U.S. corporate bond, IPO markets heat up as recession fears persist

Reuters | September 11, 2019

Corporate America appears to be rushing to get the most out of the decade-long bull market in stocks and bonds before a possible recession and election-year stock market volatility slam the IPO and credit windows shut. Approximately 70 companies have registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to go public, according to estimates from Renaissance Capital, while $72 billion in investment-grade corporate debt – a figure nearly as large as the total issuance in August - was issued last week, according to data from Dealogic. The rash of new deals comes as the U.S.-China trade war weighs on the global economy, helping push 30-year Treasury yields to record lows and increasing fears of a global economic slowdown. U.S. manufacturing activity contracted for the first time in three years in August, while construction spending barely rose in July, helping send business confidence lower, according to the Institute for Supply Management.

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FedRAMP was created so that the US government can use the cloud while still protecting systems and data. FedRAMP helps provide clarity for both government agencies and cloud providers so that each knows what is required for cloud use. If you’re a cloud service provider or a government agency wanting to use the cloud, you must demonstrate that you can meet FedRAMP compliance requirements.

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FedRAMP was created so that the US government can use the cloud while still protecting systems and data. FedRAMP helps provide clarity for both government agencies and cloud providers so that each knows what is required for cloud use. If you’re a cloud service provider or a government agency wanting to use the cloud, you must demonstrate that you can meet FedRAMP compliance requirements.

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UK Government Approves Nine Entrust Solutions for G-Cloud 13 Program, including nShield as a Service

Entrust | November 08, 2022

Entrust, a global leader in trusted payments, identities and digital infrastructure, has had nine of its cloud and associated support services approved for the G-Cloud Framework. This platform enables public bodies in the UK to procure commodity-based, pay-as-you-go cloud services on government-approved, short-term contracts through an online catalogue called the Digital Marketplace. This streamlined procurement process supports the UK government’s ‘Cloud First’ policy and is a key component in the government's ambition to operate a cloud-native digital architecture. The Entrust services that are available on the latest iteration of the framework, G-Cloud 13 are as follows: Entrust nShield as a Service – cloud Hardware Security Modules Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), as either: Managed PKI – A bespoke & dedicated PKI without the need for in-house expertise PKI as a Service (PKIaaS) – Cloud based turnkey PKI SSL Certificates (through our partner Conosco) Identity as a Service (IDaaS) – Identity & Access Management with a broad array of authenticators Managed Certificate Hub – Certificate Lifecycle Management for public and private Certificate Authorities in your enterprise Managed Root Certificate Authority – high assurance Root of Trust for your PKI Managed Microsoft PKI – A managed bespoke and dedicated PKI within Azure Cloud support consultancy – design, onboarding, cryptography and PKI health checks for Entrust G-Cloud services The need to authenticate the identity of people, systems and things is challenging and growing. With the launch of G-Cloud 13, and the inclusion of these nine services from Entrust, government departments and agencies in the UK Public Sector can leverage these solutions to enable secure transactions. As an annually revised platform, G-Cloud 13 will go live on 9 November 2022 and is due to end at 23:59 on the 8 November 2023. Specifically, the addition of nShield as a Service to this roster facilitates UK public sector organizations moving their infrastructure into the cloud while maintaining control of their data security with master keys protected in a hardware security module (HSM), as is best practice. “The UK Government G-Cloud program is a way for public sector organisations to purchase cloud based IT solutions from approved, secure providers. Many of these organisations are looking to move as much of their infrastructure into the cloud as possible and need many of the Entrust cloud solutions to support the security requirements. With Entrust cloud solutions, we give you the capability along with the comfort that, strong controls and governance are consistently applied.” -Robert Hann, Vice President of Centre of Expertise for Entrust Digital Security Solutions. Entrust delivers UK Public Sector organisations G-Cloud approved solutions that ensure that you have a robust, secure and scalable combination of solutions to meet your data protection requirements. This cloud-native framework can help customers who are seeking to reduce their on premises data centre footprint and have more flexibility by replacing big capital outlay with a more predictable and flexible subscription payment model. Furthermore, with a selection of managed and “as-a-Service” solutions from Entrust, customers who are lacking the in-house expertise to manage their identity management or data protection solutions can safely leave it to the experts at Entrust.. About Entrust: Entrust keeps the world moving safely by enabling trusted experiences for identities, payments, and digital infrastructure. We offer an unmatched breadth of solutions that are critical to enabling trust for multi-cloud deployments, mobile identities, hybrid work, machine identity, electronic signatures, encryption and more. With more than 2,800 colleagues, a network of global partners, and customers in over 150 countries, it’s no wonder the world’s most entrusted organisations trust us.

