Fitch warns an extended shutdown could hurt the U.S. credit rating

The Washington Post | January 09, 2019

As the partial U.S. government shutdown dragged into its 19th day, Fitch Ratings warned Wednesday that an extended shutdown might damage the country’s Triple-A credit rating if lawmakers are unable to pass a budget or manage the debt ceiling. While President Trump spars with Democratic leaders over $5.7 billion for a border wall and funding for nine government agencies, hundreds of thousands of workers are caught up in the shutdown, furloughed or working without being paid, and much of the federal government is paralyzed. The day after Trump took his fight for the wall to prime-time TV on Tuesday, Fitch’s global head of sovereign ratings, James McCormack, said that if the shutdown keeps lawmakers from being able to address the debt ceiling in early March, the inefficiency and ripple effects might do lasting damage to the country’s credit.

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Governments hold some of the most sensitive and confidential data in the world, making them prime targets for hackers. Last year, more than 73 percent of all reported security incidents occurred within the public sector. To exacerbate the problem, many agencies are still using perimeter-focused security protocols, even though they share applications with contractors, non-employees and other public entities. Although they dictate which systems and data third-parties and employees can access, they often lack the technologies needed to enforce those policies.

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Governments hold some of the most sensitive and confidential data in the world, making them prime targets for hackers. Last year, more than 73 percent of all reported security incidents occurred within the public sector. To exacerbate the problem, many agencies are still using perimeter-focused security protocols, even though they share applications with contractors, non-employees and other public entities. Although they dictate which systems and data third-parties and employees can access, they often lack the technologies needed to enforce those policies.

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Hadean's Web 3.0 Tech to Power Ministry of Defence Project

Hadean | November 25, 2021

Web 3.0 start up, Hadean, today announce they have successfully secured a project with the MoD's Defence and Security Accelerator. Providing a joint solution along with Cervus, they will be working with British Army's Headquarters' Futures Team over the next 12 months to deliver "The Forge". The decision support system uses a number of emerging distributed and spatial web technologies designed to solve DASA's 'Simulating Future Battlespace Complexity' challenge. This joint venture speaks volumes to the power of true innovation that occurs within smaller companies. Increasingly complex battlespaces and new forms of threat require a data-driven approach for analysing scenarios to provide the optimal decision, but a number of incumbent processes remain inefficient. Often decisions are made through lengthy deliberations between various experts. These conversations may involve compromises, counter arguments and often subjective viewpoints. The nature of this process results in a slow to action organisations that can miss key deadlines and risk serious negative outcomes. The Forge looks to automate this process using a combination of new web 3.0 technologies. At the foundations, the Hadean Platform delivers the high demand computation in order to sufficiently power the parallelised simulations. It does this through a distributed cloud solution that offers invariant scalability across any on premise, cloud or edge environment. On the front end, these simulations are realised by Cervus and then run through their analytics engine. "Defence is undergoing an infrastructural uprooting in the shape of distributed computing and web 3.0 technologies. This joint contract between Cervus and Hadean with the MoD demonstrates a commitment to digitalisation in order to gain the technological upperhand by leveraging our combined solutions. In the same way that social interaction is changing in the form of the metaverse, single synthetic environments for the military are becoming more complex and immersive. Additionally, our platforms are enabling in depth analysis of defence scenarios, providing real time decision support to decision makers. Hadean's scalability provides the compute power necessary for these demanding applications." Hadean CEO, Craig Beddis Alan Roan, MD of Cervus.ai, said "Cervus are immensely proud to be working with our partners at Hadean. The compute power needed to run multiple simulations to quickly examine different courses of action has limited the way we deliver decision support to date. Integrating our analytics engine, Hive 2.0, with MAK and Antycip's world class simulation products and Hadean's distributed computing platform, will significantly reduce the associated costs and increase the speed of wargaming and experimentation. We also recognise training and operation applications in this capability, similar to those which we recently demonstrated at the recent Army Warfighting Experiment 21 and we look forward to prototyping at pace, alongside the British Army, supported by the excellent DASA team." Introducing The Forge The Forge is a three pronged approach to delivering operational insights: Top down – from policy or operational drivers (planned capability/architectural innovation) Bottom-up – from lessons learnt and capability gaps (contingent improvement/incremental innovation) Solution-led – from technology opportunities, COTS/MOTS, or politically driven decisions(opportunity exploitation/ disruptive innovation) It creates powerful, workable solutions by: Developing and testing innovative solutions to pressing strategic issues, capability gaps and operational optimisation. Injecting agility into the strategic decision cycle, enabling continuous testing of concepts, and the rapid development of capabilities and doctrine Enabling effective outcomes to avoid technology shock, counter adversary and reduce operational risk across the breadth of operations At a foundational level, the distributed cloud platform provided by Hadean does the computational 'heavy lifting', running and orchestrating simulations and interaction between them. Together with Cervus, Hadean's technologies deliver a more automated approach that is currently defining emerging trends in IT. This project will further bolster the significance of web 3.0 technologies, across verticals and, demonstrates the Ministry of Defence's commitment to innovation, and working with disruptive organisations. About Hadean Founded in 2015, Hadean are a venture backed startup, reimagining distributed, spatial and scalable computing for web 3.0 and the metaverse. The distributed cloud platform provides the foundations of web 3.0 applications for the metaverse, enterprise organisations and the defence sector. Customers include CAE, Microsoft, Minecraft, the Francis Crick Institute and Cervus.

