Analysis The Flaw in Trump's Obstruction-of-Justice Defense

Government Executive | June 05, 2018

President Trump’s lawyers, in a letter released over the weekend, staked out bold the ground that the president can’t commit obstruction of justice in his interactions with the federal law-enforcement apparatus—neither by firing investigators nor by interfering with their performance of their duties. In the letter, written back in January to Special Counsel Robert Mueller and recently leaked to The New York Times, they write that “the President’s actions here, by virtue of his position as the chief law enforcement officer, could neither constitutionally nor legally constitute obstruction because that would amount to him obstructing himself, and that he could, if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon if he so desired.”

Spotlight

As a government IT leader, you have spent a lot of money on systems to manage millions of documents within your organization. Yet, at a time when the FITARA act1 asks you for greater accountability, much-needed improvements in information management have not materialized. Your cost of managing and storing an exponentially growing number of paper and electronic records is skyrocketing.


Other News
EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

Ventech Solutions Achieves AWS Government Competency Status

Ventech Solutions | September 02, 2022

Ventech Solutions, Inc. achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Government Competency status. The designation recognizes Ventech Solutions provides solutions to—and/or has deep experience working with—government customers to deliver mission-critical workloads and applications on AWS. "The AWS Government Competency is a valuable achievement that demonstrates Ventech Solutions' experience in providing innovative and quality solutions to federal agencies, This designation is a differentiator that assures agencies that Ventech Solutions is capable of helping them meet mandates, reduce costs, drive efficiencies and increase innovation across civilian agencies, national defense and intelligence communities and state and local governments." -Audie Murphy, vice president, solutions engineering at Ventech Solutions. As one of about 100 companies in the United States that have obtained the AWS Government Competency, Ventech Solutions is positioned as a trusted solutions provider of cloud IT services for government and public sector agencies. To receive the designation, AWS Partner Network (APN) members must possess deep AWS expertise and deliver solutions seamlessly on AWS. AWS is enabling scalable, flexible, and cost-effective solutions from startups to global enterprises. To support the seamless integration and deployment of these solutions, AWS established the AWS Competency Program to help customers identify Consulting and Technology APN Partners with deep industry experience and expertise. Achieving the AWS Government Competency differentiates Ventech Solutions as an AWS Partner Network (APN) member that has developed innovative technology and solutions that leverage AWS services as well as possessing deep domain expertise in one or more of the following core categories - Government Transportation, Facilities, Infrastructure Management, Justice and Public Safety, Public Healthcare, Financial and Fiscal Affairs, Citizen Services, National Security and Defense, Security and Compliance, and Open Data. About Ventech Solutions: Ventech Solutions is a technology and health care solutions provider that leverages emerging technologies to deliver a wide range of enterprise services, including cloud modernization, infrastructure, data, security and service integration support. Ventech Solutions leads and manages some of the most critical technology transformation initiatives for the public sector that empower government agencies to achieve their missions.