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TechFlow wins $8 Million cloud.gov contract for Govt. Agency Modernization

TechFlow | January 09, 2023

Logistics and digital solutions provider, Techflow, recently announced that it has received the follow-on contract to offer improvement and maintenance support services for the cloud.gov platform, by General Services Administration's (GSA) Technology Transformation Service (TTS). The total estimated value of this specific order for Labor Hours is $8,023,014.80. Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), cloud.gov, is built and operated by TTS to assist teams with delivering federal government applications, and TTS’s cloud.gov shared service handles security and maintenance of everything underneath. For federal agencies to host applications that meet FedRAMP requirements, cloud.gov holds a FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board (JAB) Moderate Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO). Techflow will operate, monitor, maintain, and update a Cloud Foundry deployment and supporting services @underlyingcloud.gov, as mentioned in the terms. It will also provide consultation to the cloud.gov development team for Cloud Foundry’s best practices for existing and new capabilities, automate procedures, and increase the system's resilience. cloud.gov's status as a premium platform allows government organizations to harness cloud capabilities, deploy and update websites faster. In addition, easy adoption and faster processing will enable employees to focus more on application building and server infrastructure administration. "We are honored that the GSA continues to place their trust in us to maintain and expand this important platform to enable modernization initiatives throughout the government and support key missions," Mark Carter, TechFlow President and COO. About TechFlow TechFlow, with headquarters in San Diego, California and satellite offices in Washington, DC and around the United States, provides cutting-edge technology services to its clientele. TechFlow balances automation and human judgment to achieve their client's goals. TechFlow operates in mission-critical markets like digital, platform, base management/logistics, energy and mobility, for both the public and private sectors.

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Haivision Launches FedRAMP for Government to Securely Stream Live Video

Haivision | January 24, 2023

Haivision Systems Inc., a leading global provider of video networking and visual collaboration solutions, announced today that Haivision Hub for Government has achieved Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) "In Process" designation and is currently available on FedRAMP Marketplace as the only video network service. Government agencies can securely stream live video via CDNs, OVPs, EVPs, and social media using the fully managed cloud solution. US Department of Veterans Affairs’ VA approved Haivision's FedRAMP (VA). Live video helps governments succeed today. However, networking exposes agencies to cyberattacks. Even secure companies are vulnerable to cyberattacks. When streaming live video, Haivision Hub for Government protects public sector enterprises' largest risk of network exposure. CIOs can use Haivision Hub for Government to secure live video streaming in accordance with the rules from federal information assurance. Mirko Wicha, President and CEO of Haivision, said, "Our FedRAMP milestone is a powerful example of Haivision's longstanding commitment to ensuring the security of our customer's deployments." He added, "In the FedRAMP process, we've worked rigorously to make Haivision Hub for Government an ideal solution to help government agencies stream securely via the cloud. We're very proud to be the first video network service to achieve this important FedRAMP milestone and to be among the few technology companies to achieve this authorization."  (Source- PRNewswire) FedRAMP standardizes security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. The FY23 NDAA includes the FedRAMP Authorization Act (NDAA). All service models and executive agency cloud deployments require FedRAMP. Haivision Hub for Government has many features that can help agencies share live video content quickly and safely with internal and external audiences. The key features include the following:- Live visual content distribution in real time: Share live video in real-time, giving up-to-date information and events and letting people work together in real-time on mission-critical common operating pictures. Secure: Designed to meet the strict security needs of government agencies (Achieved FedRAMP supporting Department of Defense Impact Level 2 (DoD IL2)). Scalability: Ability to serve a wide range of internal and external audiences. Flexibility: Use the cloud and direct high-performance connectivity options. Simplification: When supporting digital transformation, easily overcome network issues and technological debt. Haivision delivers high-performance, secure video network solutions for mission-critical applications. Getting through rigorous third-party assessments and implementing FedRAMP-compliant policies to protect federal customer data and systems shows that commitment. About Haivision A global pioneer in mission-critical, real-time video networking and visual communication. Our connected cloud and intelligent edge solutions enable global engagement, collaboration, and decision-making globally. We deliver secure, low-latency, high-quality live video worldwide. Haivision created the SRT Alliance to promote their SRT low-latency video streaming protocol. Haivision, which drives the IP video revolution, won four Emmys® for engineering and technology from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Haivision was founded in 2004 in Montreal and Chicago, with offices, sales, and support in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

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