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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Digital modernization refers to the process of utilizing technology, whether through adoption of new tools or the improvement of existing ones, to achieve organizational goals. This can include enhancing the user experience, ensuring high uptime, implementing robust security measures, reducing latency, and streamlining processes for resolving issues. All levels of government are going through a digital transformation to deliver services and programs more effectively,transparently, and economically.To meet the demands of citizens who have adapted to the technological advancements in society, digital government transformation has become a vital aspect of providing efficient and effective services. However, one of the biggest hurdles in this process for federal agencies is striking a balance between leveraging technology for its benefits and maintaining robust security and privacy measures. Federal agencies handle confidential information regularly, making it imperative to safeguard against data breaches. Consequently, agencies must ensure that their digital systems and procedures are secure and adhere to relevant regulatory requirements.

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Digital modernization refers to the process of utilizing technology, whether through adoption of new tools or the improvement of existing ones, to achieve organizational goals. This can include enhancing the user experience, ensuring high uptime, implementing robust security measures, reducing latency, and streamlining processes for resolving issues. All levels of government are going through a digital transformation to deliver services and programs more effectively,transparently, and economically.To meet the demands of citizens who have adapted to the technological advancements in society, digital government transformation has become a vital aspect of providing efficient and effective services. However, one of the biggest hurdles in this process for federal agencies is striking a balance between leveraging technology for its benefits and maintaining robust security and privacy measures. Federal agencies handle confidential information regularly, making it imperative to safeguard against data breaches. Consequently, agencies must ensure that their digital systems and procedures are secure and adhere to relevant regulatory requirements.

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Illumio Government Cloud’s FedRAMP Authorization to Assist Federal Agencies Reduce Risk

Illumio | January 12, 2023

The Zero Trust Segmentation company, Illumio, Inc., recently announced its Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) in process designation at the moderate impact level for its Illumio Government Cloud. This is sponsored by Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG). The US government's FedRAMP initiative harmonizes security assessments, approvals, and monitoring for cloud solutions. Illumio Government Cloud, which includes Illumio Core and Illumio Endpoint prevents breaches from spreading across servers and endpoints with Zero Trust Segmentation (ZTS). Illumio prevents breaches and ransomware in three easy steps: See risk by using vulnerability maps that show data center-to-cloud-to-endpoint traffic Set and automate the creation of granular policy to define categorization. Illumio's traffic-based policies streamline the process Stop the spread of breaches to safeguard workloads and applications and strategically separate compromised systems and high-value assets, guard the hybrid attack surface during an active attack Enterprise Strategy Group’s Zero Trust Impact Report found that Zero Trust Segmentation prevents five cyber disasters annually. Gary Barlet, Federal Field CTO at Illumio, stated, "Bolstering national cyber resilience is a top federal priority. As more eyes turn to defending our critical infrastructure, Zero Trust Segmentation remains a strategic, and federally-backed mandate for agencies looking to shore up critical assets and to stop the spread of attacks throughout an organization or agency". He further added, "Zero Trust Segmentation is a fundamental pillar of any Zero Trust strategy, and Illumio is the industry-defining leader in the space, helping the largest organizations, including more than 15 of the Fortune 100, stop breaches from spreading to dramatically reduce agencies' risk." (Source- GlobeNewswire by notified) About Illumio Inc. Specializing in Zero Trust Segmentation, Illumio prevents ransomware and breaches from spreading across hybrid attack surfaces. The ZTS platform visualizes all traffic flows across workloads, devices, and the internet, implements granular segmentation policies to manage communications, and proactively or reactively isolates high-value assets and compromised systems. Its ability to prevent breaches and ransomware in minutes, saves millions in application downtime, and accelerate cloud and digital transformation programs benefits for all types of businesses.

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Aurigo Software Achieves Amazon Web Services Government Competency Accreditation

