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

Amazon Web Services | February 20, 2020

AWS executive says no misuse of its face biometrics by police, talks foreign government sales
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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Workday Announces Entry into the U.S. Federal Market

Workday | August 19, 2021

Workday (NASDAQ:WDAY), a leader in enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, today announced it has achieved Ready status for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) at a Moderate impact level. With this achievement, Workday materially advances its position to help federal agencies accelerate IT transformation and gain real-time insights to address critical challenges across workforce development, compliance, financial sustainability, and more. Entry into the federal market will mark a significant milestone for Workday and its opportunity for growth, building on the company’s established history of providing finance, HR, and payroll applications to public and private sector organizations at scale. With Workday Government Cloud, the company’s forthcoming FedRAMP Moderate offering, federal agencies will have access to a portfolio of enterprise cloud applications, including Workday Human Capital Management, Workday Financial Management, Workday Payroll, and Workday Prism Analytics. With Workday, federal agencies will be able to: Address Critical Workforce Needs: The federal sector is facing highly complex issues, ranging from a lack of new workers to replace a retiring workforce, to an urgent need to address diversity in the workplace. With Workday Government Cloud, federal agencies will be able to access real-time data to gain insight into their workforce so that they can effectively tackle these issues. Better Manage Finances: During this period of rapid change, federal agencies must be able to break out of the constraints of complex hierarchies and better manage their resources. Workday Government Cloud can help them make informed budgetary decisions by tracking key financial performance indicators while adhering to compliance rules in real time. Keep Pace with Regulation: Workday Government Cloud provides federal agencies with tools they need to navigate a rapidly changing regulatory environment so they can make quick decisions as the landscape shifts. FedRAMP is a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. It helps the U.S. government adapt from legacy IT to secure cloud-based solutions. The U.S. federal market is one of the largest and most complex enterprises in the world, which will now benefit from Workday’s established success and industry-leading best practices in a range of markets including healthcare, financial services, education, hospitality, and retail, to name a few. Workday is listed on the FedRAMP Marketplace, and Authority to Operate at the Moderate level is currently estimated in Spring 2022. Comments on the News: “At Workday we have a long-standing reputation of helping public and private sector organizations make informed HR, finance, and planning decisions so our entry into the federal market is a natural progression in our growth strategy,” said Chano Fernandez, co-CEO, Workday. “The federal sector is facing unprecedented levels of change and complexity, ranging from increasing scrutiny on expenditures to managing its evolving workforce in a post pandemic world. Our goal is to bring federal agencies the support and insights they need, so they can focus on what matters most -- making informed decisions as organizations evolve and supporting their employees in a changing world.” "It's imperative for federal organizations to have the financial management solutions to become more efficient and transparent in fiscal management, and HR solutions that support agencies in quickly and easily recruiting, hiring, training, and retaining professionals with the breadth and depth of competencies required for a 21st century workforce," said Adelaide O’Brien, research director, IDC Government Digital Transformation Strategies. “Cloud solutions are the primary catalyst for such transformation, and enable agencies to become digitally resilient." “Now more than ever, federal agency leaders are seeking new ways to empower their people so they can be agile, resilient, and capable of scaling and adapting quickly,” said John Goodman, CEO, Accenture Federal Services. “As one of Workday’s largest services providers, we continue to invest and innovate together to help clients make rapid and lasting change a reality and to deliver real value for the federal workforce.” About Workday Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, helping customers adapt and thrive in a changing world. Workday applications for financial management, human resources, planning, spend management, and analytics have been adopted by thousands of organizations around the world and across industries—from medium-sized businesses to more than 45% of the Fortune 500.