Read More

CYBERSECURITY

Keeper Security Announces FedRAMP Authorization

Keeper Security | August 25, 2022

Keeper Security, the leading provider of zero-trust and zero-knowledge cybersecurity software protecting passwords, secrets, and connections, today announced that the company has obtained FedRAMP Authorization at the Moderate Impact Level for its Keeper Security Government Cloud (KSGC). The KSGC password management and security solution has successfully completed the rigorous FedRAMP accreditation process. This highly sought-after and difficult to attain designation sets KSGC apart from its competitors as the best in class zero-trust and zero-knowledge security solution for government agencies to protect their passwords, data, and secrets. KSGC is hosted in AWS GovCloud (US), designed to host sensitive data, regulated workloads, and address the most stringent U.S. government security and compliance requirements. To receive FedRAMP Authorization, organizations must implement controls from 17 different control families that originate from National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 800-53. This alone can take organizations months or years, depending on the complexity of the system. Authorization can only be pursued by an organization through partnering with a federal agency or the Joint Authorization Board (JAB). Additionally, the system must be evaluated and assessed by an authorized independent third-party auditor prior to submitting for final review and authorization by the FedRAMP Program Management Office. "Keeper is proud to bring its password management and cybersecurity platform to FedRAMP Authorized status," said Darren Guccione, CEO and Co-Founder of Keeper Security. "This authorization demonstrates Keeper's longstanding -- and, some would say, fanatical -- commitment to the highest standards of internal security controls and encryption. Keeper is prepared to help federal agencies protect their digital assets against ransomware, data breaches and other password-related cyberattacks." "As a FedRAMP Authorized password management and security solution, KSGC will enable Carahsoft and our reseller partners to help federal agencies better secure their sensitive information and protect against password related breaches, Keeper's zero-knowledge, zero-trust architecture solves compliance and regulatory enforcement requirements, providing a trusted, reliable solution that meets government needs." -Steve Jacyna, who leads the Keeper Security team at Carahsoft. Today's attackers are advanced at using any breached username and password combination to run through analytics and bots to find any use or similar use combination. By leveraging password managers, a constant health check can be maintained for password diversification and security, said Jean-Paul Bergeaux, Federal Chief Technology Officer of GuidePoint Security. Enterprises cannot assume users are doing this and KSGC provides a way for government security teams to maintain password security while also significantly improving user experience throughout their work life. The FedRAMP Authorized KSGC follows a White House Executive Order mandating zero-trust architecture and strong encryption, along with a draft memorandum by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) mandating all federal agencies adopt a zero-trust security architecture by 2024. The memorandum specifically calls out password security requirements that KSGC facilitates, including strong password policies, the removal of a deprecated requirement to require special characters and regular password rotation, and the ability to compare user passwords against weak and breached data. Keeper provides government agencies with a human-centric cybersecurity solution that promotes adoption of password best practices, like the use of MFA, by employees and contractors. Keeper also promotes secure collaboration with encrypted record sharing that allows system administrators to regulate privileged access to files, as well as masking credentials. Keeper's zero-knowledge system architecture provides the highest levels of security and privacy. Encryption and decryption of data always occurs locally on the user's device, and only the encrypted ciphertext is stored in KSGC. About Keeper Security: Keeper Security, Inc. ("Keeper") is transforming the way organizations and individuals protect their credentials, secrets, connections and sensitive digital assets to significantly reduce the risks of identity security-related cyber attacks while gaining visibility and control. Keeper is the leading provider of zero-trust and zero-knowledge security cloud services trusted by millions of people and thousands of organizations for password and secrets management, privileged access, secure remote infrastructure access and encrypted messaging. Keeper's products are the highest-rated in the industry across G2, Trustpilot, PCMag and U.S. News & World Report. For the last several years, Keeper has received several InfoSec Awards from Cyber Defense Magazine for its cyber security enterprise software. Keeper is SOC 2 and ISO 27001 certified, and FIPS 140-2 validated, and Keeper is the only FedRAMP Authorized enterprise password management solution. Keeper is backed by Insight Partners, a leading venture capital and private equity firm with $90b AUM. About Carahsoft: Carahsoft Technology Corp. is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, supporting Federal, State and Local Government and Education and Healthcare. As the Master Government Aggregator® for its vendor and reseller partners, Carahsoft delivers solutions for Cybersecurity, MultiCloud, DevSecOps, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Open Source, Customer Experience and Engagement, and more. About GuidePoint Security: GuidePoint Security provides cybersecurity solutions and services that help organizations make better decisions. GuidePoint Security's holistic approach enables organizations to identify threats, optimize resources, and integrate solutions that mitigate risk.

