Google says government-backed hackers are weaponizing coronavirus for their attacks

Google | April 23, 2020

From hawking fake vaccines and stolen masks to phishing attempts designed to take advantage of the pandemic, the internet has seen coronavirus-related scams and attacks skyrocket over the past few weeks. Now, Google is sharing what its team of security experts have uncovered. Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) released a report on Wednesday detailing a number of COVID-19 attacks seen across the company's product line. The search giant says it has specifically identified attacks targeting U.S. governmental workers and health agencies, phishing emails going after employees working from home, and fake charity solicitations.

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Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the presidential election has upended the political and policy landscape for immigration. It will still fall to Congress to make substantial changes to the immigration system, but the Trump administration will have authority to reshape the lives of hundreds of thousands of unlawful immigrants and influence the ability of US companies to access and retain highly-skilled foreign workers. This paper explores how the Trump administration will approach the issue of immigration and analyzes how administrative reforms will impact US companies.

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Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the presidential election has upended the political and policy landscape for immigration. It will still fall to Congress to make substantial changes to the immigration system, but the Trump administration will have authority to reshape the lives of hundreds of thousands of unlawful immigrants and influence the ability of US companies to access and retain highly-skilled foreign workers. This paper explores how the Trump administration will approach the issue of immigration and analyzes how administrative reforms will impact US companies.

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Electrosoft Awarded $11.7M GSA Contract to Improve Identity, Credential and Access Management (ICAM) Governance and Solutions

Electrosoft | September 19, 2022

Electrosoft Services, Inc., an award-winning federal IT and professional services firm specializing in cybersecurity, announced today it has been awarded an $11.7 million prime contract from the General Services Administration (GSA) Office of Government-wide Policy (OGP), Identity Assurance and Trusted Access Division (IATAD). The IATAD coordinates the government-wide civilian agency execution of ICAM policies and standards to align with the Federal ICAM (FICAM) Architecture. Electrosoft will support IATAD programs to assure the availability of a consistent and effective set of ICAM policies, standards and governance practices and compliant, interoperable and secure ICAM products and solutions in the marketplace. Under the newly awarded Federal Public Key Infrastructure (FPKI) Subject Matter Expert (SME) Support Services contract, Electrosoft will assist IATAD with development, management and execution of the division's responsibilities from an innovative and strategic perspective, including: FPKI policy and operational governance including support to the FPKI Policy Authority (FPKIPA) and associated working groups; Strategy development for test and evaluation of shared ICAM solutions under the FIPS 201 Evaluation Program, including operating the Physical Access Control Systems (PACS) test laboratory; and Guidance and playbook creation based on the FICAM Architecture and identity management policies, standards and initiatives. "GSA leads the field in delivering government-wide trust services and ICAM solutions that enable agencies to better achieve their mission goals, Under this contract, Electrosoft will leverage more than 16 years of FPKI and ICAM thought leadership to provide the GSA OGP IATAD with support and subject matter expertise to meet their mission objectives." -Dr. Sarbari Gupta, Electrosoft CEO. About Electrosoft: Electrosoft delivers comprehensive technology-based solutions and services that propel mission success for federal government customers. Specializing in cybersecurity, Electrosoft supports civilian and defense organizations in advancing cybersecurity postures, modernizing technology ecosystems and adopting agile approaches to improve operational efficiency and security. Recognized for deep domain knowledge and mature management practices, the company is rated at Maturity Level 3 for CMMI-DEV and CMMI-SVC and is certified under ISO 9001, ISO 20000-1 and ISO 27001. The rapidly growing 8(a), economically disadvantaged, women-owned small business (EDWOSB) and WOSB is headquartered in Reston, Virginia.

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GovTEAMS Has Teamed Up with MURAL and LUMA Workplace

