BD: US Government Invests $24 Million to Scale-up Manufacturing Capabilities

BD | July 31, 2020

BD: US Government Invests $24 Million to Scale-up Manufacturing Capabilities
BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company, today announced a $24 million investment from the U.S. Department of Defense in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support the scale up of U.S. manufacturing capabilities for BD Veritor™ Solution for Rapid Detection of SARS-CoV-2. The additional capital equipment will bolster domestic production and increase total production capacity by 50 percent. These investments will enable global production of more than 12 million test kits per month by the end of February 2021.

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Combination of Octo with Sevatec Establishes the Premier Pure-Play IT Modernization to the Federal Government

Octo | December 16, 2020

Octo, a chief supplier of arising innovation and IT modernization administrations for the Federal Government, reported today its mix with secretly held, Fairfax-based Sevatec, a main supplier of strategic programming advancement arrangements and computerized modernization administrations to the Federal Government. The blend of Octo and Sevatec makes an exceptionally deft accomplice to government clients that can address complex innovation challenges with development, high-contact administration, and generous specialized and operational assets. The joined association has developed each year since initiation and today creates almost $300 million in income and utilizes around 1,100 talented workers committed to addressing specialized difficulties for government clients across the Defense, Intelligence, National Security, Federal Health, and Civilian commercial centers. Established in 2003, Sevatec drives progressions in innovation, open-source tooling, business best practices in human-focused plan, Agile conveyance, DevSecOps, start to finish security, cloud administration joining, information designing, and computerization. With nearly $400 million in late prime Digital Modernization contract wins, exceptionally essential agreement vehicles, and separating advancements, for example, ShiftUp™, Sevatec has strong force in key business sectors and makes reciprocal extension open doors for the consolidated business to seek after. Sonny Kakar, Founder and CEO of Sevatec, said, “I have known Mehul for years and have admired deeply what Octo has been able to achieve. Octo was the only company we considered for such a transaction because of our shared values and cultural alignment. While the industrial logic of the merger resonated tremendously with us both, it also became evident that it would create significant growth opportunities for our employees and allow the combined business to compete at scale and solve some of the most pressing challenges facing our customers. In a market full of multi-billion-dollar organizations that provide a wide variety of traditional products and services, customers are seeking highly specialized, mid-sized technology partners with deep experience in digital modernization, which is exactly what the combination of Octo and Sevatec offers.” Sevatec’s core leadership team will play leadership roles in the combined business. As part of the transaction, Sonny Kakar will serve as Vice Chair of the Board and Head of Strategy while Tim May, Sevatec’s Chief Growth Officer, will serve as the Chief Growth Officer for the combined organization, a position that was previously unfilled at Octo. Furthermore, Chuck Schefer, EVP at Sevatec, will serve as EVP managing programs in the GSA, DHS, and USPTO markets, among others. Mehul Sanghani will continue to serve as the combined firm’s CEO. The consolidated firm will incorporate market-driving exclusive arrangements and marked protected innovation covering the full modernization range from DevSecOps (ShiftUp™) to Agile Software Engineering (Javana) to Open Source Software Development (Octo CX), to Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain arrangements, all oversaw and improved inside Octo's oLabs™ R&D office. The joined firm will likewise incorporate an unrivaled profundity of enormous scope modernization capabilities and experience across the whole federal space with establishment positions in a few organizations. Organizations profiting by the consolidated organizations' endeavors incorporate significant modernization programs inside the Intelligence Community at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA); inside National Security on groundbreaking projects across the Department of Homeland Security (DHS); and at present day programming industrial facilities being stood up inside the DoD, for example, the Air Force's Kessel Run program. Octo and Sevatec additionally have significant parts at Health and Human Services (HHS) on activities across the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and significant modernization programs at Civilian offices like the General Services Administration (GSA), Department of Transportation (DoT), and Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). “With this transaction, I firmly believe we have created a unique, market-shaping organization that is unmatched in terms of its collective ability to be a pure-play modernization and technology solutions provider to the Federal Government and its wide-ranging missions,” said Mehul Sanghani, Octo’s Founder and CEO. “I truly believe no other firm in the federal market can boast a combined culture of innovation and a combined talent base of high-end engineers with expertise in Agile/DevSecOps, open-source software development, cloud engineering, cyber, and artificial intelligence. More importantly, very few federal technology providers can cite large scale modernization success across the end-to-end breadth of mission systems we do collectively – from the Intelligence Community to Health Care Agencies to Defense Systems to National Security and Civilian missions, our breadth of modernization support covers the gamut.” “Over the years, we have teamed with Sevatec – and competed against them – and through it all there has always been a mutual respect between us that laid the groundwork for today’s announcement,” Sanghani continued. “I have long admired the company Sonny has built, and I am elated that we were able to find a partner in Sevatec that complements Octo in so many ways, one that also shares our unwavering commitment to our employees, customers, and the community.” “Individually these two companies are extremely well-managed and consistently deliver for their customers, while also caring for their employees. You see that reflected in their continuous growth through the years,” said Michael Lustbader, Managing Partner at Arlington Capital Partners. “We have admired Sevatec for some time, and we felt this would be a fantastic combination. Arlington is really excited to see what can be accomplished together.” Octo, founded by Mehul Sanghani in 2006, partnered with Arlington Capital in April 2019 and subsequently acquired Phoenix-based Connexta, LLC, a provider of open-source software to the DoD and Intelligence Community. Sheppard Mullin served as legal advisor to Octo on this transaction. Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP served as legal advisor, and Baird served as exclusive financial advisor to Sevatec on this transaction. About Octo Octo challenges the status quo, empowering federal agencies to leap IT hurdles by using emerging technologies to create transformative solutions that enable rapid modernization, enhance citizen engagement, and maximize human impact. We continually explore ways to transform IT, producing results vital to national security, intelligence, health care, and more. About Sevatec Sevatec builds the software that powers exceptional government missions. Our Digital Software Supply Chain, ShiftUp™, which brings together commercial best practices and advanced technology tools in Agile delivery, human-centered design, DevSecOps, Cloud, Security, and Data, has helped us modernize several hundred applications across the Federal Government. Founded in 2003 on the concept of “Seva,” meaning “to serve a greater purpose,” we serve the missions of Homeland and Law Enforcement agencies, Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Department of Transportation, and multiple civilian departments and agencies.

