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BlackBerry Achieves National Security Agency Approval for BlackBerry UEM

BlackBerry | November 20, 2020

BlackBerry Achieves National Security Agency Approval for BlackBerry UEM
BlackBerry Limited today declared that its BlackBerry® Unified Endpoint Manager (UEM) programming has accomplished National Security Agency (NSA) Commercial Solutions for Classified Program (CSfC) endorsement.

The NSA ensures the United States' most basic data and frameworks against cyberattacks. The CSfC is a significant portion of the NSA's technique, guaranteeing that the U.S. government can use the business' generally secure and inventive network safety advancements to achieve their main goal targets.

"BlackBerry and the NSA share a common mission to help make the nation safer," said John Chen, Executive Chairman & CEO, BlackBerry.  "We are honored to receive approval from the NSA for BlackBerry UEM to be used to protect classified information. This adds to the portfolio of U.S. government certifications BlackBerry has received for UEM, including NIAP, DoDIN APL and FedRAMP."

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 175M cars on the road today.  Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems.  BlackBerry's vision is clear - to secure a connected future you can trust.

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Opus Interactive Partners with Carahsoft Technology Corp to Make Available Its Services for Federal, State, and Local Government

Opus Interactive | December 15, 2020

Opus Interactive, a main supplier of complex hybrid VMware cloud facilitating administrations, and Carahsoft Technology Corp., The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, today reported a conventional association. Under the arrangement, Carahsoft will fill in as Opus Interactive's Master Government Aggregator® and make the FedRAMP Moderate Ready OpusGov (OG) accessible under Carahsoft's Haze Purchasing Program (CPP). This new association makes Opus Interactive's industry-driving high consistence, high security hybrid and multi-cloud administrations accessible to Federal, state, and nearby government and training associations. The set-up of start to finish administrations are presently accessible through Carahsoft's GSA Schedule, NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V, National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) ValuePoint, National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA), OMNIA Partners and The Quilt contracts and the organization's affiliate accomplices. Opus Interactive's FedRAMP Moderate Ready IaaS/PaaS, hybrid and multi-cloud arrangements are worked for execution, security and interoperability. This structure empowers offices to advance, store, cycle and move crucial outstanding tasks at hand with unwavering quality and security. Subsequent to assessing CPU, stockpiling read/compose, IOPs and organization execution, an outsider report positioned the Opus cloud IaaS offering as industry-driving with better execution for lower cost, quicker application execution and unrivaled organization execution. The WBENC certified Women-owned Small Business (WOSB) and Indian-owned Economic Enterprise offers Cloud Smart services that include: HIPAA, PCI-DSS, SOC 2 Type 2 and FedRAMP Moderate Ready IaaS, hybrid and multi-cloud solutions FISMA High datacenters strategically located to provide redundant failover by geographic region and energy grid Flexible hardware options and solutions tailored to the unique needs of agency workloads Performance backed and guaranteed by SLA compared to other IaaS solutions Price-Performance (CPU Performance): 2000% better performance per dollar Application Performance (Read and Write IOPs): 60% more IOPs, 500% more write IOPs Network Performance (Mb/s): 12x more throughput “With over 20 years of successful performance in the commercial sector, we’re excited for this opportunity to partner with Carahsoft as our Master Government Aggregator,” said Opus Interactive CEO Shannon Hulbert. “Carahsoft’s understanding of government procurement processes and dedicated sales, marketing and contracting experts combined with Opus’ offerings allows us to more quickly bring hybrid and multi-cloud services to public sector agencies that are undergoing modernization and digital transformation initiatives.” While sending Opus arrangements, clients will have the option to exploit Carahsoft's extraordinary pay-more only as costs arise model and its specific comprehension of public area contracting and consistence prerequisites. Carahsoft's CPP offers the public area an adaptable and available approach to get cloud arrangements from single or various sellers. Through CPP, clients can buy CarahPoints to put toward cloud items and administrations on a month to month or prepaid premise to coordinate their main goal and utilization needs. By offering an online entryway and pay-more only as costs arise alternative, CPP is fit to offices and public area associations trying to maintain a strategic distance from the expenses and seller lock in of the conventional acquisition measure. More data is accessible on Carahsoft's committed CPP asset focus. “Opus Interactive’s focus on compliance with FedRAMP and the latest regulatory mandates makes them a great addition to our cloud solutions portfolio under CPP,” said John Lee, Vice President of Cloud Services at Carahsoft. “In addition, the company’s commitment to performance, cost-efficiency and interoperability between public cloud offerings makes OpusGov a perfect match for agencies looking to scale their operations affordably without sacrificing security. We look forward to working with Opus and our reseller partners to optimize cloud adoption in the public sector.” About Opus Interactive Founded in 1996, Opus Interactive has earned a reputation for custom IT solutions that fit unique requirements for security, scalability, cost, and future growth needs of its customers. An accredited member of the International Managed Services Provider Alliance, the Company operates from Tier III+ data centers located in Hillsboro, Portland, Dallas, and Northern Virginia. Through close partnerships with industry-leaders and a commitment to customer satisfaction, Opus delivers custom solutions for Cloud Hosting & IaaS, Colocation, DRaaS & Backup, Object Storage, VDI, and Public Cloud Monitoring & Management. About Carahsoft Carahsoft Technology Corp. is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®. As a top-performing GSA Schedule, SEWP and ITES-SW2 contract holder, Carahsoft serves as the Master Government Aggregator® for many of its best-of-breed technology vendors, supporting an extensive ecosystem of manufacturers, value-added resellers, system integrators and consulting partners committed to helping government agencies select and implement the best solution at the best possible value.

