House Democrats probe Trump's overhaul of security clearance process

Reuters | June 25, 2019

A U.S. congressional committee on Monday demanded documents from the Trump administration relating to its overhaul of the background check process that determines who can handle Americas secret information. The House of Representatives Oversight Committee sent a letter to Mark Esper the acting defense secretary requesting documents and communications by July 8 relating to the ongoing overhaul which some U.S. officials have said is disorganized and behind schedule. The committee sent a separate letter demanding similar documents from the head of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management which is transferring its background check responsibilities to the Pentagon under the Trump administrations plan. The committee also requested a briefing on the status of the project which President Donald Trump outlined in an April 24 executive order.

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Illumio Government Cloud’s FedRAMP Authorization to Assist Federal Agencies Reduce Risk

Illumio | January 12, 2023

The Zero Trust Segmentation company, Illumio, Inc., recently announced its Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) in process designation at the moderate impact level for its Illumio Government Cloud. This is sponsored by Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG). The US government's FedRAMP initiative harmonizes security assessments, approvals, and monitoring for cloud solutions. Illumio Government Cloud, which includes Illumio Core and Illumio Endpoint prevents breaches from spreading across servers and endpoints with Zero Trust Segmentation (ZTS). Illumio prevents breaches and ransomware in three easy steps: See risk by using vulnerability maps that show data center-to-cloud-to-endpoint traffic Set and automate the creation of granular policy to define categorization. Illumio's traffic-based policies streamline the process Stop the spread of breaches to safeguard workloads and applications and strategically separate compromised systems and high-value assets, guard the hybrid attack surface during an active attack Enterprise Strategy Group’s Zero Trust Impact Report found that Zero Trust Segmentation prevents five cyber disasters annually. Gary Barlet, Federal Field CTO at Illumio, stated, "Bolstering national cyber resilience is a top federal priority. As more eyes turn to defending our critical infrastructure, Zero Trust Segmentation remains a strategic, and federally-backed mandate for agencies looking to shore up critical assets and to stop the spread of attacks throughout an organization or agency". He further added, "Zero Trust Segmentation is a fundamental pillar of any Zero Trust strategy, and Illumio is the industry-defining leader in the space, helping the largest organizations, including more than 15 of the Fortune 100, stop breaches from spreading to dramatically reduce agencies' risk." (Source- GlobeNewswire by notified) About Illumio Inc. Specializing in Zero Trust Segmentation, Illumio prevents ransomware and breaches from spreading across hybrid attack surfaces. The ZTS platform visualizes all traffic flows across workloads, devices, and the internet, implements granular segmentation policies to manage communications, and proactively or reactively isolates high-value assets and compromised systems. Its ability to prevent breaches and ransomware in minutes, saves millions in application downtime, and accelerate cloud and digital transformation programs benefits for all types of businesses.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Selects Tantus Tech for Security Compliance

Tantus Technologies | January 04, 2023

In a recent announcement, Virginia-based Tantus Technologies, Inc., received a Task Order through the Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) Information Assurance Branch. Tantus is engaged to provide cyber security services to the Risk Management Agency (RMA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Tantus, via the FPAC, has provided its expertise to several vital applications, systems and programs related to crop insurance, conservation, lending, and other services for over five years. The new Task Order mandates Tantus with authorization documentation analysis; project maintenance and management; security assessment and cyber security compliance support; contingency planning preparedness; and readiness and assurance support for the entire FPAC. Due to the long working relationship, USDA – FPAC selected Tantus for this crucial implementation. Under the federal Zero Trust Architecture mandates Tantus will focus on packaging its cyber services with automation, emerging practices and technologies to assist federal agencies in improving their security compliance. Tantus intends to bring thought leadership to this transition and increase the overall security of FPAC systems. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center's (NITAAC) Chief Information Officer – Solutions and Partners 3 Small Business (CIO-SP3 SB) contract awarded the new Task Order to Tantus. About Tantus Technologies, Inc. Tantus Technologies offers federal clients complete IT solutions and management consulting. With over two decades of experience working with the government, Tantus Tech solutions expertise ranges across Artificial Intelligence, Agile, Human Centered Design, DevOps, Strategy Realization, Program/Project Management, and Cybersecurity.

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Healthy Together and Florida Department of Health Win at ATARC's GITEC Emerging Technology Awards

Healthy Together | December 14, 2022

On December 6th, the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center (ATARC) awarded Healthy Together and the State of Florida's Department of Health (FDOH) with a Digital Experience Award at their 2022 GITEC Emerging Technology Award Ceremony in Washington, D.C. The annual ceremony recognizes government initiatives that have made significant contributions in the advancement and implementation of technology innovations. The Digital Experience Award spotlights government projects that promote exceptional citizen service experiences through the use of technology. ATARC nominates organizations that have radically improved the experience of government and pushed the boundaries to build customer-centric human connections in our digital world. "We are incredibly proud to have our partnership with FDOH recognized by ATARC. The Digital Experience Award is a powerful validation of the impact we were able to have and our mission to improve collective health and make government more efficient. We are excited to continue to innovate and modernize resident access to government services with our technology." -Jared Allgood, President of Healthy Together. While awardees typically come from federal agencies, FDOH was selected because of the widespread success of its roll-out of the Healthy Together mobile platform in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Other 2022 winners include NASA, the Department of Veterans Affairs, ATF, GSA, the U.S. Army and the Marine Forces Cyber Command. About the Project: During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Florida Department of Health, Division of Disease Control engaged Healthy Together and its cloud-based SaaS Disease Management Platform to support case investigators, deliver timely test results to residents, and automate case investigation processes. With a population of over 21M residents, manual processes at labs and testing providers coupled with heavy demand for testing created significant delays in the time to deliver diagnostic results. Due to the rising number of cases, FDOH sought solutions to scale the response to resident and departmental needs. The Florida Department of Health partnered with Healthy Together to deploy a case management system and mobile application to deliver real-time test results to residents. Through the application, FDOH was able to successfully deliver over 30M diagnostic results to state residents. As part of the deployment, Healthy Together built and implemented a self-serve, digital case interview based on CDC guidelines and FDOH standards to assist in case investigation. Over 90% of self-serve case interviews were completed within 1 hour of receipt of a positive test result, a staggering 10x increase in speed to deliver services with more contacts elicited than traditional manual methods. Data captured by the digital case interviews was fed to its auto-scaling AWS hosted case management software that automated data analysis, decreased manual processes and reduced the need for additional hiring. Over the course of the partnership, more than 50% of Florida households utilized Healthy Together's services. Healthy Together has since partnered to help additional states, counties, and tribes to scale and automate other government processes such as Medicaid, SNAP and TANF eligibility, enrollment, & renewal, WIC program management, and behavioral health systems. About Healthy Together: Healthy Together is a health technology company that builds SaaS technology for government, education and enterprise. Their technology aids in areas such as disease surveillance, behavioral health management and benefit enrollment for programs like Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and WIC. Healthy Together's mobile application has reached #1 in the App Store Health & Fitness category and has over 225k reviews on the App Store and Play Store with a 4.9/5 star rating.

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