U.S. looking at new sanctions against Venezuela - U.S. official

Reuters | March 06, 2019

The United States is considering imposing new sanctions on Venezuela to increase pressure on President Nicolas Maduro’s government to give up power, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said on Tuesday. “We’re looking at new sanctions, new measures to tighten our grip on Maduro’s financial wherewithal, to deny his regime the money that they need to stay in power,” Bolton told Fox Business Network.

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The synthetic biology community convened on March 6-7, 2018 at the “Canada Synbio 2018” Conference and Workshop as part of an ongoing effort to raise the profile and capacity of the synthetic biology community in Canada. The conference brought together a wide range of presenters and stakeholders in the interest not only of promoting and cultivating the synthetic biology community of practice, but also to begin establishing the common objectives and parameters for the field. As an emerging discipline at the cutting edge of technological development and scientific progress, synthetic biology is faced with an important set of challenges and opportunities in its process of continued development.

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The synthetic biology community convened on March 6-7, 2018 at the “Canada Synbio 2018” Conference and Workshop as part of an ongoing effort to raise the profile and capacity of the synthetic biology community in Canada. The conference brought together a wide range of presenters and stakeholders in the interest not only of promoting and cultivating the synthetic biology community of practice, but also to begin establishing the common objectives and parameters for the field. As an emerging discipline at the cutting edge of technological development and scientific progress, synthetic biology is faced with an important set of challenges and opportunities in its process of continued development.

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Siemens Government Technologies and Network Management Resources Announce Mentor-Protégé Agreement

Siemens Government Technologies | July 29, 2022

Siemens Government Technologies (SGT), Inc., and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Network Management Resources Inc. d/b/a NMR Consulting (NMR), have entered into a U.S. Small Business Administration Mentor-Protégé agreement to build NMR’s capability and capacity for new projects supporting federal government customers responsible for vital national security missions. SGT is the separate but affiliated U.S. government arm of technology powerhouse Siemens. With project teams across the U.S. and internationally, SGT is a leading integrator of Siemens products, technologies, and software to solve some of the most complex government challenges in energy, automation, and digitalization. NMR has more than 25 years’ experience delivering robust solutions for government customers, including comprehensive mechanical and electrical projects for the intelligence community. SGT helps extend Siemens’ longstanding commitment of supporting small and diverse businesses throughout its supply chain operations. In the U.S. alone, approximately 20% of Siemens’ more than 3,000 suppliers qualify as small and diverse-owned businesses, with well over $900 million of goods and services procured from those suppliers annually. With SGT and NMR providing related support and equipment modernization for infrastructure projects – particularly at Department of Defense installations – the mentor-protégé relationship will support NMR’s access to a broader portfolio of opportunities through the Siemens installed base of energy products and technologies. In addition, the two companies can pursue small business and specified set-aside contracts through a joint venture, using NMR’s SDVOSB status under the terms of the mentor-protégé program. “NMR has been a highly valued partner to SGT for more than 12 years across multiple task orders in essential energy and infrastructure work for critical missions, They’ve shown us – and most importantly our customers – their dedication and commitment to strengthen their capabilities and resources, which is why we’re excited to help them take the next steps in the evolution of their business through this mentor-protégé relationship." -John Ustica, interim CEO for SGT. This landmark partnership with SGT will bring both significant benefits to customers and create unprecedented opportunities for revenue growth and business process improvement, said Dave Jones, President of NMR. SGT has been a longstanding partner with unparalleled customer service dedication, and NMR is looking forward to leveraging the synergies developed by both NMR & SGT to bring together people and businesses to provide our customers a better solution. About Siemens Government Technologies: Siemens Government Technologies is the wholly owned, U.S. subsidiary of Siemens Corporation whose mission it is to secure and modernize the largest infrastructure in the world, the U.S. Federal Government. It does so by being the leading integrator of Siemens’ innovative products, technologies, software and services in the areas of digital engineering and modeling, efficient and resilient energy solutions, and smart infrastructure modernization. NMR, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), has rigorous program management protocols, vetted project management methodologies, and has developed an advanced equipment procurement program that reduces cost and delivers customer-centric solutions to meet project demands. NMR’s vetted program/project management protocols, comprehensive risk management techniques, innovative procurement solutions, and agile technology implementations have been applied to numerous Federal clients including Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Secure Agencies in the Intelligence Community, and other mission critical DoD entities.

