How a Slice of Spectrum Split the U.S. Government

Nextgov | April 17, 2020

Federal departments and agencies are lined up on different sides of a debate pitting the development of fifth-generation telecommunications networks against safety and national security concerns associated with the Global Positioning System. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Thursday circulated a draft order to approve satellite communications company Ligado’s application for use of frequencies of the electromagnetic spectrum that opponents say would interfere with the reliable operation of GPS applications. “The draft order that I have presented to my colleagues would make more efficient use of underused spectrum and promote the deployment of 5G and Internet of Things services,” Pai said in a press release.

Spotlight

While a college degree is meant to promise a brighter, more prosperous future for grads, the cost of obtaining that degree can follow students long after graduation. Student loan debt is the second highest ranked consumer loan debt, next to mortgages, with the amount of outstanding student loan debt standing at $1.45 trillion this year. If you are considering taking out student loans to help cover the costs of college, or you are already among the 44.2 million student loan borrowers in the US, you should be aware of these critical facts and figures that paint a better picture of the state of student loan debt in our country. Check them out in the infographic below.

Spotlight

While a college degree is meant to promise a brighter, more prosperous future for grads, the cost of obtaining that degree can follow students long after graduation. Student loan debt is the second highest ranked consumer loan debt, next to mortgages, with the amount of outstanding student loan debt standing at $1.45 trillion this year. If you are considering taking out student loans to help cover the costs of college, or you are already among the 44.2 million student loan borrowers in the US, you should be aware of these critical facts and figures that paint a better picture of the state of student loan debt in our country. Check them out in the infographic below.

Related News

EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

DMI Announces the Acquisition of the Ambit Group

DMI | October 31, 2022

DMI, a global leader in digital transformation services, announced today that it has acquired the Ambit Group LLC ("Ambit"), a leading provider of data analytics, cybersecurity, and mission support services to the U.S. Government. The acquisition will further enhance DMI's comprehensive suite of digital services and expand its portfolio of customers and contract vehicles in high priority federal markets. Founded in 2004, Ambit delivers next-generation digital transformation services to federal agencies with wide-ranging missions across homeland security, regulatory, and civilian services. Ambit is known for its focus on mission performance improvement and brings vast experience serving clients within the federal financial, national security, and federal science communities including the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), among others. "Demand for IT modernization services leveraging the latest digital innovation and capabilities has never been greater, With this addition, we combine Ambit's comprehensive data management, analytics, and cybersecurity services with our cross-industry, digital transformation expertise to help drive the next generation of digital government." -Sunny Bajaj, founder and CEO of DMI. Founded in 2002 and based in Bethesda, Maryland, DMI provides enterprise consulting, transformation and managed services to government and commercial customers through an integrated suite of agile software development and next-gen engineering solutions that combine business strategy, domain specific knowledge, and technical expertise. "We are thrilled to begin the next phase of our journey as part of DMI, There is a strong cultural alignment to drive innovative, customer-centric strategies and programs for our clients along with a mutual commitment to our people-first philosophy and values of integrity, diversity, and teamwork. With Ambit's track record of success in this space, coupled with DMI's extensive experience and range of services, this pairing represents an unstoppable force." -Kim Hayes, co-CEO of Ambit. About DMI: DMI, a portfolio company of OceanSound Partners, is a global leader in digital strategy, design, transformation, and support services. We bring together an integrated set of industry and technology solutions that combine both public and private sector expertise to deliver human-centric innovation at scale. Born digital, DMI has been delivering secure, mission-critical technology solutions since 2002 for more than a hundred Fortune 1,000 enterprises, various state and local government agencies and all fifteen U.S. federal departments. DMI has grown to 2,100+ employees globally and has been continually recognized by top industry analysts as a market leader as well as named a Top Workplace in both regional and national categories. About Ambit: The Ambit Group designs, deploys, and delivers the next generation of government. Since 2004, Ambit has partnered with federal clients with wide-ranging missions across homeland security, regulatory, federal science, and civilian service to solve the toughest challenges at the heart of the nation's priorities. About OceanSound Partners: OceanSound Partners is a New York-based private equity firm that pursues control investments in technology and technology-enabled services companies serving government and enterprise end-markets. OceanSound employs a partnership approach, working closely with founders, entrepreneurs, and executives of middle market businesses to drive transformational growth.

