US Government Agencies Outline Security Strategy for 2020 Election

Infosecurity Magazine | October 23, 2019

American government agencies gathered in Washington, DC, yesterday to describe how they plan to fight interference in next year's presidential election. In a lengthy hearing titled Securing America's Elections Part II: Oversight of Government Agencies, high-ranking members of the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, the US Election Assistance Commission, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) gave testimony before the House Judiciary Committee.

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Google Cloud Launches Zero-Trust Offerings for the Government

Google Cloud | July 21, 2021

Google Cloud today announced new Zero Trust offerings for government, a set of services designed to assist US federal, state, and local government organizations in implementing Zero Trust architecture by the Biden Administration's Executive Order on Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards. Google Cloud is introducing three new service options to assist departments and agencies in meeting Zero Trust requirements: Offerings for Zero Trust Assessment and Planning: The Zero Trust Assessment and Planning solution, provided by Google Cloud's professional services organization (PSO), is intended to assist the government in meeting security objectives via Zero Trust architecture planning for key applications and data. The PSO team at Google Cloud will assist government organizations on the culture change, policies, and technology required to create a Zero Trust framework, which will be provided in phases to ensure success inside the customer's infrastructure. In addition, this new service will assist government agencies in using Google Cloud tools to support existing assets and infrastructure in the cloud, on-premises, or hybrid settings. Secure Application Access Anywhere offering: Google Cloud is also introducing Secure Application Access Anywhere, a new container-based solution for secure application access and monitoring. Secure Application Access Anywhere may be a scalable, highly responsive alternative for government network border systems. This solution, developed in collaboration with Palo Alto Networks and Google Cloud's PSO team, uses Google Cloud's Anthos to deploy and manage containers that enable secure access and monitoring for applications in the cloud or on-premises environments. A recent successful prototype of this solution with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU)—an entity inside the Defense Department in accelerating DIU's Zero Trust journey by allowing users to access software-as-a-service (SaaS) apps directly over the internet. Active Cyber Threat Detection offering: Google Cloud's new Active Cyber Threat Detection offering may assist government organizations in rapidly determining whether they have been compromised by cyberattacks that they have not yet identified. Active Cyber Threat Detection is provided by Google Cloud partners Deloitte and Fishtech CYDERES and builds on the proven capabilities of Google Cloud's Chronicle threat hunting, detection, and investigation platform. This service will enable government organizations of all sizes to easily analyze their historical and current log data to detect risks with confidence and quickness. In addition to these new offerings, Google Cloud provides several existing solutions that assist government organizations in accelerating their journey to Zero Trust as well as protecting against and recovering from cyberattacks: • BeyondCorp Enterprise: Google's Zero Trust access solution secures access to internal web apps, SaaS applications, and cloud resources using access rules based on identity and device contextual data. It also provides customers with integrated threat and data security, such as malware and data leakage prevention and credential protection. • Google Workspace also uses Google's Zero Trust technologies to provide a secure email, communication, and collaboration solution. • Actifio GO can help organizations better respond to ransomware attacks by offering scalable and efficient incremental data protection and a unique near-instant data recovery capability. When combined, these Google Cloud services can accelerate the US government's Zero Trust efforts to defend against cyberattacks while also enhancing detection, response, and recovery from cyberattacks that do occur. About Google Cloud With the finest infrastructure, platform, industry solutions, and expertise, Google Cloud accelerates companies' ability to change their businesses digitally. We provide enterprise-grade solutions that utilize Google's cutting-edge technology – all on the industry's cleanest cloud. As a result, customers in over 200 countries and territories rely on Google Cloud as a reliable partner to help them grow and solve their most pressing business problems.

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SyncDog Announces Partnership with Deltek Marketplace to Empower Compliance

