Apple cancels preexisting military drone Pentagon contract after acquiring AI company

Apple | January 30, 2020

Less than three weeks after quietly acquiring artificial intelligence company Xnor.ai, Apple has swiftly canceled the company’s preexisting contract with the Pentagon that would have seen its tech used in the controversial “Project Maven” military drone operation. That’s according to a report from The Information, citing a person familiar with the matter. Project Maven is the Pentagon’s initiative to use artificial intelligence to identify objects and targets of interest in aerial footage captured by military drones. The project has been highly controversial due to the potential for AI to presumably identify and label potential targets. Thousands of employees at Google staged protests last year over the company’s contracts for Project Maven. Those protests ultimately lead to Google withdrawing from the contract.

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The increasing complexity of managing the local government sector is proving a challenge for managers and councillors all over Australia. Despite each council’s different objectives, managers and councillors are mandated to provide the products and services to create and support sustainable communities for their constituents. They do this with increasing scrutiny of their management and performance, and rising levels of accountability. In recent years there has been a plethora of international, national and state reviews into the sustainability of local government organisations, in particular their financial sustainability.

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The increasing complexity of managing the local government sector is proving a challenge for managers and councillors all over Australia. Despite each council’s different objectives, managers and councillors are mandated to provide the products and services to create and support sustainable communities for their constituents. They do this with increasing scrutiny of their management and performance, and rising levels of accountability. In recent years there has been a plethora of international, national and state reviews into the sustainability of local government organisations, in particular their financial sustainability.

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Forcepoint ONE Expands FedRAMP Authorization for CASB to include ZTNA and SWG to Provide a Single Security Service Edge platform

Forcepoint | September 28, 2022

Global security leader Forcepoint announced that the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP®) has approved the Forcepoint ONE all-in-one cloud platform. FedRAMP is a U.S. government-wide program​ that certifies that cloud-based software can be ​trusted to secure and accelerate cloud adoption for federal agencies. Forcepoint’s “Authorized” designation from FedRAMP indicates that Forcepoint ONE meets 325 security controls for NIST 800-53 compliance requirements. “As a trusted security partner and advisor to the government for over 30 years, Forcepoint’s Authorized certification shows how seriously we take our covenant with our federal customers, The FedRAMP authorization process assures agencies that Forcepoint ONE’s security and access controls meet the high standards required to protect government systems and infrastructure. Simplifying security through Forcepoint’s unique Data-first SASE approach gives agency leaders greater confidence that they can easily adopt Zero Trust, control access and data use, and take advantage of cloud transformation efforts without wasting time, effort, and money.” -Sean Berg, President of Global Governments and Critical Infrastructure for Forcepoint. Forcepoint ONE is the converged, cloud-delivered platform for Security Service Edge (SSE, the security component of SASE) that protects agency employees and contractors working remotely as they use web, cloud and private applications. Forcepoint’s all-in-one cloud platform enables security teams to manage one set of policies via a single console for cloud-delivered gateway technologies like Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), Secure Web Gateway (SWG), and Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA). Integrated, inline threat protection and DLP provide consistent control for many types of users from government employees to partners, to prevent malware, and stop loss or misuse of sensitive data. CASB provides identity-based access controls so people on managed or unmanaged devices can easily and safely use government-sanctioned cloud apps. Forcepoint’s unique reverse proxy technology also makes it easy to securely connect personal devices of employees, consultants, contractors, and auditors. SWG monitors and safeguards interactions with any website. This includes blocking access to websites based on category, blocking downloads of malware, blocking uploads of confidential data to personal accounts, and detecting shadow IT. Forcepoint SWG features a unified agent that runs locally on Windows and macOS devices to enable smart routing of web traffic, offering up twice the throughput of competitors. ZTNA controls access to private applications hosted behind a firewall from both managed devices and BYOD, without needing VPNs. ZTNA and CASB together deliver identity-based access controls for internal apps and cloud apps seamlessly, providing them side by side through the same SSO page to simplify the user experience. DLP consistently protects sensitive data across the cloud, the web, and private apps, even agentlessly, all from one console. About Forcepoint: Forcepoint simplifies security for global businesses and governments. Forcepoint’s all-in-one, truly cloud-native platform makes it easy to adopt Zero Trust and prevent the theft or loss of sensitive data and intellectual property no matter where people are working. Based in Austin, Texas, Forcepoint creates safe, trusted environments for customers and their employees in more than 150 countries.

