'BORING!' Trump yawns at Democratic debate

NBC News | June 27, 2019

President Donald Trump is initial reaction to the first 2020 Democratic presidential debate BORING the presidential tweet landed as candidates on the debate stage in Miami were asked about the crisis at the southern U.S. border involving migrant children. Shortly after he tweeted criticism of NBC and MSNBC over a technical production issue that occurred in the second hour of the debate when moderators Rachel Maddow and Chuck Todd began asking questions. The tweets came minutes after Trump who had deplaned from Air Force One in Alaska en route to Japan greeted U.S. troops there telling them he had chosen to speak to them instead of watching the debate. He later shared a video montage of his brief visit in Anchorage on Twitter.

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Modern vehicles contain multiple interfaces—connections between the vehicle and external networks—that leave vehicle systems, including safety-critical systems, such as braking and steering, vulnerable to cyberattacks. Researchers have shown that these interfaces—if not properly secured—can be exploited through direct, physical access to a vehicle, as well as remotely through shortrange and long-range wireless channels. For example, researchers have shown that attackers could compromise vulnerabilities in the short-range wireless connections to vehicles’ Bluetooth units—which enable hands-free cell phone use—to gain access to in-vehicle networks, to take control over safety-critical functions such as the brakes. Among the interfaces that can be exploited through direct access, most stakeholders we spoke with expressed concerns about the statutorily mandated on-board diagnostics port, which provides access to a broad range of vehicle systems for emissions and diagnostic testing purposes. However, the majority of selected industry stakeholders we spoke with (23 out of 32) agreed that wireless attacks, such as those exploiting vulnerabilities in vehicles’ built-in cellular-calling capabilities, would pose the largest risk to passenger safety. Such attacks could potentially impact a large number of vehicles and allow an attacker to access targeted vehicles from anywhere in the world. Despite these concerns, some stakeholders pointed out that such attacks remain difficult because of the time and expertise needed to carry them out and thus far have not been reported outside of the research environment.

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Modern vehicles contain multiple interfaces—connections between the vehicle and external networks—that leave vehicle systems, including safety-critical systems, such as braking and steering, vulnerable to cyberattacks. Researchers have shown that these interfaces—if not properly secured—can be exploited through direct, physical access to a vehicle, as well as remotely through shortrange and long-range wireless channels. For example, researchers have shown that attackers could compromise vulnerabilities in the short-range wireless connections to vehicles’ Bluetooth units—which enable hands-free cell phone use—to gain access to in-vehicle networks, to take control over safety-critical functions such as the brakes. Among the interfaces that can be exploited through direct access, most stakeholders we spoke with expressed concerns about the statutorily mandated on-board diagnostics port, which provides access to a broad range of vehicle systems for emissions and diagnostic testing purposes. However, the majority of selected industry stakeholders we spoke with (23 out of 32) agreed that wireless attacks, such as those exploiting vulnerabilities in vehicles’ built-in cellular-calling capabilities, would pose the largest risk to passenger safety. Such attacks could potentially impact a large number of vehicles and allow an attacker to access targeted vehicles from anywhere in the world. Despite these concerns, some stakeholders pointed out that such attacks remain difficult because of the time and expertise needed to carry them out and thus far have not been reported outside of the research environment.

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Quantexa And Vodafone Partner To Provide Even Better Experience For Vodafone Business Customers In The UK

