Intel | May 11, 2020
The Trump administration’s discussions with chipmakers were reported earlier by the Wall Street Journal, with the report adding that TSMC also has been talking with Apple Inc.
Intel is well positioned to work with the U.S. government to operate a U.S.-owned commercial foundry.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC), on the other hand, has been in talks with the U.S. Department of Commerce about building.
The Trump administration is in talks with semiconductor companies about building chip factories in the United States, representatives from two chipmakers said on Sunday.
Intel Corp (INTC.O) is in discussions with the United States Department of Defense over improving domestic sources for microelectronics and related technology,
Intel spokesman William Moss.
“Intel is well positioned to work with the U.S. government to operate a U.S.-owned commercial foundry and supply a broad range of secure microelectronics”, the statement added.
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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) (2330.TW), on the other hand, has been in talks with the U.S. Department of Commerce about building a U.S. factory but said it has not made a final decision yet.
We are actively evaluating all the suitable locations, including in the U.S., but there is no concrete plan yet,
TSMC spokeswoman Nina Kao.
Intel Chief Executive Bob Swan wrote a letter to the Department of Defense in late March in which he expressed the company’s willingness to build a foundry - a term used in the industry to reference a chip factory - in partnership with the Pentagon.
“This is more important than ever, given the uncertainty created by the current geopolitical environment”, Swan wrote in the letter dated March 30 and seen by Reuters on Sunday.
It comes amid increasing diplomatic tensions between the U.S. and China during the coronavirus outbreak, with both sides trading barbs over who is to blame for the spread of the disease after already being involved in trade tensions for almost two years.
“We currently think it is in the best interest of the United States and of Intel to explore how Intel could operate a commercial U.S. foundry to supply a broad range of microelectronics,” the letter from the Intel CEO added.
The Trump administration’s discussions with chipmakers were reported earlier by the Wall Street Journal, with the report adding that TSMC also has been talking with Apple Inc (AAPL.O), one of its largest customers, about building a chip factory in the United States.
TSMC declined to comment on the talks with the iPhone maker.
The Journal had also reported that U.S. officials are looking at helping South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co (005930.KS), which has a chip factory in Austin, Texas, to expand its contract-manufacturing operations in the United States. A Samsung spokeswoman in Seoul declined to comment on Monday.
The U.S. Commerce Department and Apple did not respond to requests for comment on Sunday.
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Viasat | October 21, 2021
Viasat Inc., a global communications company, today announced it was awarded a Department of Defense (DoD) contract to provide vulnerability assessment testing and response support under a new pilot program focused on improving the cybersecurity and resilience of DoD weapon systems. Viasat will be the first external cybersecurity team to perform these assessments through the pilot, which aims to drive efficiencies to automate mission and threat-based security assessments at-scale using analytics and a proven methodology for intelligence gathering, threat modeling, vulnerability analysis and exploitation.
As part of the pilot, Viasat will analyze key components within a highly complex, interconnected DoD weapon system architecture that could be vulnerable to an attack. The analysis will also include cyber and software defined radio threat assessments to address networking, Internet of Things and radio frequency interfaces to the weapon system.
"DoD's leadership focus on weapon system cyber resilience is essential. Recent cyberattacks against the U.S. government provide a clear reminder that we must minimize vulnerabilities through active insights and harden core networks. As the battlespace is modernizing quickly, and the use of commercial technologies and systems are being rapidly deployed in DoD's infrastructure, performing robust vulnerability assessment tests is critical to identifying and addressing potential gaps in technology, as well as determining if platforms are potentially vulnerable to attack."
Craig Miller, president, Viasat Government Systems
Miller continued, "Viasat takes a holistic approach to cybersecurity and we're excited to partner with the DoD to provide a comprehensive, scalable vulnerability assessment capability, leveraging the power of analytics-based automation to create efficiencies and enable rapid and continuous evaluations. This will help keep pace with commercial technology development and chart a path to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) driven threat-based cybersecurity assessments."
Viasat was selected based on its extensive experience and award-winning expertise in DoD cybersecurity, as well as its unique view of the threat landscape across global government and commercial services and a customizable approach to information security.
For 35 years, Viasat has been a provider of cybersecurity and information assurance systems to secure U.S. Government, critical infrastructure and commercial networks. As a global satellite internet service provider, Viasat protects its networks and prevents billions of cyberattacks daily. Its history and expertise, paired with expert analysis of data across its network, provides a diverse view of the global cyber threat landscape that allows for the creation and delivery of expert-level security solutions.
Viasat is a global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. For 35 years, Viasat has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the world communicate. Today, the Company is developing the ultimate global communications network to power high-quality, secure, affordable, fast connections to impact people's lives anywhere they are—on the ground, in the air or at sea. To learn more about Viasat, visit: www.viasat.com, go to Viasat's Corporate Blog, or follow the Company on social media at: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter or YouTube.
Cyabra | May 05, 2021
Cyabra is pleased to announce today that it has been added to the General Services Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) by U.S. partners Winvale and Mosaic. Cyabra is the first and only tool available through GSA that combines social opinion analysis, deepfake, and disinformation identification in a single SaaS platform, allowing US government agencies to respond to evolving online threats in real-time.
Cyabra, based in Israel with offices in New York, enables private sector clients and government bodies to fight cyber disinformation in real-time, preventing and monitoring intervention in elections, government campaigns, public health crises, and other areas. Cyabra's GSA schedule is available from Winvale, a U.S. government contractor and consulting company that partners with reputable firms including Lowes, Palantir, Jacobs, and others.
“We understand the importance of government departments taking constructive action in the fight against misinformation and disinformation,” said Cyabra CEO Dan Brahmy. “Our mission is to keep the internet clean and truthful, and we are pleased to collaborate with Mosaic and Winvale to allow government agencies to protect public discourse and media consumption.”
GSA Schedule Contracts allow government buyers to invest more than $30 billion a year. The GSA is one of the most commonly used government contract vehicles because it simplifies government procurement and can be used by any federal entity as well as some state and local agencies.
The GSA Contract will allow Cyabra to extend, optimize, and solidify its technology footprint in the US public sector by utilizing strong relationships with various US government clients.
Currently, Cyabra's platform provides the following services to government agencies:
• Identification of behavioral patterns typical of fakes profiles such as bots, trolls, and sock puppets
• Real-time social media sentiment analysis
• Foreign language auto-translation functionality
• Detection of Generative Adversarial Networks (GAN), more commonly known as deep fakes, a class of machine learning bad actors used to create realistic images and videos
• Tracking and analysis of the dissemination of information, measuring how it spreads and creates snowball effects
Cyabra is an advanced social analytics platform that prevents organizations from disinformation and assists accounts in today's ever-changing digital world. Cyabra connects dots and measures effects by breaking through the layers of online conversations in real-time. Customers can use the platform's powerful lens to understand narratives, discover trends, and engage true audiences. Cyabra was founded by a team of leading information warfare experts, and its executives use their skills to reverse engineer bad actor technology and research new media trends, assisting customers in keeping a track of online conversations and countering disinformation.