Australian Government Closes Major Immigration Detention Centres

The Sentinel | January 03, 2019

The Australian government on Wednesday announced the closure of two onshore immigration detention facilities, saying its efforts to stop people seeking asylum by boat has reduced the number of people in detention. In a move that the government claimed as a win for its tough border protection policies, Immigration Minister David Coleman said that Maribyrnong in Melbourne and Villawood in Sydney would be closed. They mark the 18th and 19th immigration detention centers closed by this government during its two terms in power.

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Many U.S. officials and Members of Congress view the United Kingdom (UK) as the United States’ closest and most reliable ally. This perception stems from a combination of factors, including a sense of shared history, values, and culture; a large and mutually beneficial economic relationship; and extensive cooperation on foreign policy and security issues.

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Many U.S. officials and Members of Congress view the United Kingdom (UK) as the United States’ closest and most reliable ally. This perception stems from a combination of factors, including a sense of shared history, values, and culture; a large and mutually beneficial economic relationship; and extensive cooperation on foreign policy and security issues.

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DataRobot | February 14, 2022

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Knightscope Earns FedRAMP "In-Process" Rating from the U.S. Federal Government

Knightscope | June 07, 2022

Knightscope, Inc., a provider of sophisticated physical security technology aimed at improving U.S. security operations, revealed today that the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program has reached the "In-Process" level (FedRAMP). FedRAMP is a federal-level program that encourages the use of safe cloud services by establishing a standardized approach to security evaluation, authorization, and continuous monitoring of cloud goods and services. Knightscope's cyber security team has been working relentlessly for the past 17 months to create a safe, hardened environment dedicated entirely to supporting U.S. Government clients. Knightscope was able to create a tightly controlled version of its product offering from the ground up. A FedRAMP-authorized Third-Party Assessment Organization tested the secure environment. Knightscope's product was put to the test utilizing the most cutting-edge cyber technology, and it was discovered that the ASR was far too secure to be entered without the Company's help. Knightscope has now been listed as a service provider because of these findings, and it may begin conversations with government agencies about delivering services to federal authorities. One of the key roles of government is to protect its citizens, so it is critical that we provide them with the most advanced public safety technologies available. The FedRAMP process is arduous, but we believe it is a great investment of time and resources as it ensures our cybersecurity efforts are top notch. I'm looking forward to continuing to build even more cutting-edge technology to support our mission to make America the safest country in the world." Mercedes Soria, EVP and Chief Intelligence Officer, Knightscope, Inc. To conduct business with the federal government, cloud-based service providers must complete the FedRAMP procedure and acquire an Authority to Operate ("ATO"). Only 262 ATOs have been granted as of this publication, and only 83 firms have reached the "In-Process" stage. Knightscope's service offering for a Government Law Enforcement Agency was accepted as a consequence of the team's hard work, and Knightscope is now listed on the FedRAMP Government Market Place.

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Noblis Launches RunAcquisitions™ Solution to Help Federal Agencies Streamline Acquisition and Contract Management Processes

Noblis | August 24, 2021

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