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Parsons Corporation Ready to Protect U.S. Air Force Air Bases

Parsons | January 25, 2021

Parsons Corporation announced today that it would lead an industry team of Leidos, SAIC and SRC, Inc., in pursuit of a 10-year, $953 million exertion with the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa to design, mature, procure, incorporate, work, and keep up Air Base Air Defense systems across the European and African mainland areas of responsibility. "As asymmetric threats from emerging technologies continue to proliferate, we're focused on developing a flexible, responsive, all-domain air base defense system to rapidly detect, alert, deny or defeat threats ranging from low-cost irregular attacks to hypersonic weapons," said Shaun McGrath, ABAD program manager at Parsons. "Our team's open architecture, platform-agnostic approach, coupled with cutting edge technologies and innovation labs, brought together by a team with relevant operational experience in all-domain systems integration, creates a best value and highly capable offering that will deliver scalable air base air defense systems to protects warfighters and their assets today and into the future." The Parsons team will focus on the maturation of an all-space system comprised of business off-the-shelf and government off-the-shelf software and equipment technologies with an incorporated design to protect existing and future air bases. Parsons touches each aspect of the all-area battlespace: from space operations to edge computing and full-spectrum digital; to ground-based order and control systems. The organization's demonstrated operational capabilities will ensure all-space superiority and data predominance to quicken decision making in permissive through profoundly contested environments. Leidos provides a diverse arrangement of systems, solutions, and services covering air, land, sea, space, and cyberspace for customers around the world – including the U.S. Armed force, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Naval force, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), NATO, and the Intelligence Community. Their solutions include enterprise and mission IT, huge scale insight systems, order and control, geospatial and information analytics, cybersecurity, logistics, preparing, knowledge analysis, and operations support. Science Applications International Corp's. (SAIC's) robust arrangement of offerings includes top of the line solutions in systems designing and combination; enterprise IT, including cloud services, digital, and software; progressed analytics and simulation; and preparing that will be used to propel the ABAD mission and protect sent warfighters. SRC, Inc., a not-revenue driven research and advancement organization, solves "impossible" problems in the areas of defense, climate, and insight. The organization helps protect America and its allies with cutting edge radars, electronic fighting systems, RF system analysis, simulation, and reconstructing technologies and services. Since 1957, SRC's obligation to the customer and the best solution — not the main concern — has stayed a basic belief that guides its efforts. About Parsons Parsons (NYSE: PSN) is a leading disruptive technology provider in the global defense, intelligence, and critical infrastructure markets, with capabilities across cybersecurity, missile defense, space, connected infrastructure, and smart cities. Please visit Parsons.com and follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook to learn how we're making an impact. About Leidos Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 38,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Va., Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $11.09 billion for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2020.

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Kwizcom has been approved as a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider for the U.S. Government

KWizCom | March 24, 2021

KWizCom, a global leader in the development of SharePoint Forms and Workflows, as well as other SharePoint web sections and applications for Microsoft 365, is pleased to announce that their Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) for Microsoft Cloud for US Government has been approved. The Microsoft Cloud for Government is a comprehensive portal for US government public sector agencies. The portal is designed exclusively for federal, state, and local governments to comply with the US government's stringent protection and enforcement regulations. The US government agencies will also take advantage of the KWizCom's Microsoft 365 applications accessible via the system, in addition to being able to transfer their existing system to a cloud-based system to improve efficiency, reliability, and minimise costs. Via the Cloud Solution Provider programme (CSP) for Microsoft Cloud for US Government, KWizCom will now offer Microsoft cloud solutions and services to federal, state, local, and tribal agencies in the United States. About the company’s most recent achievement KWizCom’s Product Group Manager Nimrod Geva said, “We are happy to answer many of our US government customers’ requirements, by being able to provide our apps to customers who are switching to the Microsoft Government cloud.” About KWizCom Corporation Since 2005, KWizCom has provided innovative solutions and services to make SharePoint even better for over 10,000 companies worldwide. KWizCom's solutions and services expand Microsoft SharePoint out-of-the-box capabilities, streamline workflow, maximize efficiency and enhance over-all productivity for hundreds of thousands of users. KWizCom, a Gold Certified Microsoft Partner, is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

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Hours after President Obama condemned his “dangerous” rhetoric on Muslims and immigrants, Donald Trump mocked Obama as a “weak” president who is more upset with him than with the accused killer behind Sunday’s deadly massacre in Orlando.