Facebook to tackle efforts to interfere with 2020 US census

Facebook | December 20, 2019

Facebook plans to clamp down on attempts to use its services to interfere with the 2020 U.S. census, including the posting of misleading information about when and how to participate, who can participate and what happens when people do. Facebook and other social media companies have been trying to tackle misinformation on their services, especially ahead of next year's U.S. presidential elections. They already have similar policies around voter suppression, banning misleading information about when and where to vote, for instance.

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With the U.K. expected to leave the EU imminently, organizations must plan now for data governance within the U.K., and for data transfers into and out of other jurisdictions. Take a look at this IAPP infographic to learn more about where to focus your efforts in the case of a “no deal” Brexit.

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With the U.K. expected to leave the EU imminently, organizations must plan now for data governance within the U.K., and for data transfers into and out of other jurisdictions. Take a look at this IAPP infographic to learn more about where to focus your efforts in the case of a “no deal” Brexit.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

InterDigital Announces the Launch of a Government Solutions Effort

InterDigital | March 31, 2021

InterDigital, Inc., a mobile and video application research and development firm, today confirmed the introduction of InterDigital Government Solutions, a revolutionary program created to align InterDigital's 5G experience and innovative technology solutions with the evolving requirements of U.S. government entities. This initiative shows the relevance of 5G and next-generation wireless research to government departments and policy priorities. The announcement of InterDigital Government Solutions aligns favorably with InterDigital's long-term wireless research and planning, while also providing essential expertise to government entities. InterDigital, as a U.S.-based pioneer in 5G and 6G research, is uniquely qualified to collaborate with government and existing security sector vendors to promote new U.S. government efforts for 5G defense growth. This effort makes use of world-class engineers and expertise from InterDigital's U.S. wireless lab to promote a wide range of diverse government contracts and 5G defense implementations in Open RAN, mmWave, mesh networking, edge computing, and other areas. “With the introduction of InterDigital Government Solutions, we have built a resource to support the highly complicated technical considerations that modern governments face,” said Jim Nolan, EVP of InterDigital. “It is important for the country's long-term security and prosperity that our government and military agencies have specialized technological capabilities and business funding. We are very excited to bring our 5G and emerging wireless technologies and expertise to a vital new market.” InterDigital was recently awarded a contract by the Department of Defense (DOD) to partner with Shared Spectrum Company (SSC) to safely deliver spectrum sharing technologies on a 5G network. The contract directly covered the advancement of technology to advance 5G-enabled dynamic spectrum sharing between Air Force radars and 5G wireless networks at Hill Air Force Base in Utah in the 3.1 – 3.45 GHz range. “InterDigital has a long history in helping government departments, stretching back to the 1980s with the Reagan Ranch, the 1990s with Desert Storm, and some other engagements over the years that have seen our leadership of several generations in wireless technology put to the benefit of our country,” said Eric Cohen, InterDigital's Chief Development Officer. “The announcement of InterDigital Government Solutions adds a new degree of commitment to those activities, and comes at a time when 5G and 6G solutions are receiving a lot of attention in U.S. government circles.” About InterDigital InterDigital develops mobile and video technologies that are at the heart of the world's devices, networks, and utilities. Many of the industry's most important and challenging technological problems are solved by them, inventing solutions for more reliable wireless networks, improved video delivery, and richer multimedia experiences years before commercial launch. Many of the world's top technology firms have licenses and corporate partnerships with InterDigital. InterDigital was established in 1972 and is a member of the S&P MidCap 400® index.

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CYBERSECURITY

QuSecure Announces Company Launch With Industry’s First End-to-End Post-Quantum Cybersecurity Solution

