An overeager legal strategy may endanger Trump’s energy goals

Roll Call | April 04, 2019

Sen. Lisa Murkowski was unhappy with an April 5 ruling by Sharon Gleason, a federal judge in Anchorage, Alaska, who found that President Donald Trump had unlawfully lifted a ban prohibiting drilling in the Arctic Ocean, dealing the president’s fossil-fuel energy agenda a major blow. “I strongly disagree with this ruling,” said Murkowski, who wants to open her state’s land and water to increased oil and gas leasing. “I expect this decision to be appealed and ultimately overturned.” If the past is any indication, the Alaska Republican may be disappointed. In the 28 months since Trump became president, his administration has worked with zeal and speed to slash, dilute and tweak the environmental protections of previous administrations, frequently with the support of Republicans in Congress and industry groups that stood to gain.

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Cyber security is now a significant issue for all government entities. It has broad relevance right across the organization, and can no longer be compartmentalized into niche topics such as national security or technical responses to computer hacking. Important as these issues are, they are just one small part of a much bigger challenge that now pervades the operations of government.

Spotlight

Cyber security is now a significant issue for all government entities. It has broad relevance right across the organization, and can no longer be compartmentalized into niche topics such as national security or technical responses to computer hacking. Important as these issues are, they are just one small part of a much bigger challenge that now pervades the operations of government.

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SecurityScorecard Partners with The National Association of Counties to Improve Cybersecurity Posture of Local Governments Across the U.S.

