Detaining Refugee Children At Military Bases May Sound Un-American, But It’s Been Done Before

Government Executive | June 18, 2019

Fort Sill, an army base in Oklahoma, will soon become a refugee camp. The Department of Health and Human Services expects the repurposed military facility to house up to 1,400 unaccompanied migrant children from Central America by early July. Border agents apprehended 54,000 unaccompanied child migrants at the Mexico border last year alone. Typically, the government houses such children in temporary shelters and then places them with relatives already living in the United States. This means children can live with family and communities, rather than protective custody, as they wait for their asylum hearings.

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This lost value can be thought of as the minimum capital infrastructure deficit in environmental services; however, there are also significant unfunded liabilities and legacy costs – likely to be a minimum of $100 million – that must also be considered. And these costs do not include costs for new or expanded landfills. As a result, the combined capital infrastructure deficit in Environmental Services is likely to be in excess of $700 million. Taking anticipated annual capital maintenance expenditures plus capital expenditures to address the infrastructure deficit into account, Rural Eastern Ontario should be investing at least $131 million a year in Environmental Services assets. Currently, the region is investing roughly $85 million a year (on average), suggesting an annual capital investment shortfall of at least $46 million. Annual landfill monitoring requirements (post closure costs) will add at least another $1 million to this amount for the next 10 years, rising thereafter.


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U.S. Public Sector Updates Security for New Cloud Reality

ISG | September 16, 2022

State and municipal governments in the U.S., many still burdened by legacy systems and processes, are working with service providers to secure new cloud-based IT architectures amid major technology transitions, according to a new research report published today by Information Services Group (ISG) (Nasdaq: III), a leading global technology research and advisory firm. The 2022 ISG Provider Lens™ Cybersecurity — Solutions and Services report for the U.S. Public Sector finds that governments and associated public organizations know they need to quickly overhaul both IT and cybersecurity to meet growing demand for remote work and online services to constituents. Most favor wholesale migration to cloud architectures and modern cybersecurity tools, but they need to overcome long-established procurement practices to succeed. “Legacy platforms and processes have held many agencies back from offering better services and becoming more efficient, The new, more holistic approach to technology also extends to cybersecurity.” -Nathan Frey, partner, ISG Public Sector. The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified challenges governments in the U.S. have faced for decades, the report says. Lockdowns and work-from-home requirements forced agencies to offer more services online while ramping up IT support for suddenly remote workers. At the same time, a long-term exodus of older employees accelerated, making it even harder for organizations to catch up. These factors have triggered a wave of IT modernization in the U.S. public sector, including projects to update IT security systems, especially identity and access management (IAM) and data loss/leakage prevention (DLP), ISG says. Advanced IAM systems let agencies offer more workers and constituents secure access to systems, while DLP provides better control of what data users can access in those systems and how they can use the data. “Public agencies want more sophisticated security tools, with proper integration, so they can offer better services without increasing risk, Qualified service providers with public-sector experience are helping at every stage of the process.” -Jan Erik Aase, partner and global leader, ISG Provider Lens Research. More state and local governments are seeking technical security services for integration and implementation and engaging with managed security service providers for ongoing operations, ISG says. Some governments are also turning to strategic security service providers for help in developing an overall security vision spanning all departments and functions, often for the first time. The 2022 ISG Provider Lens™ Cybersecurity — Solutions and Services report for the U.S. Public Sector evaluates the capabilities of 61 providers across five quadrants: Identity and Access Management (IAM); Data Leakage /Loss Prevention (DLP) and Data Security; Technical Security Services; Strategic Security Services, and Managed Security Services. The report names IBM as a Leader in all five quadrants and Atos as a Leader in four quadrants. It names Accenture, Capgemini, Deloitte, EY and Infosys as Leaders in three quadrants each. Broadcom, Unisys and Verizon are named as Leaders in two quadrants each. ManageEngine, Microsoft, Okta, Palo Alto Networks, Proofpoint, RSA, Trend Micro, Varonis, Wipro and Zscaler are named as Leaders in one quadrant each. About ISG Provider Lens™ Research: The ISG Provider Lens™ Quadrant research series is the only service provider evaluation of its kind to combine empirical, data-driven research and market analysis with the real-world experience and observations of ISG's global advisory team. Enterprises will find a wealth of detailed data and market analysis to help guide their selection of appropriate sourcing partners, while ISG advisors use the reports to validate their own market knowledge and make recommendations to ISG's enterprise clients. The research currently covers providers offering their services globally, across Europe, as well as in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, the U.K., France, Benelux, Germany, Switzerland, the Nordics, Australia and Singapore/Malaysia, with additional markets to be added in the future. About ISG: ISG (Information Services Group) (Nasdaq: III) is a leading global technology research and advisory firm. A trusted business partner to more than 800 clients, including more than 75 of the world’s top 100 enterprises, ISG is committed to helping corporations, public sector organizations, and service and technology providers achieve operational excellence and faster growth. The firm specializes in digital transformation services, including automation, cloud and data analytics; sourcing advisory; managed governance and risk services; network carrier services; strategy and operations design; change management; market intelligence and technology research and analysis. Founded in 2006, and based in Stamford, Conn., ISG employs more than 1,300 digital-ready professionals operating in more than 20 countries—a global team known for its innovative thinking, market influence, deep industry and technology expertise, and world-class research and analytical capabilities based on the industry’s most comprehensive marketplace data.

