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November 2018

2018 Annual Report

The 2018 DTS Annual Report is now available here. The report highlights a few major accomplishments from 2018, a few initiatives for 2019, Emerging Issues, and Awards. 

Post Updated: October 15, 2018
Posted On: October 15, 2018

Enterprise Mobility Management Change

On November 7, 2018 at 10:00am, DTS is changing the Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) provider.  This could impact your Android device that is state-owned, or personally-owned that connects to state systems. Prior to the change we recommend that you backup your android device and once the backup is complete, verify that it contains all your needed data.

 

The newer the version of the Android Operating System (OS), the less likely there will be any noticeable impact. Android devices on Motorola and Samsung with the newest Android operating system (OS), which currently includes versions 9.0 to 7.0, are unlikely to see any impact. Devices with Android OS version 6.0 or less will be more likely to be impacted.

 

There are four scenarios that could possibly occur when the change is made, depending upon the version and flavor of the Android OS on your device:

 

  1. Nothing will happen to the device.
    1. This is the most likely result with the current or newer OS’s.
  2. Nothing will happen until the device is rebooted.
    1. Upon reboot, a work profile folder will be created on the device. The work profile separates work data and applications from personal data and applications.
  3. A work profile will be created on the device.
    1. The work profile separates work data and applications from personal data and applications.
  4. The device will factory reset followed with the creation of a work profile.
    1. This is more likely with the older OS’s.
    2. Unless backed up, data and applications may be lost.
    3. The device will need to be re-enrolled into AirWatch. The steps for enrolling a device can be found at https://dts.utah.gov/mdm-mobile-device-management and clicking Android Device.
    4. The entire device will become a work managed device, meaning there will be no separation between work and personal data and applications.

 

There are options for lessening the impact to devices with an older and unsupported Android OS. They are:

    • Upgrade the device (Strongly recommended).
      • This keeps the device at the latest supported OS, which also gets the latest security updates.
      • You or your agency have responsibility for upgrading the device.
    • Backup the device (Strongly recommended).
      • You have responsibility for backing up the device.
      • See attachment for general guidelines for Android device backup. Please refer to your Android manufacturer’s support site for more specific instructions.
    • If employee owned, remove the Airwatch agent from the device.  
      • This should only be done if you do not want to upgrade your personal device to a supported OS.
      • This would avoid the possible impact. However, the potential impact becomes a possibility again if the agent is re-installed.
      • The device will be unable to access state resources, such as UWDN.
      • If assistance is needed in removing the Airwatch agent from the device, please contact the DTS customer support help desk (see below).

 

This change is not expected to affect iOS devices (iPhones or iPads).

Please contact the DTS Help Desk if you have any questions or need assistance. DTS contact information can be found at https://dts.utah.gov by clicking the Get Help link.

 

Post Updated: October 16, 2018
Posted On: October 16, 2018

DTS Cyber Center – Election Day Efforts

DTS stepped up efforts on Election Day last week. Hosting, security, network, and development teams worked late into the night to ensure the State’s Elections systems were up and running with no issues. 

This is the first year we had the opportunity to utilize the new Utah Cyber Center. The Cyber Center is a central location for DTS, Public Safety, Attorney General’s office, and other government employees to share intelligence and tactics, and respond to events in a more coordinated fashion. We were able to monitor Elections systems statewide and ensure and threats were thwarted before becoming an issue. 

Here is some of the media coverage we had from the Cyber Center on Election Night:

GovTech

Deseret News

Fox 13

ABC4

Great job DTS team! 

 

Post Updated: November 15, 2018
Posted On: November 14, 2018

Utah Receives Grade A Rating in Digital States Survey

Utah.Gov, the official website of the State of Utah, received a grade A rating from the Center for Digital Government in the 2018 Digital States survey. The biennial survey is the industry’s leading evaluation of the technology practices of all 50 states. The survey highlights the best and emerging technology practices that serve as models for providing online services for state residents.

“This is the most exhaustive evaluation of digital services provided across the country,” said Michael Hussey, Utah Chief Information Officer. “The survey validates Utah’s use of technology to improve service delivery, increase capacity, streamline operations and reach policy goals.”

States that receive a Grade A rating are ahead of other states in the innovative use of technology solutions. Grade A states’ online solutions show results across all survey categories and are used to realize operational efficiencies and strategic priorities through meaningful collaboration across state agencies. Only four states were given an A grade this year. Utah has received an A grade every year since the survey started giving out grades in 2010.

“Utah was recognized for its leadership in creating a platform for serving Utah residents,” said David Fletcher, Utah Chief Technology Officer. “Our approach allows Utah to expand the gap ahead of other states while providing useful online services.”

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government.

To learn more visit Utah.Gov.

Post Updated: November 14, 2018
Posted On: November 14, 2018