Automakers to pay $3 billion in new U.S. tariffs under USMCA: budget estimate

Reuters | December 19, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump’s rewrite of North American trade rules will cost automakers nearly $3 billion more in tariffs over the next decade for cars and parts that will not meet higher regional content requirements over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates. The projection was contained in the non-partisan budget referee agency’s cost estimate of implementing legislation for the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which will be considered by the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday.

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Dave Reber, Cyber Security Director at Nutanix, demonstrates the value of desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) for government agencies in deploying virtual desktops and applications.

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Dave Reber, Cyber Security Director at Nutanix, demonstrates the value of desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) for government agencies in deploying virtual desktops and applications.

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Ermetic Initiates U.S. Federal Government FedRAMP Authorization for Authority to Operate

Ermetic | September 15, 2022

Ermetic, the cloud infrastructure security company, today announced that it has initiated the process to achieve Authority to Operate (ATO) status under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). FedRAMP is a government-wide program that promotes the adoption of secure cloud services across the federal government by providing a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. The company also announced the appointment of Ben McGucken as regional vice president of sales for US Federal and Latin America, who will lead the company’s FedRAMP certification. In addition, the Ermetic cloud security platform now supports AWS GovCloud (US) and Azure for US Government – which are designed to address specific regulatory and compliance requirements of US government agencies at the federal, state, and local level that run sensitive workloads in the cloud. The company has engaged stackArmor, Inc, a leading provider of FedRAMP engineering and advisory services, to guide Ermetic through the FedRAMP ATO process. stackArmor and its team of experts have over a decade of experience assisting cloud service providers to ensure their solutions meet compliance standards including FISMA, FedRAMP and NIST. “We are pleased to partner with Ermetic on their FedRAMP journey toward an ATO, stackAmor's ThreatAlert is an integrated suite of security and compliance services deployed within the accreditation boundary. This also includes continuous monitoring designed to help companies like Ermetic reduce the level of effort and costs while accelerating the FedRAMP process.” -Martin Rieger, Chief Solutions Officer for stackArmor. Federal, state and local governments are using the cloud to provide better services for constituents, but need to address security risks, especially those associated with preventing breaches, detecting issues rapidly, and protecting personal information, said Shai Morag, CEO of Ermetic. Ermetic is embarking on the FedRAMP process to provide every level of government with a comprehensive solution for cloud native application protection. Ben McGucken joined Ermetic from data security vendor BitGlass where he was AVP of Sales for South and Latin America. He has also served in senior sales roles with ExtraHop, Palo Alto Networks and Layer 3 Communications. “Ermetic already supports AWS GovCloud and Azure for Government for customers that want to conduct proof of concept evaluations, As we move through the FedRAMP authorization process, government agencies can feel confident that the Ermetic platform is designed to meet the regulatory and compliance requirements they must comply with for cloud workloads.” -Ben McGucken regional vice president of sales for US Federal and Latin America. About Ermetic: Ermetic helps prevent breaches by reducing the attack surface of cloud infrastructure and enforcing least privilege at scale in the most complex environments. The Ermetic SaaS platform provides comprehensive cloud security for AWS, Azure and GCP that spans both cloud infrastructure entitlements management (CIEM) and cloud security posture management (CSPM). The company is led by proven technology entrepreneurs whose previous companies have been acquired by Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks and others. Ermetic has received funding from Accel, Forgepoint, Glilot Capital Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, Qumra and Target Global.

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Credence Security Brings Voyager Labs' State-of-the-Art AI-based Investigation Solutions to the Middle East and Africa

