U.S. State Department approves possible $2.2 billion arms sale to Taiwan

Reuters | July 09, 2019

The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale to Taiwan of M1A2T Abrams tanks, Stinger missiles and related equipment at an estimated value of $2.2 billion, the Pentagon said on Monday, despite Chinese criticism of the deal. China is Foreign Ministry said last month when the possible sale was first reported that it was seriously concerned about U.S. arms sales to self ruled Taiwan, and it urged the United States to halt the sales to avoid harming bilateral ties.

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Agencies Need 21st Century Technology For the past several years, the White House has issued a string of mandates to modernize how Federal Agencies procure and use information technology.

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Agencies Need 21st Century Technology For the past several years, the White House has issued a string of mandates to modernize how Federal Agencies procure and use information technology.

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Infor Launches Infor Public Sector in the UK

Infor | October 11, 2021

Infor, the industry cloud company, today announced it has launched Infor Public Sector, a dedicated multi-tenant cloud offering for the UK public sector. The solution combines Infor CloudSuite Public Sector, Financials and Supply Chain Management (FSCM), Infor People Solutions (HR & Talent) with the dedicated public sector enterprise asset management capabilities of Infor Hansen, all of which run on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Infor Public Sector will ensure that local and central government and arms-length bodies remain on the most up-to-date software releases to provide robust, secure and easily managed services. To ensure compliance with the applicable data residency regulations, Infor Public Sector can be deployed via AWS in London. As part of the offering, Infor will build on more than two decades of experience with UK public sector organizations such as South West Water, Borders College, London Fire Brigade and Viewpoint Housing; and many global customers including the City of Coral Gables in Florida, US, Ras Al Khaimah Wastewater Agency (RAKWA) in UAE, and the City of Franklin in Tennessee, USA. "Through the pandemic, cloud technology has proven to be an essential enabler for remote working across the public sector. The opportunity to replace cumbersome, frequently insecure, on-premises applications and expensive datacenters that demand a lot of management makes for an immediately attractive option. Now Infor can offer the UK public sector the ability to stay up-to-date and secure, keeping data on UK shores, whilst delivering highly relevant proven functionality, as well as multi-tenant options that open the possibility of shared services. And all of this is backed by our knowledge in addressing public sector challenges from across the globe. This makes for an incredibly compelling business case throughout both local and central governments." Anwen Robinson, Infor senior vice president and general manager for the UK & Ireland "Our public sector customers; from local and central government, blue light services and education are all having to deal with further budgetary constraints since the Covid pandemic but are still looking for industry-leading solutions that offer real value," said Jay Parekh, FifthQuadrant partner. "FifthQuadrant's expertise comes from years of supporting clients through complex organisational challenges, and this is now matched by Infor Public Sector's robust and secure software, with critical functionality available straight out-of-the-box." About Infor Infor is a global leader in business cloud software specialized by industry. Providing mission-critical enterprise applications to 65,000 customers in more than 175 countries, Infor software is designed to deliver more value and less risk, with more sustainable operational advantages. We empower our 17,000 employees to leverage their deep industry expertise and use data-driven insights to create, learn and adapt quickly to solve emerging business and industry challenges. Infor is committed to providing our customers with modern tools to transform their business and accelerate their own path to innovation. About FifthQuadrant FifthQuadrant partners with customers across the globe to help them successfully deliver complex change programmes. By aligning the changes required to processes, systems and data, FifthQuadrant's "delivering differently" approach supports organizations to adapt, change and innovate through cloud-based solutions.

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MetTel Partners with Geotab to Deliver IoT Solutions for U.S. Government Vehicles

