Midland GIS Solutions, a large full-service geographic information systems firm serving the Midwest, has been acquired by SAM Cos., an Austin, Texas-based provider of geospatial and construction services, the companies announced. Based in Maryville, Mo., Midland has provided GIS and GPS services to municipalities, counties, utility companies, state agencies and private sector organizations, including a number of […]

A third-party service provider for at least two Iowa nonprofits experienced a massive ransomware attack, affecting more than 20 universities and nonprofits in the U.S., the U.K. and Canada. Blackbaud, an international provider of cloud-based fundraising and finance services, notified the Iowa State University Foundation on July 16 that a data breach between Feb. 7 […]

The Iowa Secretary of State’s Office is conducting a series of workshops through this week to help counties prepare for 2020 elections. Incident Response Plan seminars take county auditors and staff, IT administrators and emergency management coordinators through a variety of scenarios that could disrupt elections, including natural disasters, power outages and cyberattacks, the office […]

A third-party service provider to the Iowa State University Foundation experienced a massive ransomware attack, affecting more than 20 universities and nonprofits in the U.S., U.K. and Canada. Blackbaud, an international provider of cloud-based fundraising and finance services, notified the ISU Foundation on July 16 that a data breach taking place between Feb. 7 and […]

The Microsoft Datacenter Academy program is adding three credential programs led by CompTIA, a provider of vendor-neutral training and skills certifications, CompTIA announced this week. The programs will be available at the five data center academies supported by Microsoft, including the Des Moines Area Community College in West Des Moines. The new certifications are CompTIA […]

The original Des Moines Securities Map from the 1930s, on display at Undesign: DSM by Polk County Housing Trust Fund. A link to the map’s original descriptions is available here.  A red line runs through the old Franklin Junior High in Des Moines, highlighting what residents of the city couldn’t see for years. When the pandemic […]

From left, InfraLytiks Chief Operating Officer Tyler Carter, Chief Technology Officer Akash Vidyadharan and President Kevin Prendergast.  Submitted photo When Des Moines startup InfraLytiks started the year, the staff was looking at data in the stars as part of the Catalyst Space Accelerator. Now, the team is leveraging the experience as InfraLytiks wades further into […]

Fareway is alerting current and former employees about a data security event after its payroll vendor PaperlessPay Corp. reported a server breach by an unauthorized individual. PaperlessPay notified Fareway on March 20 that an individual had accessed the server one month earlier, Feb. 18, which held data of current and former Fareway employees, according to […]

Secretary of State Paul Pate’s office will provide $1 million to Iowa counties to assist them with cybersecurity resources ahead of the 2020 elections, Pate announced on Thursday. The investment comes as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Iowa’s Office of the Chief Information Officer are preparing to conduct scans of all 99 counties’ […]