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS | November 29, 2022

Quantexa - a global leader in Decision Intelligence (DI) solutions for the private and public sectors - announced that it has partnered with Vodafone, the technology communications company, to connect scattered and siloed data points across Vodafone to deliver an improved experience for its business customers. Quantexa’s Decision Intelligence Platform was chosen by Vodafone for its advanced capabilities in data management and customer insights which enabled Vodafone to marry difficult to match data sets across its business and learn more about their customers. As a result, Vodafone can make quick and confident decisions to provide their customers with more relevant offerings and improved service. Quantexa’s Decision Intelligence (DI) platform was commercially deployed on Vodafone’s new Google Cloud environment and gives Vodafone insight into the interactions a customer has with them, including the products and services customers have purchased. Understanding customers from a 360-degree view will support the organization in giving prompts to the sales teams to drive timely client engagement. The new platform was delivered into commercial use with speed following a completed deal agreement in late Q1 of this year. It will initially be used in Vodafone’s small to medium business customer segments, and Vodafone will extend the platform to include SoHo and large business customers over the coming months. The partnership started when Quantexa joined Tomorrow Street – a joint-venture between Vodafone and the Luxembourg Government - that connects innovative technology companies, corporate partners, and Vodafone functions to establish and grow new business opportunities. Quantexa works with clients across several industries including banking, insurance, telco, and the public sector including government. Vodafone is the first company in the UK telecommunications industry to use Quantexa’s ground-breaking DI Platform to improve its customers’ experience. “We are delighted to be using Quantexa’s state-of-the-art Decision Intelligence Platform to ensure we are maximising the value of data, making the best decisions for our customers, and improving the services we offer. As a technology communications company, we recognise the importance of working with innovative companies in emerging technology categories, like Quantexa. Vodafone’s Tomorrow Street initiative to identify and accelerate innovation, is an exciting programme that we are delighted to work with.” -Nick Gliddon, UK Business Director, Vodafone. Vishal Marria, CEO, Quantexa, said, Forward-thinking organizations know they can only make strategic decisions and improve customer experiences using data that can be trusted. The first step is creating a single view of every customer. I’m thrilled that our Decision Intelligence Platform is helping Vodafone create a better experience for its business customers. I’m proud of what we’ve achieved alongside Tomorrow Street in what has been, and will continue to be, a fantastic collaboration. Creating long-term value from data is a focus of leading organizations world-wide and working with a leader like Vodafone in the telco space is an important milestone for the business. About Quantexa: Quantexa is a global data and analytics software company pioneering Contextual Decision Intelligence that empowers organizations to make trusted operational decisions by making data meaningful. Using the latest advancements in big data and AI, Quantexa’s platform uncovers hidden risk and new opportunities by providing a contextual, connected view of internal and external data in a single place. It solves major challenges across data management, KYC, customer intelligence, financial crime, risk, fraud, and security, throughout the customer lifecycle. The Quantexa Contextual Decision Intelligence Platform enhances operational performance with over 90% more accuracy and 60 times faster analytical model resolution than traditional approaches. Founded in 2016, Quantexa now has more than 500 employees and thousands of users working with billions of transactions and data points across the world. The company has offices in London, New York, Boston, Brussels, UAE, Malaga, Toronto, Singapore, Melbourne, and Sydney. About Vodafone in the UK: Vodafone is a technology communications company that connects people, businesses and devices to help our customers benefit from digital innovation. Our services span mobile, fixed line connections, home and office broadband, and the Internet of Things (IoT). We have a strong track record as a tech pioneer, making the UK’s first mobile phone call, sending the first text message, and making the UK’s first live holographic call using 5G in 2018. We were also the first to start carrying live 5G traffic from a site in Salford, Greater Manchester. As of March 2022, we have 5G in 380 locations across Europe – 141 in the UK and 239 across Germany, Spain, Italy and Ireland. Our 4G network coverage currently reaches more than 99% of the UK population. Today, Vodafone serves more than 18 million mobile and fixed-line customers in the UK. To help deliver Gigabit UK, our full-fibre broadband roll-out programme now covers 26 UK towns and cities, rising to 35 over the coming months through partnerships with CityFibre and Openreach. Our full-fibre services are now available to more than eight million homes across the UK.

