A Peter Thiel-Backed Company Would Benefit the Most From Trump’s 5G Plan

Fortune | April 09, 2019

The future of wireless Internet access in America is unclear but it will be decided soon. The debate grew more serious last month, when the Trump re-election campaign announced its support for a government-controlled 5G network. There are many things to like about the idea of open, standardized access to the wireless airwaves, as promoters of the idea have argued. But there’s also a major problem: The plan would be a massive payout to a company hand-selected by the Trump administration, for a perhaps unexpected reasonpatents. The Trump campaign proposal would essentially allocate a range of wireless spectrum, the radio frequencies by which mobile phones and all other wireless devices communicate, for open access to fifth-generation (5G) network devices. Those devices would need to follow a set of coordination rules for determining when to communicate, lest they end up interfering with each other like people who talk over each other at a crowded dinner party.

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As if a firestorm devastating 370,000 acres and displacing 515,000 people weren't enough, County of San Diego personnel had to deal with a crisis all their own: getting information to the public after their website crashed under unprecedented traffic. To prevent a recurrence, the county now hosts its site on Microsoft Azure, where it scales to 19 million page views hourly and which costs 78 percent less to maintain than the previous site.

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As if a firestorm devastating 370,000 acres and displacing 515,000 people weren't enough, County of San Diego personnel had to deal with a crisis all their own: getting information to the public after their website crashed under unprecedented traffic. To prevent a recurrence, the county now hosts its site on Microsoft Azure, where it scales to 19 million page views hourly and which costs 78 percent less to maintain than the previous site.

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Credence Security Brings Voyager Labs' State-of-the-Art AI-based Investigation Solutions to the Middle East and Africa

CREDENCE SECURITY | August 23, 2022

The digital age has led to boundless innovations and advancements; however, it has also resulted in increasing criminal ingenuity. Using emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) tools in investigations can enhance the ability to identify and investigate attacks and help investigators get to the root cause rapidly. With this in mind, Credence Security has signed a strategic distribution partnership with Voyager Labs, a world leader in AI-based investigation solutions. Under the agreement, the leading PAN-EMEA specialty value-added distributor will be responsible for delivering, promoting, and providing sales and technical support for Voyager Labs' entire suite of solutions across its expansive channel ecosystem in the Middle East and Africa. Voyager Labs will also establish an office in the UAE to provide local support and expertise to its regional customers. Voyager Labs' cutting-edge technology has the capability to analyze billions of data points in near real-time, allowing law enforcement and intelligence agencies to identify threats and leads from multiple data sources. Powered by AI, Voyager Labs' offerings bring organizations a unique edge against today's sophisticated cyber threats. Voyager Labs' world-class solutions include: VoyagerAnalytics – an in-depth investigation platform, designed to analyze massive amounts of unstructured open, deep, and dark web data, as well as internal data, to reveal actionable insights VoyagerInsights – an advanced central investigation platform designed to enable investigators to automatically uncovering relevant leads from unstructured and structured data VoyagerCheck – a risk assessment platform that provides an automated assessment of user behaviour. VoyagerVision – a comprehensive visual intelligence platform that offers a full suite of visual data analysis capabilities. With over 10 years of experience developing state-of-the-art solutions for forensic intelligence and law enforcement activities, Voyager Labs' platforms are used extensively within law enforcement and intelligence agencies globally. Our proprietary AI-powered tools have helped prevent and solve crimes at a speed and accuracy that is incomparable and impossible for human analysts. We are glad to have Credence Security as our regional VAD as we believe that they share our vision for digital forensics innovation and intelligence and that our suite of solutions complements their comprehensive array of offerings. In addition, as we grow our presence in the Middle East and Africa, we are confident that our partnership with Credence Security will help us further accelerate our business and reach across the region. "AI innovations present tremendous opportunities for the digital forensics community. Voyager Labs offer organizations a significant advantage to keep up with today's sophisticated types of threats and the unprecedented amount of data in each investigation. Voyager Labs' powerful AI-based platforms are a great example of these solutions and we are honored to be their trusted partner in bringing their ground-breaking solutions to our partners and customers in the region." -Garreth Scott, Managing Director at Credence Security. As a testament to their commitment to the region, Voyager Labs is also taking part in the second edition of Credence Security's Middle East Roadshow. This event will be held under the theme, Take Your Investigations To The Next Level, will cover key markets such as Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. It will bring together pre-eminent technology experts, vendors and thought-leaders to discuss the latest trends, strategies and innovations in today's security landscape. Over the years, the Credence Security Roadshow has proven to be the platform of choice for security and digital forensics professionals across the region as we provide a comprehensive understanding of the current trends and digital practices that organizations, whether corporate or traditional law enforcement and governments, need to follow to get ahead of the curve and improve on their digital forensics investigation capabilities by reducing the backlog and increasing the depth and breadth of device and data coverage. ABOUT CREDENCE SECURITY: Established in 1999, Credence Security, a PAN-EMEA specialty Value-added Distributor, is a leader in Cybersecurity, Forensics, Governance, Risk and Compliance. With headquarters in Dubai and regional offices in Johannesburg, London, Nairobi, and Hyderabad. We are a pure-play provider of security and forensics solutions, to both public and private sector enterprises across Europe, Middle East, and Africa, through a select network of specialist resellers. Unlike most other distributors, we take a consultative 'value-add' solution approach, we collaborate with our partners and their customers to understand their needs, both from a technology and business perspective, and then work very closely with our partners to deliver tailor made solutions. Working closely with globally recognized, award winning vendors including Oxygen Forensics, AccessData, ColorTokens, an Exterro company, Finesse, HelpSystems, HumanFirewall, Entrust, ZecOps and ZeroFox, Credence Security delivers best-in-class, Cybersecurity & Forensics technologies and solutions that protect organizations against advanced persistent threats, malicious adversaries and internal malpractice.