MURAL | October 11, 2022

MURAL, a collaborative intelligence company, has teamed up with GovTEAMS, the Australian Government's digital collaboration platform, to give federal and state government employees access to the MURAL Collaborative Intelligence System™. GovTEAMS is a comprehensive digital collaboration service built for the Australian Public Service (APS) to provide secure communication and collaboration between departments and with external parties. It's powered by Microsoft 365 and currently has over 40K active members. GovTEAMS includes Microsoft Teams for team collaboration, video conferencing, and instant messaging; SharePoint to store, organize, share, and access information; as well as additional Microsoft 365 apps. The MURAL Collaborative Intelligence System in GovTEAMS offers government agencies a secure collaboration space where everyone can work together in real-time or asynchronously, as well as access to an ever-growing toolkit of workflows and guided methods to enhance effective ideation, alignment, team building, and innovation. MURAL digital whiteboards can be shared by sending links in Microsoft Teams chat messages, channel posts, or email. In addition to a powerful collaboration space, Australian Government employees have access to human-centered design training in LUMA Workplace, which is provided by the LUMA Institute, a MURAL affiliate. LUMA Workplace is an on-demand platform offering resources, classes, and videos to learn and apply guided methods to uncover new opportunities, understand business problems, and brainstorm creative solutions. GovTEAMS security assessed both the MURAL platform and LUMA Workplace, which were deemed OFFICIAL: Sensitive, and are subscribed to MURAL's Enterprise plan. This news comes on the heels of MURAL achieving "In Process" designation last week for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP®) through sponsorship by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs. Together, GovTEAMS and FedRAMP signal that the MURAL Collaborative Intelligence System has the security and enterprise-grade capabilities to be trusted at the highest level. ABOUT MURAL: MURAL is a collaborative intelligence company. We connect teams to unlock their potential, increasing the innovation capacity of the enterprise. MURAL creates a culture of effective collaboration — where everyone is connected, contributing, and empowered to deliver business-driving outcomes.

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Aurigo Software Achieves Amazon Web Services Government Competency Accreditation

Aurigo Software | December 09, 2022

Aurigo Software, North America's leading capital planning and construction management solution provider, today announced it has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Government Competency status. Companies included on the prestigious list have demonstrated expertise in delivering technology to help government agencies meet mandates, reduce costs, drive efficiencies, and increase innovation. Aurigo's capital program management software is used by state and local government, federal agencies, and the transportation sector to plan, build, and maintain capital assets. Achieving this accreditation differentiates Aurigo as an AWS partner with deep domain knowledge and the ability to deploy solutions seamlessly through the AWS platform. The firm is one of only 36 product-led companies worldwide to make the list. "Aurigo is honored to achieve AWS Government Competency status, This is a testament to the outstanding team at Aurigo and the deep experience we have gained partnering with government agencies to deliver mission-critical software on the AWS cloud to help them plan and build modern and resilient infrastructure." -Balaji Sreenivasan, CEO and founder of Aurigo Software. AWS provides on-demand, distributed computing services to companies, non-profits, and government organizations. The firm is recognized as the market leader in providing solutions that enable scalable, flexible, and cost-effective data processing and storage in the cloud. AWS has a history of working with major government agencies to deliver technology with the highest levels of security, reliability, and performance. To support the seamless integration and deployment of these solutions, AWS established the AWS Competency Program to help government customers identify high-quality, trusted partners that have demonstrated technical proficiency and proven success in managing government workloads. Government Competency Partners provide solutions to—and have deep experience working with—public sector customers to deliver essential applications and workflows on AWS. They provide innovative, cloud-based solutions that comply with the highest AWS standards. "This designation differentiates Aurigo as the go-to, secure solution for government agencies, We look to partner with exceptional organizations like AWS to help our customers plan and build the roads, bridges, airports, and other infrastructure their communities need. Customers can be assured that Aurigo's SaaS products run on world-class cloud infrastructure with industry-leading best practices for security and availability." -Manish Sharma, Vice President, Engineering and Security at Aurigo Software. Aurigo has implemented capital program solutions for agencies such as the Utah Department of Transportation, the cities of Las Vegas, Seattle, and Houston, Portland Water Bureau, and Dallas Area Rapid Transit. The firm is the only construction technology company listed on the StateRAMP Authorized Vendor List and has been available on the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) marketplace since 2020. About Aurigo Software: Aurigo builds software that helps build the world. Aurigo provides modern, cloud-based solutions for capital infrastructure and private owners to help plan with confidence, build with quality, and maintain their assets efficiently. With more than $300 billion of capital programs under management, Aurigo's solutions are trusted by over 300 customers in transportation, water and utilities, healthcare, higher education, and government on over 40,000 projects across North America. Aurigo helps capital program executives make better decisions based on proprietary artificial intelligence and machine learning technology. Aurigo is a privately held U.S. corporation headquartered in Austin, Texas, with global offices in Canada and India.

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