U.S. House Democrats call off budget vote after liberal revolt

Reuters | April 10, 2019

U.S. House of Representatives Democrats on Tuesday canceled a planned floor vote on legislation to set federal spending levels for next year after the party’s left wing demanded more money for domestic programs. It was an awkward moment for Democrats, who won control of the House from Republicans in last November’s congressional elections, but now appear unable to unify liberals and moderates around a budget plan. The House vote had been planned for Wednesday and would have been the first step in negotiations with the Republican-led Senate over spending levels. Republicans, when they led the House, had similar difficulties. Over the years, Congress has frequently failed to pass a budget blueprint.

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Resecurity Broadens Alliance with Cloud Seguro in Colombia

Resecurity | September 12, 2022

Resecurity, Inc., a U.S. cybersecurity and intelligence company, announced its deepened partnership with Cloud Seguro to expand Resecurity's AI-driven cybersecurity solutions and services to Colombia. Based in Bogotá, Cloud Seguro is a leading Colombian Information Security, Ethical Hacking and Cloud Security company. As Colombia's digital economy expands, cyber threats are increasingly prominent; the first half of 2020 saw a 59% increase in reports of computer crimes compared to the same period of the previous year. In 2019, Colombia was among the countries in Latin America most targeted by cyber criminals. Cybersecurity has become a frequent topic of policy concern for Colombia. The government proposed a Consolidated Guiding Vision in document CONPES 3701, which seeks to generate national cybersecurity policy guidelines. The aim is to develop a national strategy that counteracts the increase in computer threats to Colombia's digitization process. [1] To accelerate the implementation of AI-powered cybersecurity and threat intelligence in Colombia, Resecurity has further partnered with Cloud Seguro to provide Colombian customers best-in-breed risk management. "The relationship between Colombia and the United States has continuously strengthened over the last 300 years to a full partnership that links the governments of both nations around several key issues, including, most recently, terrorism and cybercrime; our deepened partnership with our existing reseller in Colombia, Cloud Seguro, is a natural expansion as Colombia invests in cybersecurity to secure private and public organizations, leveraging AI Resecurity is excited to build a deep relationship with Cloud Seguro to drive cybersecurity market development in Colombia, including participating together in co-organized events and cybersecurity contests." -Gene Yoo, CEO of Resecurity. The synergy between Cloud Seguro and Resecurity will accelerate proactive managed threat detection, vulnerability assessment and penetration testing (VAPT) services for Colombian market. The offering will enable local business leaders to mitigate possible cybesecurity risks and minimize damage from the consequences of data breaches and ransomware activity targeting companies in critical sectors of economy in Latin America. Resecurity's innovative cybersecurity solutions allow organizations to automate the identification, assessment, and triage of incoming cyber threats while staying ahead of cybercriminals using advanced tactics to attack organizations at scale. The AI-driven platform allows administrators to reduce potential blind spots and security gaps by quickly seeing in-depth analysis and specific artifacts obtained through the dark web, botnets activity, network intelligence, and high-quality threat intelligence. "Risk must be identified in each of the processes of companies, not only in technology management; each process has a risk and needs special management in information security. Our alliance with Resecurity allows us to use their bleeding-edge tools and highly innovative team to augment our own team on the ground in Colombia to provide our Colombian customers with unparalleled services, across on-premise, private cloud and public cloud." -German Realpe, CEO and co-founder of Cloud Seguro. About Resecurity: Resecurity is a cybersecurity company providing managed threat detection and response. The company delivers a unified platform for endpoint protection, risk management, and cyber threat intelligence. Known for providing best-of-breed data-driven intelligence solutions, Resecurity's services and platforms focus on early-warning identification of data breaches and comprehensive protection against cybersecurity risks. Founded in 2016, it has been globally recognized as one of the world's most innovative cybersecurity companies with the sole mission of enabling organizations to combat cyber threats regardless of how sophisticated they are. Most recently, Resecurity was named as one of the Top 10 fastest-growing private cybersecurity companies in Los Angeles, California by Inc. Magazine. An official member of AFCEA, NDIA, SIA, Infragard, the American Chamber of Commerce in Saudi Arabia (AmChamKSA) and the American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico (AmChamMexico). About Cloud Seguro: Founded in 2011, Cloud Seguro's information security consulting is based on managing risk, which is different for each company. Identifying the risks is the best way to understand how to create an information security management system. When the risk of a company's processes and assets is understood, security controls can be implemented, including encryption, technological tools, digital signatures, electronic signatures, VPNs, software, and others. Cloud Seguro has created a simple methodology that is based on processes, procedures and technical controls. With this methodology, it is easy to certify a process over time under the framework of the ISO 27001 standard. Cloud Seguro's clients are from myriad verticals, including health, services, and Fintech.