MetTel | January 13, 2021

MetTel, a Gartner-perceived pioneer in advanced transformation and communications, today announced that it is joining forces with Geotab to offer government vehicles access to a suite of oversaw services that give basic knowledge to help streamline consistence and detailing, reduce complete cost of ownership and improve resident and representative safety, as well as limit greenhouse gas emissions. Today, numerous government vehicles just approach vehicle motor diagnostics. Outdated methods of the board and documentation make inefficiencies in fuel usage, driving time and in general expenses. With grant winning telematics from Geotab coupled with MetTel's full service armada the executives entrance, government fleets can increase visibility into their vehicles to make efficiencies and help reduce in general costs. "Our mission at MetTel is to provide an easy on ramp for government agencies to realize the full benefits of the Internet of Things," said Robert Dapkiewicz, SVP and General Manager of MetTel Federal. "Government agencies are looking for ways to provide more transparency, while providing the tools to help reduce costs and increase the safety of government employees and the citizens they serve. MetTel-enabled IoT solutions help provide that, through an easy to use "single pane of glass." With MetTel and Geotab, managers of government vehicles will have access to critical intelligence that will provide broad visibility into each MetTel-enabled vehicle. Among the benefits: • Reduced Costs: Smarter asset utilization can reduce overall mileage and fuel spend. Predictive diagnostic technology notifies agency managers of vehicle maintenance needs before they become costly fixes or replacements. • Improved Driver Safety: In-vehicle coaching, risk and safety reports, instant notifications and accident detection with detailed second-by-second data to help increase the safety of drivers and citizens. • Streamlined Compliance & Reporting: Configurable dashboard and reporting software with email automation helps eliminate the tedious process of manual reporting for government regulations, odometer readings and fuel economy. • GHG & EV Battery Reporting and Compliance: Minimizes and measures greenhouse gas emissions & EV (electric Vehicle) specific solutions for battery and vehicle diagnostics. • Increased Efficiency of Fleet Inventory: Deeper visibility into the availability of vehicles to make data-based decisions about vehicle and driver utilization. • Schedule 70: As a small business, MetTel offers IT communications products, services and solutions through GSA IT Schedule 70 contracts to federal, state and local agencies. "We are excited to add our leading telematics platform to MetTel's expansive technology offering for the U.S. Federal Government," said Jean Pilon-Bignell, Vice President of Business Development, Government and Smart Cities , Geotab. "As the leading telematics provider to the U.S. Federal Government, and thanks to our recent FedRAMP certification, we are committed to connecting Federal agency vehicles and integrating them into broader IoT strategies that can help save the Government time, resources and money." MetTel Federal Portal, Bruin, Provides "Single Pane of Glass" to Help Easily Manage Vehicles Government agencies will have full visibility of MetTel-empowered vehicles through the MetTel Federal Portal, a fully overseen service giving monetary control of operations to telecom services, including service advancement (wireline, wireless, IoT and IaaS) through the Bruin stage, also marked as "MetTel Federal Portal." The MetTel Federal Portal is a head, grant winning armada the executives gateway offering a secure, seamless stage for all charging, provisioning, tagging, requesting and revealing. About MetTel MetTel is a leader in communications and digital transformation (DX) solutions for enterprise customers. By converging all communications over a proprietary network, MetTel gives enterprises one, unified view and control point for all their communications and advanced network services. MetTel's comprehensive portfolio of customer solutions can boost enterprise productivity, reduces costs and simplifies operations. About Geotab Geotab is advancing security, connecting commercial vehicles to the internet and providing web-based analytics to help customers better manage their fleets. Geotab's open platform and Marketplace, offering hundreds of third-party solution options, allows both small and large businesses to automate operations by integrating vehicle data with their other data assets. As an IoT hub, the in-vehicle device provides additional functionality through IOX Add-Ons. Processing billions of data points a day, Geotab leverages data analytics and machine learning to help customers improve productivity, optimize fleets through the reduction of fuel consumption, enhance driver safety, and achieve strong compliance to regulatory changes. Geotab's products are represented and sold worldwide through Authorized Geotab Resellers.

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Swimlane Delivers Intelligent Automation to Help U.S. Government Agencies Meet Executive Orders for Security Orchestration

Swimlane | February 23, 2022

Swimlane today announced that its cloud-scale, low-code security automation is being adopted by leading U.S. Government agencies to improve overall cybersecurity effectiveness while meeting the requirements of recently-issued Executive Orders M-22-09 and M-21-31. The Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), along with Executive Orders from the Biden Administration, has mandated several new security directives around Zero Trust, Logging, and Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR). These government-wide programs have an immediate impact on the expectations and roadmaps for public sector agencies and component agency security programs. Swimlane security automation provides a centralized system-of-record and SOAR capabilities that help agencies meet these requirements while gaining greater visibility into their operations with consolidated analytics, real-time dashboards and reporting from across the security infrastructure. U.S. public sector agencies have until the end of FY2024 to implement SOAR technology as part of the adoption of Zero Trust principles laid out by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in January. The memorandum refers to implementing security automation capabilities as a “practical necessity.” “As the number of false alarms and genuine threats increases, agencies need an easy-to-navigate solution that allows them to integrate their entire security stack and automate the manual tasks essential to keeping them secure,” said Cody Cornell, co-founder and chief strategy officer, Swimlane, who formerly held roles with the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency and Department of Homeland Security. Cornell continued, “Swimlane’s low-code security automation platform can serve as a crucial foundation for meeting these Zero Trust requirements by becoming the security system of record, which means agencies can seamlessly track and automate security processes, cases and reports from a single customizable interface. This comprehensive visibility allows them to overcome resource constraints and respond to threats faster.” While Zero Trust relies on an agency’s ability to successfully standardize user authentication and ensure every attempted access is validated before granting access to the organization’s network, federal agencies are also tasked with mitigating an ever-growing number of security alerts, disconnected tools and complex processes. Regulating access on such a granular level is a highly complex process. To be successful, security teams must feel confident in the decisions they make while managing their environments. This is why having access to an end-to-end security automation solution that provides security teams with comprehensive visibility and orchestration that can extend beyond the Security Operations Center (SOC) is crucial. Swimlane works with numerous partners in the federal and public sector, like Merlin Cyber, to deliver a powerful platform that can help agencies solve even the most sophisticated security challenges. According to Merlin Cyber’s 2022 State of Federal Zero Trust Maturity survey, more than 70 percent of federal agencies are aggressively adopting Zero Trust principles. “The adoption of Zero Trust strategies is most effective when carried out in conjunction with security automation. As government agencies seek to take more extensive steps to secure their attack surface and maximize incident response, Swimlane’s platform being flexible enough to support use cases beyond traditional SOAR makes it a significant asset.” Miguel Sian, Senior VP of Technology at Merlin Cyber About Swimlane Swimlane is the leader in cloud-scale, low-code security automation. Supporting use cases beyond SOAR, Swimlane improves the ease with which security teams can overcome process and data fatigue, as well as chronic staffing shortages. Swimlane unlocks the potential of automation beyond the SOC by delivering a low-code platform that serves as the system of record for the entire security organization and enables anyone within the organization to contribute their knowledge and expertise to the protection of the organization.

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