GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

Army Wants a Vendor to Bring ‘Parity’ to AWS and Azure Cloud Offerings

nextgov | November 06, 2020

The Army’s central cloud services broker, the Enterprise Cloud Management Office, or ECMO, wants to simultaneously streamline and expand its offerings to service components and is looking for a vendor to manage the process. In a draft request for information posted Wednesday, ECMO put out a call for enterprise cloud management services for its cARMY program, with a focus on the importance of cloud services for meeting the Army’s data goals. “The Army’s ability to master the application of cloud computing is a critical enabler in the pursuit to operationalizing data by using artificial intelligence and machine learning, to use personnel, equipment, and logistics efficiently to accomplish the mission and in cyberspace warfare to protect the force and mission resources,” the draft RFI states.

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FedRAMP was created so that the US government can use the cloud while still protecting systems and data. FedRAMP helps provide clarity for both government agencies and cloud providers so that each knows what is required for cloud use. If you’re a cloud service provider or a government agency wanting to use the cloud, you must demonstrate that you can meet FedRAMP compliance requirements.

Spotlight

FedRAMP was created so that the US government can use the cloud while still protecting systems and data. FedRAMP helps provide clarity for both government agencies and cloud providers so that each knows what is required for cloud use. If you’re a cloud service provider or a government agency wanting to use the cloud, you must demonstrate that you can meet FedRAMP compliance requirements.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY,CYBERSECURITY

AXON CLOUD UPGRADED TO HIGHEST LEVEL OF SECURITY STATUS BY US GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

AXON | December 21, 2022

Axon Enterprise Inc. the global public safety technology leader, achieved high impact status by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Joint Authorization Board (JAB) for its cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions. This change will allow Axon's government customers to store the most sensitive, un-classified data handled by federal civilian agencies. This status upgrade allows US government customers to safely leverage the Axon network with full trust, backed by FedRAMP's highest impact level of security. Axon's cloud-based SaaS solutions enable workflows for digital evidence management, situational awareness, and records management. Previously, Axon's FedRAMP status was moderate level impact. "We are proud to be leaders in data security, which is an ongoing challenge across the federal sector. There is a constant need to ensure sensitive information is protected across agencies and administrations as the government securely conducts business, Axon is proud to serve the US government in this capacity and we continue to deepen our trusted relationships with federal agencies who see the value in our products, mission and commitment to law enforcement and communities." Richard Coleman, Axon Vice President and General Manager of Federal Sector. The Axon FedCloud system, which is the SaaS cloud-based solution that has received high impact status, operates as an isolated region of Axon Cloud Services that is dedicated to the US Federal community. US Axon FedCloud offerings include Axon Evidence, Axon Respond, and Axon Records, and also acts as the core control center over Axon devices and client applications. Axon FedCloud is currently being used by many agencies across the federal sector, including the United States Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice and the Department of Interior ABOUT AXON FEDCLOUD SYSTEM Axon FedCloud enables cloud-based workflows for digital evidence management, situational awareness, and records management to support the operational needs of agencies. The system operates as an isolated region of Axon Cloud Services that is dedicated to the US Federal community. US Axon FedCloud offerings include Axon Evidence, Axon Respond, and Axon Records while also acting as the core control center over Axon devices and client applications. These devices and client applications include in-car camera systems, body-worn cameras, TASER devices, Axon Interview Room, and Axon Upload XT. Axon Evidence acts as a central repository for customers' digital evidence and a central management console for Axon products and devices. With expansive ingest, smooth playback, and intuitive search, Axon Evidence makes it simple to connect and manage growing stores of data—video, photos, documents and more—in a single, secure system. Axon Respond is a real-time operations platform which integrates real-time situational awareness and unified communications within a modern incident management solution. Gathering data from sensors in the field, agencies are empowered to know when events occur before it's voiced through traditional contact methods and rapidly coordinate responses with a unified communications platform. Axon Records harnesses the power of automation to save countless hours in the report writing, submission, and review process, helping agencies get more efficiency by breaking down data silos. With direct access to body-worn camera, in-car and citizen-captured video footage, documents, images, and more, reports can be created faster. Critical evidence can be easily shared to remove the wall between digital evidence and reports. ABOUT AXON Axon is a technology leader in global public safety. Our moonshot goal in the US is to cut gun-related deaths between police and the public by 50% before 2033. Axon is building the public safety operating system of the future by integrating a suite of hardware devices and cloud software solutions that lead modern policing. Axon's suite includes TASER energy devices, body-worn cameras, in-car cameras, cloud-hosted digital evidence management solutions, productivity software and real-time operations capabilities. Axon's growing global customer base includes first responders across international, federal, state and local law enforcement, fire, corrections and emergency medical services, as well as the justice sector, commercial enterprises and consumers. ABOUT FEDRAMP FedRAMP is a US Federal program that standardizes the assessment and authorization process for companies that are looking to provide cloud-based services to US Federal agencies. This standardization allows for a "do once, repeat many" process that agencies can leverage to reduce rework of security assessments, authorizations, and continuous monitoring. The efficiency gains from this process allow for smoother federal procurement and facilitate modernization efforts.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY,GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