SyncDog Inc. | November 10, 2021

SyncDog, Inc., the leading Independent Software Vendor (ISV) for next generation mobile security and data loss prevention, today announced that they are joining Deltek's Marketplace, to bring the first fully integrated end-to-end mobile security solution to global enterprises and government agencies. Through this partnership with Deltek, the leading global provider of software and solutions for project-based businesses, SyncDog will help government contractors and other organizations rapidly deploy a zero-trust security framework across their mobile endpoint landscape to comply with the requirements outlined in the Cyber Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), NIST 800-171 and other regulations focused on data protection and privacy. Organizations in both the public and private sectors are consuming and generating more mobile data than ever before, and current device policies fall far short on security, compliance, and productivity. As a result, the U.S. Federal Government is now demanding all organizations that access or share government data – including commercial companies that do contract-based work for the government – go to great lengths to prove that government data is only being viewed and shared with only those who are authorized to use it. The ability of these institutions to achieve compliance and adopt the cybersecurity and data protection standards outlined in industry frameworks is more critical than ever. SyncDog's Secure.Systems, provides a holistic, zero-trust approach that helps bring organizations into compliance with CMMC, NIST 800-171 and other cyber and data privacy regulations without requiring a trade-off in security and productivity. SyncDog's unified Trusted Mobile Workspace (TMW) provides validated FIPS 140-2 level security against advanced mobile cyber threats and streamlines device management to make achieving compliance with internal and external regulations an easy step. "SyncDog is thrilled to expand access to our next generation, zero-trust mobility solution to the unique security requirement government contractors now need to resolve. As seen most recently with the Pegasus spyware attacks, mobile phones are being heavily targeted by cybercriminals. Our addition to the Deltek Marketplace will help equip organizations with the critical mobile security, compliance, and productivity tools they need to continue – and improve - business operations securely and efficiently. Government contractors and other organizations will have peace of mind knowing that our technology has simplified the process of complying with emerging regulations, and maybe more importantly, greatly minimized their attack surface while enabling autonomy and data privacy for employees." Brian Egenrieder, Chief Revenue Officer at SyncDog SyncDog leverages a validated FIPS 140-2, AES 256-bit encrypted container that houses corporate and government email, files, and apps on employees' mobile devices. SyncDog's Secure.Systems is a Zero-Trust end-to-end mobile security workspace that has multiple components, including Mobile Device Management, Secure Enterprise Messaging, Mobile Threat Defense, Private App Store and Containerization. With organizations looking to achieve CMMC and NIST 800-171 compliance, SyncDog can simplify the process and ensure employees are equipped with the data and apps they need to do their job, with the device they have on hand. Secure.Systems can be seamlessly integrated into any existing mobile device: Android or iOS, Corporate Owned or Personally owned (BYOD), Managed or Un-managed. SyncDog will be able to simplify the process of achieving compliance without hindering productivity. About SyncDog Inc. SyncDog is the leading ISV for building mobile frameworks that extend app functionality to devices while securing corporate and government networks from mobile-endpoint threats. SyncDog's flagship solution, Secure.Systems, delivers a rich and unimpeded mobile experience for employees working remotely, and supports a multitude of enterprise productivity apps within a NIST-certified (FIPS 140-2 cert. #2687) workspace. Secure.Systems is ideal for organizations that want to deliver a rich mobile app experience across BYOD, CYOD (choose your own device), or other endpoint device policy. Secure.Systems is a natural complement to security and compliance auditing initiatives to satisfy the mandates of HIPAA, GDPR, PCI DSS, GLBA, FISMA, and other laws/standards for data security.

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Infor Launches Infor Public Sector in the UK

Infor | October 11, 2021

Infor, the industry cloud company, today announced it has launched Infor Public Sector, a dedicated multi-tenant cloud offering for the UK public sector. The solution combines Infor CloudSuite Public Sector, Financials and Supply Chain Management (FSCM), Infor People Solutions (HR & Talent) with the dedicated public sector enterprise asset management capabilities of Infor Hansen, all of which run on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Infor Public Sector will ensure that local and central government and arms-length bodies remain on the most up-to-date software releases to provide robust, secure and easily managed services. To ensure compliance with the applicable data residency regulations, Infor Public Sector can be deployed via AWS in London. As part of the offering, Infor will build on more than two decades of experience with UK public sector organizations such as South West Water, Borders College, London Fire Brigade and Viewpoint Housing; and many global customers including the City of Coral Gables in Florida, US, Ras Al Khaimah Wastewater Agency (RAKWA) in UAE, and the City of Franklin in Tennessee, USA. "Through the pandemic, cloud technology has proven to be an essential enabler for remote working across the public sector. The opportunity to replace cumbersome, frequently insecure, on-premises applications and expensive datacenters that demand a lot of management makes for an immediately attractive option. Now Infor can offer the UK public sector the ability to stay up-to-date and secure, keeping data on UK shores, whilst delivering highly relevant proven functionality, as well as multi-tenant options that open the possibility of shared services. And all of this is backed by our knowledge in addressing public sector challenges from across the globe. This makes for an incredibly compelling business case throughout both local and central governments." Anwen Robinson, Infor senior vice president and general manager for the UK & Ireland "Our public sector customers; from local and central government, blue light services and education are all having to deal with further budgetary constraints since the Covid pandemic but are still looking for industry-leading solutions that offer real value," said Jay Parekh, FifthQuadrant partner. "FifthQuadrant's expertise comes from years of supporting clients through complex organisational challenges, and this is now matched by Infor Public Sector's robust and secure software, with critical functionality available straight out-of-the-box." About Infor Infor is a global leader in business cloud software specialized by industry. Providing mission-critical enterprise applications to 65,000 customers in more than 175 countries, Infor software is designed to deliver more value and less risk, with more sustainable operational advantages. We empower our 17,000 employees to leverage their deep industry expertise and use data-driven insights to create, learn and adapt quickly to solve emerging business and industry challenges. Infor is committed to providing our customers with modern tools to transform their business and accelerate their own path to innovation. About FifthQuadrant FifthQuadrant partners with customers across the globe to help them successfully deliver complex change programmes. By aligning the changes required to processes, systems and data, FifthQuadrant's "delivering differently" approach supports organizations to adapt, change and innovate through cloud-based solutions.

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