Defense Contractor Cybersecurity Certifiers Launching ‘National Conversation’ Webinars

Nextgov | April 02, 2020

About 3,500 people have registered for the first of a series of webinars organizers are planning to meet the high demand for knowledge of how the Pentagon’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program will work. The CMMC Accreditation Body—newly incorporated as a nonprofit in Maryland—emailed stakeholders Wednesday touting its activity so far in standing up a system to manage audits of defense contractors’ cybersecurity and outlining the next steps. Implementation of the CMMC will end the current policy of defense contractors self-attesting their adherence to specific security controls, such as those outlined in National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 800-171. The program has made many in the industry anxious about exactly what auditors will want to see in order to hand over the certifications necessary to do business with the Defense Department and created an ecosystem of independent third parties eager to profit from the system.

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Godspeed Capital Acquires Exceptional Software Strategies, Inc.

Godspeed Capital | January 15, 2022

Godspeed Capital Management LP (“Godspeed Capital”), a lower middle-market Defense & Government services, solutions, and technology focused private equity firm, today announced the successful acquisition of Exceptional Software Strategies, Inc. (“ESS” or the “Company”), a leading provider of information technology solutions to mission-oriented Federal agencies, including members of the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense agencies. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. ESS boasts a 25-year history of successfully integrating mission-critical information technology solutions across the Intelligence Community. The Company provides core capabilities in cyber, software and systems engineering, and geographic information systems, and works with a broad array of Intelligence Community and Federal agencies with critical National Security missions, including a strong presence in Fort Meade, Maryland. Nearly each of the Company’s seasoned engineers across its dynamic team holds the highest-level of security clearance. By developing, testing, and deploying solutions to mitigate and combat threats across emerging areas of critical importance such as blockchain, cloud computing and storage, data analytics, and artificial intelligence, ESS is critically focused on leading the next frontier of cyber-protection and innovation. The newly acquired ESS will join Godspeed Capital’s recently formed high-end cyber and technology solutions platform holding company, designed to provide U.S. Defense and Intelligence Community agencies with a full suite of solutions to combat an increasing and ever-evolving level of cybersecurity and intelligence threats. Paul Stasko, Founder & President of ESS, said, “Godspeed Capital brings an exceptional amount of government-related expertise, know-how, and vision to the table, as well as a deep understanding of our core Intelligence Community customer set. We are excited to be joining Godspeed as part of a broader, better resourced and scalable platform strategy and look forward to collaborating with like-minded providers as we continue to enhance our collective solutions to meet the increasingly complex and evolving needs of the U.S. Intelligence Community.” “We are thrilled to partner with ESS, the go-to provider of mission critical solutions and services to the Intelligence Community and other Federal agencies. Through their unparalleled knowledge and experience with existing and legacy infrastructure, data flows, and processes, ESS is uniquely positioned to shape the future of mission critical technology and data protection requirements. The increased scale and profitability of the combined platform coupled with additional capital and resources from Godspeed will allow us to invest more in technology innovation, talent acquisition, and corporate infrastructure as we move forward. We look forward to accelerating the Company’s growth initiatives.” Douglas T. Lake, Jr., Founder & Managing Partner of Godspeed Capital About Exceptional Software Strategies, Inc. Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, ESS is a professional services company providing information technology solutions to mission-oriented Intelligence Community and Department of Defense agencies. ESS offers core capabilities in cyber, software and systems engineering, and geographic information systems with a strong presence in Fort Meade, Maryland, but also with select Department of Defense agencies, and extensive past performance with a broad array of other Intelligence Community and Federal agencies with National Security missions. About Godspeed Capital Godspeed Capital is a lower middle-market Defense & Government services, solutions, and technology focused private equity firm investing alongside forward-thinking management teams that seek an experienced and innovative investment partner with unique sector expertise, operational insight, and flexible capital for growth. While a typical investment will involve companies generating approximately $3 million to $30 million of EBITDA, Godspeed Capital has significant support to complete larger transactions through strategic co-invest relationships. The firm focuses on control buyouts, buy-and-builds, corporate carve-outs, and special situations.

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Infor Launches Infor Public Sector in the UK

