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Hawaii's paperless pandemic

Hawaii’s Office of Enterprise Technology Services said Friday it’s completed another phase of upgrades to its enterprise resource planning system, eliminating 40-year-old paper processes and making it easier for the state government to continue working through home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The upgrades, which have so far been made available to about 800 employees, follow similar upgrades to the state’s human resources and payroll systems. “The timing has been good because we do have a lot of people working from home and that’s going to be part of the future of government operations and having systems where people can go online instead of having to fill out what are in some cases carbon paper forms will be a lot better,” state CIO Douglas Murdock said. Colin Wood reports.

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Vulnerabilities found in online voting platform

An online voting platform that a handful of states are using in limited capacities this year has been found to be vulnerable to hacking that could expose or manipulate how a person’s ballot was cast without being detected by either voters or officials tallying results, according to a paper published Sunday by a pair of influential election-security experts. The platform, OmniBallot, is scheduled to be offered by the states of Delaware and West Virginia as an option for active-duty military members, other overseas residents and voters with physical disabilities — and, in the case of Delaware, voters who are self-quarantining due to COVID-19. But according to the paper, OmniBallot's software “is vulnerable to vote manipulation by malware on the voter’s device and by insiders or other attackers.” Benjamin Freed reports.

Kansas puts controls on contact tracing

As states continue ramp up their ability to track the continued spread of the coronavirus, many parties are raising concerns about just how invasive contact tracing efforts will be, especially if they rely mobile technology and the collection of personally identifiable information. An emergency bill passed last week in Kansas appears to put some limits on how expansive state and local health authorities can go in building out contact tracing programs for COVID-19. The bill requires that participation in any program will be voluntary, not mandatory, and that information collected by contact tracers cannot be used for any other government or third-party purpose. It also prohibits the use of cellphone data "to identify or track, directly or indirectly, the movement of persons," a potential challenge to health agencies developing apps to support their contact tracing processes. Ben has more.


Why your security tools aren’t delivering as promised

A new study of global enterprises in 11 major industries, including government, found that despite the many security tools enterprises maintain, just over 90% of cybersecurity attacks did not generate an alert. The study also found that 53% of infiltration attacks and 68% of ransomware attacks went unnoticed. If that sounds alarming to federal CIOs and CISOs, it should be, says Maj. Gen. Earl Matthews (USAF Retired). Read more from Maj. Gen. Matthews.

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