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U.K. Firms Adapting Security Strategies for Cloud, Resilience

ISG | September 06, 2022

Enterprise security leaders in the U.K. are focused on cloud security, building up resilience against threats and aligning cybersecurity strategies with overall business goals, according to a new research report published today by Information Services Group (ISG) (Nasdaq: III), a leading global technology research and advisory firm. The 2022 ISG Provider Lens™ Cybersecurity — Solutions and Services report for the U.K. finds these objectives are the top priorities for chief information security officers (CISOs) in U.K. organizations. The growing use of cloud models such as infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) is forcing companies to adapt their cybersecurity approaches, with a focus on holistic resilience that requires more communication and training for employees and outside stakeholders, the report says. “British enterprises are aligning cybersecurity with IT trends and the changing threat landscape, Cloud migration has many benefits but can create new security challenges. To guard against those threats, fundamental technical and organizational measures are needed.” -Roger Albrecht, co-lead, ISG Cybersecurity. The U.K. government has recognized the importance of cybersecurity and is making major investments to protect British enterprises and foster a growing cybersecurity industry, ISG says. According to a 2022 study by the U.K. National Cyber Security Centre, 39 percent of businesses in the U.K. had experienced a cybersecurity breach in the past 12 months, and for large and midsize companies, the average cost of a breach is £19,400. The government’s cybersecurity strategy is now kicking off its fourth year with an emphasis on boosting the U.K. digital economy, which includes about 1,400 cybersecurity businesses, ISG says. As enterprises in the U.K. face increasing IT complexity, the establishment of permanent hybrid work and the need for more agility, many are considering the zero-trust (ZT) security model, ISG says. This approach, which requires verification of any device on any network to access enterprise resources, can reduce security cost and risk exposure through uniform security across an organization. “Zero-trust is a major change that affects many aspects of enterprise security, Experienced service and solution providers can help companies implement and operate a ZT environment.” -Jan Erik Aase, partner and global leader, ISG Provider Lens Research. The report also explores other cybersecurity trends in the U.K., including high demand for technical and strategic security services, a shortage of skilled workers and concerns over increasingly tight data protection laws. The 2022 ISG Provider Lens™ Cybersecurity — Solutions and Services report for the U.K. evaluates the capabilities of 95 providers across seven quadrants: Identity and Access Management (IAM), Data Leakage/Loss Prevention (DLP) and Data Security, Advanced Endpoint Threat Protection, Detection and Response (Advanced ETPDR), Technical Security Services, Strategic Security Services, Managed Security Services – Large Accounts and Managed Security Services – Midmarket. The report names IBM as a Leader in five quadrants. It names Accenture, Atos, Broadcom, Capgemini, Deloitte, HCL and Wipro as Leaders in three quadrants each. Microsoft, Orange Cyberdefense and TCS are named as Leaders in two quadrants each. BT, Check Point, Claranet, CrowdStrike, Darktrace, DXC Technology, EY, Forcepoint, HelpSystems, Herjavec Group, Netskope, NTT, Okta, PwC, RSA, Sophos, Tech Mahindra, Trellix, Trend Micro and VMware Carbon Black are named as Leaders in one quadrant each. About ISG Provider Lens™ Research: The ISG Provider Lens™ Quadrant research series is the only service provider evaluation of its kind to combine empirical, data-driven research and market analysis with the real-world experience and observations of ISG's global advisory team. Enterprises will find a wealth of detailed data and market analysis to help guide their selection of appropriate sourcing partners, while ISG advisors use the reports to validate their own market knowledge and make recommendations to ISG's enterprise clients. The research currently covers providers offering their services globally, across Europe, as well as in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, the U.K., France, Benelux, Germany, Switzerland, the Nordics, Australia and Singapore/Malaysia, with additional markets to be added in the future. About ISG: ISG (Information Services Group) (Nasdaq: III) is a leading global technology research and advisory firm. A trusted business partner to more than 800 clients, including more than 75 of the world’s top 100 enterprises, ISG is committed to helping corporations, public sector organizations, and service and technology providers achieve operational excellence and faster growth. The firm specializes in digital transformation services, including automation, cloud and data analytics; sourcing advisory; managed governance and risk services; network carrier services; strategy and operations design; change management; market intelligence and technology research and analysis. Founded in 2006, and based in Stamford, Conn., ISG employs more than 1,300 digital-ready professionals operating in more than 20 countries—a global team known for its innovative thinking, market influence, deep industry and technology expertise, and world-class research and analytical capabilities based on the industry’s most comprehensive marketplace data.

