U.S. senators to try again to pass Russia sanctions bill

Reuters | February 14, 2019

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced a bill on Wednesday that would impose stiff new sanctions on Russia over its meddling in U.S. elections and aggression against Ukraine, the latest congressional effort to push President Donald Trump to ratchet up Washington’s response to Moscow. It was introduced by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, as well as other members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. It is a tougher version of legislation dubbed the “sanctions bill from hell” by Graham the two lawmakers backed last year but which failed to pass.

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A central strategy for meeting the City of Minneapolis climate action goals is to drive high building performance in the commercial market through energy and water benchmarking and disclosure. This third annual report summarizes the data collection activities, benchmarking results, and analysis for the city’s largest public and private commercial buildings based on building data submissions through August 31, 2015. Commercial and industrial energy use represents 47% of greenhouse gas emissions in Minneapolis. Energy use is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions, and also the largest controllable operational cost in buildings. The crucial first step in addressing and managing energy use is understanding building energy performance. In 2013, Minneapolis adopted the commercial building benchmarking and disclosure policy (ordinance 47.190) requiring public buildings greater than 25,000 square feet, and private commercial buildings 50,000 square feet and above, to report energy and water performance data to the City annually via the Environmental Pollution Agency’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. This policy was among a set of strategies laid out in the Minneapolis Climate Action Plan for improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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A central strategy for meeting the City of Minneapolis climate action goals is to drive high building performance in the commercial market through energy and water benchmarking and disclosure. This third annual report summarizes the data collection activities, benchmarking results, and analysis for the city’s largest public and private commercial buildings based on building data submissions through August 31, 2015. Commercial and industrial energy use represents 47% of greenhouse gas emissions in Minneapolis. Energy use is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions, and also the largest controllable operational cost in buildings. The crucial first step in addressing and managing energy use is understanding building energy performance. In 2013, Minneapolis adopted the commercial building benchmarking and disclosure policy (ordinance 47.190) requiring public buildings greater than 25,000 square feet, and private commercial buildings 50,000 square feet and above, to report energy and water performance data to the City annually via the Environmental Pollution Agency’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. This policy was among a set of strategies laid out in the Minneapolis Climate Action Plan for improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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CyCognito and Carahsoft Partner to Deliver Attack Surface Management and Protection Solutions to the Public Sector

CyCognito | December 28, 2021

CyCognito, the leader in external attack surface management and protection, today announced a strategic go-to-market alliance with Carahsoft Technology Corp., the Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®. Under the agreement, Carahsoft will serve as CyCognito’s first Public Sector Distributor. The new relationship expands and deepens CyCognito’s reach across and within the Public Sector through Carahsoft’s NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V, Information Technology Enterprise Solutions – Software 2 (ITES-SW2), OMNIA Partners, National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) ValuePoint, and National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA), as well as through Carahsoft’s reseller partners. “Together with our channel partners, CyCognito is using its platform, program and best practices to help the Public Sector establish a stronger security posture and proactively identify, protect and prevent cyberattacks from happening.” Channel Chief and CyCognito’s Worldwide Sales Leader Lori Cornmesser Most of today’s cyberattacks continue to intrude through external attack vectors. CyCognito’s innovative platform automates the discovery, multi-factor security testing and risk prioritization of all externally-exposed assets in an organization’s extended IT ecosystem. Once cyber threats are identified, CyCognito orchestrates data sharing to automatically start the remediation process by creating an incident response ticket. The platform integrates its findings and intelligence into existing vulnerability lifecycle management processes through channels such as Slack, PagerDuty, ServiceNow, and several additional platforms. This proven and proactive layer of automated security ensures an organization’s entire attack surface is protected quickly and efficiently when risks are detected. “Empowering organizations to find and eliminate the paths attackers easily exploit is a vital tactic within any surface management and protection strategy,” says Rob Gurzeev, Founder and CEO, CyCognito. “Prevention and remediation must remain top of mind for channel partners and IT decision makers, especially those working within the Public Sector where the stakes are high and the impact of a single breach has the potential to span states, the nation and even the globe.” CyCognito and Carahsoft are enabling forward-thinking security value-added resellers (VARs), managed service providers (MSPs), global systems integrators (GSIs) and managed security services providers (MSSPs) with a new and enhanced lineup of SLED and Federal-focused sales and marketing assets. Offered at no charge, these business-building assets are readily available within CyCognito’s partner portal and include how to market, how to pitch and position, and how to demo the technology. “Agencies today are under tremendous pressure to protect their customers from cybercrime,” said Michael Shrader, Vice President of Intelligence and Innovative Solutions at Carahsoft. “CyCognito’s leading platform preempts attacks and helps businesses satisfy key elements of most common security frameworks and regulatory compliance standards. We look forward to working with CyCognito and our reseller partners to help educate and better enable the Public Sector with the knowledge, specialization and technology needed to properly assess their cyber risk and eliminate exposure.” About CyCognito CyCognito solves one of the most fundamental business problems in cybersecurity: seeing how attackers view your organization, where they are most likely to break in, what systems and assets are at risk and how you can eliminate the exposure. Founded by national intelligence agency veterans, CyCognito has a deep understanding of how attackers exploit blind spots and a path of least resistance. The Palo Alto-based company is funded by leading Silicon Valley venture capitalists, and its mission is to help organizations protect themselves from even the most sophisticated attackers. It does this with a category-defining, transformative platform that automates offensive cybersecurity operations to provide reconnaissance capabilities superior to those of attackers. About Carahsoft Carahsoft Technology Corp. is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, supporting Public Sector organizations across Federal, State and Local Government agencies and Education and Healthcare markets. As the Master Government Aggregator® for our vendor partners, we deliver solutions for Cybersecurity, MultiCloud, DevSecOps, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Open Source, Customer Experience and Engagement, and more. Working with resellers, systems integrators and consultants, our sales and marketing teams provide industry leading IT products, services and training through hundreds of contract vehicles.