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DLA Piper represents SixGen in its acquisition of Fourcast Management and Analysis

DLA Piper | August 09, 2022

DLA Piper represented SixGen, Inc., a leading cybersecurity and products company based in Maryland, in its acquisition of Fourcast Management and Analysis, Inc., a Maryland-based technology management consulting company. SixGen provides world-class cybersecurity services and products to protect government organizations and commercial industries. Using innovative processes, tools, and advanced techniques, SixGen predicts and overcomes cybersecurity vulnerabilities. SixGen prioritizes best practices, customer requirements and privacy and overall mission impact. The strategic acquisition of Fourcast Management and Analysis – a leading management consulting company that provides seasoned advisory services, skills, and assistance in the areas of finance, budget and cost estimation – will bolster SixGen's mission to provide the highest quality services to customers and enable employee growth through diversified opportunities. "Congratulations to SixGen on this strategic acquisition of Fourcast, which will allow the company to grow in the cybersecurity and professional services sector, It was a pleasure collaborating and bringing together our deep knowledge and capabilities in the professional services industry to close this deal." -Jeffrey Houle, co-chair of DLA Piper's Aerospace, Defense and Government Services Transactional practice who led the team that advised SixGen. We're immensely proud of this pivotal deal. We thoroughly enjoyed working with the DLA Piper team and believe this acquisition will have an immediate impact on the level of service we can provide to our customers, said Chris Brady, chairman of Chart National, an investor in SixGen. In addition to Houle (Washington, DC), the deal team included partners Thomas Pilkerton III, Julia Kovacs and Jordan Bailowitz (all three in Baltimore) and Brad Jorgensen (Austin); of counsel Christopher Armstrong (Baltimore); and associate Josh Feldman (Baltimore). With more than 1,000 corporate lawyers globally, DLA Piper helps clients execute complex transactions seamlessly while supporting clients across all stages of development. The firm has been rated number one in global M&A volume for 12 consecutive years, according to Mergermarket. DLA Piper's global Technology sector lawyers work across practice areas and offices to support technology clients – from startups to fast-growing and mid-market businesses to mature global enterprises – doing business around the world. About DLA Piper: DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning us to help clients with their legal needs around the world. In certain jurisdictions, this information may be considered attorney advertising.