QuSecure | May 24, 2022

QuSecure, Inc., an innovator in post-quantum cryptography (PQC), formally launched as the first company to offer an end-to-end, quantum resilient orchestration platform. QuSecure’s solution, QuProtect, is the industry’s first PQC software-based platform uniquely designed to protect encrypted communications and data using a quantum secure channel and standardized PQC algorithms. It addresses present classical attacks and future quantum computing threats for commercial enterprises and government agencies. QuSecure’s novel approach, as outlined in a separate QuSecure Product Launch press release issued today, had previously enabled the company to secure a triple-oversubscribed seed round from investor groups including Band of Angels, and has garnered significant interest for future funding activities from an A-list of investors. The company is led by CEO Dave Krauthamer, Silicon Valley CEO, CIO, CTO, CRO, CMO; COO Skip Sanzeri, long-time Silicon Valley Executive and author of “The Quantum Design Sprint” who has engineered five successful exits; CTO Greg Bullard, former VP of Engineering and head of Hardware Security at Qualcomm; Pete Ford, Head of Federal Operations, formerly a United States Air Force F-15 fighter pilot with five combat tours and former executive in Raytheon’s Missile and Defense Group; and Chief Product Officer Rebecca Krauthamer, who graduated with a degree in symbolic systems from Stanford, and is a Forbes 30 under 30 and 12 Women Pioneering the World of Quantum Computing honoree, quantum board member at the World Economic Forum, and formerly served as CEO of quantum computing venture studio Quantum Thought. QuSecure’s mission is to provide enterprises and government organizations with a comprehensive cryptographic orchestration platform that addresses today’s classical and future quantum threats. Our QuProtect solution secures networks from current vulnerabilities using zero trust, next-generation standardized encryption, active monitoring, and attack remediation – all cloud-delivered in software to existing devices, over existing infrastructure. We are creating an exceptionally secure future using a unique and comprehensive approach to cybersecurity that gives organizations a practical encryption solution for resilience to cyberattacks. Early customers tell us that a SaaS end-to-end PQC approach is optimal to address their critical needs for a practical post-quantum cybersecurity solution. QuProtect is the ‘easy button’ for this critical PQC upgrade.” Krauthamer,QuSecure CEO While quantum computing is an emerging field, leading experts such as Arthur Herman, senior fellow and director of the Quantum Alliance Initiative at The Hudson Institute, believe that a Cryptographically Relevant Quantum Computer (CRQC), which is a quantum computer that can break current cryptography and will expose the world’s encrypted communications and data, will be available within the next 3-5 years. Additionally, nation-state attackers are currently stealing encrypted data which will be retroactively decrypted once a CRQC is available. This is a style of hacking known as “Steal Now, Decrypt Later” (SNDL), which is especially important to consider in the case of sensitive data – bank account information, electronic health records, national security information, etc. – that needs to remain secret for decades. As a result, on May 4, the White House mandated PQC compliance via the National Security Memorandum “Promoting United States Leadership in Quantum Computing While Mitigating Risks to Vulnerable Cryptographic Systems.” Additionally, the bipartisan Endless Frontiers Act would establish a Technology and Innovation Directorate at the National Science Foundation, which would use $100 billion in federal funds over five years to research emerging technologies including quantum computing, and specifically PQC. Organizations will need to follow suit to protect their data and communications from post-quantum cyberthreats. “National Security, Public Safety and Privacy have all collided in the past several years,” said United States Navy (Retired) Rear Admiral Mike Brown, a senior cybersecurity specialist formerly with the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. “Quantum security with quantum computing and encryption is foundational to public and private sector efforts to counter nation states, rogue actors, criminals and others. We must counter serious threats with advanced technologies that can be easily deployed and are successful. QuSecure is leading in this field, and I’m thrilled to be part of their advisory team.” QuSecure, with focus on adoption, easy upgrade, and modern cyber-protection practices, architected QuProtect as a more resilient PQC platform that works anytime, anywhere and on any device. The company provides an end-to-end quantum security as a service (QSaaS) architecture that addresses the digital ecosystem’s most vulnerable aspects, uniquely combining zero-trust, next-generation post-quantum-cryptography, quantum-strength keys, high availability, easy deployment, and active defense into a comprehensive and interoperable cybersecurity suite. The comprehensive approach is designed around the entire data lifecycle as data is stored, communicated, and used. In addition to its expert team of founders and employees, QuSecure has collected an all-star quantum and cryptography advisory team. Advisors (partial list) include Rene Haas, CEO of Arm Ltd., a Fortune 500 leader in designing, securing and managing all areas of AI-enhanced connected compute; United States Navy (Retired) Rear Admiral Mike Brown, a senior cybersecurity specialist formerly with the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security; Paul Touw, formerly Chief Strategist for the US Department of State and founder of Ariba Networks (now SAP Ariba); Dr. Sarah McCarthy, Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Waterloo and specialist in post-quantum cryptography; Laura Thomas, former CIA Chief of Base with more than 17 years in various national security and leadership roles and currently VP of Corporate Strategy at ColdQuanta, a quantum computing and sensing company; John Cosgriff, CEO at UnitedHealthOne, part of UnitedHealth Group, the world’s largest healthcare company; Louie Gasparini, former CTO & VP of Product Management at RSA; and Moshe Ben Simon, VP of Products at Fortinet. “The security community is facing a crucial time where cutting-edge research needs to be accelerated to the stage of product deployment,” added Dr. McCarthy. “With its diverse team of experts, determination and resources, QuSecure is well-equipped for this challenge.” About QuSecure QuSecure is an innovator in post-quantum cybersecurity with a mission to protect enterprise and government data from quantum and classical cybersecurity threats. Its patent-pending, quantum-safe solutions provide an easy transition path to quantum resiliency across any organization. The company’s QuProtect solution is the industry’s first PQC software-based platform uniquely designed to protect encrypted communications and data with quantum-resilience using a quantum secure channel. QuSecure has current customer deployments in banking/finance, healthcare, space/satellite, IT/data enterprises, datacenters and various Department of Defense agencies. QuSecure is investor backed and has offices in Silicon Valley. QuSecure and QuProtect are registered trademarks of QuSecure in the United States and other countries. All other company and product names are either trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