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Quantexa And Vodafone Partner To Provide Even Better Experience For Vodafone Business Customers In The UK

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS | November 29, 2022

Quantexa - a global leader in Decision Intelligence (DI) solutions for the private and public sectors - announced that it has partnered with Vodafone, the technology communications company, to connect scattered and siloed data points across Vodafone to deliver an improved experience for its business customers. Quantexa’s Decision Intelligence Platform was chosen by Vodafone for its advanced capabilities in data management and customer insights which enabled Vodafone to marry difficult to match data sets across its business and learn more about their customers. As a result, Vodafone can make quick and confident decisions to provide their customers with more relevant offerings and improved service. Quantexa’s Decision Intelligence (DI) platform was commercially deployed on Vodafone’s new Google Cloud environment and gives Vodafone insight into the interactions a customer has with them, including the products and services customers have purchased. Understanding customers from a 360-degree view will support the organization in giving prompts to the sales teams to drive timely client engagement. The new platform was delivered into commercial use with speed following a completed deal agreement in late Q1 of this year. It will initially be used in Vodafone’s small to medium business customer segments, and Vodafone will extend the platform to include SoHo and large business customers over the coming months. The partnership started when Quantexa joined Tomorrow Street – a joint-venture between Vodafone and the Luxembourg Government - that connects innovative technology companies, corporate partners, and Vodafone functions to establish and grow new business opportunities. Quantexa works with clients across several industries including banking, insurance, telco, and the public sector including government. Vodafone is the first company in the UK telecommunications industry to use Quantexa’s ground-breaking DI Platform to improve its customers’ experience. “We are delighted to be using Quantexa’s state-of-the-art Decision Intelligence Platform to ensure we are maximising the value of data, making the best decisions for our customers, and improving the services we offer. As a technology communications company, we recognise the importance of working with innovative companies in emerging technology categories, like Quantexa. Vodafone’s Tomorrow Street initiative to identify and accelerate innovation, is an exciting programme that we are delighted to work with.” -Nick Gliddon, UK Business Director, Vodafone. Vishal Marria, CEO, Quantexa, said, Forward-thinking organizations know they can only make strategic decisions and improve customer experiences using data that can be trusted. The first step is creating a single view of every customer. I’m thrilled that our Decision Intelligence Platform is helping Vodafone create a better experience for its business customers. I’m proud of what we’ve achieved alongside Tomorrow Street in what has been, and will continue to be, a fantastic collaboration. Creating long-term value from data is a focus of leading organizations world-wide and working with a leader like Vodafone in the telco space is an important milestone for the business. About Quantexa: Quantexa is a global data and analytics software company pioneering Contextual Decision Intelligence that empowers organizations to make trusted operational decisions by making data meaningful. Using the latest advancements in big data and AI, Quantexa’s platform uncovers hidden risk and new opportunities by providing a contextual, connected view of internal and external data in a single place. It solves major challenges across data management, KYC, customer intelligence, financial crime, risk, fraud, and security, throughout the customer lifecycle. The Quantexa Contextual Decision Intelligence Platform enhances operational performance with over 90% more accuracy and 60 times faster analytical model resolution than traditional approaches. Founded in 2016, Quantexa now has more than 500 employees and thousands of users working with billions of transactions and data points across the world. The company has offices in London, New York, Boston, Brussels, UAE, Malaga, Toronto, Singapore, Melbourne, and Sydney. About Vodafone in the UK: Vodafone is a technology communications company that connects people, businesses and devices to help our customers benefit from digital innovation. Our services span mobile, fixed line connections, home and office broadband, and the Internet of Things (IoT). We have a strong track record as a tech pioneer, making the UK’s first mobile phone call, sending the first text message, and making the UK’s first live holographic call using 5G in 2018. We were also the first to start carrying live 5G traffic from a site in Salford, Greater Manchester. As of March 2022, we have 5G in 380 locations across Europe – 141 in the UK and 239 across Germany, Spain, Italy and Ireland. Our 4G network coverage currently reaches more than 99% of the UK population. Today, Vodafone serves more than 18 million mobile and fixed-line customers in the UK. To help deliver Gigabit UK, our full-fibre broadband roll-out programme now covers 26 UK towns and cities, rising to 35 over the coming months through partnerships with CityFibre and Openreach. Our full-fibre services are now available to more than eight million homes across the UK.

