networks.

October 6, 2005

California CIO: IT Executives Must Lead "Dexterous Organizations"

The next challenge state IT officials face as those efforts begin to pick up speed is "to think hard about what it takes -- organizationally -- to do IT right because that is the big issue from the legislative perspective and certainly from the public's perspective"

October 3, 2005

October Named National Cyber Security Awareness Month

New York State, University of North Carolina, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance announce programs to educate the public in how to stay safe online

September 29, 2005

Large Cities, Public Safety to Drive Investment in Municipal Wireless Networks

Cost cutting and economic development also seen as drivers as small and large cities deploy wireless broadband networks, study finds.

September 22, 2005

Security Software Vendor Offers Warranty Against System Breaches

The goal of the warranty is to "promote the adoption of proactive risk management strategies and security policy compliance to protect the nation's critical computer networks from cyberattack"

September 2, 2005

Charlottesville, Va., Fire Department Provides Interoperable Communications Support for Katrina Relief Effort

Completes assignment in Jackson, Miss., and gets sent to Gulfport, La.

August 31, 2005

Atlanta to Install Traffic-Signal Cameras at Five Intersections

Part of "National Stop on Red Week"

August 30, 2005

Internet Telephony Keeps Baton Rouge Hospital In Touch When Hurricane Hits

Voice over IP brings help to patients in disaster

August 23, 2005

Germany Launches Computer Emergency Response Center

Latest in a list of countries that have such a center including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Hong Kong and Japan

August 23, 2005

Collier County, Fla., Public School District to Deploy Visitor Verification System

System helps officials know who is visiting the schools and maintain a safe environment.

August 22, 2005

San Francisco Mayor Wants Broadband Internet Access for All City Residents

The wireless network is part of the larger Tech Connect initiative to provide technology and training to low-income residents to help them take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Internet

August 17, 2005

Dell Offers Rugged Hard Drive Option on Some Laptops

Special dampening material can increase shock resistance up to 145 percent over drives without the material, according to company tests

August 16, 2005

InfraGard Critical Resource for Cybersecurity, FBI Director Says

"The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime"

August 11, 2005

AOL to Give Away Spammer's Loot

Company obtains a $13 million judgment against a group of New Hampshire spammers

August 2, 2005

Chertoff Calls for Public-Private Cooperation on Cybersecurity

"Security, even cyber security, cannot take the form of government dictates, but must be the product of strong partnership work and disciplined collaboration"

July 26, 2005

Cyber Security Alliance Calls for Coordinated Education Efforts

Last week, the Cyber Security Industry Alliance issued a report titled "Teaching Children Cyber Security and Ethics" calling for the creation of a national K-12 curriculum for teaching children how to use the Internet safely and ethically.

July 25, 2005

Alpharetta, Ga., Planning to Build Wireless Network for City Government

Looks to network to lower costs and improve service across city offices and mobile units.

July 21, 2005

Service Helps Keep Your Story Straight

At a time when consumers' personal information appears to be stored in a glass house with a revolving door, MyPublicInfo of Arlington, Va., is offering consumers with a tool that lets them know what information has been collected about them, who they might be confused with and what they can do about it

June 27, 2005

Bills in Congress Seek to Define Municipalities' Rights to Provide Internet Access

The Preserving Competition in Telecom Act 2005 would prohibit municipalities from competing with private Internet services, while the Community Broadband Act of 2005 would preserve a service that cities see as encouraging economic development.

June 21, 2005

New York Attorney General, Spyware Distributor Agree on Preliminary Settlement

Intermix agreed to pay $7.5 million over three years and is in the process of hiring a chief privacy officer

June 21, 2005

Student Agrees to Community Service for Hacking School's Network

Student to help district create video warning would-be hackers of dangers of illegally accessing computer systems

June 21, 2005

Voters Say Federal Government Should Take More Active Role in Cyber Security

Survey respondents identified "small time con artists and delinquent teenagers" as the greatest threat to Internet security

June 20, 2005

FTC Tells Congress Requiring Labeling for Commercial E-Mail Won't Reduce Spam

"The commission continues to believe that emphasis should be placed on encouraging industry to develop alternatives, such as e-mail authentication, in lieu of a requirement for subject line labeling"

June 13, 2005

FIPS 200 Moves Closer to Being Required

New systems will have to meet the standard in January 2006 while federal agencies will have a year to upgrade existing systems to be comply with the new standard

June 9, 2005

State of Montana Finds Confidential Information on Disposed PCs

Two thirds of computers hard drives examined still contained data easily retrievable using readily available data recovery software

June 6, 2005

GIS to Speed Help to Domestic Violence Victims

Web-enabled application will provide call-takers with information on services and shelters closest to the victims location

May 27, 2005

FCC Offers Customizable E-Mail Notification

The new news service is targeted toward consumers, while the DailyDigest remains the official record of FCC business for the day it covers.