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Akamai Comments on National Security Council and White House Open Source Software Security Summit

Akamai | January 14, 2022

Akamai Technologies, Inc. , the world's most trusted solution to power and protect digital experiences, today participated in the White House Open Source Software Security Summit and released the following statement: Akamai was pleased to participate in the White House Open Source Software Security Summit today, and appreciated the opportunity to share our perspective and recommendations on this important topic. Improving the security of open source software is vital, as it is critical to the internet ecosystem. However, the ability to quickly contain the impact of a vulnerability once it is discovered is equally significant. This meeting was particularly timely, given the recent Log4j vulnerability detection. We applaud the administration's proactive leadership to tackle this important issue, which, if left unchecked, can have far-reaching negative impacts for both the government and the private sector. Akamai asserts that businesses must invest time and resources into open source software to ensure continued innovation and security. Akamai has a long history of working with the open source community and contributing to open standards. This includes work with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Internet Security Research Group (ISRG), OpenSSL, and the Linux Kernel. We are evaluating how we can expand those commitments this year. Akamai advocates for the following five pillars through continued partnership with our customers — many of which are leaders in their respective industries — and in collaboration with the White House, National Security Council, and broader technology community: Increase visibility into reliance on open source technologies — many companies don't fully know the open source code that lives in their environments. Only by gaining visibility into the network and its code stack can we reliably address security flaws when they occur. Log4j was a black swan event, but serves as a potent reminder that the government and private sector need to prioritize investments into tools and technologies. Identify key open source libraries and support strong ownership and vulnerability management — threat actors comb open source libraries to find vulnerabilities like Log4j. The technology community must provide support — via active participation in projects and financial investment — to the open source communities we depend on. Build reliable containment plans for when exploits are identified — we are never going to eliminate vulnerabilities, so it's essential we have effective containment policies in place to help protect businesses and consumers. We can accomplish this via actionable reporting processes and supporting technology solutions. Improve cross-government and industry information sharing when vulnerabilities are first identified — the more eyes that we can get on a problem, the quicker the problem can be fixed. By building an information-sharing community of trusted security providers, we can ensure that vulnerabilities are addressed and that patches reach wide distribution faster. Expand government authorization of solutions to increase defenses — adversaries evolve quickly, and the government needs to be agile to ensure its defenses can protect important government systems and key infrastructure. In some instances, an emergency authorization of technology from trusted providers would enable fast implementation of solutions not yet FedRAMP certified to quickly enable protection against new threats. About Akamai Akamai powers and protects life online. The most innovative companies worldwide choose Akamai to secure and deliver their digital experiences — helping billions of people live, work, and play every day. With the world's largest and most trusted edge platform, Akamai keeps apps, code, and experiences closer to users — and threats farther away.

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Granicus Acquires Leading Compliance Software Provider GovQA to Help Government Agencies Manage Exponential Increase in Public Records Requests