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GovPilot Announces Integration with BRT Technologies, Enhances Tax Assessment Capabilities of New Jersey Local Government Customers

GovPilot | September 07, 2022

GovPilot, a provider of modern cloud-based government management software specifically designed for municipal and county governments has partnered with BRT Technologies, another New Jersey based technology firm specializing in tax assessment. The partnership includes an integration that will enable New Jersey tax assessors and administrators of municipalities and counties who currently utilize both BRT Technologies’ tax assessment software and GovPilot’s government management platform, to access permit records stored in GovPilot, directly in BRT. This will significantly speed assessment time and enhance operational efficiency for local governments across New Jersey. BRT’s tax assessment products are currently used in 300+ municipalities and in all 21 counties across the state. Ellen Foye Malgieri, a Tax Assessor for the Town of South Orange, New Jersey said, “This integration will make revaluation much easier and faster. Rather than going back and forth between systems, everything is now connected and it is far simpler to access records. When I use GovPilot, it has all permit records visible by block and lot. Now with the integration, our assessors and inspectors can access that information instantaneously directly within BRT. It’s extremely helpful, and fast. I’m glad they got together to do it!” “By partnering with BRT Technologies, GovPilot is putting a suite of efficient, intuitive digital tools in the hands of New Jersey tax assessor and administrators directly within their GovPilot modules that will unify data instantly with other departments. This is going to make the work of tax assessors far easier and faster which will have a positive impact on residents and local economies within the state.” -James Delmonico Chief Product Officer, GovPilot. Local governments in the U.S. have often operated with a mix of paper-based processes, spreadsheets, single-use software, and older on-site server based systems. Not only is this inefficient but it is expensive to maintain and presents a significant cyber risk for local government administrators and their constituents, said GovPilot Founder and CEO, Michael Bonner. As a unified cloud-based government management platform, GovPilot aims to be the operating system for local government. This implementation provides BRT and GovPilot customers with best-in-class tax assessment availability, reliability, and security. “BRT's innovative suite of products are not only easy to use but are also backed by a support and tech team New Jersey Assessors and Administrators have come to know and trust. This partnership with GovPilot reinforces both companies’ commitment to helping local governments right here in the state of New Jersey by modernizing and streamlining their services and operations.” -Randy Riesenberg, BRT Technologies’ Chief Technology Officer. About GovPilot: GovPilot - named a GovTech 100 company for five consecutive years - is the leader in digital transformation for local governments. GovPilot's cloud-based platform was built with the sole purpose of enabling local governments to operate at their full potential by standardizing, digitizing, and unifying more than 100 operational and constituent service processes on one operating system. About BRT Technologies: BRT Technologies LLC is a NJ based software developer comprised of industry-leading software engineers and certified tax assessors and is widely known as a patented leader in mobile and cloud-based software solutions. With over 150 combined years of NJ tax assessment experience, BRT Technology products and services have truly been created by NJ tax assessors and administrators for NJ tax assessors and administrators. BRT products are currently used in 300+ NJ municipalities and in all 21 NJ counties.

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