Network Nebraska provides pandemic assistance

Network Nebraska provides pandemic assistance
JANUARY 31, 2022 (LINCOLN, NEB.) — In mid-March 2020, over 350,000 Nebraska K-12 students and their teachers were sent home to begin remote learning during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This sudden and historic transition sent school districts scrambling to provide computing devices and digital content. Meanwhile, some families were unserved or underserved with home internet, and parents found themselves juggling their work lives with part-time tutoring responsibilities.
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ConnectEd Nebraska Offers Free Wireless Internet to Nebraska Schools

Today, the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE), the Office of the Chief Information Officer, Network Nebraska, and the University of Nebraska unveiled ConnectEd Nebraska, a new educational internet program for Nebraska K-12 schools. This program is powered by eduroam and provides students and educators with free and readily available access to guest wireless networks at participating ConnectEd Nebraska eduroam schools. 

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Nebraska’s Covid Operations Dashboard recognized for Special Achievement in Geographic Information Services

Today, the State of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) were awarded for Special Achievement in Geographic Information Services (GIS). The award was presented by Esri, the ArcGIS geospatial software developer, at the organization’s annual User Conference which took place by virtual format this year. Nebraska was selected from over 300,000 eligible candidates from around the world for their innovative use of mapping and analytics technology, as well as leadership in the field of Public Health Information.

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Nebraska Partners with CISA in Holiday Online Shopping Campaign

The State of Nebraska is taking to social media this month, to increase awareness of safe habits for consumers who plan to do their holiday shopping online. Highlighting a public initiative led by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the State’s Office of the CIO (OCIO) will focus on common risks specifically linked with holiday shopping and how to mitigate them. Follow the Nebraska OCIO on Twitter for updates (

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Nebraska Recognizes National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Nebraska’s Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) in cooperation with Southeast Community College, will host a virtual event this month in observance of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The 15th annual Nebraska Cyber Security Conference is scheduled to take place virtually on Tuesday, October 20th. The event is open to the public, co-hosted by Southeast Community College. Early registration is now open through October 6th; registration will resume through October 19th.

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Nebraskans Should Be Alert For Online Shopping Scams

The Nebraska Attorney General, OCIO, and the Nebraska Department of Banking join together to encourage consumers to be especially vigilant when shopping online. In the past 30 days, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and, more recently, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have both issued warnings regarding a recent increase in online shopping scams.

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CIO announces new State Information Security Officer

The Nebraska Office of the CIO (OCIO) today announced the hiring of Patrick Wright as the State’s Information Security Officer (SISO).

Wright brings to the position extensive private industry experience in enterprise security operations. Formerly, he served as an information security specialist at Farmers Mutual Insurance. His career with the State of Nebraska began Monday, July 13th...

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Communications platforms guidance for individuals and organizations

LINCOLN, NEB. — Due to COVID-19, an increasing number of individuals and organizations are turning to communications platforms—such as Webex, Zoom and Microsoft Teams— for online meetings. In turn, malicious cyber actors are hijacking online meetings not secured with passwords or those that use unpatched software ...
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COVID-19 Exploited by Malicious Cyber Actors

LINCOLN, NEB. — Malicious cyber threat actors are capitalizing on the global attention surrounding COVID-19 to facilitate scams, distribute malware, and send phishing emails. The State’s enterprise technology department alerts all Nebraskans to exercise caution using the following safe security habits online ...
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CDG Reveals 2018 Digital States Survey Winners (pdf)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – October 2, 2018, – The Center for Digital Government announced the results of its 2018 Digital States Survey, a biennial evaluation of the technology practices of all 50 states.
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State expects Record attendance at 13th annual Security Conference (pdf)

SEPT. 25, 2018 (LINCOLN, NEB.) — Thursday, Sept. 27, the State will co-host their thirteenth annual Nebraska Cyber Security Conference taking place at Southeast Community College’s Lincoln Campus. This year’s event takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 8800 “O” Street. The conference is for security administrators and IT professionals, including network administrators, system administrators and information security professionals. Over 300 guests have registered to attend.
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Governor Ricketts Announces Rural Broadband Task Force Members (pdf)

Governor Pete Ricketts announced representatives to serve on the Rural Broadband Task Force. The task force will review issues related to availability, adoption, and affordability of broadband services in rural areas of Nebraska and make recommendations to the Legislature.
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Partnership Launched to Help Close Homework Gap for Rural Students (pdf)

The Nebraska Library Commission announced Monday, it received a National Leadership Sparks Grant of $25,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for a partnership project with the Nebraska Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and five local school districts and public libraries. Nebraska communities participating in this one-year project beginning June 1 include Bancroft, Genoa, Imperial, Verdigre, and Wymore. The Nebraska Schools and Libraries—Breaking the Ice and Igniting Internet Relationships grant is one of 26 projects out of 117 applications to receive funding totaling $5,770,682 to support libraries across the nation.
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Governor Ricketts Seeks Rural Broadband Task Force Members (pdf)

Governor Ricketts is seeking representatives of agribusiness, business, wireline telecommunications, wireless telecommunications, public power, health care providers, postsecondary educational institutions, and rural schools to serve as members of the Rural Broadband Task Force. The task force will review issues related to availability, adoption, and affordability of broadband services in rural areas of Nebraska and make recommendations to the Legislature.
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Survey looks at How Nebraskans are Using Broadband and Cost Benefits (pdf)

Digital readiness is key to building a stronger workforce and strengthening the State’s economy. The University of Nebraska Extension, the Nebraska Information Technology Commission, the Nebraska Public Service Commission, and Nebraska Library Commission have partnered with the Purdue Center for Regional Development to conduct a statewide Digital Readiness survey. The survey is open to the public and available until April 30.
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The State of Nebraska Earns 2017 OnBase Government Innovation Award

The State of Nebraska’s Office of the CIO, has received Hyland’s OnBase Government Innovation Award. The State of Nebraska was selected as the award winner, through a live voting process earlier this month, at the 2017 CommunityLIVE conference early last month…
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Winners of "Beyond the Walls" Awards Announced (pdf)

Libraries in seven states to lead community TV WhiteSpace projects…
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State Chief Information Officer Ed Toner, State of Nebraska, Profiled in NASCIO State CIOs Make a Difference Campaign

State Chief Information Officer (CIO) Ed Toner is making a difference for Nebraska by leading the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) in their mission of creating opportunities through more effective, more efficient and customer-focused state government.
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SHLB Coalition Welcomes Network Nebraska as Newest Member (pdf)

Washington, DC (December 13, 2016) - Network Nebraska became the newest member of the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition, a diverse partnership of 71 anchor institutions, commercial companies, non-profit broadband providers, foundations, public interest groups, and others. Together, these organizations promote open, affordable, high-capacity broadband for anchor institutions and their communities.
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State offices are leveraging and sharing geospatial data, changing the way taxpayers navigate Nebraska

Since the public release of, Nebraskans are beginning to visualize geographic data in new ways. NebraskaMAP provides access to more than 150 peer-reviewed geographic data layers and maps through an open data platform.
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Nebraska Public Schools find Savings in State, University Internet Service

This week Nebraska’s Chief Information Officer announces the 245th and final public school district has elected to join the statewide education network known as Network Nebraska.
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