AINS is Now OPEXUS, Fresh Focus on Govt. Operational Excellence & Community

OPEXUS | January 19, 2023

AINS LLC, a government process management software service provider, recently announced its rebranding and will now function under the name OPEXUS. The new identity perfectly describes the company's dedication to public institutions, providing their communities with great technology experiences. The company has relocated its headquarters to Washington, D.C. Before the rebranding, AINS was acquired by an affiliate of Gemspring Capital in November 2021, after a remarkable year of growth. New customers touched an all-time high in 2022, including federal, state, and local government agencies in the United States, national and provincial governments in Canada, and a university as the company's first customer in higher education. Additionally, OPEXUS has established itself as the market leader in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) technology space, which played a significant role in the company's success and will remain a priority in 2023. OPEXUS (formerly ANIS) this year has been acknowledged as a first-time member of the GovTech100, a yearly list compiled and published by Government Technology featuring 100 companies committed to making a distinction in and selling to government agencies across the U.S. Furthermore, the OPEXUS team will focus on providing product enhancements and a range of new customer experience capabilities. It includes revamped user experiences for the existing software, a brand-new customer success team, and a more comprehensive network of cutting-edge tech partners to speed up the development of a range of new products. Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) Director, Kristi Whitfield said, "Mayor Bowser remains steadfast in her commitment to encouraging businesses to headquarters in the District of Columbia. More businesses establishing and maintaining roots in our nation's capital means more job opportunities for District residents as well as more opportunities for our local government to keep local dollars local by doing business with District-based enterprises. That's a win for all." (Source: PR Newswire) About OPEXUS Founded in 1988, OPEXUS is the leader in FedRAMP-certified government management software, supporting public institutions with 30 years of experience. OPEXUS, headquartered in Washington D.C., brings functional excellence to governments' middle office so that agencies can concentrate on the critical work of mission delivery. With a built-for-government product suite that includes solutions for audits, investigations, correspondence, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, and employee & labor, the company empowers 100,000 government users with exceptional technology experiences and collaborates with more than 150 government agencies across the U.S. and Canada.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY,INFRASTRUCTURE

Cloudflare Earns FedRAMP® Moderate Authorization to Further Help Government Agencies Modernize and Secure U.S. Infrastructure

Cloudflare | December 15, 2022

Cloudflare, Inc. (NYSE: NET), the security, performance, and reliability company helping to build a better Internet, today announced that it has achieved the U.S. Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program's (FedRAMP®) Moderate Status. Achieving FedRAMP authorization reinforces Cloudflare’s commitment to the Public Sector and the U.S. federal agencies, U.S. state and local governments and the Defense Industrial Base (DIB). Cloudflare supports these critical organizations as they aim to provide a faster and safer online experience for constituents, secure remote workforces, and protect network and critical infrastructure, whether using on-premises or hybrid cloud deployments. The Biden administration continues to emphasize the urgent need to strengthen the cybersecurity and resiliency of the country’s critical infrastructure and technologies. As the threat landscape intensifies, cybersecurity best-practices have shifted from the walled-garden approach with VPNs to the more secure, Zero Trust framework – in which organizations do not automatically trust any requests to data or resources. Federal, state and local government agencies can now leverage the Cloudflare platform to address cyber requirements called out in EO 14028, M-22-09 and NIST 800-207. The same platform can be used to improve delivery of citizen services, in alignment with EO 14058. “Cloudflare has long served the most technical, security-aware agencies like the FBI and U.S Department of State, With this FedRAMP milestone, Cloudflare can serve more agencies, as well as the companies that sell to them.” -Matthew Prince, co-founder & CEO of Cloudflare. Cloudflare provides security, performance, and reliability services through its global network to over 40 United States Federal Government agencies. In 2021, the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) began utilizing Cloudflare to deliver a protective DNS resolver solution for all Federal Civilian Executive Branch (FCEB) agencies. Cloudflare is committed to supporting critical government functions, including the nation's election infrastructure. Through its Athenian Project, Cloudflare provides services for free to state, county, and local officials administering elections. About Cloudflare: Cloudflare, Inc is on a mission to help build a better Internet. Cloudflare’s suite of products protect and accelerate any Internet application online without adding hardware, installing software, or changing a line of code. Internet properties powered by Cloudflare have all web traffic routed through its intelligent global network, which gets smarter with every request. As a result, they see significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks. Cloudflare was named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top Company Cultures 2018 list and ranked among the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company in 2019.

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