UK government confirms plans to ban Iran-backed Hezbollah in its entirety

The Jewish Chronicle | February 25, 2019

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed the banning of the Iran-backed terror group Hezbollah in its entirety in a move immediately welcomed by Jewish communal leaders. Announcing the move  first revealed by the JC on September 27 last year – Mr Javid said he had banned the “terrorist organisation” to protect the “safety and security” of the British people. The Board of Deputies, the Jewish Leadership Council and Labour Friends of Israel under chair Joan Ryan have long called for reconsideration of the UK’s position on the Lebanese-based political party and militia.

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The Cybersecurity Strategy and Implementation Plan (CSIP), published by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on October 30, 2015, requires that federal agencies use Personal Identity Verification (PIV) credentials for authenticating privileged users. This will greatly reduce unauthorized access to privileged accounts by attackers impersonating system, network, security, and database administrators, as well as other information technology (IT) personnel with administrative privileges. This white paper further explains the need for multifactor PIV-based user authentication to take the place of password-based single-factor authentication for privileged users. It also provides best practices for agencies implementing PIV authentication for privileged users.

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The Cybersecurity Strategy and Implementation Plan (CSIP), published by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on October 30, 2015, requires that federal agencies use Personal Identity Verification (PIV) credentials for authenticating privileged users. This will greatly reduce unauthorized access to privileged accounts by attackers impersonating system, network, security, and database administrators, as well as other information technology (IT) personnel with administrative privileges. This white paper further explains the need for multifactor PIV-based user authentication to take the place of password-based single-factor authentication for privileged users. It also provides best practices for agencies implementing PIV authentication for privileged users.

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Regulatory licensing software company, Thentia, announces opening of new regional office in Oklahoma City

Thentia Corporation | June 28, 2022

Thentia, an industry-leading government software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider, is excited to announce the opening of its new office in Oklahoma, which will offer first-class support to Thentia clients in the state and nearby jurisdictions. After the State of Oklahoma announced its formal support for Thentia Cloud as a software provider for occupational licensing in 2021, company leadership began taking steps to open an office in Oklahoma City, enabling Thentia to more effectively serve the needs of area customers and take better advantage of future growth opportunities. Thentia has seen a significant expansion in its U.S. client portfolio in 2021 and 2022, particularly in Oklahoma and other central U.S. states. CEO Julian Cardarelli says the company saw a new opportunity to capitalize on this growth and chose to seize it. We are excited to continue investing in our team to support our growing customer base in the central U.S. It is clear more regulatory agencies are putting their trust in Thentia, so we are ecstatic to have the opportunity to follow through on that promise and establish a local presence." Julian Cardarelli, CEO The new office will be located in Leadership Square, in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City, and led by Bonnie Campo, Vice President of Strategic Alliances at Thentia. With a background at the Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES), Campo will bring front-line regulatory experience and a wide range of statewide connections to the office as General Manager. According to Cardarelli, Campo stood out as the perfect candidate to take on this massive new opportunity. "Bonnie's level of government experience and expertise is unmatched in Oklahoma, and she has personally watched many agencies successfully migrate their licensing systems to Thentia Cloud," Cardarelli says. "In short, there was no better person for the job." After cutting costs and streamlining licensing processes for agencies like the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA), the Oklahoma Board of Chiropractic Examiners (OBCE), Oklahoma State Board of Osteopathic Examiners (OSBOE) and the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission (OREC), among others, the company has only further expanded its presence in Oklahoma and nearby states. The new office represents a major step forward in Thentia's endeavor to become the state-supported software vendor across all 50 states. Brent Kisling, Executive Director at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and Workforce Development, says Thentia's physical presence will be a welcome continuation of the pattern of success the company has established in the state. "Thentia's track record in Oklahoma speaks for itself," Kisling says. "Having a new home in Oklahoma City will only make it easier for the company to implement its modern, elegant software solution in government offices across the state." The new office will also contain Thentia's dedicated Oklahoma project team, including two new hires: Shauna Cole, Program Manager for Oklahoma, and Stephanie Wood, Project Manager for Oklahoma, who will oversee project implementations throughout the state. Office General Manager Campo says Thentia will continue hiring personnel to fill roles that will allow the company to serve its Oklahoma clients more effectively. "We have now set a precedent for working with government agencies in Oklahoma," Campo says. "We've seen what works and what doesn't, and with this knowledge, we can strategize to ensure Thentia Cloud works as effectively as possible for countless government agencies in the area." Thentia will be holding an office opening reception during the second week of August – official date still to be confirmed – to celebrate this milestone in the company's relationship with the state of Oklahoma. All clients as well as other state agencies will be invited to come and celebrate the start of what will be a long and fruitful public-private partnership. More details will be shared with Oklahoma clients and stakeholders in the coming days and weeks. About Thentia Thentia is a global company with teams operating in the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Canada and is trusted by regulatory bodies and government agencies worldwide with more than 8.5 million active licensees across the globe using its platform. Thentia was developed by subject matter experts with a mission to transform government technology through best-in-class capabilities. Its secure, modern and elegant solution, Thentia Cloud, is revolutionizing the way regulatory bodies and government agencies manage data and licensing by bringing the entire process into the 21st century with speed, automation, ease of use, and best-in-class support.

