Terrorism and the Electric Power Delivery System

"The electric power delivery system that carries electricity from large central generators to customers could be severely damaged by a small number of well-informed attackers. The system is inherently vulnerable because transmission lines may span hundreds of miles, and many key facilities are unguarded. This vulnerability is exacerbated by the fact that the power grid, most of which was originally designed to meet the needs of individual vertically integrated utilities, is now being used to move power between regions to support the needs of new competitive markets for power generation. Primarily because of ambiguities introduced as a result of recent restructuring of the industry and cost pressures from consumers and regulators, investment to strengthen and upgrade the grid has lagged, with the result that many parts of the bulk high-voltage system are heavily stressed."

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California State Board of Equalization

California's State Board of Equalization (BOE) collects taxes and fees that provide more than 30 percent of the annual revenue for state government and essential funding for counties, cities, and special districts. In fiscal year 2014-15, the BOE-administered taxes and fees produced $60.5 billionn for education, public safety, transportation, housing, health services, social services, and natural resource management.

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Securing the Internet of Things for the US Public Sector

whitePaper | November 26, 2019

The adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies by public sector entities can result in many benefits: increased public safety with video surveillance or street lights, traffic management systems to control vehicle flow, and enhanced medical experience with connected infusion pumps and monitoring systems that communicate with patient records systems. Providing these and other new capabilities, all while increasing employee productivity, is one of the key reasons we are seeing an explosion of IoT deployment in the public sector.

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Four ways governments can get the most out of their infrastructure projects

whitePaper | January 7, 2020

Infrastructure—for example, transportation, power, water, and telecom systems—underpins economic activity and catalyzes growth and development. The world spends more than $2.5 trillion a year on infrastructure, but $3.7 trillion a year will be needed through 2035 just to keep pace with projected GDP growth.1 National, state, and local governments are devoting increased amounts of capital to meet these needs, and for good reason. The McKinsey Global Institute estimates that infrastructure has a socioeconomic rate of return around 20 percent.2 In other words, $1 of infrastructure investment can raise GDP by 20 cents in the long run.

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Compliance with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Publication 1075

whitePaper | June 26, 2022

The United States Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) goal is to promote taxpayer confidence in the integrity of the tax system by ensuring confidentiality of the tax information provided to the federal, state and local agencies. The IRS 1075 publication provides guidance to agencies, agents, contractors and subcontractors on implementing adequate policies, processes, controls and safeguards to protect Federal tax information (FTI). The IRS 1075 requirements follow the FedRAMP and NIST 800-53 Rev.5 guidelines. Agencies that receive FTI must ensure that they have adequate programs in place to protect the data received in line with IRS 1075 guidelines. VMware Cloud on AWS GovCloud (US) has been authorized against the FedRAMP High baseline controls and therefore can support agencies in meeting the IRS 1075 requirements.

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Appian Government Cloud Security and Availability

whitePaper | March 14, 2022

Appian Government Cloud (AGC) is a cloud service offering with a DISA Provisional Authorization (PA) at Impact Level 5 (IL5). US Department of Defense Mission Owners can leverage the AGC PA to reduce their security responsibilities and accelerate their Authority to Operate (ATO) for cloud applications. Applications deployed on AGC are built using the Appian Low-Code Platform

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Cybersecurity Modernization - Transform Government While Controlling Business Risk

whitePaper | December 17, 2019

Moving systems to the cloud, introducing mobile devices into the workforce, investing in smart city projects and undergoing other modernization efforts can introduce risk if agencies can't sufficiently protect their data. According to a recent survey, 92 percent of government respondents will use sensitive data in an advanced technology within the year, yet 96 percent consider themselves "vulnerable."

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Government Requests for Cloud Customer Data

whitePaper | February 12, 2022

At Google, we know that transparency plays a critical role in earning and maintaining customer trust. That is why Google Cloud has taken steps to develop industry-leading product capabilities that enhance the control that our customers have over their data, and that give customers visibility into when and how their data is accessed. We think it is important to be clear at the outset about where we stand: our customers own their data and have the right to control access to it. Like other technology and communication companies, Google receives requests from governments and courts around the world for customer information, including requests for Google Cloud customer information. Google Cloud has developed a transparent, fair, and thorough process that meets international best practices when it comes to data access requests from law enforcement agencies and governments. Google provides a response on a case-by-case basis, taking into account different circumstances and informed by legal requirements, customer agreements, and privacy policies. We are committed to protecting privacy while also complying with applicable laws.

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California State Board of Equalization

California's State Board of Equalization (BOE) collects taxes and fees that provide more than 30 percent of the annual revenue for state government and essential funding for counties, cities, and special districts. In fiscal year 2014-15, the BOE-administered taxes and fees produced $60.5 billionn for education, public safety, transportation, housing, health services, social services, and natural resource management.

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