Concerns rise over U.S. plan to close all overseas immigration offices

NBC News | March 15, 2019

Immigration advocates and attorneys like Nada Sater are concerned that the Trump administration is “creating a bigger catastrophe” if it follows through with plans to permanently close nearly two dozen U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services field offices across the globe. "This is going to affect refugees, military servicemen applying for citizenship, the family reunification program," Sater, an immigration attorney based in Miami, told NBC News. The immigration agency said Tuesday that it was in “preliminary discussions" to shift its international office workloads to offices in the United States, agency spokesperson Jessica Collins said in a statement.

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In this video, Illumio's federal CTO Gary Barlet, formerly CIO at the U.S. Postal Service's Office of the Inspector General, explains why federal agencies must 'stop the insanity' when it comes to relying on traditional security approaches. Modern Zero Trust Segmentation is necessary to prevent inevitable breaches from bringing down your mission.

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In this video, Illumio's federal CTO Gary Barlet, formerly CIO at the U.S. Postal Service's Office of the Inspector General, explains why federal agencies must 'stop the insanity' when it comes to relying on traditional security approaches. Modern Zero Trust Segmentation is necessary to prevent inevitable breaches from bringing down your mission.

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Steampunk Achieves Multi-year FedRAMP Contract Award

Steampunk | February 14, 2023

Steampunk, an IT services and consulting company, has recently announced that it achieved the FedRAMP Technical Review and Analysis Support Services contract award. It has been providing support to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the FedRAMP programs, with the tasks of cybersecurity, information assurance, and risk-based reviews for FedRAMP cloud service candidates of Joint Authorization Board's Provisional Authorization to Operate (JAB P-ATO) issue. It also undertakes independent cybersecurity risk assessments of cloud service for cloud service provider (CSP) candidates, collaborating with multiple discipline IT teams and resolving security or risk detection conflicts. With the support of FedRAMP, it has worked with the largest CSPs worldwide, like Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Google, along with the monitorization of more than 30 CSPs. For the task order on the DHS EAGLE II contract, it started working with FedRAMP in August 2016. It continued coordination with the FedRAMP programs for more than five years, expecting to review additional offerings over the next three years for an increase in demand for FedRAMP programs. It is also expected to partner with the General Services Administration (GSA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Department of Defense (DoD) of the United States government, securing cloud platforms for federal agencies. Chief Growth Officer of Steampunk, Brad Cole said, "Steampunk's information security work at DHS has been part of the foundation of our company. We are thrilled to continue partnering with DHS to enable secure cloud modernization across the federal government and to bring our focus on service design to help drive improvements in the FedRAMP review process." (Source – Cision PR Newswire) About Steampunk Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Steampunk, a federal contracting company, brings innovation to clients from the Homeland, Health, Federal Civilian, and DOD sectors. With its start-up culture and human-centered delivery approach, it is assisting federal agencies from design to development, enhancing their mission impacts and user experience. Being an employee-owned company, it invests in its employees to encourage and reward them for contributing to its growth. It offers services in IT solutions, modernization, disruption, machine learning, artificial intelligence, agile, design thinking, Human Centered Design (HCD), cybersecurity, data exploitation, cloud capabilities, cloud services, big data, digital platforms, development, security, and operations, government, and federal contractor services.

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Data Protection and Backup Solutions in AWS Marketplace by Carahsoft

Carahsoft | January 05, 2023

Carahsoft Technology Corp., the government's trusted IT solutions provider, is now an AWS Federal Distributor for Dell Technologies Data Protection solutions in the AWS Marketplace, an organized digital catalog that customers can use to buy, find, manage, and deploy third-party data, software, and services to build solutions and run businesses on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Customers in the U.S. public sector have easy access, flexible pricing terms, streamlined billing, rapid deployment, and license management thanks to AWS Marketplace. The list consists of Dell data protection options such as Dell APEX Backup Services, Dell PowerProtect Data Manager, and Dell PowerProtect Cyber Recovery. Carahsoft is a Dell Federal Distributor, AWS Marketplace Partner, and AWS Federal Distributor for Data Protection solutions such as: Dell APEX Backup Services Dell PowerProtect Data Manager Dell PowerProtect Cyber Recovery Carahsoft, as a Dell Federal Distributor, collaborates with a variety of AWS Distributors, Dell-certified resellers, and managed service providers to create a comprehensive cloud solution that includes professional, migration, and support services, as well as AWS products and services. Carahsoft's technology portfolio provides the means to buy a vast array of cloud-based solutions that securely facilitate cloud-based modernization. Carahsoft and its resellers continue to be committed to enabling government clients with the extensive capabilities of Dell's solutions. With Dell Data Protection Solutions and Amazon Web Services (AWS), U.S. federal customers now have an extra option to support government procurement. About Carahsoft Carahsoft is the most trusted provider of government IT solutions, combining technological knowledge with a comprehensive grasp of the government procurement process, which assists public sector enterprises in selecting and implementing the most cost-effective solution. Carahsoft is the largest government partner, operating as the government's master aggregator for many of its best-of-breed suppliers and delivering value for a vast ecosystem of system integrators, IT manufacturers, resellers, and consultancy partners.

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Rancher Government Solutions Launches Carbide to Secure Supply Chain

Rancher Government Solutions | March 02, 2023

On March 01, 2023, Rancher Government Solutions, one of the leading security Kubernetes and cloud-native containerized applications for the U.S. government, launched Rancher Government Carbide. The new solution is an advanced security solution for protecting the nation's software supply chain against increasing threats. In addition, Carbide makes it easier to manage Kubernetes security by giving users a better, more standard way to check and confirm that their software is safe and secure. Rancher Government Carbide protects the software supply chain by using a centralized, secure container registry for end users and a secure signing key to prove that the software came from a trusted source. Carbide's pipeline also uses tools for scanning for weaknesses and making software bills of materials (SBOMs). Additionally, the solution supports the DISA-validated and Kubernetes' published management platform and distribution with Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs) (Rancher MCM 2.6 & RKE2). A tool within Carbide, STIGATRON, is built to authorize to make sure downstream clusters are secure. The tool eliminates system administrators' obstacles during the validation process by scanning downstream clusters automatically from the centralized Rancher Manager and resembling them to the STIG cluster, thereby enabling automated compliance with federal government security standards. In addition, the Carbide solution also includes airgap documentation and edge capabilities. It is additional support to the existing product suite of the company, designed to help customers overcome the security challenges associated with application modernization, containers, and Kubernetes. About Rancher Government Solutions Based in Reston (Virginia), Rancher Government Solutions is primarily developed to meet the needs of the U.S. Government and Military in relation to application modernization, containers, and Kubernetes. It provides support for open-source software stacks for container-adopting teams. It addresses the operational and security challenges associated with managing multiple Kubernetes clusters at scale and equips DevOps teams with the tools required to run containerized workloads. In addition, it offers support to all Rancher products, with U.S.-based American citizens currently supporting programs across the Department of Intelligence Community, Defense, and civilian agencies.

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