May 26, 2005

New Tool Shows Countries Where Zombie PCs Are

Provides insight into the countries with the greatest number of computers pressed into service for illegal activity

May 25, 2005

Kauai County, Hawaii, Purchases Aerial Images for Floodplain Mapping

Imagery covers the entire island of Kauai as well as the surrounding ocean and corral reefs

May 24, 2005

Reports Urge Caution in Switching to IPv6, Voice Over Internet Protocol

GAO urges IT staff to inventory existing IPv6-compatible equipment and developing a strategic plan for implementing IPv6; while NIST report outlines security issues with the implementation of voice-over IP networks

May 24, 2005

FTC Targets Zombies Sending Spam

Over 900,000 customers of a British Internet service provider were blacklisted earlier this month by the Spam Prevention Early Warning System, because those customers' PCs had been unwittingly hijacked and turned into spam zombies.

May 17, 2005

AMBER Alerts Distribution Expands Across Wireless Telephone Networks

"Firsthand experience has shown us that tips from the public play a vital role in helping law enforcement locate and ultimately arrest child abductors"

May 16, 2005

Cybersecurity Summit Question and Answer Period, Part 1

The way an agency handles customer information is also how it handles personal information belonging to agency staff.

May 12, 2005

Cybercrime and Effective Security Policies

Most importantly, educate people, since they are the weakest security link

April 27, 2005

California's Little Hoover Commission to Hold Hearing on Governor's Proposed Department of Technology Services

9 AM to 1 PM Thursday, April 28, 2005 at the capitol

April 25, 2005

National Science Foundation Forms Cybersecurity Research Center

$19 million committed to interdisciplinary study of computer security over five years

April 22, 2005

Bill to Create Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity at DHS Delivered to Full House

"A Director-level position does not have the sufficient stature or programmatic authority for accountability, or to reach across sectors"

April 19, 2005

World Conservation Union: The E-Mail Must go Through

"If the mail server stops, we start getting calls from Costa Rica and South Africa within ten minutes"

March 22, 2005

IT Manager Sentenced for Cracking Former Employer's Network

Pleaded guilty to breaking into the network and attempting to cover his tracks

March 17, 2005

Springfield, Mo., Launches Downtown Wireless Network

Wi-Fi Hot Zone to provide free wireless Internet access to a portion of downtown with a one-hour time limit

March 15, 2005

Determined Data Thieves Crash Las Vegas DMV

Personal data belonging to 8,900 Nevada motorists stolen

March 4, 2005

ChoicePoint to Exit Non-FCRA Consumer Sensitive Data Markets

U.S. Senate to hold hearings on security of personal data after recent leaks; FCRA revision in the works

February 25, 2005

New Map Fills Need in Disease Surveillance

'States that utilize technology will be better equipped to react and respond to an outbreak, whether it's a disease or a bioterrorism event'

February 22, 2005

New Budget Process Gets Results for State Govts.

Newer methods of budgeting, that focus on outcomes instead of total dollars spent could be good news for information technology initiatives

February 15, 2005

Open Source Development Labs Sets Course for Wider Enterprise Adoption of Linux

'We're fostering an open forum where IT vendors, IT managers, and the Linux development community can discuss and define the capabilities required in future Linux desktops'

February 14, 2005

Flaw Opens Alternative Browsers to Phishing

Mozilla, Firefox, Safari, Opera allow sites to be spoofed using non-English characters

February 14, 2005

First-Rate Communication Skills

Can you deliver your vision of what you are doing in a three- to six-floor elevator ride? The great communicators are the great simplifiers.

February 4, 2005

Troy, N.Y., PD Community Policing Cleans Up

Mapping solution helps city improve government collaboration and address the sources of criminal activity.

February 4, 2005

Skakel Defense Claims Video Misled Jury

Prosecutors use of graphics and recorded interviews took statements out of context and improperly influenced the jury to convict him of murder, defense claims

January 26, 2005

US-CERT Publishes List of Security Vulnerabilities

Includes vulnerabilities for all platforms

January 25, 2005

Metro Wi-Fi Goes Live in Rio Rancho, N.M.

Voice over Wi-Fi coming soon

January 17, 2005

Attorney General Abbott Files First Texas Lawsuit for Violation of Spam Laws

Internet service providers, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and private citizens cooperate to track the origin of spam.

January 6, 2005

Las Vegas International Airport Deploys Free Wi-Fi Network

"We don't [have to charge passengers for wireless access] because our system gives us the flexibility and controls to realize ROI in other ways"

January 3, 2005

Sacramento County, Calif., Rolls Out New Online Services

Customizable e-mail updates and additional property tax information available

December 30, 2004

Free Cyber Security Workshop in Washington, D.C.