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NTIA, Pentagon Move to Tackle 5G Interoperability Complexities

NTIA | January 11, 2021

The Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration needs criticism on the potential of another "5G Challenge" it might make to advance interoperability in the prospering domain—and backing the Defense Department's continuous military systems administration modernization endeavors. Quickening the improvement of an "open 5G stack biological system" to assist push with sending DOD missions would be a definitive point of the test movement NTIA is investigating, as per a notification of request set to be distributed in the Federal Register Monday. “Recognizing the vital importance of fifth-generation (5G) wireless communications to U.S. economic and security interests, [NTIA] has made it a top priority to engage in 5G across a broad spectrum of topics,” the agency wrote. It added that the Pentagon established its own 5G Initiative in 2019, which NTIA is working in this case “under sponsorship of and in collaboration with.” That year, Defense disclosed designs to deliberately dispatch 5G experimentations at various army installations. The archive's portrayal of the specialized inspiration driving the test clarifies that open-source usage pointed across a huge number of a 5G framework—including the convention stack—are acquiring foothold. Such stacks are essentially layers of components empowering capacities. At present, the open 5G stack network is "assorted," NTIA notes, yet "unique open 5G stack associations are centered around various segments of the stack, with no unmistakable division among the numerous usage right now accessible," and interoperability between those different executions isn't generally guaranteed. 5G offers supermodern abilities like organization cutting and versatile edge process that can be utilized to make a protected remote organization for arising arrangements, similar to the shrewd distribution center the Pentagon is now prototyping as a component of that more extensive activity, which the National Spectrum Consortium likewise more as of late got engaged with. “However the challenge the DOD is now facing is that these new 5G capabilities require interoperability between all the vendors that go into a specific solution,” 5G Security Advisor to the NSC Junaid Islam, told Nextgov over email Friday. “For example, a smart warehouse solution for asset tracking can easily involve 20 different products from beamforming antennas, asset tags, mobile compute, battery back-up, routers, application gateways, etc.” At the end of the day, a ton of custom joining is needed by existing 5G arrangements—yet that is neither versatile nor a savvy sending model for the Pentagon, Islam said. With NSC, he helps help the more extensive seller network handle the Defense Department's requirements. “To help facilitate and accelerate interoperability between vendors NTIA is seeking to create an open stack ecosystem,” Islam added. “This initiative is a true win-win for vendors and DOD as it seeks to create a plug & play for 5G solution architecture that will help the procurement and deployment process.” He further noticed that one objective of NTIA is to characterize normal application programming interfaces that can help streamline 5G arrangement parts' provisioning and the board, and another is to "make interoperability between unlicensed 5G [Open Radio Access Network] arrangements and transporter administrations from AT&T and Verizon to empower consistent wandering and improved flexibility." In the notification, NTIA said remarks got will broaden its comprehension of issues that may emerge in delivering and executing the 5G Challenge rivalry, and help guarantee that the movement "boosts the advantage to both the open 5G stack market and the DOD on a quickened plan." The office arranges different inquiries across three classifications: challenge structure and objectives, motivating forces and scope and, time span and foundation uphold.