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AvePoint Online Services for the US Government Receives FedRAMP Approval

AvePoint | April 06, 2021

AvePoint, the leading supplier of data storage systems for the Microsoft cloud, announced today that the AvePoint Online Services cloud platform has received FedRAMP authorization. AvePoint Online Services' security controls have been rigorously tested, and its SaaS solutions have been certified for use in all federal agencies at the moderate impact level. AvePoint Online Services is a software-as-a-service solution for migrating, maintaining, and securing data in Microsoft 365, enabling government departments to be consistent with digital collaboration. This includes backup for Microsoft 365, records management, permissions management, Microsoft Teams/SharePoint workspace management, and other features. The Department of Energy served as the agency sponsor, with Maria Levesque, director of records management, orchestrating the campaign on the agency side. As a result of this approval, the Department of Energy will be able to modernize and simplify its approach to records management in SharePoint and Microsoft Teams to conform with the M-19-21 NARA mandate. AvePoint solutions are used by over 400 public organizations, including 163 federal agencies, to transfer, maintain, and protect their Microsoft 365 and SharePoint data. "Agencies are using the Microsoft cloud and more sophisticated collaboration services in greater numbers than ever before. However, when they do so, too much data is generated in too many ways for traditional, manual compliance processes to handle "Taylor Davenport, AvePoint's Executive President of the US Public Sector, said, "By introducing automated solutions for managing, protecting, and securing their digital collaboration systems, agencies can achieve compliance in a more cost-effective and painless approach." About AvePoint AvePoint allows you to collaborate comfortably. In the Microsoft Cloud, its data processing solutions assist our diverse global client base in overcoming complex transformation, governance, and regulatory issues. AvePoint, a five-time Microsoft Partner of the Year winner, has the only complete suite of SaaS solutions for migrating, managing, and protecting data in Microsoft 365. Their solutions are used by over 7 million cloud customers, including a fifth of the Fortune 500.

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ICF Partners with Google Cloud Expands Digital Support To Public Sector Clients

ICF | June 02, 2022

ICF, a worldwide consulting and digital services firm, has teamed up with Google Cloud to offer cloud and analytics services to government clients. As organizations across the public sector execute on their digital transformation strategies, there is an increased need for technology partners and solutions that seamlessly support these transformation goal. We're pleased to partner with ICF and continue helping customers across the public sector with the solutions and expertise they need to move into the next stage of their digital transformation journeys." Lesta Brady, Director, Federal Sales at Google Cloud ICF's engagement with Google Cloud demonstrates the company's success in speeding digital transformation for federal agencies using Google Cloud's platform, which includes helping federal health clients like the National Cancer Institute and others. In support of its multi-cloud strategy, the alliance strengthens the company's digital and partnership ecosystem. By combining strong domain and technology consulting skills with new Google Cloud features, ICF is better able to quickly implement digital solutions that support our customers' missions and improve operational efficiency. Mark Lee, ICF Executive Vice President and Public Sector Lead, shared, "ICF's partnership with Google Cloud strengthens our ability to bring greater innovation to federal agencies so they can deliver better citizen services, faster. With Google Cloud as a partner, ICF can provide more clients with the interdisciplinary partners they need to accelerate their migrations to the cloud and increase their mission impact." ICF combines public sector domain experience with an ecosystem of platform partners and digital practices to create responsive, scalable solutions that help customers achieve their mission objectives and achieve a significant increase in productivity. To promote positive change from the inside, the company's digital solutions assist mission leaders in solving crucial problems, modernizing systems, harnessing the power of data and analytics, and optimizing the customer experience.

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