US is preparing to ban foreign-made drones from government use

Tech Crunch | March 12, 2020

The Trump administration is preparing an executive order to ban federal departments and agencies from buying or using foreign-made drones, citing a risk to national security, TechCrunch has learned. The draft order, which was drafted in the past few weeks and seen by TechCrunch, would effectively ban both foreign-made drones or drones made with foreign components out of fear that sensitive data collected during their use could be transferred to adversarial nation-states. The order specifically calls out threats posed by China, a major hub for drone manufacturers that supply both government and consumers, with the prospect that other countries could be added later.

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Doug Hauger, General Manager for National Cloud Programs at Microsoft, announces the launch of Microsoft Azure Government, the upcoming availability of CRM Online Government, and Office 365 Government. Together, they make up the Microsoft Cloud for Government which meets the requirements and addresses the needs of U.S. Federal, State, and Local Government organizations.

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Doug Hauger, General Manager for National Cloud Programs at Microsoft, announces the launch of Microsoft Azure Government, the upcoming availability of CRM Online Government, and Office 365 Government. Together, they make up the Microsoft Cloud for Government which meets the requirements and addresses the needs of U.S. Federal, State, and Local Government organizations.

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Ermetic Initiates U.S. Federal Government FedRAMP Authorization for Authority to Operate

Ermetic | September 15, 2022

Ermetic, the cloud infrastructure security company, today announced that it has initiated the process to achieve Authority to Operate (ATO) status under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). FedRAMP is a government-wide program that promotes the adoption of secure cloud services across the federal government by providing a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. The company also announced the appointment of Ben McGucken as regional vice president of sales for US Federal and Latin America, who will lead the company’s FedRAMP certification. In addition, the Ermetic cloud security platform now supports AWS GovCloud (US) and Azure for US Government – which are designed to address specific regulatory and compliance requirements of US government agencies at the federal, state, and local level that run sensitive workloads in the cloud. The company has engaged stackArmor, Inc, a leading provider of FedRAMP engineering and advisory services, to guide Ermetic through the FedRAMP ATO process. stackArmor and its team of experts have over a decade of experience assisting cloud service providers to ensure their solutions meet compliance standards including FISMA, FedRAMP and NIST. “We are pleased to partner with Ermetic on their FedRAMP journey toward an ATO, stackAmor's ThreatAlert is an integrated suite of security and compliance services deployed within the accreditation boundary. This also includes continuous monitoring designed to help companies like Ermetic reduce the level of effort and costs while accelerating the FedRAMP process.” -Martin Rieger, Chief Solutions Officer for stackArmor. Federal, state and local governments are using the cloud to provide better services for constituents, but need to address security risks, especially those associated with preventing breaches, detecting issues rapidly, and protecting personal information, said Shai Morag, CEO of Ermetic. Ermetic is embarking on the FedRAMP process to provide every level of government with a comprehensive solution for cloud native application protection. Ben McGucken joined Ermetic from data security vendor BitGlass where he was AVP of Sales for South and Latin America. He has also served in senior sales roles with ExtraHop, Palo Alto Networks and Layer 3 Communications. “Ermetic already supports AWS GovCloud and Azure for Government for customers that want to conduct proof of concept evaluations, As we move through the FedRAMP authorization process, government agencies can feel confident that the Ermetic platform is designed to meet the regulatory and compliance requirements they must comply with for cloud workloads.” -Ben McGucken regional vice president of sales for US Federal and Latin America. About Ermetic: Ermetic helps prevent breaches by reducing the attack surface of cloud infrastructure and enforcing least privilege at scale in the most complex environments. The Ermetic SaaS platform provides comprehensive cloud security for AWS, Azure and GCP that spans both cloud infrastructure entitlements management (CIEM) and cloud security posture management (CSPM). The company is led by proven technology entrepreneurs whose previous companies have been acquired by Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks and others. Ermetic has received funding from Accel, Forgepoint, Glilot Capital Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, Qumra and Target Global.

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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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Unimed Government Services Awarded Multi-Year Department of Defense Contract Valued up to $48M

United States Department of Defense | December 01, 2022

Unimed Government Services (UGS), a leading provider of supply chain solutions for government, schools, public health organizations, and the private sector, announced today that it has received a five-year Department of Defense (DOD) contract to provide medical and dental equipment and accessories in support of the DOD's mission to protect the security of the United States. The contract is a $48,000,000 maximum, fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity agreement for medical and dental equipment and accessories for the Defense Logistics Agency electronic catalog. The location of performance is Minnesota with a contract completion date of November 15, 2027. "Unimed Government Services has been supplying the federal government with the leading dental and medical equipment, product expertise, and customized solutions for over a decade, We strive to apply our high standards of service excellence coupled with the leading manufacturers' technologies to support the Tri-Service dental and medical clinics throughout the U.S. and the world, as well as our Veterans Administration Medical Centers and Indian Health Facilities. We are proud to provide the best equipment and solutions available to support our servicemen, women and our veterans." -Judith Manchester, chief executive officer for UGS. About UGS: Unimed Government Services has helped more than 20,000 clinics deliver healthcare excellence since its creation in 2010. As a distributor of the world's leading equipment and technologies in dental, medical and infection control, UGS supplies government, municipalities, schools, public health organizations and the private sector with the highest-quality products and equipment to care for their members. UGS represents leading manufacturers, providing dental and medical equipment, from imaging equipment and software to dental core products, clinic cabinetry and laboratory case work, as well as surface disinfection technologies for infection control. With deep expertise in clinic and laboratory design, UGS also creates custom, end-to-end solutions. UGS belongs to and sponsors several professional societies dedicated to safe, quality care delivery, including the American Dental Association (ADA) where UGS members serve on the Board of Dental Standards, the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) where UGS is a Super Sponsor, the American Dental Educators Association (ADEA), the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), and Woman in Defense (WID). Based in Concord, Mass., Lakeville, MN., and Mt. Pleasant, TX, UGS is a certified woman-owned small business (WOSB) and member of the Woman Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

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