TAGITM Monthly
December 31, 2019
How Passwords Get Pillaged is No Secret
Secure Networkers, LLC
There are several different ways that passwords can be stolen, and understanding how bad actors work to gain access to your secret codes may instruct you on how and why to make your passwords harder to break. This month we share with you the not-so-secret secrets about how passwords without complexity can get pilfered.

Learn How Passwords Get Hacked
TAGITM Most Read This Year
By Alfred Ng and Mark Serrels, CNET
According to Capital One, data from more than 100 million U.S. citizens and 6 million Canadian residents has been stolen by a hacker. If you applied for a credit card from the U.S. bank between 2005 through 2019, your information is likely part of this breach, reads the statement.
I would like to take a few moments to offer my thanks and appreciation for being allowed to serve as the TAGITM President for 2018-2019. It was truly an honor to represent the organization. I am hopeful we continue to see growth at the conference in our education offerings and our membership base by opening our borders just a bit. Ha, I believe there was a similar theme of a conference in the past - Expanding our Borders.
As I sit back and reflect on this year’s conference, I can’t help but feel such a sense of joy and excitement. Yes, the conference is over, we had to leave our peers and all the fun behind us in The Woodlands. However, I can’t help but smile when I think about the amazing people we have serving our communities across Texas.
By Lucian Constantin, ITWorld.com
Researchers have found 11 serious vulnerabilities in VxWorks, the world's most popular real-time operating system (RTOS) that powers over 2 billion devices including enterprise network firewalls and routers, industrial controllers and medical equipment. Many of the flaws allow attackers to take over devices remotely by just sending network packets, which make them particularly dangerous.
Sentinel IPS
Client First Consulting Group
As a result of recent cybersecurity legislation, the TAGTIM Board is undertaking an effort to create a closer partnership with DIR, specifically related to the implementation of HB 3834 – Cybersecurity Training and SB 64 – Cybersecurity events as a disaster and the establishment of an Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAL). However, the board would like to leverage this opportunity to create a greater partnership with DIR on various programs that impact local government.
The 41st annual TAGITM conference is in the rear view mirror. I hope everyone that was able to attend had a great time and was able to walk away with some new ideas, plenty of networking time and maybe even some new contact info from fellow members and sponsors.

The Texas Association of Governmental Information Technology Managers, TAGITM, is an information system's professional organization that provides a forum for generating ideas, sharing problems and developing solutions. The association's main objective is to enable cities, counties, schools and appraisal districts within Texas to realize the full potential of automation benefits. The association currently has over 200 cities, counties, appraisal districts and school districts as part of their membership program. Click Here for the full listing of individuals and projects receiving recognition.

Join me in welcoming our two newest RMG chairs - Jennifer Frescaz from Midland has accepted the West Texas RMG chair and Kyle Benson from Kingsville has accepted the Central Coast RMG chair. Also, we are still looking for someone to volunteer at the RMG chair for the Panhandle RMG. Being a RMG chair is a great way to get more involved in TAGITM and make a larger impact on our organization.

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City of Midland is our spotlight member for this month. Read on for their plans, achievements, challenges and more.