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CyCognito and Carahsoft Partner to Deliver Attack Surface Management and Protection Solutions to the Public Sector

CyCognito | December 28, 2021

CyCognito, the leader in external attack surface management and protection, today announced a strategic go-to-market alliance with Carahsoft Technology Corp., the Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®. Under the agreement, Carahsoft will serve as CyCognito’s first Public Sector Distributor. The new relationship expands and deepens CyCognito’s reach across and within the Public Sector through Carahsoft’s NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V, Information Technology Enterprise Solutions – Software 2 (ITES-SW2), OMNIA Partners, National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) ValuePoint, and National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA), as well as through Carahsoft’s reseller partners. “Together with our channel partners, CyCognito is using its platform, program and best practices to help the Public Sector establish a stronger security posture and proactively identify, protect and prevent cyberattacks from happening.” Channel Chief and CyCognito’s Worldwide Sales Leader Lori Cornmesser Most of today’s cyberattacks continue to intrude through external attack vectors. CyCognito’s innovative platform automates the discovery, multi-factor security testing and risk prioritization of all externally-exposed assets in an organization’s extended IT ecosystem. Once cyber threats are identified, CyCognito orchestrates data sharing to automatically start the remediation process by creating an incident response ticket. The platform integrates its findings and intelligence into existing vulnerability lifecycle management processes through channels such as Slack, PagerDuty, ServiceNow, and several additional platforms. This proven and proactive layer of automated security ensures an organization’s entire attack surface is protected quickly and efficiently when risks are detected. “Empowering organizations to find and eliminate the paths attackers easily exploit is a vital tactic within any surface management and protection strategy,” says Rob Gurzeev, Founder and CEO, CyCognito. “Prevention and remediation must remain top of mind for channel partners and IT decision makers, especially those working within the Public Sector where the stakes are high and the impact of a single breach has the potential to span states, the nation and even the globe.” CyCognito and Carahsoft are enabling forward-thinking security value-added resellers (VARs), managed service providers (MSPs), global systems integrators (GSIs) and managed security services providers (MSSPs) with a new and enhanced lineup of SLED and Federal-focused sales and marketing assets. Offered at no charge, these business-building assets are readily available within CyCognito’s partner portal and include how to market, how to pitch and position, and how to demo the technology. “Agencies today are under tremendous pressure to protect their customers from cybercrime,” said Michael Shrader, Vice President of Intelligence and Innovative Solutions at Carahsoft. “CyCognito’s leading platform preempts attacks and helps businesses satisfy key elements of most common security frameworks and regulatory compliance standards. We look forward to working with CyCognito and our reseller partners to help educate and better enable the Public Sector with the knowledge, specialization and technology needed to properly assess their cyber risk and eliminate exposure.” About CyCognito CyCognito solves one of the most fundamental business problems in cybersecurity: seeing how attackers view your organization, where they are most likely to break in, what systems and assets are at risk and how you can eliminate the exposure. Founded by national intelligence agency veterans, CyCognito has a deep understanding of how attackers exploit blind spots and a path of least resistance. The Palo Alto-based company is funded by leading Silicon Valley venture capitalists, and its mission is to help organizations protect themselves from even the most sophisticated attackers. It does this with a category-defining, transformative platform that automates offensive cybersecurity operations to provide reconnaissance capabilities superior to those of attackers. About Carahsoft Carahsoft Technology Corp. is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, supporting Public Sector organizations across Federal, State and Local Government agencies and Education and Healthcare markets. As the Master Government Aggregator® for our vendor partners, we deliver solutions for Cybersecurity, MultiCloud, DevSecOps, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Open Source, Customer Experience and Engagement, and more. Working with resellers, systems integrators and consultants, our sales and marketing teams provide industry leading IT products, services and training through hundreds of contract vehicles.

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Acas,CIPD And HRZone.com have produced a report which looks at the key trends likely to impact workplace in 2015 – covering five areas for discussion.2015 Key Workplace Trends Key takeaways Productivity and Skill, Atypical Contracts, Managing Conflicts, Social Media and Employee Voice, Flexible working and work-life balance.