President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday banning transactions with TikTok owner ByteDance and Tencent’s WeChat

White House | August 07, 2020

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday banning transactions with ByteDance,  the parent company of popular app TikTok . The White House also announced that he signed a similar order banning transactions with WeChat, a messaging app that is ubiquitous in China, but has a much smaller presence than TikTok in the United States, where it is used mainly by members of the Chinese diaspora, and its owner Tencent Holdings. Both orders will take effect in 45 days, but (and this is a key point) the executive orders are vague and confusing because they say Secretary of State Wilbur Ross will not identify what transactions are covered until then. It’s also still uncertain how the executive orders will affect the apps’ operations in the U.S.

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Federal government spending on contracts, which experienced a steady decline from FY2009 to fiscal 2012, fell further by nearly $58 billion in fiscal 2013. All indicators point to flat spending at best being the new normal in the coming years. Office of Management and Budget spokesman Frank Benenati recently delivered a sobering statement on the immediate future of federal contracting.

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Federal government spending on contracts, which experienced a steady decline from FY2009 to fiscal 2012, fell further by nearly $58 billion in fiscal 2013. All indicators point to flat spending at best being the new normal in the coming years. Office of Management and Budget spokesman Frank Benenati recently delivered a sobering statement on the immediate future of federal contracting.

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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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PARAGON INCREASES INVESTMENT IN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

PARAGON SYSTEMS | September 26, 2022

Sean will drive growth and development across all business sectors encompassing federal and commercial business development. Joining Paragon in 2020, following his progressive success since 2012 with affiliate Securitas USA (SUSA), Sean has directly supported the acceleration of growth of physical security offerings for the Aerospace & Defense sector. Additionally, Sean has led the integration of combining physical security offerings with specialty cleared commercial services from Paragon Risk Management, Cybersecurity, and Technology Solutions. Serving as a Captain in the U.S. Army's Military Police Corp, Sean led paramilitary training and security operations supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following his service, Sean earned a dual master's degree in security management and emergency management from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Sean's capabilities and vision will provide the business development and capture management teams additional insight into enhancing service offerings and integrating capabilities across the Federal government and its contractors. While serving as Vice President of Global National Sales for SUSA, Sean successfully built cohesive growth-oriented entities across geographic and vertical markets and increased brand placement in the marketplace. "Sean's operational experience in both the public and private sector, coupled with his proven track record to foster widespread organizational growth, will prove valuable as we continue to move the company into the future of safeguarding American assets." -Tony Sabatino, Chief Executive Officer,PARAGON SYSTEMS. ABOUT PARAGON SYSTEMS: Paragon employs over 12,000 professionals in specialized operations providing security, fire, investigations, inspections, cybersecurity, risk management, and mission support services to the U.S. Federal Government and other critical infrastructure clients. Paragon is Safeguarding American Assets at home, abroad, & beyond.

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CCC helps GDMS Canada win $24 million contract with Portugal

CANADIAN COMMERCIAL CORPORATION (CCC) | October 18, 2022

Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) is pleased to announce General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada has won a $24 million contract to help the Portuguese Air Force modernize its fleet of P-3C aircraft to support Maritime patrol and reconnaissance activities. This was secured through a government-to-government (G2G) contract between CCC and the Portuguese Air Force. G2G contracts are part of CCC's International Prime Contractor service that brings qualified Canadian companies to foreign government buyers. General Dynamics will provide equipment and technology to upgrade the communications and mission electronics. The upgrades to Portugal's P3-C fleet are modeled on modernizations that General Dynamics provides to the Royal Canadian Air Force. The Mission Management System offered to Portugal now comprises over 50 installations worldwide on both Maritime Patrol Aircraft and Maritime Patrol Helicopters. Portugal is a member of NATO. The upgrades will allow the Portuguese Air Force, as a NATO member, to maintain the capabilities required to contribute to new and existing NATO activities. In addition to maritime patrol and reconnaissance activities, Portugal's air force also provides air policing, air transport, search and rescue, and medical evacuations. "CCC is proud to simplify and expedite the acquisitions of Canadian expertise and technology by Portugal – a NATO ally and important trading partner," - Mathieu Lacroix, CCC's Account Director, Aerospace Sector. We are very pleased to partner with the Portuguese Air Force, leveraging Canada's investment and long-term commitment to the P3 fleet, said Matt Young, Sr. Director of International Air and Naval Systems, General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada. As standards and threats evolve, we are proud to support our customers around the world to meet the changing environment. ABOUT CANADIAN COMMERCIAL CORPORATION (CCC): We are Canada's government to government contracting agency. We help build successful commercial relationships between Canadian businesses and governments around the world by creating and supporting the successful completion of commercial contracts of public and national importance. We are also the official channel for Canadian companies looking to do business with the U.S. military. ABOUT GENERAL DYNAMICS MISSION SYSTEMS–CANADA: General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada delivers advanced system solutions to Canadian and international customers. Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, it is one of the largest defence and security companies in Canada and is a world-class prime contractor and systems integrator for land, sea, air and cyber solutions.

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