Pompeo blames Russia, Cuba for Venezuelan crisis; Rosneft rejects accusations

Reuters | January 12, 2019

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday blamed Russia and Cuba for causing Venezuela’s political crisis by supporting President Nicolas Maduro and said he had urged India not to help Maduro’s government by buying Venezuelan oil. His comments came after the U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on Russian bank Evrofinance Mosnarbank for helping Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA evade U.S. financial restrictions.

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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis listens as U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions during a meeting with military leaders in the Cabinet Room on October 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump discussed a range of issues while press were in the room including current relations with Saudi Arabia, and the use of the U.S. military in protecting the borders of the United States.

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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis listens as U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions during a meeting with military leaders in the Cabinet Room on October 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump discussed a range of issues while press were in the room including current relations with Saudi Arabia, and the use of the U.S. military in protecting the borders of the United States.

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ALLY Energy and Houston Energy Community Welcome the US Department of Energy to Discuss Environmental Justice and an Equitable Energy Transition

US Department of Energy (DOE) | August 18, 2022

To commemorate the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, the Houston energy community, brought together by ALLY Energy, is convening with the US Department of Energy (DOE) to explore the progress Houston has made since 2017 on climate resiliency and on ensuring a just energy transition. Hurricane Harvey was a significant recent reminder of the critical need for climate resilience and for the transition to net-zero economies to be inclusive and just – so no one is left behind. “A just and inclusive energy transition doesn’t happen without a strong partnership between the private and public sector. We are proud to host DOE and honor the mayor for creating and adopting a city-wide Climate Action Plan and representing Houston on a national level as the Chair of the Climate Mayors.” -Katie Mehnert, CEO of ALLY Energy. Following a series of informative meetings around Houston, the DOE visit will culminate in a luncheon on Friday, August 26 during which Mayor Turner, the DOE, and Houston energy leaders will discuss the lessons learned over the last five years and what a just energy transition means for our community. ALLY Energy will also present Mayor Houston with its first Lifetime Achievement GRIT Award for his work on climate resiliency. I am honored and humbled to accept the first ALLY Energy Lifetime Achievement GRIT Award, said Mayor Sylvester Turner. Houston has faced seven federally declared disasters in seven years. Yet, our city proves time again that we are strong and resilient as we build toward the future. We are the energy capital of the world while leading on energy transition. We know we can effectively mitigate climate change, implement resilient strategies, and address the needs of our most under-resourced communities - without leaving anyone behind. We applaud Mayor Sylvester Turner and our fellow energy leaders for the important work our city is doing to ensure Houston is leading the charge in accelerating a just energy transition, said William J. (John) Berger, Chief Executive Officer of Sunnova Energy International. If the current global energy crisis has taught us anything, it’s that our country, and our home state of Texas, must come together to support a resilient energy transition by ensuring we address energy affordability, safeguard energy security, and mitigate climate change in the face of growing economic hardship and extreme weather events. Also at the lunch, the audience will get to experience a film premier from the Rational Middle, a documentary that highlights experts in environmental justice and aims to clarify how we can take advantage of the opportunities of a just transition. “We believe for the U.S. to make progress and to achieve its net zero goals, everybody has to feel they are part of the energy transformation, As we all build a cleaner energy future together, Shell USA will continue to focus on how we create economic, social, and environmental value in our communities and nationwide. We are very proud to partner with Shell USA’s hometown, Houston, on its path toward climate resiliency.” -Gretchen Watkins, President Shell USA, Inc. INFORMATION ON THE LUNCHEON Houston has long been known as the oil and gas capital of the world. As it transitions itself to the energy capital of the world, how can it ensure a just transition? Attend the limited-seating event by registering here. We are grateful to our sponsors, Shell USA, Inc. and Sunnova Energy, for helping to make this important event a reality. ABOUT ALLY ENERGY & THE GRIT AWARDS: ALLY Energy is the leading energy workforce platform that builds culture, careers, and skills for an equitable transition. ALLY connects the energy industry and public to resources and best practices and serves as a neutral platform for dialogue and actions to address the energy transition. The community includes professionals and startups in 120 countries in nearly 1,000 companies across energy in oil and natural gas, utilities, renewables, and climate technology. The annual GRIT Awards℠ & Best Energy Workplaces℠ were created to honor industry leaders, professionals, academia, students, and public servants for their achievements in driving a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive energy transition.

