Facebook to remove deepfake videos in run-up to 2020 U.S. election

Facebook | January 07, 2020

Facebook Inc (FB.O) said it will remove deepfakes and other manipulated videos from its platform if they have been edited, but not content that is parody or satire, in a move aimed at curbing misinformation ahead of the U.S. presidential election. It would also remove misleading media if it was a result of technologies like AI that "merges, replaces or superimposes content on to a video, making it appear to be authentic", the California-based company said in a blogpost here dated Jan.6. “This policy does not extend to content that is parody or satire, or video that has been edited solely to omit or change the order of words,” Facebook said. The social media giant told Reuters that as part of its new policy it will not remove a heavily edited video that attempted to make U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seem incoherent by slurring her speech and making it appear like she was repeatedly stumbling over her words.

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The Department of Defense (DOD) has established a competitive, merit-based process to solicit proposals from interested contractors, review and select projects based on military needs and standardized evaluation criteria, and awardcontracts to execute Rapid Innovation Program (RIP) projects. To date, the process has been lengthy, taking about 18 months to implement, but interest from contractors has been high. Between fiscal years 2011 and 2015, the military services and defense agency components received more than 11,000 white papers on proposed technologies from contractors and will have awarded contracts for about 435 projects—primarily to small businesses—when the fiscal year 2014 solicitation is completed.

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The Department of Defense (DOD) has established a competitive, merit-based process to solicit proposals from interested contractors, review and select projects based on military needs and standardized evaluation criteria, and awardcontracts to execute Rapid Innovation Program (RIP) projects. To date, the process has been lengthy, taking about 18 months to implement, but interest from contractors has been high. Between fiscal years 2011 and 2015, the military services and defense agency components received more than 11,000 white papers on proposed technologies from contractors and will have awarded contracts for about 435 projects—primarily to small businesses—when the fiscal year 2014 solicitation is completed.

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Owl Cyber Defense Acquires Trident Assured Collaboration Systems to Enhance Advanced Network Security Capabilities

