Netwrix Announces Government Market Findings from its 2020 Cyber Threats Report

Netwrix | October 21, 2020

Netwrix, a cybersecurity vendor that makes data security easy, today announced government market findings from its 2020 Cyber Threats Report. Netwrix conducted this online survey in June 2020 to understand how the pandemic and ensuing work-from-home initiatives changed the IT risk landscape. With the pandemic, the public sector has become extremely worried about cyberattacks. Nearly all respondents (98%) are now concerned about supply chain compromise, 95% named VPN exploitation as a top threat and 82% cited credential stuffing.

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Anqoinette Crosby hosts CRTW #342. On this show: County voters approved term limits for County Council and the Office of the Executive; we sit down with the County Executive for an interview and he talks about his priorities for the last two years of his administration; MCPS celebrates the program Frontiers in Science; Montgomery College celebrates its 70th Anniversary with Spirit Week; and the Thanksgiving Parade will bring Broadway to Silver Spring.

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Anqoinette Crosby hosts CRTW #342. On this show: County voters approved term limits for County Council and the Office of the Executive; we sit down with the County Executive for an interview and he talks about his priorities for the last two years of his administration; MCPS celebrates the program Frontiers in Science; Montgomery College celebrates its 70th Anniversary with Spirit Week; and the Thanksgiving Parade will bring Broadway to Silver Spring.

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DataRobot’s State of AI Bias Report Reveals 81% of Technology Leaders Want Government Regulation of AI Bias

DataRobot | January 19, 2022

AI Cloud leader DataRobot today released its State of AI Bias Report, conducted in collaboration with the World Economic Forum and global academic leaders. The report offers a deeper understanding of how the risk of AI bias can impact today’s organizations, and how business leaders can manage and mitigate this risk. Based on an exploration of over 350 organizations across industries, the research findings reveal that many leaders share deep concerns around the risk of bias in AI (54%) and a growing desire for government regulation to prevent bias in AI (81%). AI is an essential technology to accelerate business growth and drive operational efficiency, yet many organizations struggle to implement AI effectively and fairly at scale. More than one in three (36%) organizations surveyed have experienced challenges or direct business impact due to an occurrence of AI bias in their algorithms, such as: Lost revenue (62%) Lost customers (61%) Lost employees (43%) Incurred legal fees due to a lawsuit or legal action (35%) Damaged brand reputation/media backlash (6%) “DataRobot’s research shows what many in the artificial intelligence field have long-known to be true: the line of what is and is not ethical when it comes to AI solutions has been too blurry for too long. “The CIOs, IT directors and managers, data scientists, and development leads polled in this research clearly understand and appreciate the gravity and impact at play when it comes to AI and ethics.” Kay Firth-Butterfield, Head of AI and Machine Learning, World Economic Forum While organizations want to eliminate bias from their algorithms, many are struggling to do so effectively. The research found that 77% of organizations had an AI bias or algorithm test in place prior to discovering bias. Despite significant focus and investment in removing AI bias across the industry, organizations still struggle with many clear challenges to eliminating bias: Understanding the reasons for a specific AI decision Understanding the patterns between input values and AI decisions Developing trustworthy algorithms Determining what data is used to train AI “The market for responsible AI solutions will double in 2022,” wrote Forrester VP and Principal Analyst Brandon Purcell in his report Predictions 2022: Artificial Intelligence. Purcell continues, “Responsible AI solutions offer a range of capabilities that help companies turn AI principles such as fairness and transparency into consistent practices. Demand for these solutions will likely double next year as interest extends beyond highly regulated industries into all enterprises using AI for critical business operations.” DataRobot’s Trusted AI Team of subject-matter experts, data scientists and ethicists are pioneering efforts to build transparent and explainable AI with businesses and industries across the globe. Led by Ted Kwartler, VP of Trusted AI at DataRobot, the team’s mission is to deliver ethical AI systems and actionable guidance for a customer base that includes some of the largest banks in the world, top U.S. health insurers, and defense, intelligence, and civilian agencies within the U.S. federal government. "The core challenge to eliminate bias is understanding why algorithms arrived at certain decisions in the first place,” said Kwartler. “Organizations need guidance when it comes to navigating AI bias and the complex issues attached. There has been progress, including the EU proposed AI principles and regulations, but there's still more to be done to ensure models are fair, trusted and explainable.” Methodology DataRobot surveyed more than 350 U.S. and U.K.-based CIOs, IT directors, IT managers, data scientists, and development leads who use or plan to use AI. The research was fielded in 2021. About DataRobot DataRobot AI Cloud is the next generation of AI. DataRobot’s AI Cloud vision is to bring together all data types, all users, and all environments to deliver critical business insights for every organization. DataRobot is trusted by global customers across industries and verticals, including a third of the Fortune 50.

