U.S. Commerce Department extends Huawei license through May 15

U.S. Commerce Department | March 11, 2020

The Trump administration said on Tuesday it was extending a license allowing U.S. companies to continue doing business with China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd until May 15. The U.S. Commerce Department has issued a series of extensions of the temporary license and had previously extended it until April 1. Huawei, the second-largest maker of smartphones, is also a major telecom equipment that provides 5G network technology. After adding Huawei to an economic blacklist in May citing national security concerns, the U.S. Commerce Department has allowed it to purchase some American-made goods in a move aimed at minimizing disruption for its customers, many of which operate wireless networks in rural America.

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The Draft White Paper on Local Government Reform signals an important pathway towards modernization and transformation of the Local Government system in Trinidad. Today, the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT) recognizes that the environment in which we operate is characterized by rapid and continuous change and this has provided the impetus for transforming and modernizing our local communities to become resilient in such turbulent environment. As such, we embrace the diverse opportunities presented by the challenges to respond creatively in developing and establishing institutional structures, system and processes at the Local Government level that can facilitate more effective quality service delivery, viable sustainable communities and balanced regional development.

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The Draft White Paper on Local Government Reform signals an important pathway towards modernization and transformation of the Local Government system in Trinidad. Today, the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT) recognizes that the environment in which we operate is characterized by rapid and continuous change and this has provided the impetus for transforming and modernizing our local communities to become resilient in such turbulent environment. As such, we embrace the diverse opportunities presented by the challenges to respond creatively in developing and establishing institutional structures, system and processes at the Local Government level that can facilitate more effective quality service delivery, viable sustainable communities and balanced regional development.

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IBM and Raytheon Technologies to Collaborate on Artificial Intelligence, Cryptography and Quantum Technologies

IBM | October 13, 2021

IBM and Raytheon Technologies will jointly develop advanced artificial intelligence, cryptographic and quantum solutions for the aerospace, defense and intelligence industries, including the federal government, as part of a strategic collaboration agreement the companies announced today. Artificial intelligence and quantum technologies give aerospace and government customers the ability to design systems more quickly, better secure their communications networks and improve decision-making processes. By combining IBM's breakthrough commercial research with Raytheon Technologies' own research, plus aerospace and defense expertise, the companies will be able to crack once-unsolvable challenges. "The rapid advancement of quantum computing and its exponential capabilities has spawned one of the greatest technological races in recent history – one that demands unprecedented agility and speed. Our new collaboration with Raytheon Technologies will be a catalyst in advancing these state-of-the-art technologies – combining their expertise in aerospace, defense and intelligence with IBM's next-generation technologies to make discovery faster, and the scope of that discovery larger than ever." Dario Gil, senior vice president, IBM, and director of Research In addition to artificial intelligence and quantum, the companies will jointly research and develop advanced cryptographic technologies that lie at the heart of some of the toughest problems faced by the aerospace industry and government agencies. "Take something as fundamental as encrypted communications," said Mark E. Russell, Raytheon Technologies chief technology officer. "As computing and quantum technologies advance, existing cybersecurity and cryptography methods are at risk of becoming vulnerable. IBM and Raytheon Technologies will now be able to collaboratively help customers maintain secure communications and defend their networks better than previously possible." The companies are building a technical collaboration team to quickly insert IBM's commercial technologies into active aerospace, defense and intelligence programs. The same team will also identify promising technologies for jointly developing long-term system solutions by investing research dollars and talent. About IBM IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider, helping clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM's hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently, and securely. IBM's breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM's commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity, and service. About Raytheon Technologies Raytheon Technologies Corporation is an aerospace and defense company that provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government customers worldwide. With four industry-leading businesses ― Collins Aerospace Systems, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defense ― the company delivers solutions that push the boundaries in avionics, cybersecurity, directed energy, electric propulsion, hypersonics, and quantum physics. The company, formed in 2020 through the combination of Raytheon Company and the United Technologies Corporation aerospace businesses, is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

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Netwrix Announces Government Market Findings from its 2020 Cyber Threats Report

Netwrix | October 21, 2020

Netwrix, a cybersecurity vendor that makes data security easy, today announced government market findings from its 2020 Cyber Threats Report. Netwrix conducted this online survey in June 2020 to understand how the pandemic and ensuing work-from-home initiatives changed the IT risk landscape. With the pandemic, the public sector has become extremely worried about cyberattacks. Nearly all respondents (98%) are now concerned about supply chain compromise, 95% named VPN exploitation as a top threat and 82% cited credential stuffing.

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Booz Allen and Databricks Collaborate to Drive Value for Federal Agencies with Unified Data Analytics

Booz Allen Hamilton | June 01, 2021

Booz Allen Hamilton announced a partnership with Databricks, a data and artificial intelligence (AI) company, to drive business value by unifying data and AI to meet federal agencies' data challenges and advance their missions. Booz Allen's innovative, industry-leading analytics capabilities deliver mission-critical technologies, services, and strategies to help clients realize their full data analytics potential in any environment. When combined with Databricks' Lakehouse Platform, which helps organizations accelerate innovation by unifying data engineering, data science, machine learning, and analytics within a single open, collaborative platform for all of their data-driven use cases, agencies now have access to even faster, more efficient end-to-end solutions to address their most pressing needs. Booz Allen is the federal government's largest provider of AI services, and it already provides some of the most advanced AI, machine learning, and data architecture solutions through its work with the Joint AI Center, Army Futures Command, and Veterans Benefits Administration, among other defense, civilian, and intelligence agencies. Databricks and Booz Allen's combined power delivers an unmatched resource for data-driven insights and decision-making, with key applications including: • Scalable Enterprise AI Operations • Fraud, Waste and Abuse Detection and Mitigation • Genomics Data Processing Booz Allen was named Federal Consulting Partner of the Year at Databricks' 2021 Partner Executive Summit for its significant global impact and substantial investments in training, marketing, and solutions as the leading provider of AI services to federal agencies. The collaboration between Booz Allen and Databricks has already resulted in many successful joint implementations, over 500 Databricks practitioners, and several accelerator solutions to drive results satisfying critical government data missions. About Booz Allen Hamilton For nearly a century, military, government, and business leaders have relied on Booz Allen Hamilton to solve their most challenging problems. We help organizations transform into consulting firms with experts in analytics, digital, engineering, and cyber. We are a key partner in some of the most innovative programs for governments worldwide, and the most sensitive agencies trust us. We collaborate with clients, using a mission-first approach to select the best strategy and technology to help them realize their vision. Our company, which has its global headquarters in McLean, Virginia, employs over 27,700 people globally and had revenue of $7.9 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021.

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