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Cyabra Listed on GSA Schedule Offering their Disinformation Detection and Sentiment Analysis SaaS to the Public Sector

Cyabra | May 05, 2021

Cyabra is pleased to announce today that it has been added to the General Services Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) by U.S. partners Winvale and Mosaic. Cyabra is the first and only tool available through GSA that combines social opinion analysis, deepfake, and disinformation identification in a single SaaS platform, allowing US government agencies to respond to evolving online threats in real-time. Cyabra, based in Israel with offices in New York, enables private sector clients and government bodies to fight cyber disinformation in real-time, preventing and monitoring intervention in elections, government campaigns, public health crises, and other areas. Cyabra's GSA schedule is available from Winvale, a U.S. government contractor and consulting company that partners with reputable firms including Lowes, Palantir, Jacobs, and others. “We understand the importance of government departments taking constructive action in the fight against misinformation and disinformation,” said Cyabra CEO Dan Brahmy. “Our mission is to keep the internet clean and truthful, and we are pleased to collaborate with Mosaic and Winvale to allow government agencies to protect public discourse and media consumption.” GSA Schedule Contracts allow government buyers to invest more than $30 billion a year. The GSA is one of the most commonly used government contract vehicles because it simplifies government procurement and can be used by any federal entity as well as some state and local agencies. The GSA Contract will allow Cyabra to extend, optimize, and solidify its technology footprint in the US public sector by utilizing strong relationships with various US government clients. Currently, Cyabra's platform provides the following services to government agencies: • Identification of behavioral patterns typical of fakes profiles such as bots, trolls, and sock puppets • Real-time social media sentiment analysis • Foreign language auto-translation functionality • Detection of Generative Adversarial Networks (GAN), more commonly known as deep fakes, a class of machine learning bad actors used to create realistic images and videos • Tracking and analysis of the dissemination of information, measuring how it spreads and creates snowball effects About Cyabra Cyabra is an advanced social analytics platform that prevents organizations from disinformation and assists accounts in today's ever-changing digital world. Cyabra connects dots and measures effects by breaking through the layers of online conversations in real-time. Customers can use the platform's powerful lens to understand narratives, discover trends, and engage true audiences. Cyabra was founded by a team of leading information warfare experts, and its executives use their skills to reverse engineer bad actor technology and research new media trends, assisting customers in keeping a track of online conversations and countering disinformation.

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State of Texas Chooses Hughes for Managed Network Services Contract

Hughes Network Systems | February 28, 2022

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