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08/19/2020
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Coronavirus data errors mark 'uncharted waters'

Counting errors, political feuds and an absence of data standards is undermining state efforts to manage the pandemic. Beth Blauer, the executive director of the Johns Hopkins University Centers for Civic Impact, cited a recent glitch in Iowa's coronavirus data platform that artificially lowered the state's reported numbers of new infections and positive diagnostic test results as one of several cases in recent memory complicating government's response to the health crisis. A lack of federal guidance all the while is further frustrating matters, she said. "The biggest tension is there’s no leadership from the federal perspective on data standards. Ordinarily this is something we’d lean on [the Centers for Disease Control] to help," Blauer said. Benjamin Freed reports.


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Nevada names Alan Cunningham as CIO

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Monday that Alan Cunningham, who’s spent the past four years as the information security officer for the Washoe County School District, will take over as the statewide chief information officer at the end of the month, filling a vacancy that has been open for nearly a year. Before joining the school district, Cunningham had brief stints as an information security engineer and worked for 18 years as an independent technology consultant in Reno. Sisolak said his state, which has struggled to process unemployment claims, "absolutely needs" a technology leader right now. Colin Wood has more.


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Army Brig. Gen. on initiatives to support a future-ready force

The COVID-19 crisis sped up Army Futures Command’s cloud initiatives. Army field hospitals — and their logistics units — needed a better situational awareness to understand the future threat and to get supplies, personnel and equipment to the appropriate facilities. We understand that moving technology, systems and data into a cloud environment is important for better insights that support our soldiers serving the mission, says Brig. Gen. Matt Easley. Listen to the full conversation.


Another state selects the Apple-Google API

Pennsylvania officials announced Tuesday the state will release a COVID-19 tracing app next month after first piloting the technology with state government employees and students next week. The state joins a handful of others to build on a contact tracing API jointly developed by Google and Apple. The state paid a software firm called Nearform $1.9 million in federal funds to develop the software, which is to be interoperable with apps in Delaware and at least two other states. Officials are now publicizing the work in anticipation of a push for widespread adoption in a commonwealth of 12.7 million residents that has recorded 130,000 COVID-19 cases and 7,500 deaths. Ryan Johnston has the story.


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The future of network security with SASE solutions

As government agencies shift to software- and infrastructure-as-a-service platforms, they no longer have direct control of their applications. That’s one reason why a security architecture known as secure access service edge (SASE) is gaining rapid adoption, according to Gartner. The increase in hybrid- and multicloud adoption is changing network topology and requires agencies to rethink their approach to zero-trust security at the application layer. Hear more about SASE.


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