Granicus | August 26, 2021

Granicus, the leading provider of cloud-based digital experience solutions for the public sector, today announced the acquisition of GovQA, the nation’s leading provider of public records and compliance workflow solutions for government. With the addition of GovQA, Granicus continues to extend the capabilities of its Civic Engagement Platform, helping government officials deliver consistent, unified digital experiences to their communities while automating, streamlining and transforming internal process workflows. “Governments are experiencing a massive influx of records requests filed by the public, corporations, and media; with some seeing a 500% increase in requests and even greater increases in the resources needed to fulfill these requests compared to only a few years ago,” said Mark Hynes, CEO of Granicus. “These trends have correlated with the public’s interest in pandemic response, an increase in social tensions and an overall erosion of government trust. Local and State government agencies have the opportunity to re-shape the trust narrative by embracing digital civic engagement and experience solutions that consistently demonstrate government transparency, efficiency, responsiveness, equity, empathy and reliance on truth. GovQA is an important and powerful addition to the Granicus platform that amplifies our customers’ ability to support healthy communities through deeper transparency, engagement and connection, while ensuring they remain compliant with their state’s unique regulations.” Access to public records is a vital pillar in the foundation of government trust. In many cases, fulfillment controls, processes and timeline compliance rules are mandated by local, state and federal regulations—such as the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)—to drive consistency, reliability and faith in the process. But request fulfillment can be incredibly fragmented, complex and time-consuming for government officials—making their ability to remain compliant and meet public expectations a serious challenge, with the introduction of new data streams such as police body camera footage, social media posts, and smart cities technologies only making it more difficult. According to GovQA’s recent research, public records fulfillment and compliance complexity has increased 150% over the last three years alone. “Governments today are inundated with information requests. As volume continues to skyrocket, and requests become increasingly complex, traditional public records processes are no longer able to satisfy these demands,” said Tim Callahan, CEO of GovQA. “The stakes for governments are way too high to do this poorly or below standards; it’s why hundreds of government agencies have turned to GovQA to help them drive the efficiency and compliance required in today’s environment. And now, as part of Granicus, public records request management can more seamlessly be integrated into a government’s overall digital approach to community transparency, engagement, communications and workflow management.” GovQA has a proven track record of transforming public records management to make government processes simpler, easier and more transparent. To date, they’ve completed millions of information requests for nearly 800 government customers. With their public request compliance automation solution, GovQA offers: Enhanced efficiency: Information requests have grown significantly in recent years, and many governments have yet to invest in purpose-built automation solutions to help manage the influx —forcing them to rely on manual processes, spreadsheets or other tools ill-equipped to support increased volumes and compliance requirements. As a result, requests can take weeks or months to fulfill, creating a poor community experience and putting agencies at risk of compliance failures. GovQA overhauls and automates these processes, creating a fast, intuitive workflow that saves government personnel valuable time, ensures they remain in compliance, and delivers a positive community experience. Redundant request matching: GovQA’s software provides patented tools to quickly identify redundant requests, enabling residents to get fast access to the information they requested without requiring government personnel to unnecessarily duplicate time-consuming work. Risk mitigation: Governments have a legal responsibility to provide access to public information while protecting certain personal, private information. Through increased workflow automation, proprietary private information redaction technologies, and a digital audit trail, GovQA makes it possible for governments to remain compliant with public record laws while delivering on public requests at speed. Flexible customization: GovQA offers highly-configurable, no-code technology that enables government personnel to create custom workflows built for their unique needs. Agencies can securely collect and control time sensitive information within, across and outside government boundaries—eliminating silos, increasing efficiency, ensuring compliance and reducing the most common record request redundancies. Cost recovery: Many regulations governing public requests allow for agencies to charge fees to help cover the high costs of request fulfillment; GovQA with Granicus supports a variety of charge models and payment processing capabilities for funds capture. In combination with Granicus’ Civic Engagement Platform, GovQA accelerates Granicus' vision for intelligent, connected digital government experiences for both government agencies and officials, and the communities they serve. Today, more than 5,500 governments worldwide partner with Granicus to power their digital communications, public participation, online services, and agenda & public records management, all from a single cloud platform purpose-built for today's modern government. Shea & Company served as the exclusive financial advisor for GovQA. About Granicus Granicus connects governments with the people they serve by providing the first and only civic engagement platform for the public sector. Over 5,500 government agencies, including 850 state departments, and more than 250 million citizen subscribers power an unmatched Subscriber Network that turns government missions into quantifiable results. With comprehensive cloud-based solutions for communications, government website design, meeting and agenda management software, records management, and digital services, Granicus empowers stronger relationships between government and residents across the U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. By simplifying interactions with residents, while disseminating critical information, Granicus brings governments closer to the people they serve—driving meaningful change for communities around the globe. About GovQA GovQA is the leading provider of cloud-based SaaS automated workflow solutions for government compliance. Customers use our software to more easily process and manage public records and information requests. GovQA combines trusted tools and security, proven government expertise, and a scalable platform that enables cities, counties, and state agencies to securely collect and control time-sensitive information. GovQA’s proprietary Peers in Public Records (PiPR) Index is the only index that tracks trends in public records for state and local governments.

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The Federal Government is responsible for fostering conditions that create prosperity and safety for the American people. The various Federal missions used to achieve these goals are largely executed by civil servants, who are employed on a full-time, part-time, or seasonal basis by the government and who play a critical role in helping Federal agencies achieve their missions now and into the future. For this reason, Federal leaders and managers must stay abreast of current workforce experiences and issues, while also planning and preparing for future trends. This report is designed to identify current and future actionable challenges, through research and analysis from both the private and public sectors, for use by strategic decision makers, managers, and employees of the Federal human capital community