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MongoDB Atlas for Government Achieves FedRAMP Compatibility Upon Release

MongoDB | June 30, 2021

MongoDB, Inc., the premier contemporary general-purpose database platform, announced that it is FedRAMP Ready for Agency Authorization. Additionally, MongoDB Atlas for Government, a newly available document database service accessible in AWS GovCloud (U.S.) and AWS US East/West regions, has received FedRAMP Ready certification. MongoDB Atlas for Government is a specialized ecosystem for government requirements that enable agencies to develop and iterate more quickly. This new solution simplifies the deployment, operation, and scaling of MongoDB for contemporary applications in a FedRAMP Ready environment, allowing customers to satisfy the most strict regulatory security and privacy requirements. FedRAMP is a U.S. government initiative that offers a standardized cloud security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring. Obtaining FedRAMP Ready status is a significant indication of success for full FedRAMP approval, and it indicates that MongoDB's Readiness Assessment Report (RAR) has been accepted. MongoDB is a FedRAMP Ready provider and is listed on the FedRAMP Marketplace. About MongoDB MongoDB is the premier modern, general-purpose database platform built to unleash the potential of software and data for developers and the applications they create. MongoDB, headquartered in New York, has over 26,800 customers in over 100 countries. In addition, the MongoDB database platform has been downloaded over 175 million times, and over 1.5 million people have registered for MongoDB University courses.

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KeyLogic Continues Growth in West Virginia

KeyLogic | March 24, 2022

West Virginia's KeyLogic has built a top-tier company focused on supporting critical national Department of Energy, Commerce, and Defense missions. Though KeyLogic has grown significantly, the company remains true to its West Virginia roots and core values and committed to the small business community. A robust mentor-protégé program is one way the company helps other businesses grow and deepen their impact in West Virginia. KeyLogic recently formed a mentor-protégé partnership with BCS, a minority-owned small business with a 30-year history of serving government, research, and private sector clients. The partnership is part of the U.S. Small Business Administration Mentor-Protégé Program. A decade ago, KeyLogic participated in a similar Department of Defense mentor protégé program when it was a small business, which helped propel the company. As we have grown, we have not forgotten the importance of small businesses and the entrepreneurial 'fire in the belly' spirit. The DOD Mentor-Protégé Program was in important catalyst for KeyLogic, and it is our privilege to now 'pay it forward' and support others on their journey through growth. It's also a competitive advantage for us to team with emerging small businesses like BCS who deliver tremendous value and impact to clients." Jon Hammock, KeyLogic's founder and current Chief Experience Officer BCS Executive Vice President Ken Green said, "BCS is thrilled to form an official partnership with KeyLogic, a company we have admired for years because they share our commitment to making a difference for clients and the nation, particularly in the energy sector, and genuinely support their employees, partners, and local growth." KeyLogic began as a small entrepreneurial company founded in West Virginia in 1999 and is now recognized as a national leader, growing from two people in Morgantown to nearly 700 employees nationwide. In 2021, the company integrated four companies—KeyLogic Systems, Information International Associates (IIA), OnLocation, and R2i—which are now collectively known as KeyLogic. The headquarters remains in Morgantown. "We have deep roots in West Virginia," continued Hammock. "One of our greatest pleasures is seeing employees rise through their career, buy homes, start families, and contribute locally. I like to think KeyLogic has created opportunities that otherwise might not have existed in our region." In addition to the relationship with BCS, KeyLogic is in a second SBA Mentor-Protégé Program partnership with Bravo Consulting Group, LLC, which also has strong ties to West Virginia. Bravo President and CEO Gino Degregori is a proud graduate of WVU and believes, "There is endless opportunity in West Virginia. My family immigrated to the U.S. when I was young, and I recognize and appreciate the talent and work ethic of the people here. I can sense the momentum in Morgantown and across the state. In concert with KeyLogic, one of our highest priorities is supporting economic growth and creating jobs in West Virginia." KeyLogic currently employs approximately 80 people in West Virginia, BCS plans to re-establish a Morgantown presence as part of the mentor-protégé relationship, and Bravo also has an office and presence in Morgantown. Through partnerships like these, KeyLogic is bringing more services to customers, staying true to its company values and entrepreneurial spirit, and becoming a better business, all while helping others grow and succeed. "It feels good to be in a position to give back—both to rising small businesses and to the West Virginia community where it all began," said Hammock. About KeyLogic KeyLogic employs over 700 team members—with approximately 80 employees in West Virginia and over 130 in Southwestern Pennsylvania—including systems designers, developers, data scientists, IT and cybersecurity specialists, engineers, mission experts, program managers, and more than 70 Ph.D. scientists. This multidisciplinary team works together solving challenging problems with anticipatory service—always staying one step ahead—benefiting our customers, and ultimately helping build a better world. Supporting critical missions at the intersection of data and science, KeyLogic provides mission management, systems analysis, data analytics, digital transformation, and cybersecurity to customers in the energy, federal civilian, and defense sectors, with a 20+ year portfolio of successes supporting DOE, DOC, EPA, DOD, DHS, FBI, and other federal agencies challenged with complex missions. We help our customers solve the world's most challenging problems with unsurpassed anticipatory service. About BCS BCS is a minority-owned small business with a 30-year history of helping government, research, and private sector clients implement their programs and missions and achieve success. We offer a breadth of professional support services in the areas of business management, communications, systems engineering, analysis, and organization performance. We pride ourselves on being a company that builds strong, long-lasting, and trusted relationships with our clients based on our ability to understand and anticipate their needs; develop tailored, effective solutions to meet those needs; and leverage resources and expertise from across our organization to see them through. Bravo Consulting Group, LLC (Bravo) taps into the power of Microsoft technologies to develop custom software applications and solutions for Federal, State, Local, and Commercial organizations. 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