Huawei, ZTE 'cannot be trusted' and pose security threat: U.S. attorney general

Huawei | November 15, 2019

Huawei Technologies Co and ZTE Corp (000063.SZ) “cannot be trusted,” U.S. Attorney General William Barr said, labeling the Chinese firms a security threat as he backed a proposal to bar U.S. rural wireless carriers from tapping an $8.5 billion government fund to purchase equipment or services from them. The Federal Communications Commission will vote on Nov. 22 and is proposing requiring the carriers to remove and replace equipment from the companies. Barr said in a letter to the FCC released on Thursday that “their own track record, as well as the practices of the Chinese government, demonstrate that Huawei and ZTE cannot be trusted.”

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Confirmation Hearing-Timothy Jeffries, Arizona Director of Economic Security. The Committee of Health and Human Services of the Arizona State Senate meet to recommend confirmation of Timothy Jeffries as Director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security to the full Senate. March 18, 2015.

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Confirmation Hearing-Timothy Jeffries, Arizona Director of Economic Security. The Committee of Health and Human Services of the Arizona State Senate meet to recommend confirmation of Timothy Jeffries as Director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security to the full Senate. March 18, 2015.

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Regulatory licensing software company, Thentia, announces opening of new regional office in Oklahoma City

Thentia Corporation | June 28, 2022

Thentia, an industry-leading government software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider, is excited to announce the opening of its new office in Oklahoma, which will offer first-class support to Thentia clients in the state and nearby jurisdictions. After the State of Oklahoma announced its formal support for Thentia Cloud as a software provider for occupational licensing in 2021, company leadership began taking steps to open an office in Oklahoma City, enabling Thentia to more effectively serve the needs of area customers and take better advantage of future growth opportunities. Thentia has seen a significant expansion in its U.S. client portfolio in 2021 and 2022, particularly in Oklahoma and other central U.S. states. CEO Julian Cardarelli says the company saw a new opportunity to capitalize on this growth and chose to seize it. We are excited to continue investing in our team to support our growing customer base in the central U.S. It is clear more regulatory agencies are putting their trust in Thentia, so we are ecstatic to have the opportunity to follow through on that promise and establish a local presence." Julian Cardarelli, CEO The new office will be located in Leadership Square, in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City, and led by Bonnie Campo, Vice President of Strategic Alliances at Thentia. With a background at the Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES), Campo will bring front-line regulatory experience and a wide range of statewide connections to the office as General Manager. According to Cardarelli, Campo stood out as the perfect candidate to take on this massive new opportunity. "Bonnie's level of government experience and expertise is unmatched in Oklahoma, and she has personally watched many agencies successfully migrate their licensing systems to Thentia Cloud," Cardarelli says. "In short, there was no better person for the job." After cutting costs and streamlining licensing processes for agencies like the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA), the Oklahoma Board of Chiropractic Examiners (OBCE), Oklahoma State Board of Osteopathic Examiners (OSBOE) and the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission (OREC), among others, the company has only further expanded its presence in Oklahoma and nearby states. The new office represents a major step forward in Thentia's endeavor to become the state-supported software vendor across all 50 states. Brent Kisling, Executive Director at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and Workforce Development, says Thentia's physical presence will be a welcome continuation of the pattern of success the company has established in the state. "Thentia's track record in Oklahoma speaks for itself," Kisling says. "Having a new home in Oklahoma City will only make it easier for the company to implement its modern, elegant software solution in government offices across the state." The new office will also contain Thentia's dedicated Oklahoma project team, including two new hires: Shauna Cole, Program Manager for Oklahoma, and Stephanie Wood, Project Manager for Oklahoma, who will oversee project implementations throughout the state. Office General Manager Campo says Thentia will continue hiring personnel to fill roles that will allow the company to serve its Oklahoma clients more effectively. "We have now set a precedent for working with government agencies in Oklahoma," Campo says. "We've seen what works and what doesn't, and with this knowledge, we can strategize to ensure Thentia Cloud works as effectively as possible for countless government agencies in the area." Thentia will be holding an office opening reception during the second week of August – official date still to be confirmed – to celebrate this milestone in the company's relationship with the state of Oklahoma. All clients as well as other state agencies will be invited to come and celebrate the start of what will be a long and fruitful public-private partnership. More details will be shared with Oklahoma clients and stakeholders in the coming days and weeks. About Thentia Thentia is a global company with teams operating in the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Canada and is trusted by regulatory bodies and government agencies worldwide with more than 8.5 million active licensees across the globe using its platform. Thentia was developed by subject matter experts with a mission to transform government technology through best-in-class capabilities. Its secure, modern and elegant solution, Thentia Cloud, is revolutionizing the way regulatory bodies and government agencies manage data and licensing by bringing the entire process into the 21st century with speed, automation, ease of use, and best-in-class support.