Read More

CYBERSECURITY

Cybrary Partners With Carahsoft to Provide Cybersecurity Skill Development to Government Agencies and Customers

Carahsoft | September 28, 2022

Cybrary, the leading training platform for cybersecurity professionals, today announced a partnership with Carahsoft Technology Corp, the Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider.® Under the agreement, Carahsoft will serve as Cybrary's Public Sector distributor, making the company's accessible, affordable, and enhanced cybersecurity training and skills development platform available to the Public Sector through Carahsoft's reseller partners, NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V, Information Technology Enterprise Solutions – Software 2 (ITES-SW2), OMNIA Partners, National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO), ValuePoint, and National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA) contracts. "We're thrilled to partner with Carahsoft and their reseller partners to provide the Public Sector with streamlined access to Cybrary's platform, Delivering timely threat-informed cybersecurity training to the masses is our ultimate goal. Through this partnership, we will simultaneously enable the cybersecurity community to grow professionally and defend our country from the latest threats." -Kevin Hanes CEO Cybrary. With cyberattacks targeting Government agencies on the rise, and the White House recently noting the lack of qualified individuals to defend against them, there is a huge need for more accessible and digestible skills-based training for cybersecurity. The Cybrary and Carahsoft partnership will help simplify procurement for much-needed training for security teams and individuals throughout Federal, State, Local, and Education sectors. "This partnership provides Government customers with the invaluable opportunity to develop and build their cybersecurity talent pipelines and equip the workforce to recognize, respond, and anticipate threats and defend our nation, We look forward to working with Cybrary and our reseller partners to close the persistent cybersecurity skills gap." -Alex Whitworth, Sales Director who leads the Cybrary Team at Carahsoft. About Cybrary: Cybrary is the industry-leading training platform that provides the right training at the right time to fully equip cybersecurity professionals at every stage in their careers. Cybrary offers threat-informed training and certification preparation to help industry professionals build the skills and knowledge to confidently mitigate the threats their organizations face and bridge the persistent cybersecurity skills gap. Cybrary enables more than 3 million learners, from service providers and government agencies to Fortune 1000 organizations and individuals alike, to be armed and ready to respond in the fight against constantly-evolving cybersecurity threats. 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 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.

Read More

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

Aleut to Help Aggregate Actionable Intelligence for Government Agencies

ALEUT | September 07, 2022

Aleut Information Technology, LLC (Aleut) was awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force to provide maintenance, development, and support service for its existing Open Architecture Distributed Common Ground System (OA/DCGS) and Forward Processing Exploitation and Dissemination (FPED) platform – the United States' primary visual data aggregator for military intelligence. "We want to help analysts provide better output to their agencies, We know how critical it is that information be processed and distributed efficiently and accurately. Aleut will continue to generate software updates at a quick cadence, adding capabilities that improve the functionality of the platform, and empower operators." -Aleut Federal's Vice President of Technology Services, Geoff Vaughan. FPED is a platform which takes a broad range of data including video, geospatial intelligence, photographs, and more, collected by aircraft in the field and exploits the data using subject matter experts located across the globe. Those experts then take the imagery and identify items of interest (e.g., weapons, vehicles, and troops). The annotated files are then disseminated to subsystems operated by external government agencies such as the Army, Navy and Marine Corps, who use it to generate intelligence reports on the status of the regions. Under the newly awarded contract, Aleut will continue to support various sites within the FPED network to perform software and hardware updates and training, working with operators to learn what features and functionality options they'd like to see in future updates. Aleut uses human centered design principles to research requirements and make User Experience (UX) improvement recommendations for government approval. This contract has a potential duration of three years – including one, one-year base period and two, one-year options. Aleut will partner with the incumbent, MetroStar. Aleut is proud to retain the original subcontractors and key members of the original project team, ensuring a seamless transition. ABOUT ALEUT: Formed in 2016, Aleut is a Small Business Administration certified 8(a) program participant, and Small Disadvantaged Business providing proven capabilities in the IT sector including, infrastructure and communications. Aleut Information Technology, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Aleut Federal, LLC, a holding company for federal subsidiaries of The Aleut Corporation (TAC). TAC was one of 13 original Alaska Native Corporations established under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, passed by the U.S. Congress in 1971.

Read More

Spotlight

As a government IT leader, you have spent a lot of money on systems to manage millions of documents within your organization. Yet, at a time when the FITARA act1 asks you for greater accountability, much-needed improvements in information management have not materialized. Your cost of managing and storing an exponentially growing number of paper and electronic records is skyrocketing.

Resources