Continuing education credit available, former White House Cyber Security Advisor, Howard Schmidt, to present

December 29, 2004

CIOs Offer Advice and Encouragement for Sacramento County E-Government

County strategies for dissemination and marketing of e-government services, attracting, training and retaining staff

December 22, 2004

California Justice Projects Recognized

Megan's Law Web site and automated palm print system among awards given at Best of California 2004

December 21, 2004

PHP Security Holes Plugged

Bugs range from buffer overflows, over-information-leak and path-truncation vulnerabilities to safe_mode restriction bypass vulnerabilities

December 21, 2004

Graduate Students Discover Security Flaws in Unix

Forty-four security flaws found affect applications that vary in popularity

December 14, 2004

North Carolina Chief Information Security Officer Recognized

Ann Garrett named Information Security Executive of the Year 2004

December 13, 2004

Industry Group Calls on the Federal Government to Strengthen Cyber Security

Cyber Security Industry Alliance offers 12 steps to immediately improve national cyber security efforts

December 7, 2004

"Make Love Not Spam" Campaign Ends

Screensaver pulled from the Web when Internet service providers started to block access to the download site just a week after it was launched.

December 1, 2004

Moving Forward With California's IT Strategy

"Long term, you don't want to be in a position of having your IT -- particularly a Web site -- be so complex that you can't develop it yourself." -- Clark Kelso, California CIO

November 22, 2004

Free Software for Courts

Case management and calendaring software free for up to 100 users

November 15, 2004

Voice Over IP Brings Potential for New Type of Spam

Spam over Internet telephony not prevalent yet, experts say

November 10, 2004

Wi-Fi in the Park Key to Economic Development in Los Angeles

"We used imagination and the latest technology to create, at little cost, a free public service that will enhance the park experience for downtown workers, residents, and tourists." -- Paul Hudson, chairman, Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles

November 3, 2004

Chicago Police Get In-Car Access to Data

Available information includes details of incident locations and the identity, criminal history and outstanding warrants of suspects

November 3, 2004

California Performance Review Update

Governor Schwarzenegger created the California Performance Review (CPR), to help the state government increase efficiency, reduce costs and create the 'first 21st century government.'

October 29, 2004

California Performance Review Update

Alignment, action, measurement urged

October 27, 2004

Alton, Ill., Police Officer Makes European Connections, Learns Techniques for Fighting Cybercrime

Shares techniques using digital video surveillance and learns how to track e-mail

October 7, 2004

DHS Names Interim Cyber Security Director

Andy Purdy, deputy cyber-security director under previous National Cyber Security Division head, assumes top role

September 27, 2004

Interview with the CIO of the City of Philadelphia

Dianah Neff talks about Philadelphia's citywide wireless project and answers participants' questions

September 24, 2004

Interview with the CIO of the City of Philadelphia

"We want to promote the use of wireless to strengthen the city's economy and to transform our neighborhoods. That is key to this administration. That is key to the success and health of Philadelphia going forward." Dianah Neff

September 21, 2004

ISP Shuts Down 'Botnet'

More than 10,000 computers remain compromised

September 21, 2004

IBM Equips PCs With Security on a Chip

The computer's ID is stored on a chip and encrypted to limit access to a special processor

September 8, 2004

Coating Prevents Electromagnetic Radiation from Escaping from Devices Containing Sensitive Data

Coating Prevents Electromagnetic Radiation from Escaping from Devices Containing Sensitive Data

September 1, 2004

Kansas Highway Patrol Posts Crash Logs Online

Preliminary crash information available online

August 24, 2004

New Virus Exploits Vulnerabilities in 64-bit Windows

The W64.Shruggle "proof-of-concept" virus' impact limited to systems running 64-bit versions of Windows

August 16, 2004

Wallpaper Prevents Wi-Fi Data Leaks

The "paper", which is made of copper and plastic, keeps wireless signals inside buildings while allowing cellular signals to pass through

August 13, 2004

An Interview with David Eichenthal and Mark Keil of the city of Chattanooga, TN

"We were putting [the city council] in the good news business.... They were no longer the person who their constituents had to call and complain."

July 19, 2004

Oxford Students Face Suspension For Exposing Security Flaws

Student hackers infuriate university authorities by compromising the school's network.

July 16, 2004

Mexican Attorney General, Staff Get Chip Implants

Implant replaces ID cards for access to restricted areas.

July 14, 2004

E-Mail Snooping Decision Has Wide Privacy Implications

Court rules in favor of defendant who copied customers' email without consent

July 14, 2004

Mobile Cell Towers Answer Disaster's Call

COLTs race to the rescue

July 14, 2004

Pinellas County, Fla., Court Reporting Goes Digital

Court replaces reporters with microphones in misdemeanor cases

June 28, 2004

City of Louisville and Jefferson County, Ky., Combine Public Safety Communications Systems

Police, fire and EMS personnel to be linked by one communications system

June 15, 2004

Florida to Strengthen Citizens' Security and Privacy

Budget provides funding for innovative technology projects