AWS executive says no misuse of its face biometrics by police, talks foreign government sales

Amazon Web Services | February 20, 2020

Andy Jassy, Amazon Web Services CEO, would have no problem selling the company’s facial recognition software Rekognition to law enforcement and foreign governments, except to those banned from doing business with U.S. companies, he said in an interview with Frontline, PBS reports. The statement was made last September during the filming of ‘Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos,’ when filmmakers interviewed six Amazon executives and nine previous employees about the company’s business strategy, development and interest in partnering with law enforcement. When interviewer James Jacoby said, despite certain bans, U.S.-based companies have still entered partnerships with countries accused of violating human rights, Jassy reiterated that in case of “documented cases where customers of any sort are using the technology in a way that’s against the law or that we think is impinging people’s civil liberties, then we won’t allow them to use the platform.”

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CyberSheath Partner Program Delivers CMMC Compliance Across the Defense Industrial Base

CyberSheath Services International | May 20, 2022

Security, compliance, and IT roadblocks slow down federal contractors working to achieve compliance with Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). The Defense Industrial Base (DIB) includes more than 220,000 companies, many of which have existing vendor relationships across the security, compliance, and IT CMMC requirements, but no single vendor solves every compliance challenge. CyberSheath, the largest CMMC managed service provider supporting the DIB, has launched a partner program designed to empower vendors to expand their core capabilities and achieve CMMC compliance faster. The CyberSheath Partner Program allows managed security service providers (MSSPs) and managed service providers (MSPs) to easily identify opportunities to speed their end customers’ cybersecurity compliance journeys. Every customer has gaps when it comes to CMMC compliance, and they want to fill them efficiently. Our one-of-a-kind partner program allows IT providers to step into cybersecurity and vice versa. Defense contractors want to manage one provider, not three or more, and now you can be that provider. CMMC compliance is a matter of national security, and we recognize that anything we can do to speed up a contractor’s journey to full compliance literally makes this country more secure. Our partner program represents a significant milestone in delivering on our promise to our clients and partners to expand our previously in-house capabilities across a partner ecosystem. We worked extremely closely with our partners on program development to ensure their interests are aligned with the new framework.” Eric Noonan, CEO of CyberSheath To facilitate the program, CyberSheath created new centralized resources, including a new partner portal and enhanced website to ensure CyberSheath and its partners are in lockstep to quickly and efficiently deliver solutions that drive impactful client outcomes. The program delivers an improved experience for clients through benefits such as: Accelerated time to value through enhanced delivery capabilities and increased capacity Private label, joint co-marketing, and sales lead demand generation via CyberSheath’s comprehensive library of DFARS compliance subject matter and collateral Flexible DFARS partner pricing with models designed to align cost structure with client’s service and capacity consumption Enhanced customer care from a dedicated engineering staff that can assist in advanced project deployments and defend against premeditated, persistent cyberattacks CyberSheath MSSP SOC Service staffed by experienced security professionals that have accumulated vast knowledge of network threats, detection and mitigation, and an in-depth understanding of CyberSheath’s DFARS compliance and security capabilities Admission to CMMC Con 2022, the nation’s largest CMMC conference that helps contractors navigate their course through the evolving compliance landscape “Our relationship with CyberSheath allows us to provide best-in-class, secure, cloud-based solutions to address our customers’ complicated compliance needs like CMMC and NIST 800-171, ensuring that their cybersecurity posture is appropriate for protecting their critical and sensitive business data, whether it’s defense or commercial,” said Jeff Roberts, co-founder of principia/RAID. “With the strength of our CyberSheath partnership, we can empower more businesses to drive further innovation and more effectively manage their IT spend, positively impacting their business outcomes and meeting stringent U.S. DoD needs.” About CyberSheath Services International, LLC Established in 2012, CyberSheath is one of the most experienced and trusted IT security services partners for the U.S. defense industrial base. From CMMC compliance to strategic security planning to managed security services, CyberSheath offers a comprehensive suite of offerings tailored to clients’ information security and regulatory compliance needs.

