Interagency Competition Seeks to Thwart Opioid Trafficking Through the Mail

Government Executive | February 27, 2019

The Trump administration announced on Tuesday a new competition with interagency backing to reward private citizens who develop new tools and technologies that help identify illicit opioids trafficked through international mail. Four agencies are collaborating to implement the competition with $1.55 million in prize money to help the administration solve an increasingly significant problem that has continued to escalate as the opioid crisis has taken hold across the country. The competition follows a reform President Trump signed into law last year that will make it harder for foreign countries to send packages into the United States if they do not provide the U.S. government with advanced electronic information about the shipments. It comes after years of investments by a slew of agencies to tackle the growing use of the mail system to traffic opioids.

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On February 12, 2018, the General Services Administration (GSA) presented a revised plan for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters consolidation project to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (Senate EPW Committee). The plan recommended razing the FBI’s existing headquarters facility, the J. Edgar Hoover (JEH) building on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., and constructing a new headquarters facility on that site. This was a change from GSA’s previous approach of seeking a campus facility for the FBI at a suburban location in the Washington, D.C., region.

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On February 12, 2018, the General Services Administration (GSA) presented a revised plan for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters consolidation project to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (Senate EPW Committee). The plan recommended razing the FBI’s existing headquarters facility, the J. Edgar Hoover (JEH) building on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., and constructing a new headquarters facility on that site. This was a change from GSA’s previous approach of seeking a campus facility for the FBI at a suburban location in the Washington, D.C., region.

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ICF Partners with Google Cloud Expands Digital Support To Public Sector Clients

ICF | June 02, 2022

ICF, a worldwide consulting and digital services firm, has teamed up with Google Cloud to offer cloud and analytics services to government clients. As organizations across the public sector execute on their digital transformation strategies, there is an increased need for technology partners and solutions that seamlessly support these transformation goal. We're pleased to partner with ICF and continue helping customers across the public sector with the solutions and expertise they need to move into the next stage of their digital transformation journeys." Lesta Brady, Director, Federal Sales at Google Cloud ICF's engagement with Google Cloud demonstrates the company's success in speeding digital transformation for federal agencies using Google Cloud's platform, which includes helping federal health clients like the National Cancer Institute and others. In support of its multi-cloud strategy, the alliance strengthens the company's digital and partnership ecosystem. By combining strong domain and technology consulting skills with new Google Cloud features, ICF is better able to quickly implement digital solutions that support our customers' missions and improve operational efficiency. Mark Lee, ICF Executive Vice President and Public Sector Lead, shared, "ICF's partnership with Google Cloud strengthens our ability to bring greater innovation to federal agencies so they can deliver better citizen services, faster. With Google Cloud as a partner, ICF can provide more clients with the interdisciplinary partners they need to accelerate their migrations to the cloud and increase their mission impact." ICF combines public sector domain experience with an ecosystem of platform partners and digital practices to create responsive, scalable solutions that help customers achieve their mission objectives and achieve a significant increase in productivity. To promote positive change from the inside, the company's digital solutions assist mission leaders in solving crucial problems, modernizing systems, harnessing the power of data and analytics, and optimizing the customer experience.

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Exabeam Next-gen SIEM and Advanced Cybersecurity Analytics Now Available Through Carahsoft’s NASPO Cloud Solutions Contract

