Business groups push Trump to keep skilled-worker visas amid pandemic

Google | May 23, 2020

A range of business groups have made an 11th-hour appeal to U.S. President Donald Trump as he weighs whether to restrict temporary work visas, warning of negative economic consequences if he blocks the flow of skilled foreign workers into the United States. More than 300 U.S. companies, business associations and higher education groups that employ skilled workers sent a letter to Trump on Thursday that said reducing access to those workers - even for a short period - would result in “unintended consequences” and cause “substantial economic uncertainty.” Google , Facebook and Microsoft were among the companies pushing for Trump to leave H-1B visas, student visas and other skilled visas untouched. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce - the nation’s largest business association - also joined the effort.

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On 05-30-16 a white male dumped debris in Pasco County’s Land O’ Lakes area. Vehicle used was a 2-door white pickup truck with a tan interior. Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Pasco County Stormwater Management Enforcement at 727.247.0567. Citizens who give tips in cases that result in a successful prosecution can be eligible for a $50 reward. The Board of County Commissioners approved the reward on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Reward will be paid out of fines (illegal dumping). Pasco County has an ordinance that individuals can be fined $500 per item.

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On 05-30-16 a white male dumped debris in Pasco County’s Land O’ Lakes area. Vehicle used was a 2-door white pickup truck with a tan interior. Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Pasco County Stormwater Management Enforcement at 727.247.0567. Citizens who give tips in cases that result in a successful prosecution can be eligible for a $50 reward. The Board of County Commissioners approved the reward on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Reward will be paid out of fines (illegal dumping). Pasco County has an ordinance that individuals can be fined $500 per item.

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NuWave Solutions Acquires BigBear

NuWave | December 04, 2020

NuWave Solutions ("NuWave"), a main supplier of information the executives, progressed investigation, man-made consciousness, cloud arrangements and innovations to the government, reported today that it has procured BigBear Inc. ("BigBear" or "the Company"), a main supplier of cloud-based large information investigation answers for the national security community inside the U.S. Government. Terms of the exchange were not uncovered. This is the principal procurement finished by NuWave since being obtained by AE Industrial Partners, LP ("AEI") in June 2020. AEI is a private value firm work in Aerospace, Defense and Government Services, Power Generation, and Specialty Industrial business sectors. Established in 2008, BigBear has practical experience in large information registering and investigation, distributed computing, man-made reasoning, AI, geospatial data frameworks, information mining and frameworks designing to clients in the U.S. safeguard and knowledge networks. The Company joins far reaching innovation arrangements with its BigBear Platform to make totally private, secure, and one of a kind cloud conditions that assists associations with empowering large information figuring, AI and improved dynamic while better overseeing hazard. BigBear has some expertise in helping clients figure out their information by conveying the most progressive tweaked information investigation arrangements accessible today. BigBear is settled in San Diego, California, with extra workplaces in Reston, Virginia and Charlottesville, Virginia. "BigBear's data and analytics solutions bolster our existing capabilities to address the entire spectrum of information superiority," said Dr. Reggie Brothers, CEO of NuWave. "Making better decisions from data while mitigating risk is a top priority for our government customers, and we look forward to working with the BigBear team as we supplement our capabilities to meet growing demand." "NuWave is building a unique business and we are excited to be a part of a larger company that shares the same culture of innovation and mission focus," said Frank Porcelli, who will remain with the Company. "We are enthusiastic for the opportunities we can pursue together moving forward." Brian Levy, President and CTO of BigBear, who will also remain with the Company added, "This partnership enables us to diversify our capabilities across a broad collection of mission partners and commercial markets, allowing us to offer our customers differentiated, end-to-end solutions." "When AEI invested in NuWave earlier this year, we stated our commitment to build a world-class advanced analytics and artificial intelligence platform, and the addition of BigBear is a great first step in that journey," said Jeffrey Hart, Principal at AEI. "We remain focused on adding more companies with specialized technology that complement NuWave's existing capabilities and expand its roster of premier government customers." "Predictive technologies and data analytics are critical in helping government organizations reduce risk and identify opportunities," said Kirk Konert, Partner at AEI. "We believe NuWave is well positioned to take advantage of these growing demands." Akerman LLP filled in as lawful counsel and Ernst and Young LLP filled in as monetary counselor to NuWave. Lord and Spalding LLP and Foundry General Counsel, PLLC filled in as legitimate guides and Baird filled in as monetary counselor to BigBear. About NuWave Based in the Washington, D.C. metro area, NuWave is a leading provider of data management, advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cloud solutions that delivers anticipatory intelligence and advanced decision support solutions and technologies to the U.S. Government. NuWave provides innovative, customized solutions through development, selection, and integration of leading technologies. NuWave has unmatched expertise in advanced technologies across the analytics and data management lifecycle and applies its expertise and teamwork to give customers the ability to solve complex problems, communicate, and manage information. About BigBear BigBear, Inc. is a leading provider of cloud-based, big data and analytics solutions for government customers, helping them make sense of big data. The Company specializes in big data computing and analytics, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, geospatial information systems, data mining and systems engineering.

