The US government is helping get cash to private space companies, replacing frozen venture capital

CNBC | April 24, 2020

Investment in the fast-growing space industry was booming well into the first quarter of 2020 but private capital has largely frozen as the coronavirus pandemic strikes the U.S., leading both civil and military agencies to step up funding for corporate partners. “We kicked into high gear as soon as it was apparent a lot of companies were not going to be able to conduct business as usual due to distancing requirements,” Mike Read, International Space Station business and economic development manager at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, told CNBC.

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Federal agencies are increasingly using social media platforms to engage with their employees and the public. Such activity may result in the creation of Federal records that must be captured and managed in compliance with Federal records management laws, regulations, and policies.

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Federal agencies are increasingly using social media platforms to engage with their employees and the public. Such activity may result in the creation of Federal records that must be captured and managed in compliance with Federal records management laws, regulations, and policies.

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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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NTIS Can Leverage M9 Solutions as a Leading, Innovative Company to Solve Complex Data Challenges

M9 Solutions | August 04, 2022

We are excited to announce that M9 Solutions and the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) have entered into a Joint Venture Partnership (JVP) for Data Innovation Support. In response to a rigorous NTIS review and selection process, which is described in the linked Federal Register Notice, M9 Solutions was chosen as a JVP. M9 Solutions brings some of the brightest minds in data science, and now can help support any agency to implement any government data science project in partnership with NTIS The Department of Commerce's National Technical Information Service (NTIS) accelerates results across the Federal Government by leveraging data as a strategic asset to achieve mission outcomes. As a trusted Fed-to-Fed advisor, NTIS applies its unique joint venture partnership (JVP) authority (15 U.S. Code 3704b) leveraging leading, innovative companies to help federal agencies solve their complex data challenges. NTIS efforts promote operational excellence through applied data science innovation in areas such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, predictive analytics and blockchain. "We are thrilled to be selected as a Joint Venture Partner with NTIS. Our internal Center of Excellence (CoE) with a dedicated focus on cutting edge AI and Blockchain technologies will transform federal agencies mission operations by using data in more innovative ways." -David Callner, M9's Chief Growth Officer. About M9 Solutions, LLC (M9): M9 is a Small Business dedicated to enabling data innovations to the Federal Government by mobilizing the right people, skills, clearance levels, and technologies to help organizations who desire improved performance and modern, sustainable change. M9's investment in emerging and innovative technologies provides NTIS opportunities to address a wide range of mission operations across the federal landscape. M9 has invested in-house technologies and capabilities such as our Blockchain NFT Marketplace that connects government and commercial entities in new ways of working in the Web 3.0 metaverse. M9 has been supporting over 27 agencies digital transformation advancements since 2007 with our Data Science and Analytics, DevSecOps, Cloud, Cybersecurity, and AI/ML augmented assisted services to transform the landscape into The Digital Future™.

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NetVIPRTM – A Pioneering New Military Communications Network

BAE Systems Digital Intelligence | August 20, 2022

BAE Systems has unveiled its latest deployable networking product, NetVIPRTM, which provides intelligent and secure military communication networks linking everything from small reconnaissance drones to combat vehicles, fighter jets, aircraft carriers or military commands. The modern, multi-domain battlefield that comprises land, sea, air, space, cyber and electronic warfare is hugely contested and it is vital that militaries maintain control of their communications in this challenging environment. NetVIPRTM uses the full spectrum of communications infrastructure to avoid being solely reliant on satellites or fixed infrastructure which are often targeted by adversaries, so will be much more able to sustain a communications network through a myriad of offensive challenges. NetVIPRTM is made up of a series of nodes and each node in the secure network is able to add, access and move data. This means that even if some nodes are damaged in warfare, the rest automatically re-route to maintain optimum network speed and flow of information, making it highly resilient. Traditional military networks rely on hardware being set up and then maintained by specialists. As NetVIPRTM uses software to perform functions usually carried out by hardware it can be updated from remote locations instead of the frontline, providing uninterrupted network access and data transmission. This ‘plug and play’ approach works with communications hardware found in most military platforms. Over the past two years, BAE Systems has demonstrated NetVIPRTM’s capability on a range of equipment, integrating it with existing military radio systems. The team has also demonstrated the network management interface, enabling military users to configure and monitor the NetVIPRTM network. Dave Sullivan, development lead of NetVIPRTM explained: “Building deployable communications networks in an operational battlespace is a complex challenge. NetVIPRTM is a software solution providing an intelligent, flexible and secure network that can be deployed from Command Headquarters all the way down to uncrewed air vehicles or other new autonomous platforms.” About BAE Systems Digital Intelligence: BAE Systems Digital Intelligence is home to 4,800 digital, cyber and intelligence experts. We work collaboratively across 16 countries to collect, connect and understand complex data, so that governments, nation states, armed forces and commercial businesses can unlock digital advantage in the most demanding environments. Launched in 2022, Digital Intelligence is part of BAE Systems, and has a rich heritage in helping to defend nations and businesses around the world from advanced threats.

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