Aurigo Software | December 09, 2022

Aurigo Software, North America's leading capital planning and construction management solution provider, today announced it has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Government Competency status. Companies included on the prestigious list have demonstrated expertise in delivering technology to help government agencies meet mandates, reduce costs, drive efficiencies, and increase innovation. Aurigo's capital program management software is used by state and local government, federal agencies, and the transportation sector to plan, build, and maintain capital assets. Achieving this accreditation differentiates Aurigo as an AWS partner with deep domain knowledge and the ability to deploy solutions seamlessly through the AWS platform. The firm is one of only 36 product-led companies worldwide to make the list. "Aurigo is honored to achieve AWS Government Competency status, This is a testament to the outstanding team at Aurigo and the deep experience we have gained partnering with government agencies to deliver mission-critical software on the AWS cloud to help them plan and build modern and resilient infrastructure." -Balaji Sreenivasan, CEO and founder of Aurigo Software. AWS provides on-demand, distributed computing services to companies, non-profits, and government organizations. The firm is recognized as the market leader in providing solutions that enable scalable, flexible, and cost-effective data processing and storage in the cloud. AWS has a history of working with major government agencies to deliver technology with the highest levels of security, reliability, and performance. To support the seamless integration and deployment of these solutions, AWS established the AWS Competency Program to help government customers identify high-quality, trusted partners that have demonstrated technical proficiency and proven success in managing government workloads. Government Competency Partners provide solutions to—and have deep experience working with—public sector customers to deliver essential applications and workflows on AWS. They provide innovative, cloud-based solutions that comply with the highest AWS standards. "This designation differentiates Aurigo as the go-to, secure solution for government agencies, We look to partner with exceptional organizations like AWS to help our customers plan and build the roads, bridges, airports, and other infrastructure their communities need. Customers can be assured that Aurigo's SaaS products run on world-class cloud infrastructure with industry-leading best practices for security and availability." -Manish Sharma, Vice President, Engineering and Security at Aurigo Software. Aurigo has implemented capital program solutions for agencies such as the Utah Department of Transportation, the cities of Las Vegas, Seattle, and Houston, Portland Water Bureau, and Dallas Area Rapid Transit. The firm is the only construction technology company listed on the StateRAMP Authorized Vendor List and has been available on the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) marketplace since 2020. About Aurigo Software: Aurigo builds software that helps build the world. Aurigo provides modern, cloud-based solutions for capital infrastructure and private owners to help plan with confidence, build with quality, and maintain their assets efficiently. With more than $300 billion of capital programs under management, Aurigo's solutions are trusted by over 300 customers in transportation, water and utilities, healthcare, higher education, and government on over 40,000 projects across North America. Aurigo helps capital program executives make better decisions based on proprietary artificial intelligence and machine learning technology. Aurigo is a privately held U.S. corporation headquartered in Austin, Texas, with global offices in Canada and India.

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Sapia.ai now a supplier to the UK government G-Cloud 13 Framework

Sapia.ai | December 02, 2022

Sapia.ai, creator of the world's first smart interviewer, are proud to announce that they have been accepted onto the UK government's Crown Commercial Service (CCS) procurement framework G-Cloud 13.Organisations can now find and purchase Sapia.ai's tools, including its AI-empowered smart chat which has shown to help companies deliver on their Diversity KPI's when hiring, from the government's digital marketplace. The G-cloud framework launched in 2012, with the aim of easing the procurement process for the UK government and other public sector bodies. Sapia.ai has joined over 5000 suppliers to offer its solutions within the framework. Public sector organisations are now able to access, review, and purchase Sapia.ai's automated and bias-free hiring solution easily through the marketplace, knowing that it has been vetted by the G-cloud framework. Sapia.ai is truly unique in that it allows candidates to apply for a job through a simple text chat - negating the need for CVs which have been shown to be full of bias - even when anonymised. Instead, using Sapia.ai's AI-driven technology and its bias-free database of interview responses, Sapia.ai can create an accurate and independent profile of a candidate matching their skills with their ability to do the job within seconds. Every candidate also receives personalized feedback that they can use to improve in areas for future job searches, as well as helping them understand where their strengths lie. "We are delighted to have been included in the G-Cloud 13 framework. When our technology can simultaneously lead to customers seeing accelerated diversity after just 3 months of use, as in the case of our customer Woodies, you know you have built game changing technology,We cannot wait for it to do the same in the public sector that we have for so many companies. " -Barb Hyman,CEO Sapia.ai. By using Sapia.ai public sector customers can now deliver: An interview for every candidate that applies without any need for CVs. A fast and human-focussed automated hiring system that fits into current HR processes. A time-efficient shortlisting process, while every candidate receives personalized feedback. More diverse hires with highly accurate job matching. An immediate impact on D&I KPIs. Huge cost and time savings on recruitment. About Sapia: Sapia's mission is to help companies unlock and engage talent at scale. With its blind, automated chat interview and comprehensive DEI analytics platform, Sapia's technology is the first solution of its kind to disrupt biases that affects traditional recruitment processes – resulting in fair outcomes for candidates and companies.

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