Trump administration heightens effort to return asylum seekers to Mexico

Reuters | April 01, 2019

The Trump administration is intensifying measures to curb the flow of Central American asylum seekers crossing into the United States from Mexico, officials said on Monday, including sending more people back to Mexico to wait for their asylum claims to be heard by U.S. courts. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency will speed up the reassignment of 750 officers to parts of the border dealing with the largest numbers of immigrants, a shift the administration first announced last week.

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If you think that identity theft is the worst-case-scenario of Internet use, you clearly don’t live in any of the nations that make the list of top “Enemies of the Internet.” Not only do these governments monitor their citizens’ web activity, but they also make it nearly impossible for them to safely share and gather information through anonymous microblogs, Facebook pages or Twitter accounts. One nation sports a cyber police force that is larger than the city of Orlando, Florida. And when protests erupted in another country, Twitter accounts were created for the sole purpose of diverting citizens from spreading information. Although these nations represent the extremes of national cybersecurity, the measures they use are based in legislative bills like SOPA, PIPA and CISPA.

Spotlight

If you think that identity theft is the worst-case-scenario of Internet use, you clearly don’t live in any of the nations that make the list of top “Enemies of the Internet.” Not only do these governments monitor their citizens’ web activity, but they also make it nearly impossible for them to safely share and gather information through anonymous microblogs, Facebook pages or Twitter accounts. One nation sports a cyber police force that is larger than the city of Orlando, Florida. And when protests erupted in another country, Twitter accounts were created for the sole purpose of diverting citizens from spreading information. Although these nations represent the extremes of national cybersecurity, the measures they use are based in legislative bills like SOPA, PIPA and CISPA.

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Accela Named Microsoft US Government Partner of the Year for Third Consecutive Year

Accela | July 08, 2022

Accela®, the trusted provider of cloud solutions for government, today announced that it was selected as Microsoft's 2022 US Government Partner of the Year for the third consecutive year. Accela was honored among top Microsoft partners for providing innovative services based on Microsoft technologies to state and local government customers, as well as demonstrating thought leadership in the government technology sector. Accela's SaaS solutions, which are powered by Microsoft Azure, equip state, county and local governments with an agile, purpose-built platform to automate and modernize essential government functions within economic development, community development, and public safety. "We are proud to be recognized by Microsoft for our partnerships with governments around the globe. With Accela, in partnership with Microsoft, our customers can have confidence their data is being kept safe with the latest updates and best practices, which is essential to support ongoing security, compliance and government regulation requirements. "By 2025, 95% of new IT investments made by government agencies will be made in as-a-service solutions. As governments accelerate their digital transformations, Accela will continue to deliver secure cloud-based solutions, powered by Microsoft, that provide vital services, modernize employee and resident experiences, and bolster economies." Tom Nieto, chief operating officer of Accela The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered outstanding Microsoft-based solutions during the past year. Honorees are chosen from a set of more than 4,400 submitted nominations from more than 100 countries worldwide. More than 275 million residents globally benefit from Azure-powered Accela solutions for permitting, licensing, and code enforcement. Accela is Gold Certified Partner in the Microsoft Partner Program, with a competency in ISV/Software Solutions. As a Gold Certified Partner, Accela has demonstrated its expertise with Microsoft technologies and a proven ability to meet customers' needs. Today's announcement builds on Accela's momentum in the cloud govtech space. Most recently, Accela launched a new offering, Managed Application Services, to help government agencies achieve increased flexibility and reliability in managing IT staffing needs. About Accela Accela provides a unified suite of cloud solutions trusted by governments across the globe to accelerate their digital transformation, deliver vital services, and build stronger communities. More than 275 million citizens worldwide benefit from Accela's government software solutions. The company offers agile, purpose-built solutions and the power of a platform that provides users with a consumer-like experience, shares data across departments, and ensures world-class security.

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SecurityScorecard Partners with The National Association of Counties to Improve Cybersecurity Posture of Local Governments Across the U.S.

SecurityScorecard | July 19, 2022

In its ongoing effort to improve the security posture of federal, state and local government agencies, SecurityScorecard, the global leader in cybersecurity ratings, today announced a partnership with The National Association of Counties (NACo). Through this partnership, U.S. county governments will gain access to SecurityScorecard’s cybersecurity ratings platform to monitor and improve cybersecurity risk. NACo successfully piloted SecurityScorecard’s cybersecurity ratings platform, which involved 38 counties. SecurityScorecard’s platform is now available in the NACo County Tech Xchange, an online portal that connects more than 800 county CIOs, IT directors, CISOs and other county IT leadership. The portal provides resources that enable counties to improve their technology infrastructure. “We are committed to helping government entities in keeping their communities secure,” said Sachin Bansal, Chief Business and Legal Officer, SecurityScorecard. SecurityScorecard collects and analyzes global threat signals that give organizations instant visibility into the security posture of vendors and business partners as well as the capability to do a self-assessment of their own security posture. The technology continuously monitors 10 groups of risk factors to instantly deliver an easy-to-understand A-F rating. “Working with SecurityScorecard will enable us to improve the overall health of county networks and provide immediate access to information about cyber threats and risks, not only for county networks but also for third-party partners,” said Rita Reynolds, CIO of NACo. “This expansive approach offers sophisticated, real-time data that enhances counties’ capacity to monitor and protect critical assets.” In recent months, SecurityScorecard has established partnerships with the New York Department of Financial Services and U.S. state banking regulators via the Conference of State Banking Supervisors. 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The U.S. Government Awarded Intermap a Prime Contract Under the Multiple Award Schedule

Intermap | June 06, 2022

Intermap Technologies ("Intermap" or the "Company"), a global pioneer in geospatial content production and intelligence solutions, announced that the General Services Administration (GSA), the federal government's centralized procurement arm, has granted it a Multiple Award Schedule Contract. Intermap's services and solutions are now available through the GSA Schedule to all Federal Civilian Agencies, the Department of Defense, Federal Agencies, and state and local governments. The GSA Multiple Award Schedule, often known as the Federal Supply Schedule, is a long-term contract that covers the entire United States government. The GSA Multiple Award Schedule program cost the U.S. government $39 billion in 2021. This contract vehicle is essential for agencies to get commercial products and services in the event of unforeseen, time-sensitive, or catastrophic occurrences. Intermap's GSA Schedule will make timely 3D elevation products, source agnostic processing services, IFSAR data gathering technology, aerial sensors, and other geospatial intelligence solutions more accessible and efficient. We are pleased to offer our GEOINT solutions through a Prime Contractor position on the GSA Schedule. Timely 3D Geospatial data is a critical tool for government agencies to better understand their terrain environment and inform strategic and tactical decision-making. The GSA schedule significantly extends the reach and availability of Intermap's products and services." Patrick A. Blott, Intermap's Chairman and CEO With a long history of government contract work, Intermap is a global leader in geospatial solutions. The company has helped build critical geospatial infrastructure in over 61 countries around the world, allowing partners to make planning decisions affecting national defense, topographic mapping, disaster mitigation, resource allocation, transportation, power management, environmental monitoring, smart city integration, and public safety. The GSA Schedule will make Intermap data, solutions, collection, and GEOINT services available to government agencies without a contracting vehicle.

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