EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

4 Startups Tapped to Pilot Capabilities at Defense’s 5G Living Lab

GenXComm | October 29, 2020

Four startups this week won $50K a piece and an opportunity to pilot and test out their technologies at the Marine Corps Air Station, or MCAS, Miramar’s 5G Living Lab in San Diego. The chosen companies—COMSovereign, GenXComm, Omnispace, and vRotors—competed against nearly 50 total for the top spots through the National Security Innovation Network or NSIN’s Navy/USMC 5G Pitch Competition. That network is an organization within the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit.
“All of the winners are developing technology that either will help the Marines establish and deploy secure 5G networks domestically and abroad, or uses the benefits of 5G networks to deliver new strategic capabilities to the war fighter,” NSIN’s Pacific South Regional Director Jesse Gipe explained.

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Pima County’s Southwest Water Campus team won the $250,000 New Arizona Prize: Water Innovation Challenge prize to fulfill its proposal, which involves brewing beer using reclaimed water. A selection committee in Phoenix announced the winning team Nov. 3. The team’s winning proposal involves using reclaimed water to brew beer. They will create a mobile potable reuse treatment facility to travel through various Arizona cities and towns. The water treatment facilities for each jurisdiction would then partner with local breweries to see who can create the best tasting beer using reclaimed water.


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CYBERSECURITY

Motorola Solutions Establishes the Cyber Threat Information Sharing and Analysis Organization for Public Safety, Recognized by the Cybersecurity

Motorola Solutions | April 23, 2022

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GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

Ardalyst Announces Zero Trust Architecture Solution Through All-Threat™ Campaign

Ardalyst | March 02, 2022

Following a series of high-profile cyber breaches, the Biden administration issued an Executive Order (EO) in May 2021 to strengthen cybersecurity across the federal government. In February 2022, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released the "Moving the U.S. Government Toward Zero Trust Security Principles" memo. It lays out strategic goals to move the federal government to a Zero Trust Architecture and requires agencies to develop a plan to implement zero trust architecture with each agency being required to designate a Zero Trust lead. Ardalyst is proud to announce a concerted effort – relying on collaboration with partners at Mandiant and Microsoft – to deliver an All-Threat™ Strategy approach to Zero Trust Architectures as a means of assisting government agencies and federal contractors in achieving cyber resiliency. This effort will establish a Zero Trust-based security system, recognizing that security systems themselves can be breached. The EO makes clear that Zero Trust tenets will be built into any software the federal government acquires or that its contractors use. The EO mandates a review of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to accomplish that. Changes to FAR and likewise, DFARS, mean that to continue to do business with the DoD, defense contractors will need to incorporate Zero Trust Architecture into their communication and collaboration platforms. Agencies are now required to achieve specific zero trust security goals by the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2024. It applies across the five pillars – Identity, Devices, Network, Applications and Data. The Ardalyst All-Threat™ Zero-Trust Architecture is an intelligence-led approach to protecting your organization against all tiers of cyber threats in an assumed hostile environment. The All-Threat offering is a wholistic approach that integrates inferred system-integrity checks and balances between Microsoft's Zero Trust Architecture, Endpoint Security and Mandiant's Threat Intelligence to create a layered security environment that is resilient against different tiers of adversarial threats. Ardalyst is based in Annapolis, Md. By partnering with our customers to truly understand their unique environment and cybersecurity posture, Ardalyst leverages decades of experience and expertise in cyber operations and resiliency engineering to deliver a comprehensive cybersecurity program that is cost-effective, aligned to your mission and guaranteed to meet your compliance requirements. We replace uncertainty with understanding.

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CYBERSECURITY

VMD Corp Promotes Gregg Leone to Chief Growth Officer

VMD Corp | May 10, 2022

VMD Corp, a leading provider of cybersecurity, agile engineering, and critical infrastructure protection to the U.S. Federal Government, announced that it has promoted former Executive Vice President of Business Development Gregg Leone to the newly created role of Chief Growth Officer, effective immediately. Since joining VMD five years ago, Gregg has been instrumental in our growth helping us go from a small to a mid-sized contractor while also deepening our customer and partner relationships and helping us to attract top talent. We are glad to have created this new role for Gregg and are looking forward to his continued leadership and effectiveness." Deepti Malhotra,VMD Chief Executive Officer Leone has more than 20 years of government IT contracting experience with particular expertise in leadership, strategy, and portfolio management. For the past five years as the Executive Vice President of Business Development, Gregg has been responsible for VMD's corporate development and strategy, major capture strategy and activities, and corporate marketing and communications efforts. In his new role, he will continue to be responsible for business development, marketing and sales, as well as strategic planning, solution development, strategic partnerships, proposals and more. Gregg will also be responsible for ensuring and managing VMD's growth through metrics like revenue, social ROIs, and employee engagement. He will report directly to Ms. Malhotra. "I am incredibly excited to be taking on this new role and honored by the trust and recognition placed in me by the entire VMD leadership team," Leone said. "Together, we have accomplished a lot at VMD and as our business continues to transform, I look forward to doing even more together to grow the business, the portfolio and our relationships with existing customers." Prior to joining VMD, Gregg was a Vice President at CACI International where he led the Federal and Civilian Information Technology business with over $800 million in new growth at the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, the Department of State, and other mission customers. He has a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

Hayden AI Accepted into AWS GovTechStart, Amazon Web Services (AWS) Government Technology Accelerator

Hayden AI Technologies, Inc. | April 26, 2022

Hayden AI, an emerging leader in smart enforcement technologies powered by artificial intelligence is excited to announce that it has been officially been accepted into AWS GovTechStart, the Amazon Web Services (AWS) government technology (GovTech) accelerator, focused on helping eligible U.S. businesses build the next generation of technology solutions for state and local government agencies using the power of the AWS Cloud. AWS cloud storage allows Hayden AI not only to scale more quickly, but to do it smartly, safety, and securely. Leveraging AWS' Well Architected Framework and Shared Responsibility model will help us place strong security and compliance safeguards in place to protect client data and privacy, and to continually review, assess, and refine our privacy and security posture by leveraging the best-in-class tools AWS offers us." Chris Carson, Hayden AI Founder and CEO Hayden AI Accepted into AWS GovTechStart, Amazon Web Services (AWS) Government Technology Accelerator AWS launched its AWS GovTechStart accelerator to enable startups to use tailored benefits to scale faster, including technical training and support, access to a national community of GovTech experts, AWS Promotional Credit, and more. About Hayden AI Hayden AI is bridging the innovation gap in transportation management by combining artificial intelligence with mobile sensors that have the ability to see and reason in 3D. We're enabling innovative cities to improve urban mobility and enhance the quality of life of their communities by making traffic flow more safely and reliably.

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Pima County’s Southwest Water Campus team won the $250,000 New Arizona Prize: Water Innovation Challenge prize to fulfill its proposal, which involves brewing beer using reclaimed water. A selection committee in Phoenix announced the winning team Nov. 3. The team’s winning proposal involves using reclaimed water to brew beer. They will create a mobile potable reuse treatment facility to travel through various Arizona cities and towns. The water treatment facilities for each jurisdiction would then partner with local breweries to see who can create the best tasting beer using reclaimed water.

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