Owl Cyber Defense Solutions | January 06, 2021

Owl Cyber Defense Solutions, LLC ("Owl"), a worldwide market pioneer in cybersecurity solutions and administrations for safeguarding network limits and empowering secure information sharing across spaces, reported today the acquisition of the Trident Assured Collaboration Systems ("ACS") product offering. ACS has the lone U.S. government-endorsed Voice over IP ("VoIP") and Video Teleconference ("VTC") Cross Domain Solution ("CDS") just as the business' most progressive Full Motion Video ("FMV") separating capacity – usefulness basic to CDS tasks in a period of robots and cameras. The acquisition gives Owl a more extensive scope of affirmed network edge defense solutions than any rival on the lookout. Owl, supported by private venture firm DC Capital Partners, has been a main supplier of CDS to the U.S. Branch of Defense ("DoD") and Intelligence Community for over 20 years. Owl is additionally the worldwide pioneer in cybersecurity security for basic foundation, offering the lone U.S. government tried and licensed CDS accessible for arrangement inside and outside the U.S to both government and business customers. Owl's Cross Domain Solutions offer the most elevated level of organization border security, far surpassing the capacities of firewalls and other typical organization defenses. Owl's items are the decision for ensuring the country's most touchy organizations and frameworks against assault. Late episodes have exhibited the failure of inheritance firewalls to forestall cyberattacks against basic business and working frameworks and cloud-based applications. The blend of Owl and ACS's innovation offers a full continuum of CDS items that give equipment upheld space detachment and layers of information separating confirmation as opposed to a solitary organization line checkpoint with negligible substance sifting. Thomas J. Campbell, Chairman of Owl and Founder and Managing Partner of DC Capital, said, "This is another step in executing our strategic vision. The acquisition of ACS not only places Owl ahead of other Cross Domain Solution providers, but it also plays a pivotal role in our larger strategy to offer true cybersecurity protection. The future requires solutions that are cost effective and easy to implement, use, and maintain." "The explosion of the Internet of Things ("IoT") demands cyber-secure devices, from those that control our critical infrastructure, to our homes and cars," said Campbell. "The technology Owl pioneered 20 years ago is now available in form factors small enough to be embedded inside devices. Owl has always been an early mover, the first to develop hardware-enforced network protection and now the first to offer a hardware-enforced CDS that can be embedded." "Owl has been rapidly moving towards this number one position for the last couple of years," commented Robert Stalick, President and CEO of Owl. "With the addition of ACS, the last piece has fallen into place. Owl is now the clear leader in accredited Cross Domain Solution offerings, with the widest range of capabilities and products – solving problems from tactical to enterprise in data, voice, and video; for government, critical infrastructure and commercial enterprises." Solutions like firewalls that worked 25 years prior as an organization security approach are not, at this point viable against country state quality assaults. As country state assaults increment, the methodologies utilized by state entertainers start to saturate the criminal side of cyberattacks. Viable cybersecurity presently requires an incorporated, multi-layered framework with information diode equipment parts in gatekeepers which perform escalated information assessment and confirmation. The up and coming age of insurance, coming out now and based on a mix of Owl and ACS innovation, inserts CDS usefulness in incredibly low-inertness, unmodifiable equipment. Jerry B. Chernock, Partner at DC Capital, added, "It is obvious that we need to address the inadequacy of firewalls. There is a reason why our clients insist on Cross Domain Solutions and not solely on firewalls. Recent attacks, including a security breach at a prominent U.S. based cybersecurity firm and several U.S. Government agencies, have punctuated the need for intelligence, military, critical infrastructure and corporate clients to quickly evolve how they protect their networks." "The sophistication of these technologies cannot be overstated," said Ken Walker, Chief Technology Officer at Owl. "The U.S. Government continues to set the standards for the most rigorous operational requirements and testing regimes globally, setting expectations that very few companies can meet. Owl is one of a handful of elite companies that satisfies the government-established 'Raise the Bar' requirements." About Owl Cyber Defense Solutions Owl has been serving the cybersecurity needs of the U.S. government since inception – providing hardware-enforced cybersecurity controls, industry leading expertise in operating system hardening, extensive device and network-based assessment services and thought-leadership in filtering/data processing disciplines. Owl Cross Domain Solutions are operating broadly in missions across both the DoD and the U.S. intelligence agencies. Globally Owl is the leader in perimeter protection for nuclear power plants, oil and gas operations, renewables and power generation and transmission, with aggressive growth occurring in the data center and cloud provider sectors. Owl continues to innovate and is bringing to market the world's first embeddable cybersecurity to serve the Internet of Things ("IoT").

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ISG to Publish Study on Microsoft Partner Ecosystem