SecurityScorecard | July 19, 2022

In its ongoing effort to improve the security posture of federal, state and local government agencies, SecurityScorecard, the global leader in cybersecurity ratings, today announced a partnership with The National Association of Counties (NACo). Through this partnership, U.S. county governments will gain access to SecurityScorecard’s cybersecurity ratings platform to monitor and improve cybersecurity risk. NACo successfully piloted SecurityScorecard’s cybersecurity ratings platform, which involved 38 counties. SecurityScorecard’s platform is now available in the NACo County Tech Xchange, an online portal that connects more than 800 county CIOs, IT directors, CISOs and other county IT leadership. The portal provides resources that enable counties to improve their technology infrastructure. “We are committed to helping government entities in keeping their communities secure,” said Sachin Bansal, Chief Business and Legal Officer, SecurityScorecard. SecurityScorecard collects and analyzes global threat signals that give organizations instant visibility into the security posture of vendors and business partners as well as the capability to do a self-assessment of their own security posture. The technology continuously monitors 10 groups of risk factors to instantly deliver an easy-to-understand A-F rating. “Working with SecurityScorecard will enable us to improve the overall health of county networks and provide immediate access to information about cyber threats and risks, not only for county networks but also for third-party partners,” said Rita Reynolds, CIO of NACo. “This expansive approach offers sophisticated, real-time data that enhances counties’ capacity to monitor and protect critical assets.” In recent months, SecurityScorecard has established partnerships with the New York Department of Financial Services and U.S. state banking regulators via the Conference of State Banking Supervisors. In addition, SecurityScorecard has significantly increased its work with multiple congressional committees, federal and state agencies, and local authorities and meets regularly with government agencies for policy and operational collaboration, including threat intelligence briefings for major government agencies. SecurityScorecard is a founding member of the Institute for Security & Technology and the only security ratings provider to participate in the Institute’s cross-industry Ransomware Task Force. SecurityScorecard will participate in the NACo 2022 Annual Conference being held July 21 – 24. This is the largest meeting of county officials who will collaborate on NACo’s federal policy agenda, share proven practices and strengthen knowledge to help improve residents’ lives and the efficiency of county government. For more information on the SecurityScorecard cybersecurity ratings platform or to request a demo, please visit www.securityscorecard.com. About SecurityScorecard Funded by world-class investors including Evolution Equity Partners, Silver Lake Waterman, Sequoia Capital, GV, Riverwood Capital, and others, SecurityScorecard is the global leader in cybersecurity ratings with more than 12 million companies continuously rated. Founded in 2013 by security and risk experts Dr. Aleksandr Yampolskiy and Sam Kassoumeh, SecurityScorecard's patented rating technology is used by over 30,000 organizations for enterprise risk management, third-party risk management, board reporting, due diligence, cyber insurance underwriting, and regulatory oversight. SecurityScorecard is the first cybersecurity ratings company to offer digital forensics and incident response services, providing a 360-degree approach to security prevention and response for its worldwide customer and partner base. SecurityScorecard continues to make the world a safer place by transforming the way companies understand, improve and communicate cybersecurity risk to their boards, employees and vendors. Every organization has the universal right to their trusted and transparent Instant SecurityScorecard rating.NACo successfully piloted SecurityScorecard’s cybersecurity ratings platform, which involved 38 counties. SecurityScorecard’s platform is now available in the NACo County Tech Xchange, an online portal that connects more than 800 county CIOs, IT directors, CISOs and other county IT leadership. The portal provides resources that enable counties to improve their technology infrastructure. “We are committed to helping government entities in keeping their communities secure.” -Sachin Bansal, Chief Business and Legal Officer, SecurityScorecard. SecurityScorecard collects and analyzes global threat signals that give organizations instant visibility into the security posture of vendors and business partners as well as the capability to do a self-assessment of their own security posture. The technology continuously monitors 10 groups of risk factors to instantly deliver an easy-to-understand A-F rating. “Working with SecurityScorecard will enable us to improve the overall health of county networks and provide immediate access to information about cyber threats and risks, not only for county networks but also for third-party partners, This expansive approach offers sophisticated, real-time data that enhances counties’ capacity to monitor and protect critical assets.” -Rita Reynolds, CIO of NACo. In recent months, SecurityScorecard has established partnerships with the New York Department of Financial Services and U.S. state banking regulators via the Conference of State Banking Supervisors. In addition, SecurityScorecard has significantly increased its work with multiple congressional committees, federal and state agencies, and local authorities and meets regularly with government agencies for policy and operational collaboration, including threat intelligence briefings for major government agencies. SecurityScorecard is a founding member of the Institute for Security & Technology and the only security ratings provider to participate in the Institute’s cross-industry Ransomware Task Force. SecurityScorecard will participate in the NACo 2022 Annual Conference being held July 21 – 24. This is the largest meeting of county officials who will collaborate on NACo’s federal policy agenda, share proven practices and strengthen knowledge to help improve residents’ lives and the efficiency of county government. About SecurityScorecard- Funded by world-class investors including Evolution Equity Partners, Silver Lake Waterman, Sequoia Capital, GV, Riverwood Capital, and others, SecurityScorecard is the global leader in cybersecurity ratings with more than 12 million companies continuously rated. Founded in 2013 by security and risk experts Dr. Aleksandr Yampolskiy and Sam Kassoumeh, SecurityScorecard's patented rating technology is used by over 30,000 organizations for enterprise risk management, third-party risk management, board reporting, due diligence, cyber insurance underwriting, and regulatory oversight. SecurityScorecard is the first cybersecurity ratings company to offer digital forensics and incident response services, providing a 360-degree approach to security prevention and response for its worldwide customer and partner base. SecurityScorecard continues to make the world a safer place by transforming the way companies understand, improve and communicate cybersecurity risk to their boards, employees and vendors. Every organization has the universal right to their trusted and transparent Instant SecurityScorecard rating.

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Align Capital Partners Makes Growth Investment in GovTech Platform Schneider Geospatial

