EMERGING TECHNOLOGY, CYBERSECURITY
Businesswire | March 29, 2023
Trustwave Government Solutions (TGS), a Federally-focused cybersecurity provider and the wholly-owned subsidiary of Trustwave Holdings, Inc., today announced it has been awarded an expanded database security contract with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The expanded contract will allow USPTO to further build upon its robust Zero Trust Architecture (ZTA) with the expansion of DbProtect’s purpose-built database vulnerability management, Rights Management for advanced user rights review and Threat Monitoring.
“At USPTO, our mission to foster innovation through examination, granting high-quality patents and trademarks is crucial to American prosperity,” said Jamie Holcombe, Chief Information Officer of USPTO. “Part of our mission requires creating, deploying, and protecting the critical data in one of the world’s largest repositories of innovation which includes almost every conceivable creation for over the last 250 years. Our expanded contract with Trustwave Government Solutions is a key investment to ensure our mission is sustained in a secure way.”
As the central repository for U.S. Patent and Trademark data, actively monitoring and protecting American innovation and intellectual property data is essential to USPTO’s mission. In response, USPTO has become a pioneer in building and operationalizing Zero Trust Architecture across the five pillars of the federal Zero Trust framework: users, apps, data, networks, and devices. By providing real-time visibility of database assets, vulnerabilities, risk levels, user privileges, and anomalies, TGS will help USPTO security teams deliver on two of the five zero-trust pillars: users and data.
“USPTO is constantly at the forefront of Zero Trust Architecture innovation, and we’re thrilled to be a partner on this journey with them,” said Bill Rucker, President of Trustwave Government Solutions. “Data is at the heart of the Zero Trust conversation, and in order to operate securely today and in the future, databases need to be considered as critical assets with the appropriate security considerations applied. Gone are the days of ‘good enough’ scanning. Databases are just more important, and they should be protected at all costs.”
TGS’s Database Security offering proactively assesses threats to databases to help government entities gain visibility into the vulnerabilities in on-premises or cloud databases that could lead to a data breach. It automates the security of critical data by uncovering vulnerabilities that threat actors could exploit, limiting user access to the most sensitive data, and alerting on suspicious activities, intrusions, and policy violations. As a result, government clients can spend less time chasing database security alerts and more time on activities that drive value, like remediating risks and reducing attack surfaces.
Trustwave has been laser-focused on database security for more than 20 years and is currently protecting thousands of databases across the commercial and Federal Government spectrums. In fact, Trustwave’s DbProtect was the only database vulnerability scanner included in the original tools acquisition under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Continuous Diagnostic and Monitoring (CDM) program, and it is the only database security solution recognized by Marsh’s Cyber Catalyst program to have meaningful impact in reducing cyber risk by top global cyber insurers.
As the threat landscape evolves and adversaries find new ways to exfiltrate and manipulate data, the government has been finalizing Zero Trust adoption guidance to adhere to the Biden administration’s cybersecurity executive order to “advance toward Zero Trust Architecture.” USPTO is setting the example for other government entities to employ a database-specific security approach that includes continuous vulnerability and configuration assessments and remediation, database privileged access visibility and control, and continuous database activity monitoring to alert and respond to anomalous database activity.
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Rancher Government Solutions | March 02, 2023
On March 01, 2023, Rancher Government Solutions, one of the leading security Kubernetes and cloud-native containerized applications for the U.S. government, launched Rancher Government Carbide. The new solution is an advanced security solution for protecting the nation's software supply chain against increasing threats. In addition, Carbide makes it easier to manage Kubernetes security by giving users a better, more standard way to check and confirm that their software is safe and secure.
Rancher Government Carbide protects the software supply chain by using a centralized, secure container registry for end users and a secure signing key to prove that the software came from a trusted source. Carbide's pipeline also uses tools for scanning for weaknesses and making software bills of materials (SBOMs). Additionally, the solution supports the DISA-validated and Kubernetes' published management platform and distribution with Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs) (Rancher MCM 2.6 & RKE2).
A tool within Carbide, STIGATRON, is built to authorize to make sure downstream clusters are secure. The tool eliminates system administrators' obstacles during the validation process by scanning downstream clusters automatically from the centralized Rancher Manager and resembling them to the STIG cluster, thereby enabling automated compliance with federal government security standards. In addition, the Carbide solution also includes airgap documentation and edge capabilities. It is additional support to the existing product suite of the company, designed to help customers overcome the security challenges associated with application modernization, containers, and Kubernetes.
About Rancher Government Solutions
Based in Reston (Virginia), Rancher Government Solutions is primarily developed to meet the needs of the U.S. Government and Military in relation to application modernization, containers, and Kubernetes. It provides support for open-source software stacks for container-adopting teams. It addresses the operational and security challenges associated with managing multiple Kubernetes clusters at scale and equips DevOps teams with the tools required to run containerized workloads. In addition, it offers support to all Rancher products, with U.S.-based American citizens currently supporting programs across the Department of Intelligence Community, Defense, and civilian agencies.
EMERGING TECHNOLOGY, GOVERNMENT FINANCE
Applexus | February 20, 2023
Applexus, a technology-based company for business consultation and SAP services, has recently announced that it has secured an Investment and Growth Fund IGF grant from the Government of Alberta, establishing its business in Canada. Invest Alberta supported it, and Calgary Economic Development made key introductions for funding application processes.
This investment and expansion will help it to develop new technology solutions, hire and reach with better services. Calgary's graduates will be its team for a skilled workforce with exceptional infrastructure. Being a consulting firm, it spends a lot of money and time traveling to the client sites, so Calgary, an air travel hub, will offer convenient access to its clients from the US market.
Calgary is an affordable settlement place with a strong public education system, a high standard of living with diversity, importance to the quality of life, and being friendly with other communities. It will gain skilled professionals from other places than North America through Alberta's new immigration program for technology professionals.
CEO and Founder of Applexus, Sam Mathew, said, "The IGF grant will allow us to take our company to the next level, help strengthen our presence, expand our offerings, bring new jobs to the region, and positively impact the community. We're grateful for the support of the Government of Alberta as we work to build a stronger and more diverse economy for the state."
(Source – Cision PR Newswire)
CEO of Invest Alberta, Rick Christiaanse, said, "Applexus is a welcome addition to Alberta's tech and innovation sector, and we are excited the company has chosen our province to establish its Canadian headquarters." He added, "This investment in Alberta will help support our local economy through the creation of 125 new jobs over five years while giving Applexus access to the skilled talent Alberta is known for so it can thrive in a rapidly growing sector. The support the company received from the Government of Alberta, Invest Alberta, and Calgary Economic Development positioned our province as a destination of choice and is a tangible example of Alberta's world-renowned 'make it happen attitude' when it comes to global investment."
(Source – Cision PR Newswire)
Headquartered in Federal Way, Washington, Applexus Technologies has been offering SAP services and business consulting to transform the customer experience through digital innovation since 2005. It specializes in advisory, implementation, migration, and management solutions for SAP S/4HANA and B/4HANA. In addition, it offers solutions for business transformation, business analytics, AMS, cloud services, SAP CAR solutions, data migration, organizational change leadership, quality engineering, accounts payable automation, import-export and retail solutions. It has centers in North America, India, the Middle East, and the United Kingdom to influence the business communities worldwide.