Federal vaccine development sites ill-suited to counter covid-19 epidemic

Department of Health and Human Services | March 15, 2020

Federal vaccine development sites ill-suited to counter covid-19 epidemic
Nearly a decade ago, the U.S. government investedheavily in four sprawling facilities that officials said could rapidly make vaccines and other lifesaving medicines if America were struck by an outbreak of infectious disease or a biological attack. But as the nation confronts the coronavirus pandemic, none of the sites located in Florida, Maryland, North Carolina and Texas havedeveloped or are close to delivering medicines to counter the outbreak, according torecords, government officials and others familiar with the facilities.

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This is the first white paper for culture in more than 50 years and only the second ever published. It is the latest contribution to our approach to public support for art and culture. The current approach to such support began immediately after the Second World War, although, tellingly, much thinking had taken place while the fighting was still going on. John Maynard Keynes, the first chairman of the Arts Council of Great Britain, spoke of his hopes that one day “the theatre, the concert hall and the gallery will be a living element in everyone’s upbringing”. In 1965 this aspiration was given more concrete shape in Jennie Lee’s White Paper for the arts, which set out the government’s obligation to sustain and strengthen all that is best in the arts and stated that “the best must be made more widely available.”

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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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AT&T SD-WAN Partnership with Cisco Extends to Support Employee Mobility and US Federal Government Agencies

AT&T Communications | April 01, 2021

AT&T SD-WAN capabilities continue to expand and improve, with new Cisco features to enable remote employees and FISMA compliance with government departments, a federal information security standard. AT&T SD-WAN is being introduced in conjunction with Cisco's Teleworker solution, which provides SD-WAN features for workers operating from home. It enables businesses with remote employees to quickly and easily set up and manage a home office by utilizing the employee's existing home internet connection, and it layers on the full SD-WAN stack with a single piece of hardware. Employees will remain connected to enterprise-grade facilities without losing efficiency with this new teleworker solution. AT&T SD-WAN with Cisco – FISMA provides a high-performance, controlled, policy-based SD-WAN solution to public sector customers while following FISMA (Federal Information Security Modernization Act) requirements for handling system security and threats. Furthermore, AT&T SD-WAN with Cisco now provides customers with a co-managed alternative. Customers can now monitor and self-manage their business application policies while also relying on AT&T for managed service support for setup, error, and performance management. Why are these things important? "The workforce is evolving, and providing the right tools is important to a company – regardless of where the business is being conducted," says Will Eborall, AVP, Product Marketing Management for AT&T Business. "With these SD-WAN upgrades with Cisco, AT&T aims to develop its services to suit the demands of today's customers. As the largest SD-WAN supplier in North America and a leader in serving companies of all shapes and sizes, we provide businesses with the tools they need to not only manage their needs today but also plan for the future." "Teleworking or working from home is a move that can place additional strain on enterprise IT groups charged with allowing highly secure access to business-critical applications," said JL Valente, vice president of product management for Cisco's Enterprise Routing and SD-WAN. "Today's distributed workforce demands superior home office connectivity that allows them to operate from home as efficiently as they can in the office, with reliable connectivity, efficiency, and enterprise-grade security. AT&T SD-WAN with Cisco Teleworker satisfies these criteria by supplying staff with an office-like environment while maintaining business assets highly secure." What other details should I know? AT&T SD-WAN with Cisco Teleworker solution prioritizes business applications over non-business traffic. It's simple to set up with zero-touch provisioning, allowing staff to get up and running quickly, taking their corporate networks home, and providing the resources they need to operate securely. It provides workers with complete insight into the edge, as well as close real-time management. FISMA allows federal government agencies in the United States to create, register, and enforce an information security and safety policy. AT&T SD-WAN with Cisco - FISMA helps them to comply with these requirements while simultaneously digitally converting their wide area networks. This solution offers a highly efficient, stable controlled SD-WAN solution that enhances application efficiency over a range of connectivity options and speeds. AT&T continues to set the benchmark for network transformation for SD-WAN. About AT&T Communications AT&T Communications helps family, friends, and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, AT&T innovates to improve lives. AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc.

