U.S. to Ban TikTok App on Government Issued Devices for Security Concerns

TikTok | July 23, 2020

U.S. federal employees would be barred from using Chinese-owned mobile video app TikTok on government-issued devices under a bill that passed a U.S. Senate Committee on Wednesday, as lawmakers feared the security of users’ personal data. The “No TikTok on Government Devices Act” from Senator Josh Hawley was passed unanimously by the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and will be taken up by the U.S. Senate for a vote.

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Texas Recovery Hurricane Harvey: Partnerships and Progress FEMA All totals as of July 2, 2018. 41 individual assistance counties designated. 53 public assistance counties designated. 41.5 thousand square miles of land mass impacted. Larger than Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont combined.

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Texas Recovery Hurricane Harvey: Partnerships and Progress FEMA All totals as of July 2, 2018. 41 individual assistance counties designated. 53 public assistance counties designated. 41.5 thousand square miles of land mass impacted. Larger than Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont combined.

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PARAGON INCREASES INVESTMENT IN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

PARAGON SYSTEMS | September 26, 2022

Sean will drive growth and development across all business sectors encompassing federal and commercial business development. Joining Paragon in 2020, following his progressive success since 2012 with affiliate Securitas USA (SUSA), Sean has directly supported the acceleration of growth of physical security offerings for the Aerospace & Defense sector. Additionally, Sean has led the integration of combining physical security offerings with specialty cleared commercial services from Paragon Risk Management, Cybersecurity, and Technology Solutions. Serving as a Captain in the U.S. Army's Military Police Corp, Sean led paramilitary training and security operations supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following his service, Sean earned a dual master's degree in security management and emergency management from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Sean's capabilities and vision will provide the business development and capture management teams additional insight into enhancing service offerings and integrating capabilities across the Federal government and its contractors. While serving as Vice President of Global National Sales for SUSA, Sean successfully built cohesive growth-oriented entities across geographic and vertical markets and increased brand placement in the marketplace. "Sean's operational experience in both the public and private sector, coupled with his proven track record to foster widespread organizational growth, will prove valuable as we continue to move the company into the future of safeguarding American assets." -Tony Sabatino, Chief Executive Officer,PARAGON SYSTEMS. ABOUT PARAGON SYSTEMS: Paragon employs over 12,000 professionals in specialized operations providing security, fire, investigations, inspections, cybersecurity, risk management, and mission support services to the U.S. Federal Government and other critical infrastructure clients. Paragon is Safeguarding American Assets at home, abroad, & beyond.

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Pyramid and Carahsoft Partner to Bring Decision Intelligence to Government Agencies

Carahsoft | October 21, 2022

Pyramid Analytics (Pyramid), a pioneering decision intelligence platform provider, and Carahsoft Technology Corp., The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, today announced a partnership. Under the agreement, Carahsoft will serve as Pyramid Analytics’ Master Government Aggregator®, making the company’s Pyramid Decision Intelligence Platform available to federal, state, and local government agencies through Carahsoft’s reseller partners, NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V, Information Technology Enterprise Solutions – Software 2 (ITES-SW2), National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA), and OMNIA Partners contracts. Decision Intelligence enabled by AI and Machine Learning (ML) can modernize the delivery of critical public services, including healthcare, homeland security, and defense in the US federal market segment. Carahsoft has added the award-winning Pyramid Decision Intelligence Platform to numerous existing federal contracts and will provide marketing and sales support to generate demand within the federal market, state and local governments, and higher education institutions. Through this partnership, Pyramid is represented by Carahsoft’s team of professionals dedicated to serving public sector customers and partners. The next major innovation in analytics is Artificial Intelligence (AI). Applying AI across Data Prep, Business Analytics, and Data Science is what separates Decision Intelligence from traditional business intelligence tools. AI lowers the skills barrier by automating the highly technical work needed to prepare and analyze data and create and share reports and dashboards. The Pyramid Decision Intelligence Platform delivers data-driven insights for anyone to make faster, optimized decisions. The Pyramid Platform provides instant access to any data, enables automated governed self-service for any person, and serves any analytics need, from the simple to the sophisticated. By uniquely combining Data Prep, Business Analytics, and Data Science with AI guidance in a single environment, the Pyramid Platform reduces cost and complexity while accelerating growth and innovation. This enables a strategic, organization-wide approach to Business Intelligence and Analytics. “Carahsoft has a proven track record selling innovative technology to federal, state and local Government entities across the United States. They also have a long history of forming strong partnerships with emerging technology leaders that will help Pyramid reach important market segments. The Pyramid team looks forward to many beneficial years of partnership with Carahsoft and its reseller partners to deliver value to our government customers.” -Joe Fritsch, Director of Federal Sales, Pyramid Analytics. Edward Walinsky who leads the Pyramid Team at Carahsoft: This partnership provides Government customers with the opportunity to leverage their business data to make better, more informed decisions. We look forward to working with Pyramid and our reseller partners to deliver business intelligence and analytics to our government customers. About Pyramid Analytics: Pyramid is what’s next in analytics. The award-winning Pyramid Decision Intelligence Platform delivers insights for making faster, optimized decisions by providing direct access to any data, enabling governed self-service for any person, and meeting any analytics need in a no-code environment. The Pyramid Platform uniquely combines Data Prep, Business Analytics, and Data Science in a single environment with AI guidance, reducing cost and complexity while accelerating growth and innovation. This enables a strategic, enterprise-wide approach to Business Intelligence and Analytics, from the simple to the sophisticated. Schedule a demo. 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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U.S. Department of Defense Awards Accrete Multi-Million Dollar AI Production OT Software Licensing Contract

