CitySmart by VC3

This curated content is from VC3's blog and shares non-technical, municipal-relevant insights about critical technology issues, focusing on how technology reduces costs, helps better serve citizens, and lessens cybersecurity risks. VC3 is solely responsible for the article’s content.

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How to Best Leverage Your Municipality’s Social Media Accounts

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April 18, 2022

Miranda Hampton, Marketing Coordinator, VC3

Whether you haven’t posted to your municipality’s page in a few years or are looking to improve your social media process that’s already in place, these tactics can help you make the best use of your social media accounts. 

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Are Data Backups and Data Archiving the Same? No—and You Need Both!

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March 22, 2022

Joe Howland, Chief Information Security Officer, Sophicity

For electronic data, you need both backups and archives because they serve two different purposes.

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Cities May Use ARP Funds for Cybersecurity, IT Services, and Websites

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January 31, 2022

Kevin Howarth, Marketing and Communications Manager, VC3

The U.S Treasury Department’s final rule on ARP funds made it easier for cities to use recovery funds for government services, to include modernization of cybersecurity, including hardware, software, and protection of critical infrastructure.

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You Say You Want Data Backup, But Do You Really Mean It?

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December 20, 2021

David Donovan, CTO, VC3

It’s rare when a municipality flat out shows a complete lack of interest in backing up their data. The problem we see is when towns and cities know they need to follow specific best practices related to data backup and yet…they balk at the investment it requires, no matter how small.

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5 Areas Where Information Technology Can Improve Compliance

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November 15, 2021

Joe Howland, Chief Information Security Officer, Sophicity

Compliance. One of those necessary operational activities that you know is working when nothing bad happens. When compliance doesn’t work, however, you open the door to significant risk.

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The Biggest Hidden Red Flags in a Phishing Email

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October 25, 2021

Joe Howland, Chief Information Security Officer, Sophicity

As spammers and scammers get better at their jobs, their techniques grow more sophisticated. Here are five hidden red flags that could fool you if you’re not skeptical enough.

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5 Ways to Begin a Zero Trust Approach to Cybersecurity

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September 13, 2021

Joe Howland, Chief Information Security Officer, Sophicity

Cybersecurity is evolving toward the point where we cannot rely alone on traditional cybersecurity tools such as firewalls, antivirus, and VPNs. In other words, we cannot assume that anything making it past a perimeter into your network is good. 

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Make Your Website ADA-Compliant: Best Practices for Cities

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August 16, 2021

Victoria Boyko, Software Development Consultant

Despite the perceived importance of ADA-compliant websites, many city websites do not comply with best practices that help disabled people access content.

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Don’t Get Held Hostage: Keeping Control Over Your Data

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July 6, 2021

John Hey, Director of Operations, VC3

Data access and authorization is one of the most important aspects of your IT strategy, and you need to make sure another vendor doesn’t hold your data hostage.

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5 Startling Reasons Why We Won’t Miss Pandemic Videoconferencing

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June 7, 2021

Kevin Howarth, Marketing and Communications Manager, VC3

We know videoconferencing exhausted us in weird ways. But why? Science has some answers, and the answers may surprise you.

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The Cavalry Isn’t Coming: 5 Ways Towns and Cities Can Solve Their Own Cybersecurity Problems

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May 10, 2021

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What can your town or city do instead of waiting for the cavalry? Here are a few “do it yourself” cybersecurity best practices that can help you prevent ransomware and cyberattacks while keeping your costs and resource utilization low.

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If You Can’t Get Your Job Done, Is Underspending on IT Worth It?

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January 8, 2021

Ashton Hollingsworth, Account Manager, Sophicity

Many towns and cities still underspend on information technology in order to save money. Or, at least they think they are saving money. In reality, the lack of IT investment impacts the work of municipal employees every day in small ways.

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The Cloud Helps Cities Fend Off Cyber Threats and Reduce Liability

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December 8, 2020

Matt Wood, Network Infrastructure Consultant, Sophicity

While a few rare situations may not apply, the cloud is generally a great option to help fend off cyberattacks and reduce liability in case a cyberattack occurs.

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Is Your Municipality’s IT Support Partnering or Reacting?

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November 3, 2020

Eric Johansson, Network Infrastructure Consultant, Sophicity

Do you have an IT partner? Or an IT “reactor”? Because IT today is so crucial to municipal operations, towns and cities are shifting more and more toward hiring IT partners who ensure technology runs smoothly and protects them from threats.

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Breaking Down a Sophisticated Phishing Email: 4 Advanced Warning Signs

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August 31, 2020

LaNise Essick, Network Infrastructure Consultant, Sophicity

Phishing emails grow more sophisticated as hackers get better. During the COVID-19 pandemic, scammers are using fear and taking advantage of people working from home to attempt more aggressive and tricky phishing attacks.

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