Trump says U.S. reaches trade deals with Japan, no word on cars

Reuters | September 17, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday Washington had struck trade agreements with Tokyo that could be implemented without congressional approval, but stopped short of assuring Japan that new tariffs would not be slapped on vital auto exports. In a letter to the U.S. Congress released by the White House, Trump said that he intends to enter into the agreements on tariff barriers and digital trade “in the coming weeks” and was notifying lawmakers that the tariff deal would be made under a trade law provision allowing the U.S. president to make reciprocal tariff reductions by proclamation.

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Methane (CH4) contributes to the growing global background concentration of tropospheric ozone (O3), an air pollutant associated with premature mortality. Methane and ozone are also important greenhouse gases. Reducing methane emissions therefore decreases surface ozone everywhere while slowing climate warming, but although methane mitigation has been considered to address climate change, it has not for air quality.

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Methane (CH4) contributes to the growing global background concentration of tropospheric ozone (O3), an air pollutant associated with premature mortality. Methane and ozone are also important greenhouse gases. Reducing methane emissions therefore decreases surface ozone everywhere while slowing climate warming, but although methane mitigation has been considered to address climate change, it has not for air quality.

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Puppet Deepens Commitment to Government Agencies with Enhanced Support and Availability

Puppet | November 01, 2021

Puppet, the industry standard for infrastructure automation, is increasing the availability of Puppet Enterprise on preferred government purchasing vehicles through a new relationship with Carahsoft. This partnership will make Puppet’s flagship product available to organizations like the General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule 70 and numerous other federal, state and local contracts. Puppet is a trusted partner of the U.S. government and is deeply committed to enhancing security in government cloud operations as well as helping government agencies maintain agility. More than 50% of U.S. Federal cabinet departments and 7 of 10 contractors use Puppet. Many of the largest branches of the U.S. government also use Open Source Puppet or Puppet Enterprise, including the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Defense Information Systems Agency, Health and Human Services, National Institute of Health, Internal Revenue Service, Department of Energy and the National Security Agency. “Puppet has long been committed to faster, more secure delivery and we’re eager to see more agencies and contractors get the same benefits as their counterparts in the private sector,” said Melissa Palmer, vice president of public sector sales. “Puppet Enterprise has already seen widespread government adoption from military branches, and intelligence agencies. Through our partnership with Carahsoft, we’re looking forward to helping even more agencies and contractors receive the same security and delivery benefits.” Federal agencies can leverage Puppet Enterprise to rapidly deploy new applications while maintaining infrastructure integrity and availability. Puppet Enterprise delivers the most comprehensive feature set for government agencies who want to quickly start or scale their transformation initiatives, with modern automation tools that provide continuous, intelligent compliance required to meet mission goals. “We are pleased to offer Puppet’s infrastructure automation solutions through our GSA Schedule and authorized reseller partners. IT automation is the key Government DevOps teams are seeking to manage and scale infrastructure across their organization.” Will Jones, Senior Vice President of Virtualization Solutions at Carahsoft In addition to wide contract availability, Puppet Enterprise supports critical government standards, enabling the Department of Defense to automate and enforce compliance with configuration standards and security and privacy controls. Puppet Enterprise provides powerful capabilities such as FIPS 140-2 certification, reporting and compliance, role-based access control, extended platform support, orchestration and workflow, code management and enterprise support. DoD agencies can achieve rapid and continuous compliance with DISA STIGs and NIST SP 800-53 by automating configuration management and enforcing desired state as often as needed, up to every thirty minutes. Puppet Enterprise also advances DevSecOps capabilities by incorporating security into the entire application and infrastructure development cycle. Mission-critical programs, such as DCGS-A, rely on Puppet to ensure continuous compliance through deployment and enables government agencies to automate repetitive tasks, quickly deploy critical applications, proactively manage infrastructure across all major operating systems, on-prem or in cloud environments. About Puppet Puppet helps enterprises modernize and manage their infrastructure with the solutions to automate anywhere, reliably scale, and integrate compliance and security across hybrid infrastructure. More than 40,000 organizations — including more than 80 percent of the Global 5000 — have benefited from Puppet’s open source and commercial solutions to ensure business continuity, optimize costs, boost compliance and ensure security, all while accelerating the adoption of DevOps practices and delivery of self-service. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Puppet is a privately held company with offices in London, Belfast, Singapore, Sydney and Timișoara.

