IT Trends: Maryland Green Registry, Cyber-Security Issues

Doctors monitor injured war vets via cell phones.

by / January 8, 2010

Maryland Thinks Green

Maryland's Green Registry commends public- and private-sector organizations that have implemented at least five practices toward a greener working environment. The registry boasts more than 80 participants, including the city of Bowie and the Maryland Department of the Environment, and provides tips and resources for incorporating green practices.

Smart Cities

Six U.S. communities made the Intelligent Community Forum's (ICF) 2010 Smart21 list. The ICF, a think tank that studies the economic and social development of 21st-century communities, recognizes 21 cities annually for their use of broadband to compete in the global economy. The list includes three winners from Virginia: Bristol, Arlington County and Danville; Dakota County, Minn.; Dublin, Ohio; and Riverside, Calif.
- Source: ICF


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Feeling Insecure?

A 2009 survey of 300 federal IT professionals conducted by computer vendor CDW-G found that their top three daily cyber-security issues are malware (33 percent), inappropriate employee activity/network use (25 percent) and managing access to remote users (25 percent).

Identity Theft

Nearly 10 million Americans are victims of identity theft annually, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

Keeping the Lights On

Most IT departments spend less than 25 percent of their time on strategic initiatives, according to survey of more than 400 Government Technology subscribers. The same survey found that most departments spend 26 to 50 percent of their time maintaining and supporting existing IT systems.

78 percent of employees say they are less productive at work when they are too hot or too cold, according to a 2009 Harris Interactive survey.

Vetting Help

U.S. veterans who require constant medical follow-ups due to traumatic brain injuries or other serious health conditions can be medically monitored via their cell phones.
Mobile Care is a downloadable application that facilitates two-way communication between patients, doctors and approved third parties. The application lets users store health-care information on their phone and provides a secure channel for sending and receiving messages, according to the company.

  • More than 75 percent of Mobile Care users think it's easy to use and 90 percent said the wellness tips have been helpful.
  • More than 5,000 messages have been sent through the system so far.

Source: AllOne Mobile


Karen Stewartson

Karen Stewartson served as the managing editor of Government Technology for many years. She also contributed to Public CIO and Emergency Management magazines.