Public Sector News: Protecting our communities with advanced analytics

June 2015, Issue 9

Digital Marketing Lead, Public Services Sector, IBM Analytics

The news is rife with cybersecurity breaches, disasters and other incidents that rock us to the core by threatening our lives, our infrastructure and even our nation. Just this week, a range of news stories highlighted some of the strides made using advanced analytics while also highlighting some of the challenges we still face.

Q&A: The future of the IoE where you live

Veteran public sector technologist Hardik Bhatt shared that “as technology evolves, the Internet of Everything (IoE) will continue to create a platform of connected solutions, sensors and networks built off of sometimes sensitive data and personal information. This platform is something that will always need to be secured—in fact, the security challenges that come with the IoE will only increase down the road.” With all the security breaches and cyberthreats we face today, this is not hard to imagine. The more advanced we get technologically, the more advanced perpetrators become. “Security should be thought of as a process, not a tool or a solution. It is something that will need to be tackled by both government and industry working together.” —News Staff for FutureStructure

EU prepares updates to data protection laws that could impact cloud service providers

According to some researchers, “every twelve to eighteen months, computers double their capabilities, and so do the information technologies that use them.” If that’s the case, then it’s scary to think that often rules and regulations are not keeping pace with these advancements, especially when it comes to data privacy. “EU ministers are expected to reach an agreement updating existing data protection rules that in some cases are up to 20 years old ... . According to the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), cloud computing in general is a concern for those charged with protection of personal data privacy.” And rightly so! —Marguerite Arnold for Fierce Wireless Europe

Data-driven government improves incident and emergency management

Brian Cotton, Global VP, ICT at Frost & Sullivan, shares that “city systems and processes struggle to rapidly transition from normal operations to extreme or emergency operations because emergency management is not a single capability owned by any one organization. Multiple organizations need to come together and work together seamlessly...the challenge is bringing together older IT systems that do not inter-operate.”

FEMA launches disaster dataviz tool

The possibilities and the innovations possible with data and analytics keep me hopeful, especially when I look at the natural disasters and incidents seemingly more prevalent today than ever. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said that “providing data in its raw format and also building visualization tools allows people to look at their past history, look at what kind of hazards they are vulnerable to, and look at the frequency of disaster declarations and the impacts.” Ideally, as we become increasingly advanced and learn more about leveraging data and analytics, we can better prepare for and respond to incidents. —Amanda Ziadeh for GCN

The new cybersecurity is about spotting attacks, not preventing them

One of the questions in our #saferplanet Twitter chat at 12:00 p.m. ET today focuses on cybersecurity. The question is as follows: “With an average 1,400 cyber-attacks over the course of a week, is there anything that organizations (or government) can do to cut down on or prevent the number of attacks, or should their resources instead be focused on remediation efforts?” Many are asking this same question as pundits try to find solutions for all the recent breaches: “What say we just give up on preventing cyberattacks? Let’s accept that securing all endpoints is impossible and humans can always be duped. Preventing entry is a losing battle. Better to concentrate on noticing attacks, stopping them and preventing damage.” —David Coursey for SiliconAngle

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