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Inkscreen Collaborates with Vertosoft to Provide the US Government with the Industry's Most Secure Mobile Camera App

Inkscreen | April 15, 2021

Inkscreen, specialists in secure substance catch for government and venture clients, declared today that the organization has consented to a vital affiliate arrangement with Vertosoft, the main provider of creative advances and administrations to the United States government. Under the understanding, Vertosoft will offer Inkscreen's CAPTOR™ versatile camera application to administrative, state, and neighborhood government offices to help their representatives secure business photographs and other work content caught on their gadgets. CAPTOR consolidates the usefulness of a camera, archive scanner, video recorder, sound recorder, QR Code peruser, and annotator in a solitary application. "Government representatives are progressively utilizing their cell phones for both work and individual assignments, particularly as numerous representatives presently telecommute, and this makes an enormous security hazard," said Jay Colavita, Founder and President of Vertosoft. "We're satisfied to work with Inkscreen to offer the business' driving portable camera application to help keep our administration's information and pictures secure." As an essential accomplice, Vertosoft gives smoothed-out admittance to immediate and backhanded agreement vehicles at all administration levels, including the GSA Schedule, Texas DIR, TIPS, Army CHESS, and CMAS. As indicated by Josh Bohls, CEO of Inkscreen, "Vertosoft brings a one of a kind comprehension of the mechanical and budgetary difficulties that administration organizations face, just as inside and out experience with all periods of the public authority obtaining cycle. We're excited to invite Vertosoft as a channel accomplice and anticipate extending our government business together." About CAPTOR Inkscreen originally acquainted CAPTOR™ in 2014 with empower the safe catch and the executives of delicate, business-related substance from workers' cell phones. The Company is focused on addressing the necessities of Federal office authorities and government purchasers and effectively finished the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT™) testing to guarantee similarity and consistence with the Revised 508 Standards for IT openness. CAPTOR has been perceived by a portion of the business' most lofty honor programs, including champ of the 2021 Inaugural CyberSecured Award for Best Enterprise Mobile Application and victor of the 2021 Cybersecurity Excellence Gold Awards for best Government Industry Solution and Best Mobile Application Security, just as the Silver Award victor for Best Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classification. Intended to be conveyed and overseen by a venture portability the executives (EMM) stage, CAPTOR is accessible through Vertosoft and supports stages like MobileIron, VMware WorkSpace ONE (AirWatch), Microsoft InTune, and AppTec360. About Vertosoft Set up in 2016, Vertosoft speeds up the appropriation of imaginative and arising innovation inside the public authority. We bring the adaptability, spryness, and responsiveness of a small organization with the experience of a huge association. With our unmistakable spotlight on arising innovation development in government, Vertosoft is particularly situated to lessen intricacy and give adaptable, cloud-prepared innovation arrangements that empower government organizations to convey more brilliant, customer driven computerized changes. About Inkscreen Inkscreen was established in 2012 to give undertaking prepared versatile applications to oversee and control delicate substance caught on cell phones. Organization originators have broad foundations in big business versatility, Fortune 500 IT counseling, and ERP programming.

