States Sue Trump Administration Over Rollback of Obama-Era Climate Rule

The New York Time | August 13, 2019

States Sue Trump Administration Over Rollback of Obama-Era Climate Rule
A coalition of 29 states and cities on Tuesday sued to block the Trump administration from easing restrictions on coal-burning power plants, setting up a case that could determine how much leverage the federal government has to fight climate change in the future. The lawsuit is the latest salvo in a long-running battle over the future of coal and how to regulate the nation’s heavily polluting power plants, which are major producers of greenhouse gases that warm the planet. It also is the most significant test to date of the Trump administration’s efforts to eliminate or weaken former President Obama’s regulations to reduce the United States’ contribution to global warming.

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This paper presents a value-based approach to ERM and discusses how federal governments can use it to support risk-reward decision making at the highest levels of government and increase the chances of achieving critical national goals. Value-based ERM provides a key link between risk and reward using a robust yet practical approach that is easier to implement and maintain than current ERM methods widely in use. The paper provides guidance step-by-step procedures, implementation tips and red-flag cautions to federal governments on how to adopt this approach.

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This paper presents a value-based approach to ERM and discusses how federal governments can use it to support risk-reward decision making at the highest levels of government and increase the chances of achieving critical national goals. Value-based ERM provides a key link between risk and reward using a robust yet practical approach that is easier to implement and maintain than current ERM methods widely in use. The paper provides guidance step-by-step procedures, implementation tips and red-flag cautions to federal governments on how to adopt this approach.

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Google Cloud Launches Zero-Trust Offerings for the Government

Google Cloud | July 21, 2021

Google Cloud today announced new Zero Trust offerings for government, a set of services designed to assist US federal, state, and local government organizations in implementing Zero Trust architecture by the Biden Administration's Executive Order on Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards. Google Cloud is introducing three new service options to assist departments and agencies in meeting Zero Trust requirements: Offerings for Zero Trust Assessment and Planning: The Zero Trust Assessment and Planning solution, provided by Google Cloud's professional services organization (PSO), is intended to assist the government in meeting security objectives via Zero Trust architecture planning for key applications and data. The PSO team at Google Cloud will assist government organizations on the culture change, policies, and technology required to create a Zero Trust framework, which will be provided in phases to ensure success inside the customer's infrastructure. In addition, this new service will assist government agencies in using Google Cloud tools to support existing assets and infrastructure in the cloud, on-premises, or hybrid settings. Secure Application Access Anywhere offering: Google Cloud is also introducing Secure Application Access Anywhere, a new container-based solution for secure application access and monitoring. Secure Application Access Anywhere may be a scalable, highly responsive alternative for government network border systems. This solution, developed in collaboration with Palo Alto Networks and Google Cloud's PSO team, uses Google Cloud's Anthos to deploy and manage containers that enable secure access and monitoring for applications in the cloud or on-premises environments. A recent successful prototype of this solution with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU)—an entity inside the Defense Department in accelerating DIU's Zero Trust journey by allowing users to access software-as-a-service (SaaS) apps directly over the internet. Active Cyber Threat Detection offering: Google Cloud's new Active Cyber Threat Detection offering may assist government organizations in rapidly determining whether they have been compromised by cyberattacks that they have not yet identified. Active Cyber Threat Detection is provided by Google Cloud partners Deloitte and Fishtech CYDERES and builds on the proven capabilities of Google Cloud's Chronicle threat hunting, detection, and investigation platform. This service will enable government organizations of all sizes to easily analyze their historical and current log data to detect risks with confidence and quickness. In addition to these new offerings, Google Cloud provides several existing solutions that assist government organizations in accelerating their journey to Zero Trust as well as protecting against and recovering from cyberattacks: • BeyondCorp Enterprise: Google's Zero Trust access solution secures access to internal web apps, SaaS applications, and cloud resources using access rules based on identity and device contextual data. It also provides customers with integrated threat and data security, such as malware and data leakage prevention and credential protection. • Google Workspace also uses Google's Zero Trust technologies to provide a secure email, communication, and collaboration solution. • Actifio GO can help organizations better respond to ransomware attacks by offering scalable and efficient incremental data protection and a unique near-instant data recovery capability. When combined, these Google Cloud services can accelerate the US government's Zero Trust efforts to defend against cyberattacks while also enhancing detection, response, and recovery from cyberattacks that do occur. About Google Cloud With the finest infrastructure, platform, industry solutions, and expertise, Google Cloud accelerates companies' ability to change their businesses digitally. We provide enterprise-grade solutions that utilize Google's cutting-edge technology – all on the industry's cleanest cloud. As a result, customers in over 200 countries and territories rely on Google Cloud as a reliable partner to help them grow and solve their most pressing business problems.