Align Capital Partners | June 24, 2022

Align Capital Partners announced the recapitalization of Schneider Geospatial, LLC, a SaaS provider of public access land management software and recurring support services to state and local governments. As one of the largest providers of GovTech geospatial solutions in the U.S. with a presence in over 25 states, the Company’s software allows citizens to access disparate government information sources in a more efficient and cost-effective manner. Schneider Engineering Corporation was founded in 1962 and began offering geographic information system (GIS) services in 1989. After the GIS business grew well organically and through several acquisitions, the Schneider family decided to spin out Schneider Geospatial into a separate, independent business in 2018 while maintaining 100% ownership of the Company. Through this transaction, ACP is providing significant growth capital to Schneider Geospatial, while preserving the Schneider family legacy through their continued ownership interest in the Company. “Our grandfather, Vincent Schneider, had a love for technology that was ahead of his time. Our father, John Schneider, embraced this passion and began our GIS business with a keen insight that understood the importance of geographic data. We are very proud of Schneider Geospatial, its award-winning innovations and the amazing group of employees who have made this all happen. We are excited to be associated with Align Capital Partners and we look forward to the future as we continue to grow and expand,” said J. Barry Schneider and Victoria Schneider Temple. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Company’s 50+ person team helps power Schneider Geospatial’s cloud-based software platform that enables clients to manage over 500 million information requests from over 23 million users, including citizens, commercial real estate developers, appraisers, law firms, contractors and inspectors. The Company’s core solution combines web-based GIS data reporting tools including CAMA and tax, ownership history, liens, boundaries, environmental issues and topography, into a single, user-friendly web application. We are excited to continue our partnership with our amazing clients. ACP’s investment allows us to accelerate several of our growth initiatives which will result in even better solutions and services to our clients. Our talented team is excited to continue this next phase of the Company’s growth.” Jeff Corns, CEO of Schneider Geospatial Schneider Geospatial is ACP’s second GovTech platform investment to date, following its 2020 investment in Electronic Transaction Consultants Corporation. “The Company has a very strong value-proposition of helping clients provide public access to digitized records as a replacement to a historically inefficient and labor-intensive experience,” said ACP Managing Partner Chris Jones. “Our enthusiasm for Schneider Geospatial plays on the attractive tailwinds of our firm’s GovTech thesis. The Company is well positioned to help governments replace antiquated technology, increase access to important digitized information and enhance information sharing capabilities to improve citizen engagement.” This represents ACP’s 72nd closed investment since the firm was founded in 2016 and is ACP’s 11th new investment year-to-date, including two platforms and nine add-on investments. Principal Matt Iodice and Associate Aaron Lewis worked alongside Mr. Jones on the transaction. Schneider Geospatial was advised on the transaction by Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, while ACP was supported by Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP. About Schneider Geospatial Schneider Geospatial is a provider of State & Local Government SaaS public access solutions and support services. The Company’s products include award-winning SaaS solutions such as Beacon™ and qPublic.net™ focused on local government information for the web; GeoPermits™ which is a SaaS permitting and workflow management platform; and Agland™ used to automate the calculating process for agricultural assessments. In addition to a diverse product portfolio, the Company offers a full range of GIS, technology and GovTech services. About Align Capital Partners Align Capital Partners is a growth-oriented private equity firm that partners with business owners and management teams to create shared success. ACP manages $775 million in committed capital with investment teams in Cleveland and Dallas. ACP brings experience and resources to help lower-middle market companies accelerate their growth, to the benefit of management, employees and the firm’s investors. ACP makes control investments in differentiated companies within the business services, technology, specialty manufacturing and distribution sectors.

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ACCORIAN Joins Civitas Networks for Health

Memorial Hermann Health System | July 12, 2022

Accorian, today announced it has joined Civitas Networks for Health, the largest national network of its kind. Civitas is comprised of member organizations working to use health information exchange, health data, and multi-stakeholder, cross-sector approaches to improve health. Accorian is a leader in providing cybersecurity and compliance services, with a special focus on the healthcare and health technology industry. We work with our clients reduce their security risks and assist companies of all sizes achieve their necessary cybersecurity compliance(s). As an external HITRUST assessor firm, we have helped companies achieve HITRUST certification along with SOC 2 and ISO certifications. "With Accorian's focus on heath, becoming a member of Civitas allows us to further that focus with the health collaboratives. We hope to continue working with HIEs to strengthen their security and compliance posture." -Premal Parikh CEO ACCORIAN. Civitas Networks for Health is excited to have Accorian join our national network, said Civitas CEO Lisa Bari. We are raising the voices of local health collaboratives and those providing critical services to support health transformation. From the secure exchange of life-saving data to the accountability of multi-stakeholder initiatives, our member organizations have built the most trusted, connected, and inventive programs to serve their communities. About Accorian- Accorian is full-service cybersecurity and compliance firm that helps its clients with both security AND compliance. Accorian's clients range from start-ups to fortune 100 firms. Founded in 2019, Accorian is an external HITRUST assessor and a PCI ASV. To learn more about Accorian please visit www.accorian.com About Civitas Networks for Health- Civitas Networks for Health is a mission- and member-driven organization dedicated to using health information exchange, health data and multi-stakeholder, cross-sector approaches to improve health. It was formed in October 2021 with the affiliation of the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) and the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI). Civitas Networks for Health counts more than one hundred regional and statewide health information exchanges (HIEs), regional health improvement collaboratives (RHICs), quality improvement organizations (QIOs) and all-payer claims databases (APCDs) as well as more than 50 affiliated organizations as members and reaches approximately 95 percent of the United States population.

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