Profiles in Cowardice — GOP Leaders and Donald Trump

June 06, 2016

Donald Trump has entered a new phase of autocratic weirdness. His attack on Federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding in the lawsuit against Trump University, was a trifecta. It combined outright racism with an assault on the independent judiciary and a clear warning that Trump would use the presidency to settle personal business scores. His rants at reporters display contempt for the role of a free press. He would govern like a spiteful tyrant, with all the awesome powers of a president of the United States — settling scores, punishing enemies, making impetuous, ignorant decisions.

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The people of Seattle are doing everything possible to stop the myopic environmental damage caused by Arctic drilling. Some critics have tried to foment a feeling of futility and kowtow popular opposition by shaming ordinary people for participating in our fossil fuel economy. But the point of the popular outcry – its very essence – is that fossil fuels are inescapable in our daily lives. People are demanding a sustainable economy instead. Life as we know it depends on bold, immediate action, especially when a harbinger of catastrophic climate change is moored in our backyard.

Spotlight

The people of Seattle are doing everything possible to stop the myopic environmental damage caused by Arctic drilling. Some critics have tried to foment a feeling of futility and kowtow popular opposition by shaming ordinary people for participating in our fossil fuel economy. But the point of the popular outcry – its very essence – is that fossil fuels are inescapable in our daily lives. People are demanding a sustainable economy instead. Life as we know it depends on bold, immediate action, especially when a harbinger of catastrophic climate change is moored in our backyard.

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Octo Works with AWS to Deliver Data Mesh Solutions for Federal Government Organizations

Octo | August 03, 2022

Octo announced today they are working to deliver their data mesh solutions to federal customers with Amazon Web Services (AWS). Through this effort, Octo will support multiple federal customers seeking to transform into data-driven enterprises and enhance mission value realized from their data analytics investments. This effort will be supported by AWS to develop tailored solutions and service offerings and enhance existing solutions such as Octo's Data Mesh offering. "Octo's innovative data mesh solution leverages AWS analytics services like Amazon Redshift, Amazon QuickSight, Amazon Kinesis, Amazon EMR, and AWS Glue in a robust, self-service data platform to enable federal government organizations to adopt a new paradigm for meeting the increasing demands for critical analytics data at scale. Together, we are delivering outcomes that increase data value and mission agility by helping agencies embrace product thinking and manage data as a product." -Cindy Walker, Vice President, Data Center of Excellence, Octo. Octo and AWS will also work to develop solutions covering the entire data life cycle including effective ingestion, discoverability, and analytics. Mehul Sanghani, CEO of Octo said, "We are pleased to further work with AWS whom we've had a relationship with for several years. Working together to determine the future of Octo's Data Mesh solution is a recipe for success, not just for Octo and AWS, but for federal customers who depend on us to bring next-gen solutions to their most complex challenges." Octo is using oLabs™ its cutting-edge facility in Reston, Virginia, to address customers' most pressing issues with innovative emerging technology solutions in real time. To learn more about why federal organization need data mesh now, register for the upcoming BrightTalk webinar scheduled for August 18, 2022. 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.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY,CYBERSECURITY

Forcepoint ONE Expands FedRAMP Authorization for CASB to include ZTNA and SWG to Provide a Single Security Service Edge platform

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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INFRASTRUCTURE,CYBERSECURITY

MicroAge Expands its Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Expertise with the Acquisition of cStor

MicroAge | July 16, 2022

MicroAge, The Digital Transformation Experts®, announced the acquisition of cStor, a leading provider of cybersecurity, modern infrastructure, and digital transformation solutions. The acquisition will expand MicroAge's robust digital transformation service offerings to provide enhanced solutions and services for its clients, including a mature cybersecurity practice as well as extensive data center delivery and networking engineering expertise. cStor was founded in 2002 by Bill Nowlin and initially launched as Custom Storage, providing data center consulting and solutions. Over the past few decades as technology and cybersecurity threats have rapidly evolved, cStor stayed in lockstep with the technology landscape, developing comprehensive offerings and expertise in cybersecurity, digital transformation, and modern infrastructure. In support of those practice areas, the company also expanded its professional services capabilities to enhance the value and improve overall business outcomes for clients. "Together, our companies are even better positioned for scale and growth, With our combined expertise, we can positively impact our clients' business outcomes with shared resources that expand our services, market knowledge, technology access, and technical expertise." -Rob Zack, CEO of MicroAge. Since our inception, cStor has been dedicated to client success by architecting solutions through innovative problem solving and an understanding of our clients' overall business challenges, said Larry Gentry, president and CEO of cStor. By joining MicroAge, we are better positioned to deliver the most impactful solutions and services that will successfully transform our clients' businesses now and into the future. About cStor- cStor helps organizations strategize, design, and implement cybersecurity, digital transformation, and modern infrastructure solutions and services that address the evolving needs of today's enterprise. cStor's proven capabilities with best-in-class technologies provide peace of mind and put organizations on a path to success. cStor serves clients throughout the Southwest with a focused, collaborative approach and superior results. About MicroAge- MicroAge combines a powerful mix of technology services, backed by vendor-certified engineers and an acclaimed panel of experts to deliver the competitive edge technology leaders need to lead in a disruptive, digital environment. A Gold-Certified Microsoft partner, MicroAge is recognized annually by the Computer Reseller News (CRN) in the Tech Elite 250, Solution Provider 500, and MSP 500 lists of top-performing technology integrators, strategic service providers, and IT consultants.

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