US Government-Funded Android Phones Come With Pre-Installed Malware

CPO Magazine | January 23, 2020

United States government-funded Android phones contain unremovable pre-installed malware, according to a recent report by cybersecurity firm Malwarebytes. The report, which was first published by Malwarebytes researcher Nathan Collier on January 9, alleges that the low-end Android phone UMX U686CL contains two independent pieces of pre-installed malware. According to Collier, this malware leaves the Android phone vulnerable to invasive advertising, as well to the auto-installation of apps without the user’s permission.

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Haley Barbour, former RNC Chair and former Governor of Mississippi, insists that Donald Trump needs to focus on policy discussions in a serious manner, as well as what he would do to counter the ineffective economic policies of the Obama administration.

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Haley Barbour, former RNC Chair and former Governor of Mississippi, insists that Donald Trump needs to focus on policy discussions in a serious manner, as well as what he would do to counter the ineffective economic policies of the Obama administration.

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Viasat Awarded Department of Defense Contract to Perform Vulnerability Assessment Tests in New Cybersecurity Pilot Program

Viasat | October 21, 2021

Viasat Inc., a global communications company, today announced it was awarded a Department of Defense (DoD) contract to provide vulnerability assessment testing and response support under a new pilot program focused on improving the cybersecurity and resilience of DoD weapon systems. Viasat will be the first external cybersecurity team to perform these assessments through the pilot, which aims to drive efficiencies to automate mission and threat-based security assessments at-scale using analytics and a proven methodology for intelligence gathering, threat modeling, vulnerability analysis and exploitation. As part of the pilot, Viasat will analyze key components within a highly complex, interconnected DoD weapon system architecture that could be vulnerable to an attack. The analysis will also include cyber and software defined radio threat assessments to address networking, Internet of Things and radio frequency interfaces to the weapon system. "DoD's leadership focus on weapon system cyber resilience is essential. Recent cyberattacks against the U.S. government provide a clear reminder that we must minimize vulnerabilities through active insights and harden core networks. As the battlespace is modernizing quickly, and the use of commercial technologies and systems are being rapidly deployed in DoD's infrastructure, performing robust vulnerability assessment tests is critical to identifying and addressing potential gaps in technology, as well as determining if platforms are potentially vulnerable to attack." Craig Miller, president, Viasat Government Systems Miller continued, "Viasat takes a holistic approach to cybersecurity and we're excited to partner with the DoD to provide a comprehensive, scalable vulnerability assessment capability, leveraging the power of analytics-based automation to create efficiencies and enable rapid and continuous evaluations. This will help keep pace with commercial technology development and chart a path to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) driven threat-based cybersecurity assessments." Viasat was selected based on its extensive experience and award-winning expertise in DoD cybersecurity, as well as its unique view of the threat landscape across global government and commercial services and a customizable approach to information security. For 35 years, Viasat has been a provider of cybersecurity and information assurance systems to secure U.S. Government, critical infrastructure and commercial networks. As a global satellite internet service provider, Viasat protects its networks and prevents billions of cyberattacks daily. Its history and expertise, paired with expert analysis of data across its network, provides a diverse view of the global cyber threat landscape that allows for the creation and delivery of expert-level security solutions. About Viasat Viasat is a global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. For 35 years, Viasat has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the world communicate. Today, the Company is developing the ultimate global communications network to power high-quality, secure, affordable, fast connections to impact people's lives anywhere they are—on the ground, in the air or at sea. To learn more about Viasat, visit: www.viasat.com, go to Viasat's Corporate Blog, or follow the Company on social media at: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter or YouTube.

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Deloitte Acquires Sentek Global's Business to Expand Systems Engineering to Support U.S. Navy, Additional Military Branches and Federal Agencies

Deloitte | July 27, 2021

Deloitte said today that it has acquired almost all of the assets of Sentek Consulting, Inc., a San Diego-based systems engineering and cybersecurity company that mainly serves the United States Navy. "The acquisition of Sentek Global's business will strengthen Deloitte's existing presence in San Diego while also expanding our current mission-focused systems engineering capabilities and cyber offerings to other military branches and federal agencies," said Mike Canning, US Government & Public Services Industry leader and principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP. Deloitte's Defense, Security, and Justice sector head and principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Heather Reilly, said, "Deloitte is committed to providing mission-relevant, complex, and technology-enabled engineering, analytics, and transformation solutions to our Department of Defense customers (DoD). Sentek Global's skills complement our complement of experienced system engineering and cybersecurity experts, enhancing DoD's ability to accelerate engineering and acquisition procedures to guarantee effective and reliable systems for our warfighters. It also allows us to welcome Sentek Global professionals who have previously served in the armed forces into our veteran workforce." Mark Nace, principal of Deloitte & Touche LLP and Government & Public Services leader for the Cyber & Strategic Risk practice at Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory, stated, "As cyber threats to all organizations, particularly U.S. federal agencies, increase and become more complex, we are investing to assist our clients in preventing, detecting, and minimizing those emerging threats. We can now do so due to the inclusion of Sentek Global's capabilities." Sentek Global provides program management and integrated logistics services in addition to systems engineering and cybersecurity to the Defense, Security, and Justice sectors. Sentek Global's CEO and founder, Eric Basu, said, "Sentek Global and Deloitte share many values, not the least of which is the provision of high-quality services and solutions to government agencies. We are partnering with Deloitte to assist our government clients in addressing complex systems engineering and cybersecurity issues, as well as to accelerate the scaling of our services for defense, security, and justice sector organizations."

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George Mason's Center for Business Civic Engagement and UiPath Launches Robotic Process Automation Initiative

UiPath | January 12, 2021

The Center for Business Civic Engagement (CBCE) at George Mason University (Mason) declared today the foundation of the Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Initiative in association with driving endeavor RPA programming organization UiPath to decide the effect of RPA on government viability and effectiveness. The mission of the RPA Initiative is to explore, instruct, and impart how the reception of this arising innovation can improve efficiency, activities, and administration conveyance of public area associations. The RPA Initiative will likewise examine and suggest conceivable administration models and public arrangement activities for RPA sending with regards to the more extensive financial standpoint and the eventual fate of work. “We are excited to partner with UiPath, a leader and innovator, and look forward to helping determine how RPA usage can improve the working of public sector organizations and succeed in meeting the ever-growing demand for services among stakeholders,” said Dr. David K. Rehr, Director of the Center and a faculty member at the Schar School of Policy and Government at Mason. “The RPA industry has risen to the occasion to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic through civic engagement. This is a critical endeavor and timely moment in our history.” “Mason has a history of innovation, technology, and studying public policy. We believe the partnership is a great fit and will benefit citizens seeking greater value in public sector programs and initiatives,” said Bobby Patrick, UiPath CMO. “Our Center at Mason focuses on researching ways to make government more effective and efficient. We have seen recent examples of RPA deployments throughout federal, local, and state governments helping to confront the COVID pandemic while protecting the safety of our citizens,” continued Rehr. These mission-empowering advancements offer extraordinary assistance in making government programs more effective and delivery government representatives from dull, everyday work, permitting them to be more innovative and inventive in this new typical. About the Center for Business Civic Engagement at George Mason University (GMU) The mission of the Center for Business Civic Engagement is to study the impact of the application of business theory and principles to government to determine if government can be both more effective and efficient for its stakeholders. About UiPath UiPath has a vision to deliver the Fully Automated Enterprise™, one where companies use automation to unlock their greatest potential. UiPath offers an end-to-end platform for automation, combining the leading Robotic Process Automation (RPA) solution with a full suite of capabilities that enable every organization to rapidly scale digital business operations.

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