Your County InfoSec Connect

The Maryland Association of County Information Technology Officers, working with the Emergency Communications Committee of the Maryland Association of County Emergency Managers prepare for a discussion of cyber vulnerabilities and response at MACo's Summer Conference. Who in your county handles cybersecurity? Depending on your county, this might be a point person within the department of information technology, an independent office, or a position in another county department. As cyber threats to county services continue to…

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Data Integration Modernizes National 9-1-1 Call Center Directory

9-1-1 calls are usually routed to the nearest emergency communications center, but when they aren't, 9-1-1 specialists rely on a particular database of call centers to reroute callers to the proper location. The National Emergency Numbers Association (NENA) and emergency technology company GeoComm this week announced the development of the new Enhanced Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Registry and Census (EPRC), a secure web-based tool containing essential information for 9-1-1 centers throughout the United States. The…

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Hogan Executive Order Aims to Bolster Cybersecurity

Governor Larry Hogan today signed an executive order aimed at strengthening the State's cybersecurity infrastructure. The Maryland Cyber Defense Initiative establishes a State Chief Information Security Officer, the Office of Security Management, and the Maryland Cybersecurity Coordinating Council. “Security of Marylanders is at the forefront of our administration’s efforts on a day-to-day basis. In today’s world of emerging cyber threats, it is crucial that we work in unity to improve the processes and procedures designed to…

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Cecil Has a New Tool to Expand High-Speed Internet Access

In today’s world, internet connectivity is no longer a luxury—it is a necessity. Access to affordable internet, broadband, wireless, and cellular services is an essential component of a county’s economic development and the socio-economic advancements of its residents. Residents benefit from increased economic growth, improved labor market access and outcomes, access to better health care, enhanced civic participation, enriched education opportunities, improved quality of life, and overall competitive and vibrant communities. When Senate Bill 229…

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Outcome Budgeting, Inspector General Combine to Deliver Data During City Budget Hearings

During Baltimore City Council Budget Hearings, the City's Inspector General (and the city's own predilection for outcome budgeting) powered a thorough evaluation of program outcomes by Council Members during their public hearing. The Inspector General role, created in 2005 but re-addressed my more recent local actions, has helped to re-frame the public deliberations of the Baltimore City Council. From the OIG website: The Mission of the Office of the Inspector General is to promote accountability,…

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Cecil Dept of Emergency Services Launches “Ready Cecil” App

The Cecil County Department of Emergency Services (DES) today announced the official launch of the Ready Cecil preparedness mobile application. The app was specifically designed to encourage the residents of Cecil County to be prepared and protect themselves and their loved ones in the case of a disaster. The app includes a module that will help community members create and share personalized family emergency plans and identify and gather the necessary supplies. Residents will be…

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Baltimore County Unveils Open Budget Platform

New Platform Brings Unprecedented Transparency to the Baltimore County Budget. Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today unveiled a new open budget platform where residents can view detailed information about the County’s budget, bringing a new level of transparency to how the County spends taxpayer dollars. According to a press release: “An open, transparent government is an accountable government. We can better serve the residents of Baltimore County by ensuring they have access to information about where…

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FCC Ruling Allows Carriers to Block More Robocalls

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today affirmed that telecom providers may block unwanted robocalls before they reach consumers. The FCC’s ruling will allow telecom companies to automatically block suspected robocalls from going through to customers’ phones. The order also permits customers to opt into more dynamic call-blocking services by allowing carriers to block all calls not originating from a pre-approved list or address book. According to a press release: Specifically, the Commission approved a Declaratory Ruling…

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Hogan Launches Student Debt Repayment Plan for State Employees

Governor Larry Hogan recently announced the launch of a new program to help the State recruit and retain employees in critical workforce shortage areas. Established by Executive Order 01.01.2018.17, the Maryland SmartWork Initiative offers eligible employees working in targeted shortage areas (including public safety, psychology, nursing, and information technology) state assistance to repay student loan debt. The maximum benefit is $20,000 over a ten-year period. Eligible state employees who are paying down their children’s (25…

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