State and local governments are dealing with many of the same technology changes that private businesses are. After all, events like the expiration of technical support for Windows 7 occur for everyone equally. While everyone will be working on things like this, Phil Goldstein from StateTech broke down some of the specific items that State and local governments will be focusing on.
One of the things that won’t be changing in 2019 is an emphasis on cybersecurity. While new threats are a given in the security realm, more commonly used tactics such as phishing continue to play a major role. AI will gain an increased role in thwarting attacks as it spots anomalies that humans might otherwise miss.
CIOs are also changing the way that they function in governments to become more aligned with a business role than a strictly technology-focused role. Instead of concentrating on creating and running IT systems, CIOs will embrace more of a broker role, comparing vendors and securing contracts with shared services to keep IT costs manageable across an organization.
Related to finding shared efficiencies, data storage consolidation should also help to achieve this goal. The public sector is increasingly completing data center consolidation projects and, more than ever, looking toward the cloud for their storage needs. Having a unified platform for data storage allows for easier compliance with changing reporting requirements for national government agencies.
State and local governments have also been preparing for more widespread usage of 5G wireless networks. While 5G networks don’t currently have much coverage and don’t travel as far as current networks, they have the ability to transfer data much more quickly than current networks. This will be particularly important for those in time sensitive roles, such as first responders.
Governments are doing quite a bit to catch up with their peers in the business world, even adopting some of the practices that have made business more efficient. This is a starting point though, and governments will need to continue to commit to technology ventures to stay ahead of cybercriminals and increase efficiency.
Extract is committed to being a strong technology partner with state and local governments. We do this by making sure we’re up to date with current technology trends, investing in things like machine learning and AI to keep our software on the cutting edge.
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