A new US government report explores how blockchains could be used to track drones carrying medical supplies

The Block | April 27, 2020

Commercial drone delivery is becoming a serious business, but it still faces technical challenges related to data sharing and trust. Blockchains could help with that, a report published April 15 by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) contends. Companies and governments all over the world are using unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) to deliver essential products, like medicines. For instance, last year Ghana launched the world's largest medical drone delivery service, which takes up to 600 on-demand flights per day to 2,000 health facilities spread across the country.

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Australia is a wealthy nation. To a large extent, we have the financial resources, natural endowments and human capital to make Australia one of the best countries in the world for children to live. Our GDP per capita is the thirteenth largest in the world, and Australians are ranked the second wealthiest in the world in terms of assets. We have outperformed other OECD nations in achieving 27 years of consecutive economic growth.

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Australia is a wealthy nation. To a large extent, we have the financial resources, natural endowments and human capital to make Australia one of the best countries in the world for children to live. Our GDP per capita is the thirteenth largest in the world, and Australians are ranked the second wealthiest in the world in terms of assets. We have outperformed other OECD nations in achieving 27 years of consecutive economic growth.

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Verimatrix Threat Defense Technology Wins 2022 Global Infosec Award

Verimatrix | June 20, 2022

Verimatrix, the leader in powering the modern connected world with people-centered security, announced Verimatrix App Shield, part of the company’s Extended Threat Defense family of products, won this year’s Global Infosec Award for Most Comprehensive Mobile Application Security. Providing fast yet comprehensive protection for mobile apps, developers turn to App Shield for powerful no-code protection against potentially devastating threats such as reverse engineering, application repackaging, emulators, debuggers and more. In 2021, Verimatrix was named winner in the Next Gen for Application Security category, marking ongoing recognition for its application shielding technology that continues to protect a growing number of apps worldwide spanning industries such as automotive, finance and medical. Verimatrix uniquely combines ease of use with security innovations that make App Shield an appealing option for protecting an app for publishing on the app stores. We’re pleased to receive this repeated honor, as we are committed to providing a streamlined path toward powerful protections – freeing up app developers to focus on their core business while still providing peace of mind that vital intellectual property, source code, APIs and personal data are safe.” Asaf Ashkenazi, Chief Operating Officer and President at Verimatrix App Shield injects protections directly into an Android APK or iOS xcarchive package via a zero-code SaaS service that takes only minutes to use. App Shield support various mobile app programming languages such as Swift, Kotlin, Java, C, C++ and Obj-C. The industry award program has been organized by Cyber Defense Magazine (CDM) for the last 10 years. Its judges are CISSP, FMDHS, and CEH certified security professionals who vote based on their independent review of company submissions. About Cyber Defense Magazine Cyber Defense Magazine is the premier source of cyber security news and information for InfoSec professions in business and government. Managed and published by and for ethical, honest, passionate information security professionals, the magazine’s mission is to share cutting-edge knowledge, real-world stories and awards on the best ideas, products and services in the information technology industry. It delivers electronic magazines every month online for free, and special editions exclusively for the RSA Conferences. CDM is a proud member of the Cyber Defense Media Group. About Verimatrix Verimatrix helps power the modern connected world with security made for people. We protect digital content, applications, and devices with intuitive, people-centered and frictionless security. Leading brands turn to Verimatrix to secure everything from premium movies and live streaming sports, to sensitive financial and healthcare data, to mission-critical mobile applications. We enable the trusted connections our customers depend on to deliver compelling content and experiences to millions of consumers around the world. Verimatrix helps partners get to market faster, scale easily, protect valuable revenue streams, and win new business.

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MicroAge Expands its Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Expertise with the Acquisition of cStor

MicroAge | July 16, 2022

MicroAge, The Digital Transformation Experts®, announced the acquisition of cStor, a leading provider of cybersecurity, modern infrastructure, and digital transformation solutions. The acquisition will expand MicroAge's robust digital transformation service offerings to provide enhanced solutions and services for its clients, including a mature cybersecurity practice as well as extensive data center delivery and networking engineering expertise. cStor was founded in 2002 by Bill Nowlin and initially launched as Custom Storage, providing data center consulting and solutions. Over the past few decades as technology and cybersecurity threats have rapidly evolved, cStor stayed in lockstep with the technology landscape, developing comprehensive offerings and expertise in cybersecurity, digital transformation, and modern infrastructure. In support of those practice areas, the company also expanded its professional services capabilities to enhance the value and improve overall business outcomes for clients. "Together, our companies are even better positioned for scale and growth, With our combined expertise, we can positively impact our clients' business outcomes with shared resources that expand our services, market knowledge, technology access, and technical expertise." -Rob Zack, CEO of MicroAge. Since our inception, cStor has been dedicated to client success by architecting solutions through innovative problem solving and an understanding of our clients' overall business challenges, said Larry Gentry, president and CEO of cStor. By joining MicroAge, we are better positioned to deliver the most impactful solutions and services that will successfully transform our clients' businesses now and into the future. About cStor- cStor helps organizations strategize, design, and implement cybersecurity, digital transformation, and modern infrastructure solutions and services that address the evolving needs of today's enterprise. cStor's proven capabilities with best-in-class technologies provide peace of mind and put organizations on a path to success. cStor serves clients throughout the Southwest with a focused, collaborative approach and superior results. About MicroAge- MicroAge combines a powerful mix of technology services, backed by vendor-certified engineers and an acclaimed panel of experts to deliver the competitive edge technology leaders need to lead in a disruptive, digital environment. A Gold-Certified Microsoft partner, MicroAge is recognized annually by the Computer Reseller News (CRN) in the Tech Elite 250, Solution Provider 500, and MSP 500 lists of top-performing technology integrators, strategic service providers, and IT consultants.

