Big Tech And U.S. Government Look For Ways To Use Smartphone Location Data To Fight Coronavirus

Google | March 18, 2020

The government is urging people to keep their distance from others to help slow and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The government is currently in talks with Facebook and Google along with a range of other technology companies and health experts to determine how they may be able to use location data gathered from smartphones to glean information about the coronavirus. Public health experts believe that private companies may be able to compile data in an anonymous and aggregated form that could be used to map the spread of the infection.

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Angela Merkel's CDU and its centre-left coalition partner, the SPD, suffered their worst results in European Election history. Support for the Greens has been particularly strong in Germany amidst increasing awareness of climate change. As the following infographic shows, young voters 30 years old and under have been the driving force behind the Green Party's success in Europe's biggest economy.

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Angela Merkel's CDU and its centre-left coalition partner, the SPD, suffered their worst results in European Election history. Support for the Greens has been particularly strong in Germany amidst increasing awareness of climate change. As the following infographic shows, young voters 30 years old and under have been the driving force behind the Green Party's success in Europe's biggest economy.

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Avenu Completes Acquisition of Government Payment Solutions Provider, Interware

Avenu Insights & Analytics | January 20, 2023

In a recent announcement, Avenu Insights & Analytics, a firm specializing in administration and revenue enhancement solutions for governments, has acquired Interware Development Company Inc, a cloud-based payment solutions provider for local governments. Interware's industry-leading payment processing solutions offer Avenu's existing customers a new, centralized payment platform. Avenu and Interware will jointly deliver software and services that boost government capabilities and enhance the overall citizen experience. The state and local governments will be able to collect permitting and licensing, utilities and tax revenue more efficiently through this integrated platform. Interware's dynamic payment solutions, combined with Avenu's advanced sales & marketing framework helps bring together existing third-party payment processing providers. This results in an optimized and uniform level of service which transforms the government's ability to tackle the rapid rise in workflow processes that restricts staff productivity and resources, ultimately affecting efficiency. With shared resources and an integrated strategy, the combined company will be able to offer its customers more services and greater technical expertise. Paul Colangelo, CEO of Avenu, said, "Governments are seeing an increasing need for an integrated payment solution software offering to streamline their administrative and budget activities and automate workflow processes." He adds, "The combination of Avenu and Interware will provide governments with a centralized solution to maximize their efficiency while shaping a more robust citizen experience." (Source – Business Wire) About Avenu Insights & Analytics Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Centreville (Virginia), Avenu Insights & Analytics offers a broad range of solutions and services to more than 3,000 local and state government clients across the country. The company's services include Clearview Pension Administration Solution (CPAS) - the first ISO 9001 registered pension software, IT project management, compliance auditing, tax administration, and much more. Avenu delivers software solutions that digitally transform government customers by providing online access to records, modernizing processes, and lowering costs.

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Cyware Cyber Fusion Centre (CFC) Platform Now Designated as FedRAMP Ready

Cyware | January 27, 2023

On January 26, 2023, a next-generation cybersecurity solutions provider Cyware, announced that its Cyber Security Centre (CFC) had achieved FedRAMP Ready designation from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program's PMO (FedRAMP PMO). The adoption of secure cloud services throughout the federal government by offering a standardized approach to security for cloud technologies deployed in federal agencies is promoted by FedRAMP, a US govt-based program. The designation FedRAMP Ready signifies that a Third-Party Assessment Organization attests to Cyware's security capabilities and that a RAR (Readiness Assessment Report) has been deemed acceptable and reviewed by the FedRAMP PMO. As a result, the Cyware platform enables contractors and government agencies to benefit from the solution's advanced threat intelligence automation and created threat response capabilities which can improve the adoption of secure cloud technologies. Cyware's CFC offers federal security teams a solution to improve security effectiveness, speed up proactive response, and improve collaboration within the whole security ecosystem of a federal agency. The main goal is to make the country safer from cyberattacks by making better use of tools, resources, and assets that already exist. Chief Executive Officer of Cyware, Anuj Goel, said, "We are proud that Cyware has achieved this important FedRAMP milestone. This demonstrates our commitment to enhancing threat intelligence sharing and security operations for the public sector." He also said, "Now federal customers can leverage our platform to enable security collaboration, extend threat visibility, correlate threat intelligence, and ensure the highest levels of cloud security through intelligent orchestration and response." (Source: Business Wire) About Cyware Founded in 2016, a product-based cyber security provider,Cyware offers full-stack innovative cyber fusion solutions for all-source, technical, tactical, and operational threat response automation and threat intelligence sharing. The company empowers enterprises to adapt to the evolving threat landscape is utilizing the advances in ML, AI, Security Automation and Orchestration Technologies. The Cyber Fusion solution from Cyware combines SOAR and TIP technology, which makes it easier for security teams that work in separate groups to work together. Many government agencies, businesses, and MSSPs use the company. It also offers platforms for sharing threat intelligence for the majority of ISAC organizations around the world.

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Linux Foundation and Rancher Government Solutions Partner to Support U.S. Government & Military Mission to Securely Modernize Tech

Rancher Government Solutions | November 23, 2022

Today, the Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, announced it has partnered with Rancher Government Solutions https://www.ranchergovernment.com/, which is specifically designed to address the unique security and operational needs of the U.S. Government and military as it relates to application modernization, containers and Kubernetes. The partnership combines the expertise of the Linux Foundation, the world's leading resource for open source training and certifications, with the breadth and depth of RGS which is dedicated to helping the U.S. Government and military achieve its missions to securely modernize via the cloud using containers and Kubernetes all with a focus on DevSecOps. "Partnering with RGS to support the United States government in their adoption of open source through secure tools and training is critically important in these uncertain times, We could not be more proud to be working with RGS, whose focus on secure, open source tools and code – particularly Kubernetes and cloud-enabled DevSecOps – for the U.S. Government is mission critical." -Clyde Seepersad, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Training & Certification, the Linux Foundation. The partnership will enable U.S. Government personnel, through their relation with RGS, to easily access the Linux Foundation's full catalog of nearly 100 training courses including courses focused on: Kubernetes DevSecOps/DevOps Cloud & Containers Personnel will also be able to easily enroll in certification exams for any of the standard setting cloud and open source certifications built by the Linux Foundation. The certifications cover a range of mission critical cloud and container exams, including: Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) Certified Security Specialist (CKS) Kubernetes and Cloud Native Associate (KCNA) "The Linux Foundation's training and certification offerings are perfectly aligned to our core product and service offerings, Together we will be able to offer a single source for support, tools, training and certifications essential to the U.S. Government mission to securely modernize its tech infrastructure." -Don Poole, Vice President of Corporate Communications & Marketing, Rancher Government Solutions. About The Linux Foundation: Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation is supported by more than 1,000 members and is the world's leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Linux Foundation's projects are critical to the world's infrastructure including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js, and more. The Linux Foundation's methodology focuses on leveraging best practices and addressing the needs of contributors, users and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. About Rancher Government Solutions: Rancher Government Solutions, a SUSE company, is specifically designed to address the unique security and operational needs of the U.S. Government and military as it relates to application modernization, containers and Kubernetes. Rancher allows Government customers to deploy containerized applications on multiple Kubernetes clusters from the data center to the cloud to the edge and unites them with centralized authentication, access control and advanced observability. RGS supports all Rancher open source products with U.S. based American citizens with the highest security clearances who are currently working on programs across the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, and civilian agencies.

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