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Cyble Launches Defense Threat Intelligence Solution for Law Enforcement and Government Agencies

Cyble | November 08, 2021

Cyble, an AI-powered, Y Combinator-backed, cyber threat intelligence company that empowers organizations with darkweb & cybercrime monitoring, today announced the availability of its Law Enforcement Agency (LEA) and defense threat intelligence solution. This is aimed at specifically helping law enforcement and government agencies gather, analyze, and respond to the exposure of extremely sensitive information, enriched with Cyble’s SIGINT analysis and research, that may have implications for national security or geopolitical ramifications. In this regard, Cyble has been working with several law enforcement agencies across the world. Over the past few years, organized cybercriminals and state-backed threat actors have been actively targeting critical national infrastructure. Recent examples of this include the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline in the US, which threatened to knock out fuel supply to half of the country. Countries worldwide have seen their governments and military networks being hacked and troves of sensitive data exfiltrated by state-backed and financially motivated adversaries. The threat here is two-fold. Threat Actors primarily target organizations designated as Critical Information Infrastructure (CII) such as power plants, nuclear installations, oil pipelines and refineries, telecom network providers, and transport networks. Additionally, threat actors are also targeting the supply chain eco-system of these organizations, which typically comprise technology OEMs, contract manufacturers, strategic R&D partners, and IT service providers. These attacks are carried out with an explicit intent of espionage, sabotage, as well as intellectual property theft. “As Cyble continues on its journey to empower more organizations with early threat intelligence, strategic collaborations like these play a key role. With an exponential increase in cyber-attacks as more organizations and agencies go digital, we aim to empower our government partners with advanced threat monitoring capabilities to provide expeditious intelligence which they can immediately act upon.” Manish Chachada, Co-founder and COO of Cyble Through Cyble Hawk, Cyble is now offering deep visibility into the darkweb and surface web to unearth attacks and discover sensitive information before it can be used to compromise state infrastructure, jeopardize national security, or cause diplomatic issues for governments. Government agencies will now be empowered to hunt for and discover sensitive strategic information that could be used to avert financial fraud, detect sensitive or strategic data exposure, and deploy suitable countermeasures. Further details on the capabilities are available here. “Cyble is excited to be collaborating with law enforcement and governmental agencies in helping them build a more resilient cyberspace presence, by empowering them with timely and actionable threat intelligence. As we expand our relationship to the government and LEA entities, we are thrilled to drive our research and intelligence capabilities to greater heights.” Beenu Arora, Co-founder and CEO of Cyble About Cyble Cyble is a global threat intelligence SaaS provider that helps enterprises protect themselves from cybercrimes and exposure in the darkweb. Its prime focus is to provide organizations with real-time visibility to their digital risk footprint. Backed by Y Combinator as part of the 2021 winter cohort, Cyble has also been recognized by Forbes as one of the top 20 Best Cybersecurity Start-ups to Watch. Headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia, and with offices in Australia, Singapore, and India, Cyble has a global presence.

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Puppet Deepens Commitment to Government Agencies with Enhanced Support and Availability

Puppet | November 01, 2021

Puppet, the industry standard for infrastructure automation, is increasing the availability of Puppet Enterprise on preferred government purchasing vehicles through a new relationship with Carahsoft. This partnership will make Puppet’s flagship product available to organizations like the General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule 70 and numerous other federal, state and local contracts. Puppet is a trusted partner of the U.S. government and is deeply committed to enhancing security in government cloud operations as well as helping government agencies maintain agility. More than 50% of U.S. Federal cabinet departments and 7 of 10 contractors use Puppet. Many of the largest branches of the U.S. government also use Open Source Puppet or Puppet Enterprise, including the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Defense Information Systems Agency, Health and Human Services, National Institute of Health, Internal Revenue Service, Department of Energy and the National Security Agency. “Puppet has long been committed to faster, more secure delivery and we’re eager to see more agencies and contractors get the same benefits as their counterparts in the private sector,” said Melissa Palmer, vice president of public sector sales. “Puppet Enterprise has already seen widespread government adoption from military branches, and intelligence agencies. Through our partnership with Carahsoft, we’re looking forward to helping even more agencies and contractors receive the same security and delivery benefits.” Federal agencies can leverage Puppet Enterprise to rapidly deploy new applications while maintaining infrastructure integrity and availability. Puppet Enterprise delivers the most comprehensive feature set for government agencies who want to quickly start or scale their transformation initiatives, with modern automation tools that provide continuous, intelligent compliance required to meet mission goals. “We are pleased to offer Puppet’s infrastructure automation solutions through our GSA Schedule and authorized reseller partners. IT automation is the key Government DevOps teams are seeking to manage and scale infrastructure across their organization.” Will Jones, Senior Vice President of Virtualization Solutions at Carahsoft In addition to wide contract availability, Puppet Enterprise supports critical government standards, enabling the Department of Defense to automate and enforce compliance with configuration standards and security and privacy controls. Puppet Enterprise provides powerful capabilities such as FIPS 140-2 certification, reporting and compliance, role-based access control, extended platform support, orchestration and workflow, code management and enterprise support. DoD agencies can achieve rapid and continuous compliance with DISA STIGs and NIST SP 800-53 by automating configuration management and enforcing desired state as often as needed, up to every thirty minutes. Puppet Enterprise also advances DevSecOps capabilities by incorporating security into the entire application and infrastructure development cycle. Mission-critical programs, such as DCGS-A, rely on Puppet to ensure continuous compliance through deployment and enables government agencies to automate repetitive tasks, quickly deploy critical applications, proactively manage infrastructure across all major operating systems, on-prem or in cloud environments. About Puppet Puppet helps enterprises modernize and manage their infrastructure with the solutions to automate anywhere, reliably scale, and integrate compliance and security across hybrid infrastructure. More than 40,000 organizations — including more than 80 percent of the Global 5000 — have benefited from Puppet’s open source and commercial solutions to ensure business continuity, optimize costs, boost compliance and ensure security, all while accelerating the adoption of DevOps practices and delivery of self-service. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Puppet is a privately held company with offices in London, Belfast, Singapore, Sydney and Timișoara.

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