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Align Capital Partners Makes Growth Investment in GovTech Platform Schneider Geospatial

Align Capital Partners | June 24, 2022

Align Capital Partners announced the recapitalization of Schneider Geospatial, LLC, a SaaS provider of public access land management software and recurring support services to state and local governments. As one of the largest providers of GovTech geospatial solutions in the U.S. with a presence in over 25 states, the Company’s software allows citizens to access disparate government information sources in a more efficient and cost-effective manner. Schneider Engineering Corporation was founded in 1962 and began offering geographic information system (GIS) services in 1989. After the GIS business grew well organically and through several acquisitions, the Schneider family decided to spin out Schneider Geospatial into a separate, independent business in 2018 while maintaining 100% ownership of the Company. Through this transaction, ACP is providing significant growth capital to Schneider Geospatial, while preserving the Schneider family legacy through their continued ownership interest in the Company. “Our grandfather, Vincent Schneider, had a love for technology that was ahead of his time. Our father, John Schneider, embraced this passion and began our GIS business with a keen insight that understood the importance of geographic data. We are very proud of Schneider Geospatial, its award-winning innovations and the amazing group of employees who have made this all happen. We are excited to be associated with Align Capital Partners and we look forward to the future as we continue to grow and expand,” said J. Barry Schneider and Victoria Schneider Temple. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Company’s 50+ person team helps power Schneider Geospatial’s cloud-based software platform that enables clients to manage over 500 million information requests from over 23 million users, including citizens, commercial real estate developers, appraisers, law firms, contractors and inspectors. The Company’s core solution combines web-based GIS data reporting tools including CAMA and tax, ownership history, liens, boundaries, environmental issues and topography, into a single, user-friendly web application. We are excited to continue our partnership with our amazing clients. ACP’s investment allows us to accelerate several of our growth initiatives which will result in even better solutions and services to our clients. Our talented team is excited to continue this next phase of the Company’s growth.” Jeff Corns, CEO of Schneider Geospatial Schneider Geospatial is ACP’s second GovTech platform investment to date, following its 2020 investment in Electronic Transaction Consultants Corporation. “The Company has a very strong value-proposition of helping clients provide public access to digitized records as a replacement to a historically inefficient and labor-intensive experience,” said ACP Managing Partner Chris Jones. “Our enthusiasm for Schneider Geospatial plays on the attractive tailwinds of our firm’s GovTech thesis. The Company is well positioned to help governments replace antiquated technology, increase access to important digitized information and enhance information sharing capabilities to improve citizen engagement.” This represents ACP’s 72nd closed investment since the firm was founded in 2016 and is ACP’s 11th new investment year-to-date, including two platforms and nine add-on investments. Principal Matt Iodice and Associate Aaron Lewis worked alongside Mr. Jones on the transaction. Schneider Geospatial was advised on the transaction by Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, while ACP was supported by Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP. About Schneider Geospatial Schneider Geospatial is a provider of State & Local Government SaaS public access solutions and support services. The Company’s products include award-winning SaaS solutions such as Beacon™ and qPublic.net™ focused on local government information for the web; GeoPermits™ which is a SaaS permitting and workflow management platform; and Agland™ used to automate the calculating process for agricultural assessments. In addition to a diverse product portfolio, the Company offers a full range of GIS, technology and GovTech services. About Align Capital Partners Align Capital Partners is a growth-oriented private equity firm that partners with business owners and management teams to create shared success. ACP manages $775 million in committed capital with investment teams in Cleveland and Dallas. ACP brings experience and resources to help lower-middle market companies accelerate their growth, to the benefit of management, employees and the firm’s investors. ACP makes control investments in differentiated companies within the business services, technology, specialty manufacturing and distribution sectors.

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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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