Smart State strategies helping protect technology


UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS — Computer researchers at UI are working on technology to keep the state safe. In fact, they’ve been working on it for 30-years. They say it’s now ready to put into action.

UI’s National Center for Supercomputing Applications is teaming up with the state to improve technology. The program, Smart State, involves researchers creating new methods of improving cybersecurity and storing important state data.

It brings together next-generation technology and expert researchers to improve how the state protects people’s person information. The state collects heath data, business licenses and personal credit information.

Right now, the collection and storage of the data is not organized. The state plans to use the technology to reduce repeat offenders in the prison system, plus ease congestion on state roadways.

Right now, the state is behind in its security systems.

The super computer at UI serves as a system to safeguard confidential state information. It’s all part of Governor Bruce Rauner’s security plan. The first phase focuses on cybersecurity. The Smart State program started last year.


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