Cyberattacks against state and local governments can interrupt critical infrastructure, leak sensitive information, and cause significant financial damage. Agencies are using more security tools to thwart increasingly sophisticated attacks, but this has led to a level of complexity that overburdens security teams. MeriTalk recently sat down with Kenny Holmes, cybersecurity senior leader for government and education at Cisco, to discuss how integrated, automated solutions can help analysts quickly detect, prioritize, and remediate threats.

The District of Columbia’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) has launched a public beta version of the “DC Compass,” which uses generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) to answer data-oriented civic questions and create maps from thousands of open data sets.

Pace University is launching a new AI lab at its New York City campus as part of the university’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

A group of 21 tax officials from 18 states is urging the Department of Treasury (DOT) to disband the IRS’ new Direct File pilot program, citing potential tax filing problems they said could arise from confusion on the part of taxpayers.

2024 was the first year that artificial intelligence (AI) appeared on the National Association of State Chief Information Officers’ (NASCIO) list of top priorities for state CIOs. Also for the first time ever, digital government services and cybersecurity tied for the top priority spot.

A new survey from the National 4-H Council found that tweens and teens believe that generative AI will benefit their education and careers, but that they also have concerns about cheating and privacy. The survey further found that these students want support from adults in learning how to use AI tools correctly and with confidence.

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) announced the launch of its Residential Internet Retrofit Program, a $22 million statewide initiative to equip public and affordable housing units across the state with high-speed internet service.

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