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SES Completes $450 Million Acquisition of DRS Global Enterprise Solutions Doubling US Government Business

SES | August 02, 2022

SES and its wholly-owned subsidiary SES Government Solutions (SES GS) today announced the completion of the acquisition of DRS Global Enterprise Solutions (GES) from Leonardo DRS for $450 million after obtaining all the necessary regulatory approvals. The DRS GES business will be combined with SES GS to create a scaled solutions provider serving the multi-orbit satellite communications needs of the US Government and supporting missions anywhere on land, at sea, or in the air. With the combined businesses operating as SES Government Solutions, the new organization will comprise a cross-functional workforce with deep technical expertise and a proven ability to integrate and manage multi-orbit geostationary and medium earth orbit (MEO) services as well as multi-operator network solutions. In particular, SES GS will offer highly flexible second-generation MEO services – via SES’s soon-to-be launched O3b mPOWER system – with a unique combination of low latency and high throughput per terminal for high-value missions, to an expanded government customer base. SES GS will also leverage essential tools and expertise in cybersecurity operations, customer support, governance and compliance. The combined business will continue to serve US Government customers under the direction of the SES GS Proxy Board of Directors. The consolidation of DRS GES with SES GS is expected to unlock $25 million of annualized run-rate synergies, with government becoming SES’s largest data business segment in terms of revenue. The combined business will be led by David Fields, who assumes responsibilities on August 1, 2022 as appointed by the SES GS Proxy Board. Fields has over 30 years of experience in the satellite communications and information technology (IT) services industries, and joins SES GS from DRS GES. He succeeds Brigadier General Pete Hoene, USAF (Retired), who, after 11 years at the helm of SES GS and decades of dedicated service in the satellite communications arena, will take his retirement. “I am extremely excited about the potential that this combination unleashes, reinforcing our commitment to provide best-in-class satellite network solutions to the US Department of Defense customers, We are delighted to welcome Fields, who comes to SES GS with extensive knowledge and expertise in the satellite communications industry and a demonstrated record of achievement in the US Government sector. Well-respected by industry partners and customers, he has developed deep and trusted relationships with many US Government agencies, and we anticipate David to build on his success through his leadership of the combined business. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Pete Hoene, whose leadership has resulted in SES GS achieving outstanding growth rate of over 30% in just the last five years. We wish him all the best in his well-earned retirement.” -Brigadier General Billy Bingham, USAF (Retired), Chairman of the SES GS Proxy Board. I am excited to join SES GS and honored to lead the combined team where we will be delivering best-in-class solutions and state-of-the-art multi-orbit satellite networking capabilities, said David Fields, President and CEO of SES GS. SES GS will be significantly expanding its differentiated value proposition for the US Government, with a trusted multi-operator network integration and service management solutions. The breadth of our capabilities, now spanning both connectivity and integration, allows for building, managing and supporting the most advanced satellite networks solutions for our US Government customers. About SES: SES has a bold vision to deliver amazing experiences everywhere on earth by distributing the highest quality video content and providing seamless connectivity around the world. As the leader in global content connectivity solutions, SES operates the world’s only multi-orbit constellation of satellites with the unique combination of global coverage and high performance, including the commercially-proven, low-latency Medium Earth Orbit O3b system. By leveraging a vast and intelligent, cloud-enabled network, SES is able to deliver high-quality connectivity solutions anywhere on land, at sea or in the air, and is a trusted partner to the world’s leading telecommunications companies, mobile network operators, governments, connectivity and cloud service providers, broadcasters, video platform operators and content owners. SES’s video network carries over ~8,200 channels and has an unparalleled reach of 366 million households, delivering managed media services for both linear and non-linear content. About SES Government Solutions: SES Government Solutions (SES GS) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, the leader in global content connectivity solutions, and is exclusively focused on building, managing, and supporting the most advanced satellite network solutions for the US Government. SES GS leverages a proven multi-operator network integration and management capability, an extensive global terrestrial network, as well as access to SES’s multi-orbit satellite fleet. It also offers US Department of Defense customers the essential tools in cybersecurity for mission-critical operations, coupled with a proven track record in governance and compliance. SES GS operates under a proxy board, enabling it to support classified projects, and it has been present in the US Government satcom market for over four decades.

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