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Haivision Launches FedRAMP for Government to Securely Stream Live Video

Haivision | January 24, 2023

Haivision Systems Inc., a leading global provider of video networking and visual collaboration solutions, announced today that Haivision Hub for Government has achieved Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) "In Process" designation and is currently available on FedRAMP Marketplace as the only video network service. Government agencies can securely stream live video via CDNs, OVPs, EVPs, and social media using the fully managed cloud solution. US Department of Veterans Affairs’ VA approved Haivision's FedRAMP (VA). Live video helps governments succeed today. However, networking exposes agencies to cyberattacks. Even secure companies are vulnerable to cyberattacks. When streaming live video, Haivision Hub for Government protects public sector enterprises' largest risk of network exposure. CIOs can use Haivision Hub for Government to secure live video streaming in accordance with the rules from federal information assurance. Mirko Wicha, President and CEO of Haivision, said, "Our FedRAMP milestone is a powerful example of Haivision's longstanding commitment to ensuring the security of our customer's deployments." He added, "In the FedRAMP process, we've worked rigorously to make Haivision Hub for Government an ideal solution to help government agencies stream securely via the cloud. We're very proud to be the first video network service to achieve this important FedRAMP milestone and to be among the few technology companies to achieve this authorization."  (Source- PRNewswire) FedRAMP standardizes security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. The FY23 NDAA includes the FedRAMP Authorization Act (NDAA). All service models and executive agency cloud deployments require FedRAMP. Haivision Hub for Government has many features that can help agencies share live video content quickly and safely with internal and external audiences. The key features include the following:- Live visual content distribution in real time: Share live video in real-time, giving up-to-date information and events and letting people work together in real-time on mission-critical common operating pictures. Secure: Designed to meet the strict security needs of government agencies (Achieved FedRAMP supporting Department of Defense Impact Level 2 (DoD IL2)). Scalability: Ability to serve a wide range of internal and external audiences. Flexibility: Use the cloud and direct high-performance connectivity options. Simplification: When supporting digital transformation, easily overcome network issues and technological debt. Haivision delivers high-performance, secure video network solutions for mission-critical applications. Getting through rigorous third-party assessments and implementing FedRAMP-compliant policies to protect federal customer data and systems shows that commitment. About Haivision A global pioneer in mission-critical, real-time video networking and visual communication. Our connected cloud and intelligent edge solutions enable global engagement, collaboration, and decision-making globally. We deliver secure, low-latency, high-quality live video worldwide. Haivision created the SRT Alliance to promote their SRT low-latency video streaming protocol. Haivision, which drives the IP video revolution, won four Emmys® for engineering and technology from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Haivision was founded in 2004 in Montreal and Chicago, with offices, sales, and support in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

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Symplicity joins the UK Government's G-Cloud framework for its 13th iteration

Symplicity | November 21, 2022

Symplicity® Corporation the global leader of student employability, wellbeing and success, is proud to announce it has joined the UK Crown Commercial Services as a certified supplier on the Government's G-Cloud 13 procurement framework. This acceptance brings a powerful, and affordable, student support services platform to higher education institutions across the United Kingdom. The approval means that any higher education institution can now engage with Symplicity without the need for prolonged and extended procurement, bringing a wide range of functionality and services within easy reach. This includes support for employability, skills and graduate outcomes, wellbeing and disability support, a unified student experience and employer engagement, to name a few. Part of the Government's Digital Marketplace, the G-Cloud framework is designed to ensure the public sector has access to proven and cost-effective cloud software and services via an online platform. "Achieving G-Cloud 13 certification enables Symplicity to continue offering higher education institutions the tools to improve student engagement and outcomes, With this sought-after certification, Symplicity can support more institutions, staff and students with a holistic and whole university support structure." -Thomas Jepsen, President of International at Symplicity. About Crown Commercial Service (CCS): Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is an Executive Agency of the Cabinet Office, supporting the public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services. CCS supports the public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services. In 2021/22, CCS helped the public sector to achieve commercial benefits equal to £2.8 billion - supporting world-class public services that offer best value for taxpayers. About Symplicity: Symplicity® Corporation is a global leader in student employability and engagement software solutions to more than 2,500 colleges and universities across 37 countries. Symplicity's SaaS platform supports the full student Iife, including early talent recruiting, accessibility, wellbeing and behavioural intervention. These solutions empower higher education clients to enhance a student's ability to stay in school, graduate and secure a first job.

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