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Parsons Corporation Ready to Protect U.S. Air Force Air Bases

Parsons | January 25, 2021

Parsons Corporation announced today that it would lead an industry team of Leidos, SAIC and SRC, Inc., in pursuit of a 10-year, $953 million exertion with the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa to design, mature, procure, incorporate, work, and keep up Air Base Air Defense systems across the European and African mainland areas of responsibility. "As asymmetric threats from emerging technologies continue to proliferate, we're focused on developing a flexible, responsive, all-domain air base defense system to rapidly detect, alert, deny or defeat threats ranging from low-cost irregular attacks to hypersonic weapons," said Shaun McGrath, ABAD program manager at Parsons. "Our team's open architecture, platform-agnostic approach, coupled with cutting edge technologies and innovation labs, brought together by a team with relevant operational experience in all-domain systems integration, creates a best value and highly capable offering that will deliver scalable air base air defense systems to protects warfighters and their assets today and into the future." The Parsons team will focus on the maturation of an all-space system comprised of business off-the-shelf and government off-the-shelf software and equipment technologies with an incorporated design to protect existing and future air bases. Parsons touches each aspect of the all-area battlespace: from space operations to edge computing and full-spectrum digital; to ground-based order and control systems. The organization's demonstrated operational capabilities will ensure all-space superiority and data predominance to quicken decision making in permissive through profoundly contested environments. Leidos provides a diverse arrangement of systems, solutions, and services covering air, land, sea, space, and cyberspace for customers around the world – including the U.S. Armed force, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Naval force, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), NATO, and the Intelligence Community. Their solutions include enterprise and mission IT, huge scale insight systems, order and control, geospatial and information analytics, cybersecurity, logistics, preparing, knowledge analysis, and operations support. Science Applications International Corp's. (SAIC's) robust arrangement of offerings includes top of the line solutions in systems designing and combination; enterprise IT, including cloud services, digital, and software; progressed analytics and simulation; and preparing that will be used to propel the ABAD mission and protect sent warfighters. SRC, Inc., a not-revenue driven research and advancement organization, solves "impossible" problems in the areas of defense, climate, and insight. The organization helps protect America and its allies with cutting edge radars, electronic fighting systems, RF system analysis, simulation, and reconstructing technologies and services. Since 1957, SRC's obligation to the customer and the best solution — not the main concern — has stayed a basic belief that guides its efforts. About Parsons Parsons (NYSE: PSN) is a leading disruptive technology provider in the global defense, intelligence, and critical infrastructure markets, with capabilities across cybersecurity, missile defense, space, connected infrastructure, and smart cities. Please visit Parsons.com and follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook to learn how we're making an impact. About Leidos Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 38,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Va., Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $11.09 billion for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2020.

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CellTrust SL2 Now Available in Azure Government with a Dedicated Instance

CellTrust Corporation | October 07, 2020

CellTrust Corporation, a leading provider of global secure and compliant mobile communication for government and enterprise, announced today that its flagship SL2™ mobile app is also now available with Microsoft Azure Government, featuring a dedicated instance to meet the highest level of government compliance. CellTrust SL2 is an enterprise-level application that works by assigning a dedicated Mobile Business Number™ (MBN) to personal and corporate-owned mobile devices to keep personal and business communications separate on a single device. The seamless solution enables compliant, secure SMS messages and business calls on the device without using the personal number. This capability is vital for government agencies and their partners that require greater security for mobile communications, as well as archiving for e-discovery and compliance, such as FOIA, HIPAA, FINRA, SEC, sunshine laws, and public records laws.

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