CREDENCE SECURITY | August 23, 2022

The digital age has led to boundless innovations and advancements; however, it has also resulted in increasing criminal ingenuity. Using emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) tools in investigations can enhance the ability to identify and investigate attacks and help investigators get to the root cause rapidly. With this in mind, Credence Security has signed a strategic distribution partnership with Voyager Labs, a world leader in AI-based investigation solutions. Under the agreement, the leading PAN-EMEA specialty value-added distributor will be responsible for delivering, promoting, and providing sales and technical support for Voyager Labs' entire suite of solutions across its expansive channel ecosystem in the Middle East and Africa. Voyager Labs will also establish an office in the UAE to provide local support and expertise to its regional customers. Voyager Labs' cutting-edge technology has the capability to analyze billions of data points in near real-time, allowing law enforcement and intelligence agencies to identify threats and leads from multiple data sources. Powered by AI, Voyager Labs' offerings bring organizations a unique edge against today's sophisticated cyber threats. Voyager Labs' world-class solutions include: VoyagerAnalytics – an in-depth investigation platform, designed to analyze massive amounts of unstructured open, deep, and dark web data, as well as internal data, to reveal actionable insights VoyagerInsights – an advanced central investigation platform designed to enable investigators to automatically uncovering relevant leads from unstructured and structured data VoyagerCheck – a risk assessment platform that provides an automated assessment of user behaviour. VoyagerVision – a comprehensive visual intelligence platform that offers a full suite of visual data analysis capabilities. With over 10 years of experience developing state-of-the-art solutions for forensic intelligence and law enforcement activities, Voyager Labs' platforms are used extensively within law enforcement and intelligence agencies globally. Our proprietary AI-powered tools have helped prevent and solve crimes at a speed and accuracy that is incomparable and impossible for human analysts. We are glad to have Credence Security as our regional VAD as we believe that they share our vision for digital forensics innovation and intelligence and that our suite of solutions complements their comprehensive array of offerings. In addition, as we grow our presence in the Middle East and Africa, we are confident that our partnership with Credence Security will help us further accelerate our business and reach across the region. "AI innovations present tremendous opportunities for the digital forensics community. Voyager Labs offer organizations a significant advantage to keep up with today's sophisticated types of threats and the unprecedented amount of data in each investigation. Voyager Labs' powerful AI-based platforms are a great example of these solutions and we are honored to be their trusted partner in bringing their ground-breaking solutions to our partners and customers in the region." -Garreth Scott, Managing Director at Credence Security. As a testament to their commitment to the region, Voyager Labs is also taking part in the second edition of Credence Security's Middle East Roadshow. This event will be held under the theme, Take Your Investigations To The Next Level, will cover key markets such as Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. It will bring together pre-eminent technology experts, vendors and thought-leaders to discuss the latest trends, strategies and innovations in today's security landscape. Over the years, the Credence Security Roadshow has proven to be the platform of choice for security and digital forensics professionals across the region as we provide a comprehensive understanding of the current trends and digital practices that organizations, whether corporate or traditional law enforcement and governments, need to follow to get ahead of the curve and improve on their digital forensics investigation capabilities by reducing the backlog and increasing the depth and breadth of device and data coverage. ABOUT CREDENCE SECURITY: Established in 1999, Credence Security, a PAN-EMEA specialty Value-added Distributor, is a leader in Cybersecurity, Forensics, Governance, Risk and Compliance. With headquarters in Dubai and regional offices in Johannesburg, London, Nairobi, and Hyderabad. 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MicroAge Expands its Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Expertise with the Acquisition of cStor

MicroAge | July 16, 2022

MicroAge, The Digital Transformation Experts®, announced the acquisition of cStor, a leading provider of cybersecurity, modern infrastructure, and digital transformation solutions. The acquisition will expand MicroAge's robust digital transformation service offerings to provide enhanced solutions and services for its clients, including a mature cybersecurity practice as well as extensive data center delivery and networking engineering expertise. cStor was founded in 2002 by Bill Nowlin and initially launched as Custom Storage, providing data center consulting and solutions. Over the past few decades as technology and cybersecurity threats have rapidly evolved, cStor stayed in lockstep with the technology landscape, developing comprehensive offerings and expertise in cybersecurity, digital transformation, and modern infrastructure. In support of those practice areas, the company also expanded its professional services capabilities to enhance the value and improve overall business outcomes for clients. "Together, our companies are even better positioned for scale and growth, With our combined expertise, we can positively impact our clients' business outcomes with shared resources that expand our services, market knowledge, technology access, and technical expertise." -Rob Zack, CEO of MicroAge. Since our inception, cStor has been dedicated to client success by architecting solutions through innovative problem solving and an understanding of our clients' overall business challenges, said Larry Gentry, president and CEO of cStor. By joining MicroAge, we are better positioned to deliver the most impactful solutions and services that will successfully transform our clients' businesses now and into the future. About cStor- cStor helps organizations strategize, design, and implement cybersecurity, digital transformation, and modern infrastructure solutions and services that address the evolving needs of today's enterprise. cStor's proven capabilities with best-in-class technologies provide peace of mind and put organizations on a path to success. cStor serves clients throughout the Southwest with a focused, collaborative approach and superior results. About MicroAge- MicroAge combines a powerful mix of technology services, backed by vendor-certified engineers and an acclaimed panel of experts to deliver the competitive edge technology leaders need to lead in a disruptive, digital environment. A Gold-Certified Microsoft partner, MicroAge is recognized annually by the Computer Reseller News (CRN) in the Tech Elite 250, Solution Provider 500, and MSP 500 lists of top-performing technology integrators, strategic service providers, and IT consultants.

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