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CYBERSECURITY

QuSecure Announces Company Launch With Industry’s First End-to-End Post-Quantum Cybersecurity Solution

QuSecure | May 24, 2022

QuSecure, Inc., an innovator in post-quantum cryptography (PQC), formally launched as the first company to offer an end-to-end, quantum resilient orchestration platform. QuSecure’s solution, QuProtect, is the industry’s first PQC software-based platform uniquely designed to protect encrypted communications and data using a quantum secure channel and standardized PQC algorithms. It addresses present classical attacks and future quantum computing threats for commercial enterprises and government agencies. QuSecure’s novel approach, as outlined in a separate QuSecure Product Launch press release issued today, had previously enabled the company to secure a triple-oversubscribed seed round from investor groups including Band of Angels, and has garnered significant interest for future funding activities from an A-list of investors. The company is led by CEO Dave Krauthamer, Silicon Valley CEO, CIO, CTO, CRO, CMO; COO Skip Sanzeri, long-time Silicon Valley Executive and author of “The Quantum Design Sprint” who has engineered five successful exits; CTO Greg Bullard, former VP of Engineering and head of Hardware Security at Qualcomm; Pete Ford, Head of Federal Operations, formerly a United States Air Force F-15 fighter pilot with five combat tours and former executive in Raytheon’s Missile and Defense Group; and Chief Product Officer Rebecca Krauthamer, who graduated with a degree in symbolic systems from Stanford, and is a Forbes 30 under 30 and 12 Women Pioneering the World of Quantum Computing honoree, quantum board member at the World Economic Forum, and formerly served as CEO of quantum computing venture studio Quantum Thought. QuSecure’s mission is to provide enterprises and government organizations with a comprehensive cryptographic orchestration platform that addresses today’s classical and future quantum threats. Our QuProtect solution secures networks from current vulnerabilities using zero trust, next-generation standardized encryption, active monitoring, and attack remediation – all cloud-delivered in software to existing devices, over existing infrastructure. We are creating an exceptionally secure future using a unique and comprehensive approach to cybersecurity that gives organizations a practical encryption solution for resilience to cyberattacks. Early customers tell us that a SaaS end-to-end PQC approach is optimal to address their critical needs for a practical post-quantum cybersecurity solution. QuProtect is the ‘easy button’ for this critical PQC upgrade.” Krauthamer,QuSecure CEO While quantum computing is an emerging field, leading experts such as Arthur Herman, senior fellow and director of the Quantum Alliance Initiative at The Hudson Institute, believe that a Cryptographically Relevant Quantum Computer (CRQC), which is a quantum computer that can break current cryptography and will expose the world’s encrypted communications and data, will be available within the next 3-5 years. Additionally, nation-state attackers are currently stealing encrypted data which will be retroactively decrypted once a CRQC is available. This is a style of hacking known as “Steal Now, Decrypt Later” (SNDL), which is especially important to consider in the case of sensitive data – bank account information, electronic health records, national security information, etc. – that needs to remain secret for decades. As a result, on May 4, the White House mandated PQC compliance via the National Security Memorandum “Promoting United States Leadership in Quantum Computing While Mitigating Risks to Vulnerable Cryptographic Systems.” Additionally, the bipartisan Endless Frontiers Act would establish a Technology and Innovation Directorate at the National Science Foundation, which would use $100 billion in federal funds over five years to research emerging technologies including quantum computing, and specifically PQC. Organizations will need to follow suit to protect their data and communications from post-quantum cyberthreats. “National Security, Public Safety and Privacy have all collided in the past several years,” said United States Navy (Retired) Rear Admiral Mike Brown, a senior cybersecurity specialist formerly with the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. “Quantum security with quantum computing and encryption is foundational to public and private sector efforts to counter nation states, rogue actors, criminals and others. We must counter serious threats with advanced technologies that can be easily deployed and are successful. QuSecure is leading in this field, and I’m thrilled to be part of their advisory team.” QuSecure, with focus on adoption, easy upgrade, and modern cyber-protection practices, architected QuProtect as a more resilient PQC platform that works anytime, anywhere and on any device. The company provides an end-to-end quantum security as a service (QSaaS) architecture that addresses the digital ecosystem’s most vulnerable aspects, uniquely combining zero-trust, next-generation post-quantum-cryptography, quantum-strength keys, high availability, easy deployment, and active defense into a comprehensive and interoperable cybersecurity suite. The comprehensive approach is designed around the entire data lifecycle as data is stored, communicated, and used. In addition to its expert team of founders and employees, QuSecure has collected an all-star quantum and cryptography advisory team. Advisors (partial list) include Rene Haas, CEO of Arm Ltd., a Fortune 500 leader in designing, securing and managing all areas of AI-enhanced connected compute; United States Navy (Retired) Rear Admiral Mike Brown, a senior cybersecurity specialist formerly with the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security; Paul Touw, formerly Chief Strategist for the US Department of State and founder of Ariba Networks (now SAP Ariba); Dr. Sarah McCarthy, Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Waterloo and specialist in post-quantum cryptography; Laura Thomas, former CIA Chief of Base with more than 17 years in various national security and leadership roles and currently VP of Corporate Strategy at ColdQuanta, a quantum computing and sensing company; John Cosgriff, CEO at UnitedHealthOne, part of UnitedHealth Group, the world’s largest healthcare company; Louie Gasparini, former CTO & VP of Product Management at RSA; and Moshe Ben Simon, VP of Products at Fortinet. “The security community is facing a crucial time where cutting-edge research needs to be accelerated to the stage of product deployment,” added Dr. McCarthy. “With its diverse team of experts, determination and resources, QuSecure is well-equipped for this challenge.” About QuSecure QuSecure is an innovator in post-quantum cybersecurity with a mission to protect enterprise and government data from quantum and classical cybersecurity threats. Its patent-pending, quantum-safe solutions provide an easy transition path to quantum resiliency across any organization. The company’s QuProtect solution is the industry’s first PQC software-based platform uniquely designed to protect encrypted communications and data with quantum-resilience using a quantum secure channel. QuSecure has current customer deployments in banking/finance, healthcare, space/satellite, IT/data enterprises, datacenters and various Department of Defense agencies. QuSecure is investor backed and has offices in Silicon Valley. QuSecure and QuProtect are registered trademarks of QuSecure in the United States and other countries. All other company and product names are either trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