Infor | October 11, 2021

Infor, the industry cloud company, today announced it has launched Infor Public Sector, a dedicated multi-tenant cloud offering for the UK public sector. The solution combines Infor CloudSuite Public Sector, Financials and Supply Chain Management (FSCM), Infor People Solutions (HR & Talent) with the dedicated public sector enterprise asset management capabilities of Infor Hansen, all of which run on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Infor Public Sector will ensure that local and central government and arms-length bodies remain on the most up-to-date software releases to provide robust, secure and easily managed services. To ensure compliance with the applicable data residency regulations, Infor Public Sector can be deployed via AWS in London. As part of the offering, Infor will build on more than two decades of experience with UK public sector organizations such as South West Water, Borders College, London Fire Brigade and Viewpoint Housing; and many global customers including the City of Coral Gables in Florida, US, Ras Al Khaimah Wastewater Agency (RAKWA) in UAE, and the City of Franklin in Tennessee, USA. "Through the pandemic, cloud technology has proven to be an essential enabler for remote working across the public sector. The opportunity to replace cumbersome, frequently insecure, on-premises applications and expensive datacenters that demand a lot of management makes for an immediately attractive option. Now Infor can offer the UK public sector the ability to stay up-to-date and secure, keeping data on UK shores, whilst delivering highly relevant proven functionality, as well as multi-tenant options that open the possibility of shared services. And all of this is backed by our knowledge in addressing public sector challenges from across the globe. This makes for an incredibly compelling business case throughout both local and central governments." Anwen Robinson, Infor senior vice president and general manager for the UK & Ireland "Our public sector customers; from local and central government, blue light services and education are all having to deal with further budgetary constraints since the Covid pandemic but are still looking for industry-leading solutions that offer real value," said Jay Parekh, FifthQuadrant partner. "FifthQuadrant's expertise comes from years of supporting clients through complex organisational challenges, and this is now matched by Infor Public Sector's robust and secure software, with critical functionality available straight out-of-the-box." About Infor Infor is a global leader in business cloud software specialized by industry. Providing mission-critical enterprise applications to 65,000 customers in more than 175 countries, Infor software is designed to deliver more value and less risk, with more sustainable operational advantages. We empower our 17,000 employees to leverage their deep industry expertise and use data-driven insights to create, learn and adapt quickly to solve emerging business and industry challenges. Infor is committed to providing our customers with modern tools to transform their business and accelerate their own path to innovation. About FifthQuadrant FifthQuadrant partners with customers across the globe to help them successfully deliver complex change programmes. By aligning the changes required to processes, systems and data, FifthQuadrant's "delivering differently" approach supports organizations to adapt, change and innovate through cloud-based solutions.

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SAIC to Display its Leading Training and Simulation Solutions to Help Government During COVID-19 Pandemic

SAIC | December 02, 2020

Science Applications International Corp. will show its driving preparing and reenactment arrangements, including an engineered experiential set-up of programming, adaptable intuitive models with procedural guidance, and another microlearning stage brought in-SITE, during the 2020 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), the world's biggest demonstrating, reproduction and preparing occasion. SAIC's answers carry creative preparing innovation to help secure America's warfighters and modernize the U.S. government, in any event, during the COVID-19 pandemic. “SAIC has a long history of delivering leading agile, integrated training solutions to prepare our customers for any situation, ensuring optimal performance,” said Bob Kleinhample, SAIC training and mission solutions vice president and I/ITSEC 2020 conference chair. “Our solutions use modern technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud, 3D printing, and more to bring the latest innovations to federal government agencies. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have tailored these solutions to respond to our customers’ unique remote training challenges with great success.” As conference seat, Kleinhample will likewise convey comments during the initial services on innovation patterns to be seen at I/ITSEC. Since 2018, SAIC has worked with the U.S. Flying corps to reform the manner in which it trains pilots by sending business off–the-rack (COTS) test systems and computer generated reality to graduate more pilots every year. As a component of the Pilot Training Next program, understudies use work area size test systems for simple admittance to a vivid reenactment climate, engaging them to direct preparing on their own timetables. Subsequently, pilots are prepared for live guidance in about a fraction of the time. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous pilots needed to self-isolate and social distance to guarantee their security, yet the basic requirement for pilot preparing has remained. SAIC's group immediately rotated and amassed an answer in pilots' apartments to guarantee they complete their required flight-time preparing. At present, notwithstanding the pandemic interruption, students finished 96% of their arranged learning and trips through the pandemic. Moreover, SAIC has finished preparing for in excess of 1,000 U.S. Armed force National Guard military insight sentries during the pandemic to help them with required preparing and to guarantee they hold similar norms as their deployment ready partners. Utilizing SAIC's Military Intelligence (MI) Gym, SAIC's plan tends to the National Guard's difficulties by furnishing preparing anyplace and whenever with cross usefulness, flexibility, and moderateness. Despite the fact that watchmen couldn't gather for drill obligation because of the pandemic, almost 1,000 enrolled sentries finished preparing distantly utilizing MI Gym. Furthermore, during the conference, SAIC CEO Nazzic Keene will convey a feature discourse on Monday, Nov. 30, during the show's initial functions, following a presentation by Kleinhample. Kleinhample and Keene will examine innovation patterns visible at I/ITSEC, and Keene will likewise talk about the effects of COVID-19 and future preparing on virtual preparing and reproduction. About SAIC SAIC® is a premier Fortune 500® technology integrator driving our nation’s digital transformation. Our robust portfolio of offerings across the defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets includes secure high-end solutions in engineering, IT modernization, and mission solutions. Using our expertise and understanding of existing and emerging technologies, we integrate the best components from our own portfolio and our partner ecosystem to deliver innovative, effective, and efficient solutions that are critical to achieving our customers' missions.

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