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Ermetic Initiates U.S. Federal Government FedRAMP Authorization for Authority to Operate

Ermetic | September 15, 2022

Ermetic, the cloud infrastructure security company, today announced that it has initiated the process to achieve Authority to Operate (ATO) status under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). FedRAMP is a government-wide program that promotes the adoption of secure cloud services across the federal government by providing a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. The company also announced the appointment of Ben McGucken as regional vice president of sales for US Federal and Latin America, who will lead the company’s FedRAMP certification. In addition, the Ermetic cloud security platform now supports AWS GovCloud (US) and Azure for US Government – which are designed to address specific regulatory and compliance requirements of US government agencies at the federal, state, and local level that run sensitive workloads in the cloud. The company has engaged stackArmor, Inc, a leading provider of FedRAMP engineering and advisory services, to guide Ermetic through the FedRAMP ATO process. stackArmor and its team of experts have over a decade of experience assisting cloud service providers to ensure their solutions meet compliance standards including FISMA, FedRAMP and NIST. “We are pleased to partner with Ermetic on their FedRAMP journey toward an ATO, stackAmor's ThreatAlert is an integrated suite of security and compliance services deployed within the accreditation boundary. This also includes continuous monitoring designed to help companies like Ermetic reduce the level of effort and costs while accelerating the FedRAMP process.” -Martin Rieger, Chief Solutions Officer for stackArmor. Federal, state and local governments are using the cloud to provide better services for constituents, but need to address security risks, especially those associated with preventing breaches, detecting issues rapidly, and protecting personal information, said Shai Morag, CEO of Ermetic. Ermetic is embarking on the FedRAMP process to provide every level of government with a comprehensive solution for cloud native application protection. Ben McGucken joined Ermetic from data security vendor BitGlass where he was AVP of Sales for South and Latin America. He has also served in senior sales roles with ExtraHop, Palo Alto Networks and Layer 3 Communications. “Ermetic already supports AWS GovCloud and Azure for Government for customers that want to conduct proof of concept evaluations, As we move through the FedRAMP authorization process, government agencies can feel confident that the Ermetic platform is designed to meet the regulatory and compliance requirements they must comply with for cloud workloads.” -Ben McGucken regional vice president of sales for US Federal and Latin America. About Ermetic: Ermetic helps prevent breaches by reducing the attack surface of cloud infrastructure and enforcing least privilege at scale in the most complex environments. The Ermetic SaaS platform provides comprehensive cloud security for AWS, Azure and GCP that spans both cloud infrastructure entitlements management (CIEM) and cloud security posture management (CSPM). The company is led by proven technology entrepreneurs whose previous companies have been acquired by Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks and others. Ermetic has received funding from Accel, Forgepoint, Glilot Capital Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, Qumra and Target Global.

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Merlin Cyber Unveils Marketplace that Empowers U.S. Government with Simpler, More Flexible Way to Procure Cybersecurity Tools

Merlin Cyber | August 30, 2022

Merlin Cyber, a public sector platform of cybersecurity solutions, technical expertise, and go-to-market acceleration, today announced the Merlin Interchangeable Nominal Tokens (MINT) marketplace. The MINT marketplace is designed to enable U.S. Federal, State, and Local Government agencies to redeem tokens for a broad array of cybersecurity tools and services that are public sector-ready and can be managed through a single online portal. The U.S. Government is one of the largest consumers of cybersecurity solutions and represents one of the most complex go-to-markets globally. Rapidly evolving agency transformation initiatives, ever-changing cybersecurity threats, and changing regulatory and mission requirements are driving the need for agencies to access innovative cybersecurity solutions with greater flexibility than ever before. The MINT marketplace provides that simplicity and flexibility. Agencies can now purchase and manage public sector-ready cybersecurity solutions powered by the Merlin Cyber marketplace using exchangeable tokens. “Agencies need a way to be more agile in leveraging their investments, more responsive to the emerging threat landscape, and more flexible in being able to get the right products at the right time and the right scale, Resources are also a big concern for many agencies. Bringing Merlin’s technical cybersecurity capabilities along with our 25 years of public sector experience into MINT enables us to put forth a wide array of best-in-class, public sector-ready cybersecurity offerings, all available under one program. MINT can help agencies accelerate their zero trust journeys to securing identities, devices, networks, applications, and data.” -Julie Xiang, Chief Revenue Officer of Merlin Cyber. About Merlin Cyber: Merlin Cyber is a powerful ecosystem of cybersecurity investment, innovation, technical expertise, and go-to-market acceleration with 25 years of experience working with the U.S. Public Sector. Through Merlin, federal civilian, defense, state, local, and education customers access innovative cybersecurity solutions that have been strategically curated due to their ability to meet public sector requirements and mission priorities effectively. Merlin does this by selectively partnering with best-in-class cybersecurity brands, investing in innovative emerging technologies, and accelerating growth and value creation for its partners. This enables the U.S. Public Sector to successfully keep ahead of today’s critical threats, accelerate modernization initiatives, and defend our nation

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