The Challenges of Connected Government

Anyone who has watched episodes of Star Trek are aware that fiction has become part of our reality. Captain Kirk’s communicator and the Enterprise’s smart sensors are now part of our daily lives. Since the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Internet has morphed from a service that was nice to have to a utility like water and electricity.

This progress has made governments responsible to deliver quality services to citizens while maintaining a fair budget. The “Internet of Things (IoT) is “the network of connected computers, devices, machines, and their components with electronics, software, and sensors that enable them to link and exchange data.” In a connected government, agency assets are part of this network.

The problem facing government is the financial constraint that limits investment in technology. The fact is that government must invest in technology infrastructure to ensure reliable, fast, and streamlined automated processes that support connectivity. Without technology, the transition to connected government will not be successful.

Being connected is essential for governments, creating opportunities for innovation and growth while at the same time, opening opportunities for cybercrime and attacks.

(summarized from govtech.com)

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