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Defending Against Ransomware

Defending Against Ransomware posted on Oct 18

According to the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), ransomware is the fastest growing malware threat, with more than 4,000 attacks occurring each day. This type of malware blocks a user from accessing data until the operator of the malicious program receives payment. For   …Continue Reading Defending Against Ransomware

What’s Compliance Got to Do with It? A Look at Two Hacks

What’s Compliance Got to Do with It? A Look at Two Hacks posted on Oct 13

Imagine you’re leaving for a weeklong vacation. Would you leave your doors unlocked when you left the house? Probably not — this would put your possessions at risk of theft. Just locking your doors could deter potential thieves. The same logic applies to computer systems.   …Continue Reading What’s Compliance Got to Do with It? A Look at Two Hacks

Where’s My Data? 10 Simple Tips for Securing Your Business’s Data

Where’s My Data? 10 Simple Tips for Securing Your Business’s Data posted on Oct 11

As a business owner, you can protect your employees, business, and customers from hackers. MassIT shares 10 tips to help IT departments at companies big and small create a security plan to keep their data safe. Identify Sensitive Data — Know where sensitive personal information, including   …Continue Reading Where’s My Data? 10 Simple Tips for Securing Your Business’s Data

Understanding Malware — What It Is and Types to Know

Understanding Malware — What It Is and Types to Know posted on Oct 6

The term malware is everywhere these days, but what exactly is it? Malware is short for malicious software. It can be used to manipulate your computer and steal your information. There are several types of malicious software, which can be broken down into broad categories,   …Continue Reading Understanding Malware — What It Is and Types to Know

How Strong Are Your Passwords?

How Strong Are Your Passwords? posted on Oct 4

One of the biggest challenges facing computer users today is creating — and remembering — their account passwords, which are required for practically all online transactions. Many people use the same password for multiple accounts — putting their data at risk — simply because it’s   …Continue Reading How Strong Are Your Passwords?

Check Out the Updated MassUtilities Map

Check Out the Updated MassUtilities Map posted on Apr 11

This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Office of Geographic Information (MassGIS). Are you curious which electricity providers are available in your town? What about cable? Now you can find out at a glance. The MassUtilities Map MassGIS recently updated the maps of   …Continue Reading Check Out the Updated MassUtilities Map

Apply Now for the New IT Grant Program for Compact Communities

Apply Now for the New IT Grant Program for Compact Communities posted on Feb 22

What Is the Community Compact IT Grant Program? The Community Compact IT Grant Program’s goal is to drive innovation at the local level by funding IT improvements, such as technology infrastructure and new equipment and software purchases. Who Is Eligible for the Grant? If your   …Continue Reading Apply Now for the New IT Grant Program for Compact Communities

The Massachusetts Sidewalk Snow Removal Map

The Massachusetts Sidewalk Snow Removal Map posted on Feb 4

The Massachusetts Office of Information Technology (MassIT) has partnered with the Massachusetts Office of Geographic Information (MassGIS) and communities throughout the state to collect information and create the Sidewalk Snow Removal Map. The map is available for constituents, businesses, and municipalities to use this winter.   …Continue Reading The Massachusetts Sidewalk Snow Removal Map

The Massachusetts Interactive Property Map

The Massachusetts Interactive Property Map posted on Nov 12

The Massachusetts Office of Geographic Information (MassGIS) has worked with communities across the Commonwealth to develop the Massachusetts Interactive Property Map. This tool, which makes statewide property and tax information available to search online, gives developers, bankers, realtors, businesses, and homeowners easy access to important   …Continue Reading The Massachusetts Interactive Property Map

Four MassGIS Maps You Didn’t Know About

Four MassGIS Maps You Didn’t Know About posted on Nov 5

Maps are an effective way to display and analyze information that affects critical state services, including emergency response efforts, environmental planning and management, economic development, and transportation planning. The Massachusetts Office of Geographic Information (MassGIS) collects, stores, and publishes geographic data to serve these purposes   …Continue Reading Four MassGIS Maps You Didn’t Know About