Oracle and Walmart Together Invest to Acquire 20% of Newly Formed Tiktok Global Business

Oracle | September 21, 2020

The President has announced that ByteDance has received tentative approval for an agreement with the U.S. Government to resolve the outstanding issues, which will now include Oracle and Walmart together investing to acquire 20% of the newly formed TikTok Global business. As a part of the deal, TikTok is creating a new company called TikTok Global that will be responsible for providing all TikTok services to users in United States and most of the users in the rest of the world. Today, the administration has conditionally approved a landmark deal where Oracle becomes TikTok's secure cloud provider. TikTok Global will be majority owned by American investors, including Oracle and Walmart. TikTok Global will be an independent American company, headquartered in the U.S., with four Americans out of the five member Board of Directors.

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Challenges and prize competitions are a severely underused tool that should be systematically instituted by governments in order to rectify the considerable problems and market failures that exist within the innovation system. After enjoying a series of dramatic innovation success stories during the industrial era (including the steam engine, automobile, and aviation technology breakthroughs), the deployment of prize competitions languished markedly in the twentieth century.

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Challenges and prize competitions are a severely underused tool that should be systematically instituted by governments in order to rectify the considerable problems and market failures that exist within the innovation system. After enjoying a series of dramatic innovation success stories during the industrial era (including the steam engine, automobile, and aviation technology breakthroughs), the deployment of prize competitions languished markedly in the twentieth century.

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CyCognito | December 28, 2021

CyCognito, the leader in external attack surface management and protection, today announced a strategic go-to-market alliance with Carahsoft Technology Corp., the Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®. Under the agreement, Carahsoft will serve as CyCognito’s first Public Sector Distributor. The new relationship expands and deepens CyCognito’s reach across and within the Public Sector through Carahsoft’s NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V, Information Technology Enterprise Solutions – Software 2 (ITES-SW2), OMNIA Partners, National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) ValuePoint, and National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA), as well as through Carahsoft’s reseller partners. “Together with our channel partners, CyCognito is using its platform, program and best practices to help the Public Sector establish a stronger security posture and proactively identify, protect and prevent cyberattacks from happening.” Channel Chief and CyCognito’s Worldwide Sales Leader Lori Cornmesser Most of today’s cyberattacks continue to intrude through external attack vectors. CyCognito’s innovative platform automates the discovery, multi-factor security testing and risk prioritization of all externally-exposed assets in an organization’s extended IT ecosystem. Once cyber threats are identified, CyCognito orchestrates data sharing to automatically start the remediation process by creating an incident response ticket. The platform integrates its findings and intelligence into existing vulnerability lifecycle management processes through channels such as Slack, PagerDuty, ServiceNow, and several additional platforms. This proven and proactive layer of automated security ensures an organization’s entire attack surface is protected quickly and efficiently when risks are detected. “Empowering organizations to find and eliminate the paths attackers easily exploit is a vital tactic within any surface management and protection strategy,” says Rob Gurzeev, Founder and CEO, CyCognito. “Prevention and remediation must remain top of mind for channel partners and IT decision makers, especially those working within the Public Sector where the stakes are high and the impact of a single breach has the potential to span states, the nation and even the globe.” CyCognito and Carahsoft are enabling forward-thinking security value-added resellers (VARs), managed service providers (MSPs), global systems integrators (GSIs) and managed security services providers (MSSPs) with a new and enhanced lineup of SLED and Federal-focused sales and marketing assets. Offered at no charge, these business-building assets are readily available within CyCognito’s partner portal and include how to market, how to pitch and position, and how to demo the technology. “Agencies today are under tremendous pressure to protect their customers from cybercrime,” said Michael Shrader, Vice President of Intelligence and Innovative Solutions at Carahsoft. “CyCognito’s leading platform preempts attacks and helps businesses satisfy key elements of most common security frameworks and regulatory compliance standards. We look forward to working with CyCognito and our reseller partners to help educate and better enable the Public Sector with the knowledge, specialization and technology needed to properly assess their cyber risk and eliminate exposure.” About CyCognito CyCognito solves one of the most fundamental business problems in cybersecurity: seeing how attackers view your organization, where they are most likely to break in, what systems and assets are at risk and how you can eliminate the exposure. Founded by national intelligence agency veterans, CyCognito has a deep understanding of how attackers exploit blind spots and a path of least resistance. The Palo Alto-based company is funded by leading Silicon Valley venture capitalists, and its mission is to help organizations protect themselves from even the most sophisticated attackers. It does this with a category-defining, transformative platform that automates offensive cybersecurity operations to provide reconnaissance capabilities superior to those of attackers. 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 Cybersecurity, MultiCloud, DevSecOps, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Open Source, Customer Experience and Engagement, 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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Government and Education Entities Streamline Purchasing Process for NEC’s Advanced Cloud and On-Premises Communications Solutions

NEC Corporation of America | January 11, 2022

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Octo Partners with Dataiku to Enable Data Science Collaboration

Octo | September 09, 2021

Octo, the premier pure-play IT modernization provider for the Federal Government, announced today it has partnered with Dataiku, a platform democratizing access to data and enabling enterprises to build their own path to AI in a human-centric way. The partnership enables Octo to further its commitment to collaborating with customers to provide mission critical solutions in defense, intelligence, health, finance, and law enforcement federal markets. Dataiku is a back-to-back leader in Gartner's "Magic Quadrant for Data Science and Machine-Learning Platforms." Their Data Science Studio (DSS) is a singular, end-to-end platform that enables mission owners, business analysts, data scientists, and data engineers to work collaboratively in developing and deploying machine and deep learning models. Dataiku was developed for skill-agnostic users who can interact with the software via high-code, low-code, or no-code interfaces. The general purpose platform for data science allows members of a data team to work together across all stages of any data project, including data access, data exploration, data preparation, model development, model deployment, and model monitoring. Cindy Walker, Vice President of Octo’s Data Science Center of Excellence said, “It’s all about improving outcomes, and to do that, we need to collaborate with our teams and our customers. Partnering with Dataiku allows us to even better deliver innovations and proven approaches to managing and using data and information to enhance the mission.” Rob Albritton, Senior Director of Octo’s AI Center of Excellence said, “In a field that is historically siloed, Dataiku democratizes data science across teams and various user personas while maintaining security. This is especially important as we work toward making tactical data accessible to soldiers, first responders, and teams in other sectors that depend on the ability of our data scientists to collaborate and find viable solutions.” Octo CEO Mehul Sanghani stated, “Octo’s culture of collaboration promotes partnerships like we have established with Dataiku. We are exceedingly pleased to be able to offer our customers alternatives in data science solutions to address their unique, complex challenges.” About Octo Octo is a technology firm dedicated to solving the Federal Government’s most complex challenges, enabling agencies to jump the technology curve. We don’t just modernize. We create lasting change through best practices that help agencies implement and integrate at-scale next-generation technology and innovation. With a mission and service first mentality, we provide Agile, DevSecOps, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Blockchain, Cloud, Open Source, and Data Science solutions, collaborating to solve customers’ pressing problems. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Octo delivers proven technology vital to the intelligence community and health care, defense, national security, and civilian agencies that directly impact our nation. About Dataiku Dataiku is the world’s leading AI and machine learning platform, supporting agility in organizations’ data efforts via collaborative, elastic, and responsible AI, all at enterprise scale. At its core, Dataiku believes that in order to stay relevant in today’s changing world, companies need to harness Enterprise AI as a widespread organizational asset instead of siloing it into a specific team or role.

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