U.S. regulator weighs action against Facebook over how its apps interact: report

Reuters | December 13, 2019

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is considering asking a court to stop Facebook Inc from moving ahead with plans to integrate its WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger subsidiaries, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. Facebook shares closed 2.7% lower, reflecting fears the potential regulatory move could be a first step toward forcing the company to sell apps WhatsApp and Instagram, its fast-growing acquisitions.

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This week we will continue our investigation of the U.S. legal system. We will discuss our legal rights & responsibilities, as well as the history of how our laws developed. We will discuss the similarities & differences between civil & criminal law, as well as the steps of the trial process. We have about 3 weeks left in the semester, but still much to do. STAY FOCUSED!

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This week we will continue our investigation of the U.S. legal system. We will discuss our legal rights & responsibilities, as well as the history of how our laws developed. We will discuss the similarities & differences between civil & criminal law, as well as the steps of the trial process. We have about 3 weeks left in the semester, but still much to do. STAY FOCUSED!

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CyberSheath Announce The Launch of Managed IT Services for Defense Contractors

CyberSheath Services International, LLC | February 03, 2021

CyberSheath Services International today launched its Managed IT Services for Defense Contractors to ensure compliance with the new cybersecurity standards for commercial contractors of the United States government. The managed services include a Shared Security Compliance Framework to ensure compliance for both DFARS Clause 252.204-7012 / NIST SP 800-171 and the new DFARS 252.204-7019-7021 CMMC requirements. When combined with CyberSheath’s existing Managed Compliance and Security Services, the new Managed IT Services cover the full spectrum of managed services needs for most U.S. Defense Industrial Base (DIB) contractors. CyberSheath has long recognized that a large part of IT delivery, tasks such as patching and asset management, are foundational to NIST 800-171 and CMMC compliance, and customers need a force multiplying solution for Managed IT services. This offering is only available to defense contractors and uniquely built to make CMMC and NIST 800-171 compliance a natural outcome of day-to-day operations. This new consolidated solution is anchored on Microsoft technology or Microsoft Solution Partner technology, but flexible enough to “meet you where you are.” It has the distinct ability to add compliance or security-as-a-service either upon initial onboarding, or at any time during the subscription period. As a “Hosted Compliance,” it combines elements of MSSP and Managed IT and uses a Microsoft-focused technology stack, including Azure Government Blueprints, Microsoft 365 Government (GCC High), and the full strength of the vast Department of Defense (DoD)-approved Microsoft security portfolio. CyberSheath’s CMMC Managed Services future-proof clients against CMMC policy changes and new implementation requirements. “Any defense contractor that fails to comply with the CMMC will not be doing business with the DoD moving forward as the DoD now prevents non-compliant contractors from participating in DoD contract awards,” said Andy Shooman, COO at CyberSheath Services International. “Our IT managed services are built for the many defense contractors, both Primes and Subs, that still don’t fully understand the DFARS requirements and believe that their weakest link to compliance may be their existing IT services. Simply put, the new DFARS rules raise the stakes and companies that don’t quickly become compliant will be left out of DoD contracts. Our IT managed services ensure that doesn’t happen.” The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) established the CMMC as a new security measure to protect Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), Federal Contract Information (FCI), and other sensitive data residing on systems and networks owned by defense contractors. The DoD requires all of its contractors and suppliers to comply with the new CMMC standards at a given level and undergo a certification process based on review by an accredited third-party assessment organization prior to contract award. CyberSheath uses a proven AIM™ (Assess – Implement – Manage) methodology to meet defense contractors where they are and bring them up to standard both for existing regulatory requirements and CMMC. CyberSheath offers five CMMC levels of assured compliance, ranging from premise-based technology companies to cloud-driven FedRAMP High environments. Leveraging AIM™ to identify gaps against CMMC requirements, CyberSheath quickly implements any needed changes and revises architectures to maintain desired levels of CMMC compliance. CyberSheath takes ownership of CMMC compliance, leveraging a Shared Responsibility Model, a concept uniquely adapted from cloud providers and applied to CMMC Managed Services. This management framework dictates the security obligations of a CMMC compliance environment and its users to ensure accountability and define where and how security measures should be applied, with a special focus on CUI and other sensitive government data. The result is a self-reinforcing model that reduces the burden on government contractors and ensures compliance. “Frankly, defense contractors have seen a lot of changes in cybersecurity compliance over the past year, but we have been delivering audit-ready, U.S. DoD compliance-focused managed services for more than five years in response to the original NIST 800-171 requirements and know we can assist contractors expeditiously with their needs,” said Mr. Shooman. About CyberSheath Services International, LLC Established in 2008, CyberSheath is one of the most experienced and trusted IT security services partners for the U.S. defense industrial base. From CMMC compliance to strategic security planning to managed security services, CyberSheath offers a comprehensive suite of offerings tailored to clients’ information security and regulatory compliance needs.