Accela and Avolve Announce New Reseller Partnership to Streamline Plan Reviews for State and Local Government

Accela | September 28, 2021

Accela®, the leading provider of cloud-based solutions for state and local government, and Avolve Software, today announced a new reseller partnership, building on their foundations of expertise in digitally transforming business processes for state and local government. Accela and Avolve have strengthened their partnership over the past decade, and bring together two industry-leading technologies into a robust solution for permitting and electronic plan review, all delivered on Microsoft Azure. Together through this partnership, Avolve and Accela can provide an unparalleled experience for applicants and plan reviewers at building agencies. ProjectDox, Avolve's electronic plan review solution, also provides proven business processes for public works, planning, engineering, fire, and any agency with a plan review requirement. As a result of Avolve and Accela's partnership, jurisdictions can now eliminate paper and PDF/email plan submissions, as well as conduct concurrent online plan reviews - all while communicating project status back into Accela's Civic Application for Building. With Avolve and Accela, agencies can achieve improved collaboration, transparency and process insight, resulting in lower costs, faster review cycles and a streamlined experience for both residents and agency staff. "Avolve is excited to formalize our relationship after working with Accela for more than a decade, with dozens of mutual customers throughout North America. As part of our applicant experience focus in our new ProjectDox 9.2, we created a new Accela Citizen Access integration that provides a seamless applicant experience with self-serve status insight on their plan review as it is progressing. Both organizations have strategically aligned with Microsoft to deploy our mutual customers on the Azure cloud, which additionally improves the performance, security and scalability of the integrated solutions." Avolve CEO Gary Heath Salt Lake City, Utah has relied on the Avolve+Accela solution for more than a decade, and ePlan reduced plan approval times for the city by as much as 50%, saving days and even weeks. After implementing Avolve+Accela, Salt Lake City also began tracking environmental conservation savings, and the estimated reductions are significant: 360,000 fewer miles driven by applicants; 512,000 fewer pounds of printed paper; 2,300 fewer pounds of hydrocarbons released into the atmosphere. Additionally, in light of current health and safety challenges, both staff and citizens are able to continue operations in a safe, online environment. "We are thrilled to grow our partnership with Avolve and expand Accela's network of trusted technology alliances that help government agencies streamline critical plan review processes on Microsoft Azure. Technology plays a critical role in helping governments serve their constituents and simplify permitting and plan reviews. Accela is committed to aligning with partners, like Avolve, to deliver the best cloud-based solutions to governments and help them provide essential community services." Tom Nieto, chief operating officer at Accela The value of Avolve and Accela's complementary technologies is exponentially enhanced when deployed on Microsoft Azure. This combined rich solution assures jurisdictions that their information is secure, removes onerous IT requirements, and eliminates the headaches of upgrading to future versions. By relying on Accela, Avolve, and Microsoft, agencies can deliver a seamless citizen and staff experience, improved review process visibility, up to a 60% increase in plan review efficiencies, and a thorough security and audit trail. The new reseller partnership makes it easier than ever for jurisdictions to acquire the complete permitting and plan review solution on Microsoft's cloud environment in a single procurement. Accela delivers innovative, market-leading SaaS solutions that help governments worldwide to build thriving communities, grow businesses, and protect citizens' services. With Accela, state and local governments can unlock the power of the cloud and offer more modern services, simplify critical workflows, optimize costs and accelerate digitization. In total, Accela delivers leading cloud-based solutions to 80% of the top 100 U.S. cities and strengthens communities for more than 275 million citizens globally. About Avolve Software Avolve's suite of ePlan Life Cycle products brings efficiency and ease to submitting, reviewing, approving, storing and accessing building plans and data within your jurisdiction. Over 150+ cities and counties in the US and Canada use ProjectDox ePlan Review and one in every five citizens live in jurisdictions served by ProjectDox. Avolve has over 1000 deployed plan review processes, with over 2 million plan reviews performed on more than 100 million plan set files. Leading the industry for 15 years, our depth of ePlan process knowledge and services experience is unrivaled. About Accela Accela provides market-leading cloud solutions that empower the most innovative state and local governments around the world to build thriving communities, grow businesses, and protect citizens. More than 275 million citizens globally benefit from Accela's solutions, which are powered by Azure, for permitting, licensing, code enforcement, and service request management. Accela's fast-to-implement Civic Applications, built on its robust and extensible Civic Platform, help agencies address specific needs today, while ensuring they are prepared for any emerging or complex challenges in the future. The company was recently recognized as a 2021 Microsoft US Partner Award winner for its innovative SaaS solutions to help governments respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and was named as one of the Largest East Bay Tech Employers by San Francisco Business Times. Accela is headquartered in San Ramon, California, with additional offices around the world.

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