UK government backs giving parliament chance to reject Northern Irish backstop

Kitco | January 09, 2019

The government said on Wednesday it would support a change to its Brexit plan that gives parliament the chance to vote against activating unpopular backstop arrangements designed to prevent a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. Britain’s parliament is debating whether to approve Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit agreement with the European Union a pivotal decision that would cast the departure process into chaos if the deal was rejected. Brexit minister Stephen Barclay said the government would support a proposed change to the wording of parliament’s approval which would give lawmakers a greater say later in the exit process.

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One of the most important and popular provisions of the Affordable Care Act is the expansion of health coverage to low-income families through the Medicaid program. In the 33 states (including D.C.) that expanded Medicaid, many of those who benefit are hard-working people in low-wage jobs that do not offer health insurance like waiters and waitresses, sales clerks, cooks, and home health aides. Here are basic facts about where states stand on Medicaid expansion, along with states to watch.

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One of the most important and popular provisions of the Affordable Care Act is the expansion of health coverage to low-income families through the Medicaid program. In the 33 states (including D.C.) that expanded Medicaid, many of those who benefit are hard-working people in low-wage jobs that do not offer health insurance like waiters and waitresses, sales clerks, cooks, and home health aides. Here are basic facts about where states stand on Medicaid expansion, along with states to watch.

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Acalvio ShadowPlex Achieves “FedRAMP Ready” Designation

Acalvio Technologies | October 27, 2021

Acalvio Technologies, the leader in Autonomous Deception, today announced that it has been approved as “FedRAMP Ready” for Agency Authorization. Acalvio achieved FedRAMP Ready status at the Moderate Impact Level for its ShadowPlex platform on Amazon Web Services (AWS). ShadowPlex is now listed in the FedRAMP Marketplace. Acalvio’s award-winning Autonomous Deception™ platform, ShadowPlex, enables organizations to detect, investigate and respond to malicious activity inside the perimeter. Acalvio’s solutions are anchored on innovations in Distributed Deception, and Artificial Intelligence (AI), enabling security teams to cut through the cycle of endless alerts and accelerate threat detection by focusing on high fidelity detections, all while minimizing the incidence of potential false positives. ShadowPlex patented architecture allows distributed and autonomous deployment of effective deception, with minimal IT overhead across On-premises and Cloud workloads and remote user machines. A comprehensive and extensible deception palette covers both IT and OT environments and reduces attacker dwell time by detecting malicious activity with precision and speed. Solutions authorized at the FedRAMP Moderate Impact Level protect the government’s sensitive unclassified data in cloud environments, including data where the loss of confidentiality, integrity, and availability would result in serious adverse effects on a Federal agency’s operations, assets, or individuals. “Acalvio ShadowPlex provides an effective and differentiated solution to detect and respond to advanced threats, even zero-day attacks. U.S. government departments and agencies need active defense solutions in place today to be ready for the increasing sophistication of cyberattacks facing our Nation. By achieving the FedRAMP Ready designation, Acalvio has demonstrated they are a valued partner for entities who wish to defend against cyber threats today.” Ram Varadarajan, co-Founder & CEO at Acalvio Technologies The FedRAMP Ready status adds to the SOC 2 and NIST 800-171 certifications previously achieved by Acalvio Technologies. About FedRAMP The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) is a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. Using a “do once, use many times” framework, the program ensures information systems/services used government-wide have adequate information security; eliminates duplication of effort and reduces risk management costs; and enables rapid and cost-effective procurement of information systems/services for federal agencies. About Acalvio Technologies Acalvio invented breakthrough Deception Technology based on 25+ issued patents and integrated it with advanced AI to provide industry leading autonomous deception solution that is effective, easy to use, and enterprise scale. Acalvio ShadowPlex reduces attacker dwell time by early detection of advanced threats and increases SOC efficiency by sophisticated investigation and active threat-hunting capabilities. Extensive partner integrations allow ShadowPlex to leverage customer’s security ecosystem for rapid and comprehensive threat containment. The Silicon Valley based company is led by an experienced team with a track record of innovation and market leadership and backed by marquee investors.

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Intel Wins US Government Project to Develop Leading-Edge Foundry Ecosystem

