U.S.'s Pompeo discusses Venezuela with Brazil's new right-wing government

Reuters | January 02, 2019

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed Venezuela with the foreign minister of Brazil’s new right-wing government on Wednesday, in the context of what he termed a joint front against authoritarian regimes in Latin America. Speaking to reporters after meeting with Brazil’s new Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo, Pompeo named Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua as countries that do not have shared democratic values. “We have an opportunity to work alongside each other against authoritarian regimes,” he said of the United States and Brazil, a day after the inauguration of far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

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While cybersecurity has come a long way, the journey has been slow with starts and restarts. National, state, and local governments have made progress toward safeguarding their enterprises against cyber threats; however, the continued development of Internet of Things (IoT), mobility, smart cities, and new digital channels, among several other additional factors, have added complexity and more risk along the path toward securing the government enterprise.

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While cybersecurity has come a long way, the journey has been slow with starts and restarts. National, state, and local governments have made progress toward safeguarding their enterprises against cyber threats; however, the continued development of Internet of Things (IoT), mobility, smart cities, and new digital channels, among several other additional factors, have added complexity and more risk along the path toward securing the government enterprise.

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Scale Computing | September 22, 2021

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Our agile, reliable platforms can replace traditional IT infrastructure across any agency, any department, or any system, while driving out the high costs of downtime and system administration. Jeff Ready, CEO and co-founder of Scale Computing Scale Computing brings municipal institutions, including governments, government agencies, and other public institutions, into a new era of computing by revamping IT operations with a solution that simplifies management, protects sensitive government data, and helps deliver smart, digital services. Kitselas First Nation is a self-funded and self-governing nation, and one of the 14 Tsimshian tribes in British Columbia. After experiencing a flood, Kitselas First Nation needed new servers and a modern solution for simplicity, scalability, availability and disaster recovery. With only one person on the IT staff, they were also in need of powerful systems capable of running workloads with efficiency and speed, as well as an affordable, easy-to-use solution capable of maximizing uptime. Kitselas First Nation selected Scale Computing’s HC3 platform which provides them with simplified, highly affordable IT infrastructure with improved performance. Since implementation of Scale Computing HC3, Kitselas First Nation saved resources and 15% of time spent managing infrastructure, leading to an increase in time spent working on other projects. Scale Computing’s HC3 solution also provides Kitselas First Nation with disaster recovery and the ability to manage IT infrastructure without the need for local IT staff. We have an on-site backup and a Google Cloud Platform in Quebec. If another disaster strikes, the hardware component fails or the entire HC3 appliance breaks down, we’re covered. The Scale Computing HC3 cluster is highly available and keeps our systems running with no downtime. HC3 won’t let us down. Don Agnew, IT support and asset management officer at Kitselas First Nation The Summit County Board of Elections in Ohio is responsible for securely managing the records of 370,000 registered voters and over one million citizen records. As Ohio’s fourth most populous county, the Summit County Board of Elections' entire network infrastructure is managed by a team of just two full-time IT professionals. With an aging server infrastructure and a heavily scrutinized Presidential election fast approaching in 2020, this IT duo needed to modernize their systems, comply with strict new security directives, and do so in an expedited time-frame. 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KBR and Adarga Announce Strategic Partnership to Extend AI Capabilities into National Security Sector

KBR | September 14, 2021

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MetTel | September 16, 2020

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