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Google Cloud Launches Zero-Trust Offerings for the Government

Google Cloud | July 21, 2021

Google Cloud today announced new Zero Trust offerings for government, a set of services designed to assist US federal, state, and local government organizations in implementing Zero Trust architecture by the Biden Administration's Executive Order on Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards. Google Cloud is introducing three new service options to assist departments and agencies in meeting Zero Trust requirements: Offerings for Zero Trust Assessment and Planning: The Zero Trust Assessment and Planning solution, provided by Google Cloud's professional services organization (PSO), is intended to assist the government in meeting security objectives via Zero Trust architecture planning for key applications and data. The PSO team at Google Cloud will assist government organizations on the culture change, policies, and technology required to create a Zero Trust framework, which will be provided in phases to ensure success inside the customer's infrastructure. In addition, this new service will assist government agencies in using Google Cloud tools to support existing assets and infrastructure in the cloud, on-premises, or hybrid settings. Secure Application Access Anywhere offering: Google Cloud is also introducing Secure Application Access Anywhere, a new container-based solution for secure application access and monitoring. Secure Application Access Anywhere may be a scalable, highly responsive alternative for government network border systems. This solution, developed in collaboration with Palo Alto Networks and Google Cloud's PSO team, uses Google Cloud's Anthos to deploy and manage containers that enable secure access and monitoring for applications in the cloud or on-premises environments. A recent successful prototype of this solution with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU)—an entity inside the Defense Department in accelerating DIU's Zero Trust journey by allowing users to access software-as-a-service (SaaS) apps directly over the internet. Active Cyber Threat Detection offering: Google Cloud's new Active Cyber Threat Detection offering may assist government organizations in rapidly determining whether they have been compromised by cyberattacks that they have not yet identified. Active Cyber Threat Detection is provided by Google Cloud partners Deloitte and Fishtech CYDERES and builds on the proven capabilities of Google Cloud's Chronicle threat hunting, detection, and investigation platform. This service will enable government organizations of all sizes to easily analyze their historical and current log data to detect risks with confidence and quickness. In addition to these new offerings, Google Cloud provides several existing solutions that assist government organizations in accelerating their journey to Zero Trust as well as protecting against and recovering from cyberattacks: • BeyondCorp Enterprise: Google's Zero Trust access solution secures access to internal web apps, SaaS applications, and cloud resources using access rules based on identity and device contextual data. It also provides customers with integrated threat and data security, such as malware and data leakage prevention and credential protection. • Google Workspace also uses Google's Zero Trust technologies to provide a secure email, communication, and collaboration solution. • Actifio GO can help organizations better respond to ransomware attacks by offering scalable and efficient incremental data protection and a unique near-instant data recovery capability. When combined, these Google Cloud services can accelerate the US government's Zero Trust efforts to defend against cyberattacks while also enhancing detection, response, and recovery from cyberattacks that do occur. About Google Cloud With the finest infrastructure, platform, industry solutions, and expertise, Google Cloud accelerates companies' ability to change their businesses digitally. We provide enterprise-grade solutions that utilize Google's cutting-edge technology – all on the industry's cleanest cloud. As a result, customers in over 200 countries and territories rely on Google Cloud as a reliable partner to help them grow and solve their most pressing business problems.

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This is the first white paper for culture in more than 50 years and only the second ever published. It is the latest contribution to our approach to public support for art and culture. The current approach to such support began immediately after the Second World War, although, tellingly, much thinking had taken place while the fighting was still going on. John Maynard Keynes, the first chairman of the Arts Council of Great Britain, spoke of his hopes that one day “the theatre, the concert hall and the gallery will be a living element in everyone’s upbringing”. In 1965 this aspiration was given more concrete shape in Jennie Lee’s White Paper for the arts, which set out the government’s obligation to sustain and strengthen all that is best in the arts and stated that “the best must be made more widely available.”