The Importance of Local Digital Literacy Programs in Closing the Digital Divide

From the ability to access education, healthcare, and employment and beyond, everyone understands that internet access is a necessity for modern life. While Maryland ranked 3rd in the country in a recent analysis published in the Harvard Business Review, much work remains to be done to eliminate the digital divide. Issues of access go beyond availability of infrastructure to other causes behind the digital divide, including affordability of internet service, lack of resources to buy…

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Senior Planet Montgomery Announces New Technology Classes for Seniors

Montgomery County has announced that Senior Planet Montgomery is expanding its class offerings for adults aged 50+ to include social media and digital storytelling. Local classes are offered through a partnership between the County's Department of Technology Services' ultraMontgomery program, the County’s Department of Recreation, Montgomery County Public Libraries, and the nonprofit OATS (Older Adults Technology Services), an affiliate of AARP. The Senior Planet website articulates the purpose of the organization: Senior Planet from AARP harnesses technology…

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Check Point Software Named A “Champion” in Global Security Leadership Matrix 2021

Check Point Software was named a "Champion" in the Global Cybersecurity Leadership Matrix for 2021. Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. is a leading provider of cyber security solutions to governments and corporate enterprises globally. Its solutions protect customers from 5th generation cyber-attacks with an industry leading catch rate of malware, ransomware and other types of attacks. Check Point offers multilevel security architecture, “Infinity” Total Protection with Gen V advanced threat prevention, which defends enterprises’ cloud,…

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State Announces $30 Million to Expand Broadband Access Across 18 Counties

Grant Funding Will Expand Service to More Than 12,000 Households In 18 Counties Governor Larry Hogan today announced awards to expand broadband internet access to more than 12,000 households in 18 counties. Administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Office of Statewide Broadband (OSB), $29,472,131 in grant funding will support network infrastructure projects by local internet service providers that will provide connectivity to unserved or underserved communities in Maryland. These awards are…

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Think Fast: Public Sector Tools for Agility and Effectiveness

MACo’s Summer Conference is coming up August 18-21, 2021, and is completely IN-PERSON at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Join us for insightful and beneficial sessions focusing on local government challenges and priorities. MACo’s Summer Conference – “Resilient. Responsive…Ready.” – will cover many topics pertaining to response and recovery around the pandemic. The pandemic made permanent changes to the expectations residents have for their government to make services more accessible and available…

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NSA, CISA, FBI Issue Cybersecurity Advisory

The National Security Agency (NSA), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a Cybersecurity Advisory describing over 50 tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP) applied by Chinese state-sponsored cyber actors targeting the United States and allied networks. The advisory also details general mitigations to protect against these cyber threats. One significant tactic described in the advisory includes the exploitation of public vulnerabilities within days of their public disclosure, often in…

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Point Broadband to Expand Fiber Network in Washington County

Washington County this week announced that Point Broadband is expanding its fiber network to offer high-speed internet to more residents across the County. Point Broadband is an all-fiber network offering both internet and phone services for home and business. “We’re very excited to expand our service in Washington County. Fiber optic is the newest network technology that delivers the fastest and most reliable intent service available," said Clint Wiley, general manager of Point Broadband in…

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NENA Releases New i3 Standard for NG911

i3v3 Accelerates the Drive Toward 21st-Century 9-1-1 Services. North America’s leading 9-1-1 standards-development body today approved a landmark new version of its Next Generation 9-1-1 standard, a move that will accelerate the transition to smarter, faster, and more resilient emergency response. Version 3 of the National Emergency Number Association's (NENA) i3 Standard for Next Generation 9-1-1 includes key updates to NG911 infrastructure, paving the way for interoperability on a national and international scale. “This is a landmark…

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Broadband Task Force: High-Speed Internet Is Essential For All Counties

Throughout America’s history, the most prosperous communities and people thrived based on their proximity to infrastructure, like rivers, railways, roads, and airports. Today, reliable, fast, and affordable high-speed internet is as fundamental as acquiring electricity in the first half of the 20th century. A new report from the National Association of Counties (NACo) Broadband Task Force highlights significant gaps in broadband access, barriers to filling said gaps, and charts a path forward for counties to…

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State and Local Coalition to Congress: We Need Help With Cybersecurity

Citing the continuing threat of ransomware attacks, a group of nine associations of state and local government officials, including the National Association of Counties (NACo), this week sent a letter to congressional leaders urging them to include a new cybersecurity grant program in any upcoming infrastructure and appropriations packages. Hackers are increasingly targeting states and local governments with sophisticated cyberattacks. Securing government information systems is critical, as a cyber intrusion can be very disruptive, jeopardizing…

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