Nearmap and Carahsoft Partner to Provide Geospatial Content and Location Intelligence Services at Scale to U.S. Federal Government Agencies

Nearmap | May 19, 2022

Nearmap, a leading aerial imagery and location intelligence company, and Carahsoft Technology Corp., the Trusted IT Solutions Provider, announced a partnership that will make it easier for Government customers to obtain geospatial data. Under the agreement, Carahsoft will serve as a distributor of Nearmap products to U.S. government customers, making Nearmap aerial imagery and geospatial data available to the public sector through Carahsoft's network of reseller partners, NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V, Information Technology Enterprise Solutions – Software 2 (ITES-SW2), National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA), and OMNIA Partners contracts. Through Carahsoft, government agencies in the U.S. will more easily and efficiently be able to purchase geospatial content and location data from leading location intelligence company Nearmap with access to preferred government customer pricing. These contract vehicles will also provide U.S. Federal Government customers with streamlined access to some of the world's most current, accurate and scalable location data and tools. Applications for this powerful location data include national security, military and civil asset management, infrastructure management, environmental studies, and natural disaster response, resilience response and recovery missions. Our successful track record with U.S. government agencies, including the Army National Guard, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and United States Army Corps of Engineers, drove our decision to pursue these contracts. The stamp of approval Nearmap has received validates our world-leading capabilities and cost-effective solutions. This ensures Nearmap can continue to deliver high-quality aerial imagery and location data to support the myriad of critical services that government agencies provide for their citizens." Tony Agresta, Executive Vice President and General Manager of North America at Nearmap Nearmap is widely recognized as a top location intelligence provider for State and Local Government organizations wishing to improve their workflows and save taxpayer resources. Most notably, Nearmap technology and content is now used in 42 of the 50 U.S. states for a variety of use cases. The announcement of Nearmap's new U.S. government distribution channels further demonstrates the growth and importance Nearmap places on supporting government agencies in the U.S. "Nearmap's offerings allow agencies to streamline workflows, make better informed decisions through reliable intelligence and strengthen their digital transformation strategy," said Lacey Wean, Director for Geospatial Solutions at Carahsoft. "We are pleased to leverage our expertise in the government realm and that of our reseller partners to include Nearmap's solutions in our growing geospatial solutions portfolio and to make them available to the public sector." About Nearmap Nearmap provides easy, instant access to high resolution aerial imagery, city-scale 3D content, AI data sets, and geospatial tools. Using its own patented camera systems and processing software, Nearmap captures wide-scale urban areas in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand several times each year, making current content instantly available in the cloud via web app or API integration. Every day, Nearmap helps thousands of users conduct virtual site visits for deep, data-driven insights—enabling informed decisions, streamlined operations and better financial performance. Founded in Australia in 2007, Nearmap is one of the largest aerial survey companies in the world and is publicly listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. About Carahsoft Carahsoft Technology Corp. is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider, supporting Public Sector organizations across Federal, State and Local Government agencies and Education and Healthcare markets. As the Master Government Aggregator® for our vendor partners, we deliver solutions for Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, MultiCloud, DevSecOps, Big Data, Open Source, Customer Experience and more. Working with resellers, systems integrators and consultants, our sales and marketing teams provide industry leading IT products, services and training through hundreds of contract vehicles.

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