Intel | August 23, 2021

What’s New:The U.S. Department of Defense, through the NSTXL consortium-based S2MARTS OTA, has awarded Intel an agreement to provide commercial foundry services in the first phase of its multi-phase Rapid Assured Microelectronics Prototypes - Commercial (RAMP-C) program. The RAMP-C program was created to facilitate the use of a U.S.-based commercial semiconductor foundry ecosystem to fabricate the assured leading-edge custom and integrated circuits and commercial products required for critical Department of Defense systems. Intel Foundry Services, Intel’s dedicated foundry business launched this year, will lead the work. “One of the most profound lessons of the past year is the strategic importance of semiconductors, and the value to the United States of having a strong domestic semiconductor industry. Intel is the sole American company both designing and manufacturing logic semiconductors at the leading edge of technology. When we launched Intel Foundry Services earlier this year, we were excited to have the opportunity to make our capabilities available to a wider range of partners, including in the U.S. government, and it is great to see that potential being fulfilled through programs like RAMP-C.” – Pat Gelsinger, Intel CEO How It Works: Intel Foundry Services will partner with industry leaders, including IBM, Cadence, Synopsys and others, to support the U.S. government’s needs for designing and manufacturing assured integrated circuits by establishing and demonstrating a semiconductor IP ecosystem to develop and fabricate test chips on Intel 18A, Intel’s most advanced process technology. “The RAMP-C program will enable both commercial foundry customers and the Department of Defense to take advantage of Intel’s significant investments in leading-edge process technologies,” said Randhir Thakur, Intel Foundry Services president. “Along with our customers and ecosystem partners, including IBM, Cadence, Synopsys and others, we will help bolster the domestic semiconductor supply chain and ensure the United States maintains leadership in both R&D and advanced manufacturing. We look forward to a long-term collaboration with the U.S. government as we deliver RAMP-C program milestones.” Intel recently announced plans to become a major provider of U.S.-based capacity for foundry customers, including an investment of approximately $20 billion to build two new factories in Arizona. These fabs will provide committed capacity for foundry customers and support expanding requirements for Intel products. Why It’s Important: The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has recently sought to diversify its approach to securing advanced microprocessors by leveraging commercially available technologies developed by U.S. companies. Other than Intel, the majority of U.S.-based chip designers are fabless, which means they design and sell integrated circuits that are fabricated by contract manufacturers called foundries. Today, more than 80 percent of leading-edge manufacturing capacity is concentrated in Asia1, leaving the DOD with limited onshore access to foundry technology capable of meeting the country’s long-term needs for secure microelectronics. The RAMP-C program was created to facilitate the use of a commercially viable onshore foundry ecosystem that will ensure DOD access to leading-edge technology, while allowing the defense industrial base to leverage the benefits of high-volume semiconductor manufacturing and design infrastructure of commercial partners like Intel. About the Broader Efforts: The RAMP-C program is part of a larger initiative to strengthen government supply chain security and accelerate U.S. leadership across the full spectrum of integrated circuit design, manufacturing and packaging. In October 2020, DOD launched the RAMP program using the Advanced Commercial Capabilities Project Phase 1 Other Transaction Authority. RAMP advances and demonstrates commercial leading-edge physical “back-end” assured design methods that transform a high-level chip design into the complex, technology-specific polygon form that is required as input for the wafer fabrication process. Intel is a participant in this project. Last year, DOD also awarded Intel the second phase of its State-of-the-Art Heterogeneous Integration Prototype (SHIP) program. The SHIP program enables the U.S. government to access Intel’s U.S. advanced semiconductor packaging capabilities with the goal of developing new approaches toward measurably secure, heterogeneous integration and test of advanced packaging solutions. SHIP will develop the capability to use advanced commercial technology to package and test the integrated circuits designed in RAMP and fabricated through RAMP-C. 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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AvePoint Online Services for the US Government Receives FedRAMP Approval

AvePoint | April 06, 2021

AvePoint, the leading supplier of data storage systems for the Microsoft cloud, announced today that the AvePoint Online Services cloud platform has received FedRAMP authorization. AvePoint Online Services' security controls have been rigorously tested, and its SaaS solutions have been certified for use in all federal agencies at the moderate impact level. AvePoint Online Services is a software-as-a-service solution for migrating, maintaining, and securing data in Microsoft 365, enabling government departments to be consistent with digital collaboration. This includes backup for Microsoft 365, records management, permissions management, Microsoft Teams/SharePoint workspace management, and other features. The Department of Energy served as the agency sponsor, with Maria Levesque, director of records management, orchestrating the campaign on the agency side. As a result of this approval, the Department of Energy will be able to modernize and simplify its approach to records management in SharePoint and Microsoft Teams to conform with the M-19-21 NARA mandate. AvePoint solutions are used by over 400 public organizations, including 163 federal agencies, to transfer, maintain, and protect their Microsoft 365 and SharePoint data. "Agencies are using the Microsoft cloud and more sophisticated collaboration services in greater numbers than ever before. However, when they do so, too much data is generated in too many ways for traditional, manual compliance processes to handle "Taylor Davenport, AvePoint's Executive President of the US Public Sector, said, "By introducing automated solutions for managing, protecting, and securing their digital collaboration systems, agencies can achieve compliance in a more cost-effective and painless approach." About AvePoint AvePoint allows you to collaborate comfortably. In the Microsoft Cloud, its data processing solutions assist our diverse global client base in overcoming complex transformation, governance, and regulatory issues. AvePoint, a five-time Microsoft Partner of the Year winner, has the only complete suite of SaaS solutions for migrating, managing, and protecting data in Microsoft 365. Their solutions are used by over 7 million cloud customers, including a fifth of the Fortune 500.

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