ISG | November 11, 2021

Information Services Group , a leading global technology research and advisory firm, has launched a research study examining service providers that help commercial enterprises and U.S. government entities adopt and run all major Microsoft software packages as part of their digital transformations. The study results will be published in April in two comprehensive ISG Provider Lens™ reports, one for enterprises called Microsoft Ecosystem 2022, and the other focusing on the unique needs of government entities called Microsoft Ecosystem 2022 – U.S. Public Sector. Both reports will cover a range of Microsoft-related services offered by providers, including managed services related to Azure, support for running SAP products on Azure and the adoption of Microsoft 365. Enterprise and public sector buyers will be able to use information from the reports to evaluate their current vendor relationships, potential new engagements and available offerings, while ISG advisors use the information to recommend providers to the firm’s buy-side clients. The new reports will look at the ways the Microsoft product roadmap has driven broad changes in the corporate workplace in recent years. As Microsoft has transformed itself into a cloud-based company, its customers have made their own digital transformations, replacing on-premises software with a new generation of cloud services from Microsoft and its partners,” he said. “Microsoft ecosystem service providers help enterprises and government entities implement, integrate and support Microsoft’s latest offerings.” Bill Huber, partner, digital platforms and solutions for ISG ISG has distributed surveys to more than 160 Microsoft-related technology and service providers. Working in collaboration with ISG’s global advisors, the research team will produce five quadrants representing the services and products the typical enterprise client is buying in the Microsoft space, based on ISG’s experience working with its clients. The five quadrants that will be covered are: Managed Services for Azure, assessing managed public cloud service providers that offer professional and managed services that augment Azure’s built-in capabilities, including IaaS and PaaS. These services include provisioning, real-time and predictive analysis, and monitoring and operational management of a client’s public cloud and multicloud environment. Microsoft 365 Services, evaluating service providers that aid enterprises and government entities with the adoption, integration and ongoing operation of Microsoft 365—Microsoft’s SaaS-based productivity suite. These services go beyond provisioning and migrating to Microsoft 365; they focus on offering a quick, device-independent, high-quality productivity suite that enables seamless teamwork, irrespective of location and adapted to the role of the user. SAP on Azure Services, looking at service providers that offer capabilities related to adopting, managing and using Microsoft’s dedicated SAP on Azure suite of cloud solutions. The services typically provided by these companies include architecture consulting and an analysis of requirements for the application landscape; technical design with support for configuration; deployment; escalation management; change and fault management; support; optimization and reporting. Dynamics 365 Services, evaluating service providers that assist enterprises and government entities with the selection, integration, customization and operation of Microsoft’s cloud-based Dynamics 365 enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) software. These services focus on the digitalization of business processes through the use of ERP and CRM software. Power Platform Services, assessing providers that offer services related to broad implementations of the Microsoft Power Platform, plus support services and related advanced training. Clients utilize the services offered by the providers to create new and sophisticated software applications for digital transformation, obtain new insights on business operations and optimize business processes in a sophisticated manner. The public sector report will include four quadrants, omitting the one analyzing providers of SAP on Azure services, which is not broadly applicable to this market. The enterprise report will cover the global Microsoft ecosystem market and examine products and services available in the U.S., Germany, the U.K., Australia, Brazil, Switzerland, Singapore and Malaysia, while the U.S. public sector report will cover the U.S. government sector. ISG analysts Craig Baty, Peter Crocker, Mark Purdy, Holm Landrock and Mauricio Ohtani will serve as authors of the enterprise report, while Crocker and Bruce Guptil will serve as authors of the U.S. public sector report. A list of identified providers and vendors and further details on the study are available in these digital brochures: Microsoft Ecosystem 2022 and Microsoft Ecosystem 2022 – U.S. Public Sector. Companies not listed as Microsoft ecosystem providers can contact ISG and ask to be included in the study. About ISG Provider Lens™ Research The ISG Provider Lens™ Quadrant research series is the only service provider evaluation of its kind to combine empirical, data-driven research and market analysis with the real-world experience and observations of ISG's global advisory team. Enterprises will find a wealth of detailed data and market analysis to help guide their selection of appropriate sourcing partners, while ISG advisors use the reports to validate their own market knowledge and make recommendations to ISG's enterprise clients. The research currently covers providers offering their services globally, across Europe, as well as in the U.S., Germany, Switzerland, the U.K., France, the Nordics, Brazil and Australia/New Zealand, with additional markets to be added in the future. A companion research series, the ISG Provider Lens Archetype reports, offer a first-of-its-kind evaluation of providers from the perspective of specific buyer types. About ISG ISG (Information Services Group) (Nasdaq: III) is a leading global technology research and advisory firm. A trusted business partner to more than 700 clients, including more than 75 of the world’s top 100 enterprises, ISG is committed to helping corporations, public sector organizations, and service and technology providers achieve operational excellence and faster growth. The firm specializes in digital transformation services, including automation, cloud and data analytics; sourcing advisory; managed governance and risk services; network carrier services; strategy and operations design; change management; market intelligence and technology research and analysis. Founded in 2006, and based in Stamford, Conn., ISG employs more than 1,300 digital-ready professionals operating in more than 20 countries—a global team known for its innovative thinking, market influence, deep industry and technology expertise, and world-class research and analytical capabilities based on the industry’s most comprehensive marketplace data.

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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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