UK Government Posts Record Budget Surplus in January

Hellenic Shipping News | February 22, 2019

The U.K. government posted its largest budget surplus for a single month in January, putting it on course to cut its borrowing as planned this fiscal year despite weaker economic growth. The Office for National Statistics Thursday said the government brought in 14.9 billion pounds ($19.4 billion) more in tax and other revenues during the month than it spent, the largest surplus for a single month since records began in 1993.

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Federal government spending on contracts, which experienced a steady decline from FY2009 to fiscal 2012, fell further by nearly $58 billion in fiscal 2013. All indicators point to flat spending at best being the new normal in the coming years. Office of Management and Budget spokesman Frank Benenati recently delivered a sobering statement on the immediate future of federal contracting.

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Federal government spending on contracts, which experienced a steady decline from FY2009 to fiscal 2012, fell further by nearly $58 billion in fiscal 2013. All indicators point to flat spending at best being the new normal in the coming years. Office of Management and Budget spokesman Frank Benenati recently delivered a sobering statement on the immediate future of federal contracting.

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Falcon Identity Threat Protection Is Now Available for U.S. Public Sector Organizations

CrowdStrike | June 03, 2022

CrowdStrike, a leader in cloud-delivered endpoint, cloud workload, identity, and data security, today announced that the Falcon Identity Threat Protection module for its GovCloud-1 environment is now generally available. Falcon Identity Threat Protection is now available to U.S. public sector enterprises that require FedRAMP Moderate or Impact Level 4 (IL-4) authorization. This covers federal agencies in the United States, state and local governments in the United States, and the Defense Industrial Base (DIB). In May 2021, the White House issued Executive Order (EO) 14028, which defined security best practices, including how the federal government should progress toward a Zero Trust Architecture to stay up with today's dynamic and increasingly complex cyber threat environment. CrowdStrike believes that identity protection and Zero Trust principles should be applied to hybrid and multi-cloud systems. Customers' on-premises and cloud settings, as well as other identity suppliers, require all-encompassing identity protection. A breach can occur if a section of the architecture or the authentication flow is not visible. Falcon Identity Threat Protection works with the most popular identity providers (IdPs), allowing clients to implement multi-factor authentication (MFA). Customers can use the same MFA for on-premises authentication processes using this integration, and those who desire can use several IdPs. If a compromised identity is found, Falcon Identity Threat Protection can stop it from authenticating and getting to more resources on-premises or in the cloud. According to the2022 CrowdStrike Global Threat Report, nearly 80% of cyberattacks leverage identity-based attacks to compromise legitimate credentials. We are committed to helping the U.S. public sector protect against identity-based threats. With GovCloud-1 support, Falcon Identity Threat Protection can enable U.S. public sector organizations to get visibility and control of their identity infrastructure and apply Zero Trust principles.” Shawn Henry, CrowdStrike chief security officer and president of CrowdStrike Services "As agencies adopt Zero Trust, they need to continuously verify user identity and device posture," said Katy Mann, VP of Federal at Okta. "Through our partnership with CrowdStrike, Falcon Identity Threat Protection examines authentication requests in real-time, sharing risk scores with Okta for access policy enforcement. That way, agencies are confident that only the right people with secure devices can access mission-critical resources. And users benefit from a simpler experience and seamless single sign-on across apps. Together, Okta and CrowdStrike are accelerating the transition to Zero Trust."

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Defense Digital Service Announced the Launch of DDS’s 11th Bug Bounty Program with HackerOne