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Orca Security’s FedRAMP Ready Platform Brings Improved Security to U.S. Government Agency and Contractor FedRAMP Cloud Estates

Orca Security | October 28, 2022

Orca Security, the pioneer of agentless cloud security, today announced that it achieved the FedRAMP Ready designation. With this designation, Orca now provides a fully agentless Cloud Security Platform for Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) environments within the U.S. Federal Government, its agencies and contractors. The Orca Platform is now listed on the FedRAMP Marketplace, the official online repository for FedRAMP Cloud Service Offerings (CSOs). The FedRAMP Ready designation attests to the robust security of the Orca platform and the federal program is generally considered one of the strictest security certifications. Orca’s agentless Cloud Security Platform enables government organizations, as well as their contractors and SaaS providers, to gain comprehensive insight into cloud workloads, configurations, and identities while adhering to the stringent FedRAMP security requirements. “We are thrilled to have achieved FedRAMP Ready status and look forward to making a valuable contribution towards securing federal cloud environments, Our comprehensive Cloud Security Platform offers wide and deep visibility into the entire cloud estate, is fast and frictionless to deploy, and surfaces and prioritizes risks across cloud workloads, configurations, and identities - without requiring a single agent. We are excited to be able to offer our platform while adhering to the stringent security and privacy requirements set by the U.S. government.” -Avi Shua, CEO of Orca Security. To achieve a FedRAMP Ready designation, a SaaS provider must undergo a rigorous independent security assessment conducted by a third-party assessment organization (3PAO) to ensure that it complies with NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-63B, and implements strong security controls for storing government data. Orca’s agentless SideScanning technology and Unified Data Model provide 100% visibility and context into the entire FedRAMP environment, including VMs, containers, Kubernetes, serverless, storage, functions, databases, identities, and APIs. This enables security teams of federal organizations and those providing services to the U.S. government to quickly identify and address the vulnerabilities and misconfigurations that present the highest risks to mission-critical data without any of the security blind spots, organizational friction, high TCO, and performance degradation of agents. “As we survey the federal cloud landscape, we see an IT community wrestling with the practices and paradigms of agent-based security that was not built for the cloud, Our identification of these challenges drove our investment in Orca Security as a technology partner with an eye towards FedRAMP certification. We look forward to the finalization of Orca’s FedRAMP certification, which we see as a catalyst to the realization of successful IT modernization within the federal government.” -Shawn Kingsberry, VP of Cyber Innovation at SAIC. About Orca Security: Orca Security is the pioneer of agentless cloud security that is trusted by hundreds of enterprises globally. Orca makes cloud security possible for enterprises moving to and scaling in the cloud with its patented SideScanning™ technology and Unified Data Model. The Orca Cloud Security Platform delivers the world's most comprehensive coverage and visibility of all risks across the cloud. With continuous first-to-market innovations and expertise, the Orca Platform ensures security teams quickly identify and remediate risks to keep their businesses secure.

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