Appointee Watch: Nominee for FEMA's No. 2 Job Withdraws

GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE | September 14, 2017

President Trump’s pick to be deputy director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency has withdrawn his name from consideration for the post, after news reports alleging misconduct when he served in the George W. Bush administration. According to NBC News, Daniel A. Craig was found by the FBI and Homeland Security Department Office of the Inspector General to have falsified government travel and timekeeping records in 2005.

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The defense and national security environment has changed dramatically in recent years. While the government agencies involved in defense and in national security remain the key national lines of defense, the threats that these agencies face are now more sophisticated. Enemy actors are utilizing up-to-the-minute technologies, capable of operating across multiple jurisdictions and theaters, experts at obfuscating purpose and intent and practiced in using high-quality techniques to achieve their aims. And while the threats continue to evolve and grow, national security and defense organizations face shrinking budgets and tighter resources. One of the key commodities agencies have to combat these threats is information; however, today, the information required to counter these threats has become vast, is widely dispersed, and can be almost impossible to piece together and effectively exploit.

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The defense and national security environment has changed dramatically in recent years. While the government agencies involved in defense and in national security remain the key national lines of defense, the threats that these agencies face are now more sophisticated. Enemy actors are utilizing up-to-the-minute technologies, capable of operating across multiple jurisdictions and theaters, experts at obfuscating purpose and intent and practiced in using high-quality techniques to achieve their aims. And while the threats continue to evolve and grow, national security and defense organizations face shrinking budgets and tighter resources. One of the key commodities agencies have to combat these threats is information; however, today, the information required to counter these threats has become vast, is widely dispersed, and can be almost impossible to piece together and effectively exploit.

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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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Accela Named Microsoft US Government Partner of the Year for Third Consecutive Year

Accela | July 08, 2022

Accela®, the trusted provider of cloud solutions for government, today announced that it was selected as Microsoft's 2022 US Government Partner of the Year for the third consecutive year. Accela was honored among top Microsoft partners for providing innovative services based on Microsoft technologies to state and local government customers, as well as demonstrating thought leadership in the government technology sector. Accela's SaaS solutions, which are powered by Microsoft Azure, equip state, county and local governments with an agile, purpose-built platform to automate and modernize essential government functions within economic development, community development, and public safety. "We are proud to be recognized by Microsoft for our partnerships with governments around the globe. With Accela, in partnership with Microsoft, our customers can have confidence their data is being kept safe with the latest updates and best practices, which is essential to support ongoing security, compliance and government regulation requirements. "By 2025, 95% of new IT investments made by government agencies will be made in as-a-service solutions. As governments accelerate their digital transformations, Accela will continue to deliver secure cloud-based solutions, powered by Microsoft, that provide vital services, modernize employee and resident experiences, and bolster economies." Tom Nieto, chief operating officer of Accela The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered outstanding Microsoft-based solutions during the past year. Honorees are chosen from a set of more than 4,400 submitted nominations from more than 100 countries worldwide. More than 275 million residents globally benefit from Azure-powered Accela solutions for permitting, licensing, and code enforcement. Accela is Gold Certified Partner in the Microsoft Partner Program, with a competency in ISV/Software Solutions. As a Gold Certified Partner, Accela has demonstrated its expertise with Microsoft technologies and a proven ability to meet customers' needs. Today's announcement builds on Accela's momentum in the cloud govtech space. Most recently, Accela launched a new offering, Managed Application Services, to help government agencies achieve increased flexibility and reliability in managing IT staffing needs. About Accela Accela provides a unified suite of cloud solutions trusted by governments across the globe to accelerate their digital transformation, deliver vital services, and build stronger communities. More than 275 million citizens worldwide benefit from Accela's government software solutions. The company offers agile, purpose-built solutions and the power of a platform that provides users with a consumer-like experience, shares data across departments, and ensures world-class security.

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Four Inc. Collaborates with Synopsys as Federal Aggregator

Four Inc. | June 01, 2022

Synopsys, Inc. has named Four Inc. as a federal aggregator. As part of Four Inc.'s boutique aggregation program, Four Inc. will deliver Synopsys Software Integrity Group application security solutions to the federal government through its government contract vehicles and network of channel partners. The program includes multi-year financial solutions and as-a-service products to support and develop Synopsys' government business. Our agreement with Four Inc. is a milestone that will help expand the Synopsys portfolio's reach within the Federal IT ecosystem via a trusted federal aggregator. Broadening our business through the channel is one of our top strategic priorities. This agreement signals the continued momentum and growth we expect by further extending our world-class application security solutions through the channel in the Federal space moving forward." Tom Herrmann, vice president of global channels and alliances within the Synopsys Software Integrity Group Synopsys has been named a six-time Gartner® Magic QuadrantTM Leader for Application Security Testing, a three-time Forrester WaveTM Leader for Software Composition Analysis, and a two-time Forrester WaveTM Leader for Static Application Security Testing. The Synopsys Software Integrity Group assists development teams in producing safe, high-quality software while minimizing risks and increasing productivity. Synopsys is a well-known leader in application security. Its static analysis, software composition analysis, and dynamic analysis tools help teams quickly find and fix vulnerabilities and problems in proprietary code, open source components, and application behavior. Jeff Nolan, Four Inc.’s COO, avers that their government customers are more vulnerable to sophisticated cyber assaults that target vulnerabilities in source code development and network-based applications. They say Synopsys is a great fit for their boutique aggregation platform of services, and they are delighted to work with them. They are also happy to be able to offer their channel partners and government clients Synopsys application security testing solutions that are made to stop these threats.

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