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Intel to Collaborate with Microsoft on Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Program

Intel | March 09, 2021

What’s New: Intel today announced that it has signed a concurrence with Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to act in its Data Protection in Virtual Environments (DPRIVE) program. The program intends to build up a gas pedal for completely homomorphic encryption (FHE). Microsoft is the key cloud biological system and homomorphic encryption accomplice driving the business selection of the innovation once created by testing it in its cloud contributions, including Microsoft Azure and the Microsoft JEDI cloud, with the U.S. government. The multiyear program addresses a cross-collaboration across different Intel gatherings, including Intel Labs, the Design Engineering Group and the Data Platforms Group, to handle "the last outskirts" in data security, which is registering on completely encoded data without admittance to decoding keys. “Fully homomorphic encryption remains the holy grail in the quest to keep data secure while in use. Despite strong advances in trusted execution environments and other confidential computing technologies to protect data while at rest and in transit, data is unencrypted during computation, opening the possibility of potential attacks at this stage. This frequently inhibits our ability to fully share and extract the maximum value out of data. We are pleased to be chosen as a technology partner by DARPA and look forward to working with them as well as Microsoft to advance this next chapter in confidential computing and unlock the promise of fully homomorphic encryption for all.” – Rosario Cammarota, principal engineer, Intel Labs, and principal investigator, DARPA DPRIVE program Why It Matters: Ensuring the privacy of basic data — regardless of whether individual data or corporate intellectual property — is of key significance to organizations. Today, many depend on an assortment of data encryption strategies to secure data while it is on the way, being used and very still. Notwithstanding, these methods necessitate that data be unscrambled for preparing. It is during this decoded express that data can turn out to be more powerless for abuse. Completely homomorphic encryption empowers clients to register on consistently scrambled data, or cryptograms. The data never should be unscrambled, lessening the potential for cyberthreats. FHE, when actualized at scale, would empower associations to utilize methods, for example, AI, to separate full an incentive from enormous datasets while ensuring data classification across the data's life cycle. Clients across businesses like medical care, protection and money would profit by new uses made conceivable by having the option to utilize and separate an incentive from delicate data to its fullest degree without danger of openness. About Democratizing Adoption of Fully Homomorphic Encryption: FHE selection in the business has been moderate since preparing data utilizing completely homomorphic encryption techniques on cryptograms is data concentrated and brings about a gigantic "execution charge" in any event, for straightforward tasks. Under the DARPA DPRIVE program, Intel plans to plan an application-explicit coordinated circuit (ASIC) gas pedal to decrease the exhibition overhead as of now connected with completely homomorphic encryption. At the point when completely understood, the gas pedal could convey an enormous improvement in executing FHE responsibilities over existing CPU-driven frameworks, possibly lessening cryptograms' handling time by five significant degrees. With its mastery in cloud framework, programming stacks and completely homomorphic encryption, Microsoft will be a basic accomplice in speeding up the commercialization of this innovation when prepared, empowering free data sharing and coordinated effort while advancing protection all through the data life cycle. “We are pleased to bring our expertise in cloud computing and homomorphic encryption to the DARPA DPRIVE program, collaborating with Intel to advance this transformative technology when ready into commercial usages that will help our customers close the last-mile gap in data confidentiality —– keeping data fully secure and private, whether in storage, transit or use,” said Dr. William Chappell, chief technology officer, Azure Global, and vice president, Mission Systems, Microsoft. What’s Next: The multiyear DARPA DPRIVE program will traverse a few stages beginning with the plan, advancement and check of essential IP hinders that will be incorporated into a framework on-chip and a full programming stack. All through the undertaking, Intel will survey progress against pre-set up execution focuses on man-made consciousness preparing and derivation responsibilities utilizing homomorphically scrambled data at scale.1 Beyond the advancement of the center innovations required for the plan of the gas pedal, Intel and Microsoft will work with worldwide principles bodies to create global norms for FHE. Intel will likewise keep on putting resources into continuous scholastic examination in the field. About Intel Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) is an industry leader, creating world-changing technology that enables global progress and enriches lives. Inspired by Moore’s Law, we continuously work to advance the design and manufacturing of semiconductors to help address our customers’ greatest challenges. By embedding intelligence in the cloud, network, edge and every kind of computing device, we unleash the potential of data to transform business and society for the better.

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