Read More

EMERGING TECHNOLOGY, CYBERSECURITY

OpenText partners with MAD Security to improve response time to cyberthreats and shrink the attack surface

Open Text Corporation | October 20, 2022

Today, OpenText™ (NASDAQ: OTEX), (TSX: OTEX), a global leader in information management with an extensive security solution portfolio, announced a partnership between OpenText Network Detection & Response (NDR) technology and MAD Security. This joint solution from OpenText and MAD Security will empower customers to cut false positive security alerts significantly and protect sensitive government data against advanced cyber threats. MAD Security, a managed security service provider (MSSP) that helps contractors and other small and medium sized enterprises detect potential breaches and prevent attackers from disrupting operations or exfiltrating data, knows firsthand that government contractors are a prime target for cyber-attacks, from phishing and social engineering to malware and ransomware. To strengthen its cybersecurity capabilities, MAD Security decided to augment its offering with NDR capabilities. The aim was to continuously monitor and analyze raw enterprise network traffic, creating a baseline of network behavior that would help analysts hunt down emerging threats faster. "In the past, MAD Security has relied on an anomaly-based intrusion detection system to find indicators of compromise (IOCs). While this approach was effective for analyzing north-south traffic across small networks, it was a challenge to pinpoint IOCs across larger networks with significant volumes of east-west traffic, If we could reduce the time our analysts spent drilling down into the data, we could accelerate our response and improve cost efficiency—ultimately providing a more competitive service. Working with OpenText, we can now detect and correlate events, investigate the data and notify the client in an average of just 6.5 minutes—less than half of SLA." -Jeremy Conway, CEO at MAD Security. MAD Security selected OpenText NDR because of the level of visibility it provides. The company can now look beyond individual subsets of endpoint and log data to build up a clear picture of what happened and when during an attack—even if the network traffic is encrypted. MAD Security uses OpenText NDR to make sure remediation efforts are successful, for example, by monitoring for new IOCs during its cleanup effort to detect whether the attacker is changing tactics or switching to an alternate toolset. An end-to-end network security platform, OpenText NDR simplifies network threat detection by combining smart packet capture (Smart PCAP) and rich network metadata generation, delivering a clear view of even the most complex networks. With OpenText NDR, MAD Security can gain insights faster than ever through deep packet inspection, behavioral anomaly detection, IOC matching, and AI-powered analytics. "We are thrilled to be able to count MAD Security among our many incredible customers and are proud to see not just our solutions working for the organization but also be part of its growth and success, By supporting MAD Security with OpenText NDR, we were able to help the company achieve its growth target while keeping its analyst team lean." -Muhi Majzoub, Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer at OpenText. About OpenText: OpenText, The Information Company™, enables organizations to gain insight through market leading information management solutions, powered by OpenText Cloud Editions.

Read More

EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

New Iridium Certus Service Providers to Support U.S. Government Customers

Iridium Communications | October 13, 2022

Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: IRDM) announced today that Iridium partners MetOcean Telematics, NAL Research, and Trace Systems are now Iridium Certus® service providers for U.S. government customers, joining Satcom Direct, in this capacity. These unique, long-term deals will allow these companies to provide Iridium's secure global satellite broadband and midband connectivity for mobile voice and data services to the U.S. government through a dedicated gateway. By leveraging the inherent advantages of the Iridium® network, including truly global, on-the-move L-band connectivity, MetOcean Telematics, NAL Research, and Trace Systems are now able to deliver enhanced capabilities that meet Communications Security (ComSec) requirements for the Department of Defense (DoD) and warfighter. These capabilities include global and resilient voice, data and 1080 HD live-action video over satcom across all domains (land, maritime and air) on the move. The service also serves as the "ACE in PACE" – alternate, contingent or emergency communications link, supports early entry communications packages and command and control for autonomous or uncrewed systems and data backhaul. Whether in high-risk combat zones or during inclement weather events, the Iridium network provides uncompromising satellite communications that keeps users connected when it's needed most. Iridium Certus™ terminals enable U.S. government users to securely connect remote assets to respective command and control centers in the U.S. in a cost-effective and secure manner, from anywhere in the world. "Iridium Certus continues to provide mission-critical broadband and midband capabilities to the modern warfighter and we're excited to add new service providers to expand the distribution of these offerings, With the addition of Iridium Certus for the government, these partners will play a critical role in supporting DoD personnel as they utilize this value-added service." -Scott Scheimreif, Executive Vice President of Government Programs, Iridium. Unique in the satellite industry, Iridium Certus is the only broadband service that provides highly reliable, truly global, weather-resilient connectivity for on-the-move internet and high-quality voice access. Iridium Certus terminals are low-profile, compared to the competition, and capable of maintaining broadband connectivity in fast-paced, unpredictable environments on land, at sea, in the air — and can do it without landing in or passing through non-U.S. territories. Iridium Communications Inc: Iridium® is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. Iridium enables connections between people, organizations and assets to and from anywhere, in real time. Together with its ecosystem of partner companies, Iridium delivers an innovative and rich portfolio of reliable solutions for markets that require truly global communications. In 2019, the company completed a generational upgrade of its satellite network and launched its new specialty broadband service, Iridium Certus®. Iridium Communications Inc. is headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S.A., and its common stock trades on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol IRDM.

Read More