Federal Bipartisan Bill To Protect Employment Rights Introduced

weednews | March 14, 2019

The Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act (HR 1687) is bipartisan legislation introduced by Representatives Charlie Crist (D-FL) and Don Young (R-AK) to explicitly bar federal agencies from discriminating against workers solely because of their status as a cannabis consumer, or due to testing positive for marijuana use on a workplace drug test. Enacted in 1986, the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Program made it a condition for employment that all civilian employees at executive branch agencies be prohibited from using federally illegal substances on or off duty. Medical marijuana is currently legal in 31 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam, and 46 states have some form of medical marijuana law; however, it remains illegal under federal law. Therefore, federal employees can be denied employment or terminated due to testing positive for marijuana metabolites, even if their use is in compliance with state law.

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Immigrants and immigration are good for our country, good for our communities, and good for our economy. The U.S.’ greatest competitive advantage has long been a culture that welcomes immigrants and provides them with the freedom and opportunity to thrive. For generations, immigration has been a unique source of civic and economic strength, which grows GDP, increases wages for Americans, and has helped the United States avoid the fate of stagnant economies that have further struggled with an aging workforce.

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Immigrants and immigration are good for our country, good for our communities, and good for our economy. The U.S.’ greatest competitive advantage has long been a culture that welcomes immigrants and provides them with the freedom and opportunity to thrive. For generations, immigration has been a unique source of civic and economic strength, which grows GDP, increases wages for Americans, and has helped the United States avoid the fate of stagnant economies that have further struggled with an aging workforce.

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Sage Communications Partners with Deep Water Point to Provide Holistic Marketing and Professional Services Solution for Reaching Federal Government

Sage Communications | June 22, 2022

Sage Communications, a leading technology and public sector marketing and public relations agency in the Washington, D.C.-metro region, announced today that the company has formed a strategic alliance with federal management consultancy Deep Water Point to provide top-level marketing and professional services to businesses supporting the federal government. The new alliance provides an unmatched solution for companies that seek to increase their business and growth in the federal government. Through a combination of both companies’ extensive understanding of the federal government, its critical programs, and industry, Sage and Deep Water Point will offer broad strategic and tactical capabilities to their many clients working with the federal government. Our new alliance with Deep Water Point brings together our team’s ability to foster a more welcoming and informed federal market with Deep Water Point’s knowledge and experience from the perspective of federal agencies and government contractors. Whether targeting an entire agency mission or just one program, Sage Communications and Deep Water Point together will help companies map an efficient, practical, and doable path to success.” David Gorodetski, co-founder and CEO of Sage Communications Deep Water Point’s unparalleled understanding of government agencies and programs stems from its longstanding relationships and direct experience across every federal mission. Its team of more than 300 former senior-level agency and industry leaders guide clients to the right opportunities for their capabilities, increasing win probability and leading to success. The new partnership with Sage will not only further that path to success but also bolster current capabilities by adding more professional communication experts within marketing and public relations while developing integrated offerings. “Moving our business forward with one of the top marketing and PR agencies in the D.C. metro area provides both companies the opportunity to offer a more comprehensive suite of services to our mutual clients. Most importantly, companies doing business with us will benefit and that’s the basis for our relationship,” said Howard Seeger, Deep Water Point’s President and CEO. About Sage Communications Located in the Greater Washington, D.C. area, Sage Communications is a full-service marketing communications and public relations agency providing strategic marketing services to technology, government, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, non-profits and consumer-oriented organizations. The company provides a unique fusion of traditional and digital services that include public relations, advertising, marketing, branding, social media, interactive services, and event management to Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, non-profits, government agencies, associations and coalitions to deliver custom, high-impact communications programs. Sage supports several organizations and activities including the Leadership of Greater Washington, DC Jazz Festival, Access Youth, and The Children’s Inn at NIH. About Deep Water Point Deep Water Point’s unique combination of government and industry expertise helps businesses accelerate their growth in the complex federal market. With 300+ former senior government and industry executives who have operational experience and a proven track record of success, our expertise covers the federal civilian, DOD, intelligence community, and health and life sciences markets. Our complete array of services, from opportunity identification through capture, implementation, and operations, is unmatched by any other federal government consultancy. With a presence throughout the National Capital Region, Central Florida, the United Kingdom and the European Union, Deep Water Point has become one of the fastest growing and respected consultancies in the federal market.