Exabeam | June 23, 2022

Exabeam, the leader in Next-gen SIEM and XDR, and Carahsoft Technology Corp., The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider announced that the advanced cybersecurity solutions by Exabeam have been added to Carahsoft’s National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) ValuePoint Cloud Solutions Contract. As the Master Government Aggregator® for Exabeam, Carahsoft provides the Exabeam cloud-delivered Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) and advanced cyber analytics solutions to participating States, Local Governments, and Educational (SLED) institutions. We are excited to be added to Carahsoft’s NASPO contract to help SLED cyber leaders readily access the technology needed to modernize their SIEM and fiercely defend their agencies and institutions against known and unknown threats. Exabeam analytics and automation solutions help security analysts gain efficiencies with Threat Detection, Investigation and Response (TDIR) workflows, enabling them to identify and resolve threats faster. Working with Carahsoft and their reseller partners, we aim to arm as many security teams as possible against the tactics of persistent adversaries who often bypass traditional prevention solutions or are already inside.” Chris Cesio, Chief Revenue Officer at Exabeam The NASPO contract makes the procurement process frictionless for SLED organizations. It will help them get faster access to Exabeam Fusion SIEM and Exabeam Fusion XDR products through the NASPO Cloud Solutions Portfolio. “SLED organizations are constantly under siege from sophisticated cyber adversaries. These vital public agencies and institutions rely on next-generation cyber products to help modernize their security operation centers,” said Steve Jacyna, Director of Emerging Cyber Security Solutions at Carahsoft. “The Exabeam Fusion product line is an excellent addition to our Cloud Solutions portfolio. We look forward to providing streamlined access through our reseller partners to the Exabeam cloud-delivered SIEM and cyber analytics solutions to help agencies thwart attacks.” In the last year, the Biden administration has issued several executive orders related to the dangers nation-states and other threat actor groups pose to public sector organizations. The documents emphasize the importance of deploying modern security solutions to continuously look for and respond to threats. About the Exabeam Fusion Product Line The Exabeam Fusion product line integrates market-leading behavioral analytics and automation capabilities to help streamline the TDIR process without disrupting an organization’s existing technology stack. Public sector organizations participating in the NASPO Cloud Solutions Portfolio can easily identify and respond to critical security issues, incidents, and attacks from a single, centralized control plane. This substantially increases analyst productivity and reduces response times. The Exabeam Fusion offerings differentiate normal from anomalous behavior, apply risk scoring using Exabeam Dynamic Alert Prioritization to allow analysts to quickly assess and prioritize risks, and build Smart Timelines™ to automatically reconstruct security incidents to gain a full picture of any incident. About NASPO ValuePoint NASPO ValuePoint is a cooperative purchasing program facilitating public procurement solicitations and agreements using a lead-state model. The program provides the highest standard of excellence in public cooperative contracting. By leveraging the leadership and expertise of all states and the purchasing power of their public entities, NASPO ValuePoint delivers the highest valued, reliable and competitively sourced contracts, offering public entities outstanding prices. About Exabeam Exabeam is a global cybersecurity leader that adds intelligence to every IT and security stack. The leader in Next-gen SIEM and XDR, Exabeam is reinventing the way security teams use analytics and automation to solve Threat Detection, Investigation, and Response (TDIR), from common security threats to the most critical that are difficult to identify. Exabeam offers a comprehensive cloud-delivered solution that leverages machine learning and automation using a prescriptive, outcomes-based approach to TDIR. We design and build products to help security teams detect external threats, compromised users and malicious adversaries, minimize false positives and best protect their organizations. Exabeam, the Exabeam logo, Exabeam Fusion, Smart Timelines, Security Operations Platform, and XDR Alliance are service marks, trademarks or registered marks of Exabeam, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective owners. © 2022 Exabeam, Inc. All rights reserved. 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. 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Forescout Joins CISA’s Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative

Forescout | August 12, 2022

Forescout Technologies Inc., the global leader in automated cybersecurity, today announced it has joined the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative (JCDC) to further support the U.S. government’s focus on the cybersecurity and resilience of its industrial control systems and operational technology (ICS/OT). Established by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), JCDC connects cyber defenders to enable critical thinking and planning against cyberattacks. “It’s an honor to be included in the newly expanded JCDC-ICS to share Forescout’s leadership and deep expertise in ICS/OT security, Having worked directly with CISA for years, I know this type of collaboration between industry leaders in cybersecurity is exactly what our nation needs to protect against cyberattacks that threaten critical infrastructure systems on which our daily lives depend.” -Tim Jones, Forescout’s US Federal Government VP of Systems Engineering. Forescout’s cybersecurity solutions are used by many of the world’s largest utilities, governments, and other critical infrastructure providers. Forescout is committed to enhancing the cybersecurity posture of the critical infrastructure community with dedicated OT solutions and through OT-specific research from Forescout’s Vedere Labs, which has disclosed over 50 OT vulnerabilities in the past month alone. Further, Forescout is a founding member of the OT Cyber Coalition, the central aim of which is to enhance resiliency of our nation’s critical infrastructure. JCDC-ICS will build on the existing platform of the JCDC by taking advantage of the knowledge, visibility, and capabilities of the ICS community to improve the protection and defense of control systems, inform U.S. government guidance on ICS/OT cybersecurity, and contribute to real time operational fusion across private and public partners in the ICS/OT space. More information about CISA’s work with the ICS community is available at www.cisa.gov/ics. About Forescout: Forescout Technologies, Inc. delivers cybersecurity automation across the digital terrain, maintaining continuous alignment of customers’ security frameworks with their digital realities, including all asset types- IT, IoT, OT, IoMT, and cloud environments. The Forescout Continuum Platform provides complete asset visibility, continuous compliance, network segmentation and a strong foundation for Zero Trust. For more than 20 years, Fortune 100 organizations and government agencies have trusted Forescout to provide automated cybersecurity at scale. Forescout arms customers with data-powered intelligence to accurately detect risks and quickly remediate cyberthreats without disruption of critical business assets.

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