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According to New CTIA Paper Clearing Federal Spectrum for Commercial Use Helps Federal Agencies Modernize Their Wireless Operations

CTIA | August 12, 2020

Clearing federal spectrum for commercial use helps federal agencies modernize their wireless operations and benefit from cutting edge technologies, according to a new CTIA paper. Proceeds from clearing the AWS-1 and AWS-3 bands for commercial 4G services allowed federal agencies to upgrade wireless equipment, enhance spectral efficiencies and improve the quality and resiliency of their wireless operations.

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BlackBerry Helps U.S. Government Vendors Comply with New Software Bill of Materials Mandate

BlackBerry | January 07, 2022

BlackBerry Limited today introduced a new feature of BlackBerry® Jarvis®, the company's software composition analysis tool, that enables those doing business with the U.S. Federal Government to comply with the recent software bill of materials (SBOM) requirement from President Biden's Executive Order on Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity. Executive Order 14028 requires any vendor, supplier, or provider of technology solutions to the U.S. government to provide a full SBOM and demonstrate other cybersecurity management measures to ensure that any security vulnerabilities in the software supply chain of the nation's critical infrastructure are identified and remediated immediately. In response to the new standard, BlackBerry QNX has added a specific capability to BlackBerry Jarvis that enables users to efficiently generate a comprehensive SBOM report that follows the Software Package Data Exchange (SPDX®) report standard, one of the leading standards to support the U.S. government and other regulatory bodies. Available in early 2022, BlackBerry Jarvis will become one of the first software composition analysis tools to provide this key feature to embedded software developers whose products are used by the Federal Government. This will empower these developers to keep software secure from all known issues based on the speedy and actionable intelligence provided by the tool. "As multiple government and vertical-specific safety and security standards emerge, the need to have confidence in one's codebase has taken on a new level of importance, particularly during a time in which multiple cybersecurity attacks have illustrated vulnerabilities present within the digital infrastructure of the U.S. Federal Government. BlackBerry Jarvis enables embedded software developers to demonstrate compliance, track software quality metrics and continuously harden their system so that it becomes more resilient to increasingly cunning attacks. With BlackBerry Jarvis' new ability to generate an SBOM report in the U.S. government's mandated format, it's now become an even more invaluable tool to procurement officers tasked with managing the nation's cybersecurity and software supply chain risk." Adam Boulton, Chief Technology Officer, BlackBerry Technology Solutions "BlackBerry Jarvis meets the needs of the embedded software industry, allowing developers to gain deep visibility into the provenance of their software while automating the key steps in the binary scanning process in order to produce an SBOM in just minutes," said Hiten Shah, Senior Analyst at Frost & Sullivan. "Complying with this specific requirement in Biden's Cybersecurity Executive Order is something which policymakers around the globe will no doubt roll out with ever more frequency in the face of a threat landscape that only seems to be growing in scale and complexity. To that end, BlackBerry Jarvis helps OEMs bring trust, transparency and above all – peace of mind – into their software supply chains." About BlackBerry BlackBerry provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 195M vehicles. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety, and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security, endpoint management, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry's vision is clear - to secure a connected future you can trust.

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