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Avertium Fusion MXDR for Microsoft Security

Avertium | July 21, 2022

Today, Avertium announced Fusion MXDR, a new service the security partner is providing for Microsoft Security customers. This threat-informed, managed extended detection and response (MXDR) service from Avertium includes threat intelligence, attack surface monitoring, NIST CSF framework, and vulnerability management as part of a cyber maturity program for Microsoft Defender for Endpoint and Microsoft Sentinel. "Fusing endpoint and event management technology with cyber maturity and professional services is the crux of Fusion MXDR. Companies that invest in Microsoft Security Solutions can maximize those investments by integrating new threat defense intelligence as part of the adaptable MXDR service. Companies that rely on Microsoft Security technology for primary threat defense can optimize those investments by fusing that technology with insights from new threat behavior, Comprehensive cyber maturity is achieved with an MXDR approach that gets stronger with new intelligence over time, From implementation and optimization to ongoing management and tuning, Fusion MXDR allows Microsoft Security customers to adapt, attack, and evolve with emerging threats." -Jeff Schmidt, CEO at Avertium Schmidt explains Fusion MXDR is built for Microsoft Security customers that want to replace legacy tools, consolidate point solutions, and build a cyber maturity program that is integrated with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint and Microsoft Sentinel platforms. About Avertium: Avertium is the security partner that companies turn to for end-to-end cybersecurity solutions that attack the chaos of the cybersecurity landscape with context. By fusing together human expertise and a business-first mindset with the right combination of technology and threat intelligence, Avertium delivers a more comprehensive, more programmatic approach to cybersecurity - one with cyber fusion services that drive action on the ground and influence in the boardroom. That's why over 1,200 mid-market and enterprise-level organizations across 15 industries turn to Avertium when they want to be more efficient, more effective, and more resilient when waging today's cyber war.

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Verimatrix Threat Defense Technology Wins 2022 Global Infosec Award

Verimatrix | June 20, 2022

Verimatrix, the leader in powering the modern connected world with people-centered security, announced Verimatrix App Shield, part of the company’s Extended Threat Defense family of products, won this year’s Global Infosec Award for Most Comprehensive Mobile Application Security. Providing fast yet comprehensive protection for mobile apps, developers turn to App Shield for powerful no-code protection against potentially devastating threats such as reverse engineering, application repackaging, emulators, debuggers and more. In 2021, Verimatrix was named winner in the Next Gen for Application Security category, marking ongoing recognition for its application shielding technology that continues to protect a growing number of apps worldwide spanning industries such as automotive, finance and medical. Verimatrix uniquely combines ease of use with security innovations that make App Shield an appealing option for protecting an app for publishing on the app stores. We’re pleased to receive this repeated honor, as we are committed to providing a streamlined path toward powerful protections – freeing up app developers to focus on their core business while still providing peace of mind that vital intellectual property, source code, APIs and personal data are safe.” Asaf Ashkenazi, Chief Operating Officer and President at Verimatrix App Shield injects protections directly into an Android APK or iOS xcarchive package via a zero-code SaaS service that takes only minutes to use. App Shield support various mobile app programming languages such as Swift, Kotlin, Java, C, C++ and Obj-C. The industry award program has been organized by Cyber Defense Magazine (CDM) for the last 10 years. Its judges are CISSP, FMDHS, and CEH certified security professionals who vote based on their independent review of company submissions. About Cyber Defense Magazine Cyber Defense Magazine is the premier source of cyber security news and information for InfoSec professions in business and government. Managed and published by and for ethical, honest, passionate information security professionals, the magazine’s mission is to share cutting-edge knowledge, real-world stories and awards on the best ideas, products and services in the information technology industry. It delivers electronic magazines every month online for free, and special editions exclusively for the RSA Conferences. CDM is a proud member of the Cyber Defense Media Group. About Verimatrix Verimatrix helps power the modern connected world with security made for people. We protect digital content, applications, and devices with intuitive, people-centered and frictionless security. Leading brands turn to Verimatrix to secure everything from premium movies and live streaming sports, to sensitive financial and healthcare data, to mission-critical mobile applications. We enable the trusted connections our customers depend on to deliver compelling content and experiences to millions of consumers around the world. Verimatrix helps partners get to market faster, scale easily, protect valuable revenue streams, and win new business.

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