Technology

County IT Services moved to Clerk / Comptroller's Office

By LISA MACNEIL 
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With some hesitation, the Board of County Commissioners voted 5-0 to approve an Interlocal Agreement to eliminate the county’s IT (Information Technology) department, and move control of IT from the County Administrator’s office to the Clerk of Court / Comptroller’s Office.

The plan is expected to save the county approximately $300,000 per year after the first year, according to County Administrator Jeff Rogers.  The reduced savings in the first year is attributed to paying out benefits and accrued time. 

Ransomware: The hostage taking virus

Article by Aaron Cleveland, 
Wilson Technologies
    
460,000 Dollars. That’s how much money Lake City, FL just paid out to get their files back. Files that were previously accessible to them were now being held for ransom by bad actors. Files that contained the entire city’s records for the 12,000 people that live there.  Files that are more than likely considered irreplaceable to the city are held hostage for a sum of money that would be of much better use elsewhere. 

Suncoast Technical Education Center Car Mania

On Saturday, May 18, 2019, Suncoast Technical Education Center’s (SunTech) Automotive program hosted a car show called Car Mania. On display were approximately fifty cars. There was food, a DJ, raffle, and an information tent about what the automotive program offers. Monster Transmission helped sponsor the event and Crystal Automotive and Register Chevrolet brought a variety of cars to show.

Tech Talk: Remote locks provide added security in home health industry

By ROCCO MAGLIO, Cybersecurity Professional   

A common problem is giving someone access to your home. A hidden key is a common and very insecure solution to this problem. Many homes are broken into with the key that is under the mat or in a potted plant. Another solution to the problem is a lock box that contains the key. Once someone knows the combination to the lock box they can come to the house and get the key.

‘Big Data’ Correlations

 ‘Big Data’ is a term for the large amounts of data that is collected and then sorted through. Sometimes the results can be very intrusive. An excellent example is the purchasing history data that Target used to determine if someone would be interested in baby products, since they were most likely pregnant. A father was upset when Target started sending his teenage daughter baby products.