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Check your RDP settings

A new report by the Center for Internet Security says that organizations, including state and local governments, should double-check their implementation of Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol, which remains one of the favorite target of ransomware actors and other cybercriminals, especially as the work-from-home era continues. But the Upstate New York nonprofit, which runs the MS-ISAC and EI-ISAC, doesn't say RDP should be switched off entirely, but it can be employed more securely. "Just like a piece of wood can be used to build a home, it can also be used as a dangerous weapon, and the same concept applies here.” Benjamin Freed reports.

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How cities rediscovered data and digitalization in 2020

As city agencies around the world began sending their employees home as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold, many also started contemplating whether they could continue to maintain even the most basic public services services, former Palo Alto, California, CIO Jonathan Reichental writes in his latest column. But as the health crisis has dragged on, a surprising and welcome outcome has begun to emerge: Many cities, recognizing the essential role of data and digitalization, are now smarter and better prepared than they were prior to the pandemic.   Read the full column.


Simplify citizen services with centralized cloud infrastructure

Michael Leahy, Secretary of IT for Maryland, shares how the state’s cloud investments prior to the pandemic better equipped its workforce to maintain operations after offices closed. He describes how the state has been working over the past three years to create a centralized platform for constituents to access government forms and documents. This environment allows them to use data to track services in demand and build chatbots to help agencies respond to frequent questions. Hear more from Leahy.

Is your agency already adopting workflow automation?

The need to improve citizen services with limited resources is pushing government agencies to adopt robotic process automation (RPA) and reduce the burden of repetitive work done by their employees. We are conducting a quick, anonymous, reader survey to gather more information about how agencies are adopting RPA tools. Share your insights and see the findings soon.

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