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U.S. Government and QuSecure Orchestrate First-Ever Post-Quantum Encryption Communication over a Government Network

QuSecure | July 13, 2022

QuSecure™, Inc., a leader in post-quantum cybersecurity (PQC), today announced the U.S. Federal Government is currently orchestrating the world’s first-ever post-quantum encryption communication over a Government network by utilizing its QuProtect™ PQC solution. QuProtect is the industry’s first end-to-end PQC software-based solution uniquely designed to protect encrypted communications and data with quantum-resilience using quantum secure channels. The Government is leveraging QuSecure’s unique post-quantum cryptographic algorithm on its legacy systems at a combined Air Force, Space Force and NORAD location. The quantum-resilient deployment has 100-percent uptime protecting data that previously used standard encryption, with no increased bandwidth or latency issues through QuProtect’s quantum tunnel. Data currently being transmitted cannot be decrypted by others unless they have the QuProtect system, and any adversary collecting the protected data to store will be unlikely to decrypt it in the future, even with a quantum computer. “This is extremely significant because the U.S. Government has not employed a post-quantum communications channel on premises before, The QuProtect platform is performing exceptionally well with uninterrupted, continuous quantum channel uptime protecting formerly classically encrypted and quantum vulnerable asymmetric keys, With the current speed of business, commerce, warfare and everyday communications, QuProtect protects all data on existing systems and devices and does not slow the systems down, We have proven this in our successful pilot, which will lead to the large-scale deployments as a result of our SBIR Phase III contract with the Government. This historic moment places QuSecure one step closer to fulfilling our vision of ensuring an exceptionally secure quantum future.” -Pete Ford, QuSecure Head of Federal Operations. This historic event was possible due to activities around QuSecure’s evaluation for, and eventually winning, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III Federal Government procurement contract for PQC solutions. Announced last month, QuSecure has been established as the Government’s leading provider of PQC solutions, setting the standard for Government’s PQC requirements. This is the Government’s first and only Phase III designation aimed at addressing end-to-end comprehensive solutions to the post-quantum threat, and further emphasizes today’s need to deploy PQC for classical and future quantum attacks. Federal agencies participating in SBIR include the following agencies and departments: Small Business Administration, Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Transportation, Environmental Protection, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Science Foundation. The Government’s deployment of QuSecure is being operated over an open Internet network on legacy equipment and systems. QuSecure has proven it works on Government systems by using cryptographic agility that supports all National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) finalist algorithms in the post-quantum cryptography standardization competition. The winners of the NIST competition were announced on July 5. QuProtect enables organizations for the first time to leverage quantum resilient technology to help prevent today’s cyberattacks, while future-proofing networks and preparing for post-quantum cyberthreats. It provides quantum-resilient cryptography, anytime, anywhere and on any device. QuProtect uses an end-to-end quantum-security-as-a-service (QSaaS) architecture that addresses the digital ecosystem’s most vulnerable aspects, uniquely combining zero-trust, next-generation post-quantum-cryptography, quantum-strength keys, high availability, easy deployment, and active defense into a comprehensive and interoperable cybersecurity suite. The end-to-end approach is designed around the entire data lifecycle as data is stored, communicated, and used. About QuSecure- QuSecure is a leader in post-quantum cybersecurity with a mission to protect enterprise and Government data from quantum and classical cybersecurity threats. Its patent-pending, quantum-safe solutions provide an easy transition path to quantum resiliency across any organization. The company’s QuProtect solution is the industry’s first PQC software-based platform uniquely designed to protect encrypted communications and data with quantum-resilience using a quantum secure channel. QuSecure has current customer deployments in banking/finance, healthcare, space/satellite, IT/data enterprises, datacenters, and various Department of Defense agencies. QuSecure is investor backed and has offices in Silicon Valley.

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