"The [Conficker] infection obviously caught [the city of
Manchester] off guard, since no antivirus, IPs, patch management solutions or
general security awareness were in place. The results came shortly - hundreds
of unprocessed bus lane fines due to service disruption, post-infection
network-wide USB device ban, installation of antivirus software and patch
management solutions, and a thousand Conficker infected laptops accumulating
such a hefty clean up bill."
The clean-up bill? $1.5 million pounds (or about $2.4
million). Many cities have weaknesses in their antivirus, patch management, and
security. Yet, tight budgets are often used as an excuse not to properly
maintain and secure their IT infrastructure. The big question: Can your city
afford the cost and embarrassment that Manchester experienced?
Dave Mims (yes, our fearless leader) forgot to post the winner of our drawing on the bulletin board, so he has told me to announce the winner ASAP! Drum roll please… … …
The city of Covington, Georgia won the drawing for a free CitySmart Network Health and Security Assessment (valued at $3,975). Our certified network engineers will do an in-depth investigation and analysis of the city’s network, and then draft a detailed findings and recommendations report. Find more information about our assessments here.
For those of you who didn’t win (or even if you didn't enter!), we can still provide a CitySmart IT Cost Analysis at no charge for your city that:
Again, thanks for stopping by, and we look forward to hearing from you if the cost analysis is of interest.
For those of you unfamiliar with Twitter, it’s a social
networking technology that allows users to develop a group of followers.
If you’re familiar with Facebook (and anyone with a teenager at their house
should be), it’s very similar to your “friends” on that web site.
An interested person can go to the Twitter web site and ‘tag’ you
as a follower. You as the account holder post messages about
anything you’d like—where you are, what you’re doing, what you think – the catch
is that you only get 140 characters to do it in. Your followers then
receive those updates from you. You, in turn, receive updates from the
people you follow. These messages posted back and forth are called
“tweets.” In addition to sending and receiving these tweets from the twitter
web site, they can also be sent and received on your mobile phone as text
Back to the discussion, no one in the room could think of a
reason why anyone would be interested in this information. Who cares what
I’m doing at the moment?
Then the riots in Tehran erupted. In an attempt to
suppress the news, the Iranian government shut down foreign news
organizations. These same news agencies—and the people on the street—then
turned to technologies such as Twitter and Facebook to get the news out. One blogger reports that Twitter was
so important during this time, that the US government asked them to postpone
scheduled maintenance that would have taken the site down during the crisis.
Needless to say, the discussion of Twitter’s importance has
changed in my little group. I think this could be a useful technology for any City looking to
quickly disseminate information to citizens, especially in terms of
crime watches, missing persons, and disaster preparedness. If your City is using Twitter in an innovative way, drop me a line and let me know how. And by the way, you can follow us on Twitter
A 3D, geo-tagged application that leverages existing state asset imagery and infrastructure data into a visualization tool. It is open to the public and supports 550 agencies.
A great read for anyone interested in the cutting edge of government technology.
is the potential open data can unleash. Because MySociety can access transit and
train schedules as well as real estate prices, they are able to mash up this
data and create this map. Still more interesting is how they crowd-sourced the
collection of a new data set. Those who watched the video may have noticed how
the “scenicness” of an area came from people voting on how nice photos of
different neighborhoods looked.”
We’ve heard your concerns. Our company may be able to help
you cut your budgets by decreasing your technology costs in a difficult
economy. By taking the unique approach of beginning with the budget, we utilize
our experience in working with cities to address ways of cutting your IT budget
– and thus, your overall city budget.
At the Georgia Municipal Association’s annual convention,
here are some ways we’d like to help you:
Kevin and I look forward to meeting you at the GMA Annual
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