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Quick Heal joins forces with RevBits to strengthen its cybersecurity portfolio

Quick Heal Technologies Ltd | August 16, 2022

Quick Heal Technologies, a leader in the cybersecurity space, has collaborated with RevBits to address the advanced protection need for an on-premise infrastructure of government organisations. The partnership will help Quick Heal enhance its Seqrite product portfolio while enabling RevBits to expand its market presence in India. The association also aims to help government organizations that prefer to run their critical systems on-premise rather than in the cloud, thereby ensuring that they operate safely and seamlessly without the fear of cyberattacks. "We are delighted to partner with a leading cybersecurity solution provider like RevBits, well-known for its unique three-phase detection method that can protect businesses even from the most sophisticated attacks. It also complements our existing suite of Seqrite security solutions and will help us further strengthen our Seqrite product portfolio to offer the best cybersecurity solutions to our customers. At Quick Heal, we strive to innovate ourselves in sync with the ever-evolving threat landscape and devise solutions that exactly fit this purpose. We will continue collaborating with more such players to augment our products and services, cementing a leadership presence in the market today, tomorrow and beyond." -Dr. Sanjay Katkar, Joint MD & CTO, Quick Heal Technologies Ltd. David Schiffer, CEO, RevBits, said, We are extremely proud to be selected by a company with the size and reputation of Quick Heal. They are the leading EPS provider in India with 80% of the market share, and their solutions are available in more than 40 countries through international offices and thousands of channel partners. The combination of RevBits technology and the reputation and market coverage of Quick Heal Technologies will definitely prove to be a winning combination. Conservative projections point to additional revenue for RevBits of over $10 million ARR over the next three years, with large upside potential. About RevBits: Established in 2018, RevBits is a comprehensive cybersecurity company dedicated to providing customers with superior protection and service. RevBits delivers protection against the most sophisticated cyber threats companies face by offering multiple advanced security capabilities that can be administered through a unified security platform. RevBits is headquartered in Mineola, NY, with offices in Princeton, NJ, Boston, MA, London (England), and Antwerp (Belgium). About Quick Heal Technologies Ltd: Quick Heal Technologies Ltd. (Formerly Known as Quick Heal Technologies Pvt. Ltd.) is a leading IT security solutions company. Each Quick Heal product is designed to simplify IT security management across the length and depth of devices and on multiple platforms. They are customized to suit consumers, small businesses, government establishments and corporate houses. Over a span of 26 years, the company's R&D has focused on computer and network security solutions. The current portfolio of cloud-based security and advanced machine learning-enabled solutions stops threats, attacks and malicious traffic before it strikes. This considerably reduces the system resource usage. The security solutions are indigenously developed in India. Quick Heal Antivirus Solutions, Quick Heal Scan Engine, and the entire range of Quick Heal products are proprietary items of Quick Heal Technologies Ltd.

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SkyePoint Acquires SNR Government IT Services to Expand its Information Technology Offerings as a Prime Contractor within the Defense Sector

SkyePoint | September 14, 2022

SkyePoint Decisions, Inc. (SkyePoint) is pleased to announce the purchase of SNR Government IT Services LLC (SNR GITS), a subsidiary of Arrowpoint Corporation of Ashburn, VA, effective September 9, 2022. SkyePoint acquired all assets including its DLA JETS, Army RS3, and Army ITES-3S information technology and cybersecurity services contract vehicles. SNR GITS, now as a subsidiary of SkyePoint, offers comprehensive information technology services including technical and management expertise supporting applications, software, hardware, infrastructure, and systems in support of Department of Defense (DOD) agencies. As a Division of SkyePoint, SNR GITS will operate as the Defense sector arm for SkyePoint’s continued growth and investment. “This acquisition reflects SkyePoint’s determined and unrelenting focus on growth and delivering excellence to our federal government customers. Our ability to provide meaningful solutions to Federal agencies, anytime, anywhere now further expands SkyePoint’s reach to the DOD as a Prime contractor. We look forward to working with our technology and industry services partners to deliver SkyePoint’s proven cybersecurity, IT infrastructure, data analytics, and application development solutions.” -Frank Sturek, President, SkyePoint. About SkyePoint Decisions: SkyePoint provides innovative enterprise-wide and targeted solutions for the complex challenges faced by our federal government clients. Our focus is on enabling our client’s ability to deliver their mission – anytime, anywhere, securely as a prime contractor committed to delivery excellence. We combine technical expertise, mission awareness, and an empowered workforce to produce meaningful results. SkyePoint is an established ISO 9001:2015, ISO/IEC 27001:2013, and CMMI for Services Level 3 business with operations across the U.S. About SNR GITS: SNR GITS, a division of Arrowpoint Corporation, offers comprehensive IT services including technical and management expertise that supports applications, software, hardware, infrastructure, and systems in support of the Defense Logistics Agency and the Department of the Army. SNR GITS provides services through its Indefinite Delivery / Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicles.

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