Accrete | November 18, 2022

Accrete has secured a five-year multi-million dollar Production Operational Technology (OT) software licensing contract from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for Argus™, Accrete's highly configurable, dual-use open-source threat detection AI software solution, worth tens of millions of dollars. The exact contract value and deal terms cannot be disclosed per government guidelines. Argus continuously analyzes the open-source web to predict anomalous and nefarious behavior hidden in plain sight. Argus performs work that would otherwise require thousands of intelligence analysts at an estimated cost of hundreds of millions of dollars a year in areas critical to national security such as supply chain risk management, vulnerability research, intellectual property theft, social media intelligence, insider threat detection, and anti-money laundering. Argus reads, understands, and learns from an exploding universe of dynamic, unstructured data, including news, blogs, think tank publications, strategy papers, social media chatter, financial filings, microprocessor manuals, and binaries in multiple languages. The AI software automatically extracts, normalizes, and maps relationships between entities, models influence, and surfaces behavioral anomalies indicative of potentially illicit activity that are too complex for humans to identify. "We are at the dawn of an entirely new type of conflict, driven by rapid advances in artificial intelligence. Whereas nuclear proliferation threatened entire populations, AI proliferation individualizes warfare by manipulating targeted groups through digital means. Using AI, bad actors can propagate disinformation to exploit ignorance and weaken civil society causing billions of dollars of damage to the U.S. economy, As a prime defense contractor licensing configurable dual-use AI software directly to the DoD, Accrete is in a unique position to scale its business with the Defense, Intelligence, and Special Operations communities, as well as other government and enterprise customers, and bolster national security as well as intelligence competitiveness in previously unimaginable ways." -Prashant Bhuyan, Founder, CEO, and Chairman of Accrete, Inc. In 2020, the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), which former Defense Secretary Ashton Carter established in collaboration with former Google CEO Eric Schmidt to strengthen U.S. national security by accelerating DoD adoption of commercial technology, awarded Accrete with an Other Transaction Authority (OTA) Prototype contract after Accrete outperformed 65 other companies in a competitive review. The DoD accepted the Argus prototype within 15 months, and Accrete worked closely with the DIU and the DoD to transition the OTA Prototype contract into a first-of-its-kind multi-year Production OT AI software licensing deal. William Wall, who leads Accrete’s federal sales subsidiary, Accrete AI Government, and formerly served as a U.S. Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel and with the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), said, "We are extremely excited to announce this award, especially as this is the first production OTA that our DoD customer has ever awarded. There are very few start-up technology companies that successfully navigate the extremely challenging OTA process through prototype acceptance and transition into a multi-year production OT software licensing agreement. Our success is a testament to the efficacy, scalability, and configurability of our AI technology and, more importantly, to our employees' relentless focus on providing solutions that are tightly aligned with end-user requirements. As we continue to scale, Accrete looks forward to providing its growing customer base with powerful dual-use AI solutions that not only drive efficiency through the automation of analytical work but also produce mission-critical insights beyond human capacity.” Zachary Smith, Accrete AI Government’s Program Manager and retired special agent who spent most of his 23-year Air Force career focused on countering human, technical, and cyber-based threats, observed, "Based on Argus' blazing speed and scale, in seconds, analysts will be able to research and visualize complex relationships that would have taken at least a month of steady research and annotation. Within the framework of the DoD's acquisition risk review process, Argus will enable supply chain risk analysis to be more efficient and effective while delivering enhanced value at a lower cost per insight." Accrete's continuously learning AI technology enables the templatization of analytical workflows. Templates such as Argus for Threat Detection learn from sparse data and are configurable for use cases including supply chain influence, social media intelligence, reverse engineering, and logistics disruption for both government and commercial customers. In addition to helping the DoD predict bad actors that may be intentionally obscuring identities to influence the supply chain, Argus has also been enabling the U.S. Air Force to reverse engineer binaries from microprocessor manuals to detect vulnerabilities in firmware. Accrete’s dual-use AI solutions have also been proven in industry, including media and entertainment companies automating talent scouting to predict emerging talent from social chatter; insurance brokers automating lead generation to find the shortest path to the hottest lead; private equity and venture firms automating pitch deck review through smart table extraction; and automobile dealerships automating the writing of marketing content. About Accrete: Accrete's mission is to create AI so powerful that it amplifies human reasoning and enables government entities and commercial enterprises to grow in previously unimaginable ways. Accrete, founded in 2017, delivers configurable dual-use AI solutions that automate complex analytical work for both government and enterprise customers with a focus on defense, intelligence, and cybersecurity. Accrete has 128 employees globally and is headquartered in Lower Manhattan with offices in Alexandria, Va. and Wellesley, Mass.

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