HackerOne | January 07, 2021

The Defense Digital Service (DDS) and HackerOne today announced the dispatch of DDS's 11th bug abundance program with HackerOne and the third with the U.S. Branch of the Army. Hack the Army 3.0 is a period bound, programmer controlled security test pointed toward surfacing weaknesses so they can be settled before they are abused by foes. The bug abundance program is available to both military and regular citizen members and will run from January 6, 2021 through February 17, 2021. Bug abundance programs, similar to Hack the Army 3.0, boost security examination and announcing of genuine security weaknesses in return for money related awards for qualified weaknesses and members. These projects are an industry best practice utilized by the most full grown associations across the world. By unveiling weaknesses to security groups, regular citizen and military programmers will help the U.S. Armed force secure digital resources and guard against cyberattacks. Hack the Army is one illustration of the Army and DoD's ability to seek after imaginative and nontraditional ways to deal with guarantee the capacity and security of individuals, organizations, and information. "Bug bounty programs are a unique and effective 'force multiplier' for safeguarding critical Army networks, systems and data, and build on the efforts of our Army and DoD security professionals," said Brig. Gen. Adam C. Volant, U.S. Army Cyber Command Director of Operations. "By 'crowdsourcing' solutions with the help of the world's best military and civilian ethical hackers, we complement our existing security measures and provide an additional means to identify and fix vulnerabilities. Hack the Army 3.0 builds upon the successes and lessons of our prior bug bounty programs." “We are proud of our continued partnership with the Army to challenge the status quo in strengthening the security of military systems and shifting government culture by engaging ethical hackers to address vulnerabilities,” says Brett Goldstein, Director, Defense Digital Service. “We’re calling on civilian and military hackers to show us what they’ve got in this bug bounty and to help train the future force.” Participation in the Hack the Army 3.0 bug abundance challenge is open by greeting just to regular citizen programmers and dynamic U.S. military individuals. Bug bounties might be offered to regular citizen programmers for substantial security weaknesses as indicated by the program strategy. Military and temporary worker staff are not qualified to get monetary prizes. “We are living in a different world today than even just a year ago,” said Marten Mickos, CEO of HackerOne. “Amidst disinformation and a global health crisis, citizens are increasingly wary of how, when, and where their information is used. For years, the U.S. Department of Defense and respective military branches have successfully strengthened their cybersecurity posture and protected precious data by enlisting the help of ethical hackers on HackerOne. Years later, hacker-powered security is not only a best practice in the US military, but it is now a mandated requirement among civilian federal agencies. There is only one way to secure our connected society, together, and the U.S. Army is leading the charge with this latest challenge.” DDS has been a harbinger in programmer fueled security testing since the time the dispatch of "Hack the Pentagon" in 2016. DDS's Hack the Pentagon group has executed 14 public bounties on outside confronting sites and applications, and ten private bounties on a scope of delicate, inside frameworks in the U.S. Branch of Defense (DoD). Instances of past private bounties incorporate coordinations frameworks, actual equipment, and faculty frameworks. In partnership with DDS, HackerOne has launched more federal programs than any other hacker-powered security provider and is the only bug bounty platform that is FedRAMP authorized. Previous bug bounty challenges and results include: Hack the Pentagon, Hack the Army, Hack the Air Force, Hack the Air Force 2.0, Hack the Defense Travel System, Hack the Army 2.0, Hack the Air Force 3.0, Hack the Air Force 4.0, Hack the Proxy and Hack the Marine Corps. DDS also launched a Vulnerability Disclosure Program (VDP) for the DoD in 2016, which is now one of the most successful programs of its kind with hackers reporting over 20,000 security vulnerabilities to date. Hackers who become aware of any vulnerabilities can safely disclose them to the DoD at any time through this ongoing VDP with HackerOne. About HackerOne HackerOne empowers the world to build a safer internet. As the world’s most trusted hacker-powered security platform, HackerOne gives organizations access to the largest community of hackers on the planet. Armed with the most robust database of vulnerability trends and industry benchmarks, the hacker community mitigates cyber risk by searching, finding, and safely reporting real-world security weaknesses for organizations across all industries and attack surfaces. Customers include The U.S. Department of Defense, Dropbox, General Motors, GitHub, Goldman Sachs, Google, Hyatt, Intel, Lufthansa, Microsoft, MINDEF Singapore, Nintendo, PayPal, Slack, Starbucks, Twitter, and Verizon Media. HackerOne was ranked fifth on the Fast Company World’s Most Innovative Companies list for 2020. Headquartered in San Francisco, HackerOne has a presence in London, New York, the Netherlands, France, Singapore, and over 70 other locations across the globe. About Defense Digital Service The Defense Digital Service was established by the U.S. Secretary of Defense in November 2015 as a SWAT team of nerds that provides the best in modern technical knowledge designed to bolster national defense. We are primarily based in the Pentagon, but we also have satellite offices in Augusta, Georgia and co-located at the Defense Innovation Unit in Mountain View, California. Our range of talent includes world-class software developers, designers, product managers, digital experts and bureaucracy hackers from both the private sector and within government.

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Deloitte Launches New AI Platform CortexAI for Government

Deloitte | February 01, 2021

As the new Administration and statehouses the nation over work to handle key needs across the elements of wellbeing, financial recuperation, environment and racial imbalances, information and its powerful use through arising AI innovations will be key empowering influences. To quicken the reception of AI in government, Deloitte today declared its new AI platform, CortexAI™ for Government. Intended to quicken AI sending among public area associations, CortexAI for Government consolidates demonstrated government and industry solutions with AI models, apparatuses and specialized designs tailored to help public area missions with an emphasis on AI quality, review and morals. "AI is more than technology. Through CortexAI for Government, we will help agency leaders and frontline public servants introduce new AI solutions and execute their organizations' missions more effectively and with reduced cost," said Ed Van Buren, principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP and leader of Deloitte's public sector AI practice. "We are also deeply committed to advancing the ethical use of AI so that its use in American government becomes a model for the commercial sector and the world." Solutions built on CortexAI for Government already serving government clients A few administrative organizations and state governments are now utilizing applications and solutions fueled by CortexAI for Government to drive their central goal, enable their workers, and better serve people in general. Quite, Deloitte's RegExplorer™, which utilizes AI to break down a huge number of guidelines, permits policymakers to rapidly recognize clashing or obsolete guidelines, improve and modernize guidelines, and empower significant change. "When you are trying to comb through regs at different state agencies, it takes a long time," said Carrie Kuruc, director of Ohio's Common Sense Initiative, speaking about RegExplorer. "When you have tech that can do it quickly, you take it in a heartbeat." Democratizing AI for wide government adoption and deployment CortexAI for Government gives a blend of on-platform, mission-situated applications and solutions and in-platform models, instruments and curated informational collections. Planned explicitly to address the issues of government customers, CortexAI for Government can send and scale regardless of where an office is in their AI modernization venture. "CortexAI for Government is an innovation platform that enables organizations to quickly operationalize AI capabilities and address specific mission and mission support needs," said Mark White, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP and lead for CortexAI for Government. "That means agencies can drive new capabilities quickly and at a larger scale, while also saving government resources." About Deloitte Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to many of the world's most admired brands, including nearly 90% of the Fortune 500® and more than 7,000 private companies. Our people come together for the greater good and work across the industry sectors that drive and shape today's marketplace — delivering measurable and lasting results that help reinforce public trust in our capital markets, inspire clients to see challenges as opportunities to transform and thrive, and help lead the way toward a stronger economy and a healthier society. Deloitte is proud to be part of the largest global professional services network serving our clients in the markets that are most important to them. Now celebrating 175 years of service, our network of member firms spans more than 150 countries and territories.

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