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Nintex Workflow Cloud for Government Achieves FedRAMP In Process Designation

Nintex | September 29, 2021

Nintex, the global standard for process management and automation, today announced it has achieved the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program's (FedRAMP) In Process designation for Nintex Workflow Cloud for Government which is designed to be leveraged by U.S. federal, state, local agencies, and federal contractors to quickly, easily and securely manage, automate, and optimize processes and workflows. FedRAMP is a U.S. government-wide program, providing a standard approach for assessing, authorizing and continuous monitoring of cloud products and services. With this authorization, government agencies and federal customers are provided a cost-effective, low-risk approach for the adoption and use of cloud services that keep federal data safe and secure. "In keeping with our mission to improve the way people work, we are excited to offer government agencies and their affiliates Nintex Workflow Cloud for Government, a digital business solution that adheres to strong security guidelines, required to keep U.S. federal data safe and secure. Government agencies are not exempt from operating in a fast-paced, ever-changing world that requires them to achieve more with less. With our automation cloud platform, they can quickly deploy digital workflows, accelerate their digital transformation, and easily connect workflows to systems of record." Nintex Chief Product Officer Neal Gottsacker Nintex Workflow Cloud for Government (US)―which leverages Microsoft's Azure Government cloud services―joins Nintex's existing FedRAMP-authorized cloud service, Nintex Drawloop DocGen® for Salesforce. Nintex Drawloop DocGen® has already received the FedRAMP Moderate Impact level authorization for automating the assembly and distribution of digital documents, and Azure has the maximum tier for FedRAMP accreditation allowing it to process highly sensitive government data. Upon completion of the Moderate authorization, Nintex will immediately proceed to seeking a FedRAMP High authorization for Nintex Workflow Cloud for Government. Cloud Computing Transforms U.S. Government Agencies State, local, and federal government agencies across the United States are already confidently accelerating digital transformation initiatives with Nintex automation software, while maintaining rigorous security and access controls in accordance with federal laws. Today, more than 10,000 public and private sector organizations across nearly every industry are accelerating their digital transformation initiatives with the process mapping, workflow automation, robotic process automation (RPA), and document automation and eSignature software capabilities Nintex offers. About Nintex Nintex is the global standard for process management and automation. Today more than 10,000 public and private sector organizations across 90 countries turn to the Nintex Platform to accelerate progress on their digital transformation journeys by quickly and easily managing, automating and optimizing business processes.

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Rockport, Maine Pursues Digital Transformation

GovPilot | January 21, 2022

A transition from paper to digital processes is underway in Rockport, Maine where local officials have sought greater efficiency in municipal operations and constituent services. The town recently partnered with GovPilot, a New Jersey based provider of cloud-based government management software. Officials from Rockport are working with GovPilot to implement a number of digital services that aim to make operations more efficient and services more convenient for constituents. This new software from GovPilot will make it easier for citizens when they need to apply for building permits, work with the Planning and Codes office, Planning Board, Zoning Board of appeals, and when inspections are needed to be performed. The Planning Office will also receive notifications through this software about reported non-emergency concerns. The town will deploy GovPilot's Report-a-Concern feature which enables residents to report non-emergency concerns such as potholes or general code violations directly via a digital form on the city website, or through an app on their phone, called GovAlert. The app is easy to use, and routes citizen concerns directly to the relevant municipal department so that the issue can be reviewed and resolved in an efficient manner. Planning and Development Director, Orion Thomas said, "I encourage residents to download the GovAlert app on their phones and help us improve Rockport by reporting issues that they come across so we can address them quickly. We are excited to partner with GovPilot to provide residents first-class digital government services." Thomas added, Digital services are essential to cost effective, transparent public safety and services. Our goal is to be a modern, responsive local government for our constituents, businesses, and visitors." "We are excited to work with Rockport on its early stages of digital transformation. Federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act has spurred local governments to implement digital services and operations. In partnering with local governments across the country we have found that digital processes generate significant increases in efficiency and productivity that have a positive impact on local budgets, services, and constituent experience. We expect to see similar results in Rockport." Michael Bonner, the founder and CEO of GovPilot 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 system.

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