Kamala Harris’s plan to dramatically increase teacher salaries, explained

vox | March 26, 2019

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) has the first major K-12 education proposal of the Democratic presidential primary so far: giving American teachers a significant raise. The California senator is proposing the federal government spend $315 billion to increase teacher salaries over the next 10 years. Through a combination of direct federal spending and matching funds from states, the goal is to give the average US teacher a $13,500 pay increase in her first term, paid for by hiking taxes on wealthy estates. The average teacher salary is currently about $60,000, though there is considerable variation across states.

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Forcepoint | September 28, 2022

Global security leader Forcepoint announced that the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP®) has approved the Forcepoint ONE all-in-one cloud platform. FedRAMP is a U.S. government-wide program​ that certifies that cloud-based software can be ​trusted to secure and accelerate cloud adoption for federal agencies. Forcepoint’s “Authorized” designation from FedRAMP indicates that Forcepoint ONE meets 325 security controls for NIST 800-53 compliance requirements. “As a trusted security partner and advisor to the government for over 30 years, Forcepoint’s Authorized certification shows how seriously we take our covenant with our federal customers, The FedRAMP authorization process assures agencies that Forcepoint ONE’s security and access controls meet the high standards required to protect government systems and infrastructure. Simplifying security through Forcepoint’s unique Data-first SASE approach gives agency leaders greater confidence that they can easily adopt Zero Trust, control access and data use, and take advantage of cloud transformation efforts without wasting time, effort, and money.” -Sean Berg, President of Global Governments and Critical Infrastructure for Forcepoint. Forcepoint ONE is the converged, cloud-delivered platform for Security Service Edge (SSE, the security component of SASE) that protects agency employees and contractors working remotely as they use web, cloud and private applications. Forcepoint’s all-in-one cloud platform enables security teams to manage one set of policies via a single console for cloud-delivered gateway technologies like Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), Secure Web Gateway (SWG), and Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA). Integrated, inline threat protection and DLP provide consistent control for many types of users from government employees to partners, to prevent malware, and stop loss or misuse of sensitive data. CASB provides identity-based access controls so people on managed or unmanaged devices can easily and safely use government-sanctioned cloud apps. Forcepoint’s unique reverse proxy technology also makes it easy to securely connect personal devices of employees, consultants, contractors, and auditors. SWG monitors and safeguards interactions with any website. This includes blocking access to websites based on category, blocking downloads of malware, blocking uploads of confidential data to personal accounts, and detecting shadow IT. Forcepoint SWG features a unified agent that runs locally on Windows and macOS devices to enable smart routing of web traffic, offering up twice the throughput of competitors. ZTNA controls access to private applications hosted behind a firewall from both managed devices and BYOD, without needing VPNs. ZTNA and CASB together deliver identity-based access controls for internal apps and cloud apps seamlessly, providing them side by side through the same SSO page to simplify the user experience. DLP consistently protects sensitive data across the cloud, the web, and private apps, even agentlessly, all from one console. About Forcepoint: Forcepoint simplifies security for global businesses and governments. Forcepoint’s all-in-one, truly cloud-native platform makes it easy to adopt Zero Trust and prevent the theft or loss of sensitive data and intellectual property no matter where people are working. Based in Austin, Texas, Forcepoint creates safe, trusted environments for customers and their employees in more than 150 countries.

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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.

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GOVERNMENT BUSINESS | November 29, 2022

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