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Spin Systems Achieves AWS Government Competency Status

Spin Systems | September 29, 2022

Spin Systems, Inc. (SpinSys), announced today that it has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Government Competency status. This designation recognizes that SpinSys provides solutions to—and/or has deep experience working with—government customers to deliver mission-critical workloads and applications on AWS. Achieving the AWS Government Competency differentiates SpinSys as an AWS Partner that possess 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, and has developed innovative technology and solutions that leverage AWS services. To receive the designation, AWS Partners must possess deep AWS expertise and deliver solutions seamlessly on AWS. “SpinSys is proud to achieve AWS Government Competency status, We are committed to helping Government agencies achieve their goals by introducing disruptive solutions and modernizing legacy capabilities through the agility, breadth of services, and pace of innovation that AWS provides.” -Jamie Dahlum, Vice President, Government Solutions. 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 AWS Partners with deep industry experience and expertise. With in-depth experience in AWS technologies and cloud offerings, SpinSys is an Advanced Tier Consulting Partner with AWS certified professionals specializing in managing big data in the cloud. Expertise includes cloud migrations, legacy applications migration and modernization, master data management, cloud infrastructure management, and cost optimizations including on AWS GovCloud. Offering a wide range of services and products, the SpinSys approach is to support cloud strategies to secure data, systems, and infrastructure in every step of our client journeys. We bring Department of Defense (DoD) compliance frameworks including Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA), DoD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP), Risk Management Framework (RMF), and Director of Central Intelligence Directives (DCID) to the enterprise. About Spin Systems: SpinSys provides a comprehensive range of cloud services including stabilizing, modernizing, and migrating legacy and complex enterprise applications, developing migration plans and roadmaps, creating solutions for Big Data problems, refactoring applications, and developing new cloud-based systems. SpinSys is an AWS Government competency partner and authorized reseller.

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Kaloom Secures $21M in Funding to Accelerate Network Transformation and 5G-Edge Deployments

Kaloom | September 09, 2022

Kaloom™ today announced it secured an additional USD 21 million from the Quebec government and current investor, Alternative Capital Group (ACG), who matched the government of Quebec’s investment. This latest investment will support Kaloom's go-to-market strategy and extend its current heterogeneous hardware strategy by supporting additional platforms like SmartNICs and Servers. The latest cash infusion will also allow Kaloom to ramp up sales, and help its global service provider customers benefit from burgeoning Network transformation and 5G-Edge market opportunities. ACG's participation in this latest financing round is a strong vote of confidence in Kaloom's ability to execute on its vision. In addition to financial support, ACG brings a wealth of experience and resources that are invaluable to Kaloom’s continued business growth. "ACG is proud to support Kaloom’s continued business growth as the company realizes the vision it set out to achieve, Kaloom's innovative solutions help network providers overcome the major challenges of Network Transformation and 5G-Edge deployments. With Kaloom's help, network providers can deliver the high-speed, low-latency performance that users demand. We look forward to supporting Kaloom in this next growth phase." -Nicolas Beauchamp, ACG. This latest cash infusion strengthens Kaloom’s standing as an emerging leader providing fully programmable and automated cloud-native solutions that simplify management and save costs in complex distributed edge networks. Kaloom works with service providers around the globe and plans to expand in Japan, recently registering its business in the country. "With this investment, we can harness our momentum and continue to serve our global customers while expanding into new markets, Our mission is to empower service providers and operators worldwide with automated and fully programmable distributed edge network solutions that transform underlying network infrastructure and reduce total cost of ownership. This investment is critical to achieving that mission globally and enabling 5G-Edge and private 5G monetization in our industry." -Laurent Marchand, Kaloom Founder and CEO. About Kaloom: Kaloom is delivering a fully programmable and automated cloud-native edge center networking software solution that will disrupt how distributed cloud edge and data center networks are built, managed and operated by Telecom, Fixed and Mobile Operators, Data Center and Cloud Service Providers. Kaloom comprises technology veterans with proven track records of delivering large-scale networking, analytics, and AI-based solutions for the world's largest networks. Kaloom is based in the Quartier de l'innovation in Montréal, Quebec.

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Growing Adoption of StateRAMP Across All State, Local Government & Education Sectors StateRAMP Momentum Continues

StateRAMP | September 21, 2022

StateRAMP announces its growing list of governments working with StateRAMP to validate their third-party suppliers' cyber security posture who use or offer cloud products to deliver services. The growing list of participating governments comes on the heels of the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) recent announcement naming StateRAMP a Strategic Partner. Working together, StateRAMP and NASPO will work to develop educational content and resources for state government. "With responsibilities for critical infrastructure, vital services, and mass storage of confidential and privacy data, government, at all levels, is a prime target for cybercrime, We are thrilled to see all levels of State and Local Government engaging in StateRAMP to improve our collective cyber posture for the citizens we serve." -J.R. Sloan, President of the StateRAMP Board and Chief Information Officer for the State of Arizona. Procuring technology tools and services is complicated work, and many organizations have sought to make that process easier for the public sector. By focusing on cybersecurity risk management, StateRAMP addresses a key pain point for state and local public agencies—and the vendors and suppliers that serve them. With a grounding in the reality of state and local government operations—and by building on widely adopted best practices—StateRAMP is exactly the sort of smart innovation that the public sector needs and deserves, said Doug Levin, National Director, K12 Security Information eXchange (K12 SIX). "We are excited to work with our strategic partners and members to continue toward our mission of promoting best practices in government for managing supplier cloud security, When there is a common problem, there is an opportunity for a shared solution. In cloud security, the shared solution is StateRAMP for all levels of government and the vendors who serve them." -Leah McGrath, Executive Director, StateRAMP. About StateRAMP: StateRAMP is a nonprofit organization that launched in early 2021 and brings state and local governments together with the suppliers who serve them to recognize best practices in cloud security and provides a standardized approach to cloud cybersecurity verification. StateRAMP provides state and local governments assurance that the suppliers they are working with meet the minimum cybersecurity standards through independent audits and ongoing continuous monitoring. StateRAMP is designed as a shared service for government and a streamlined service for suppliers who can verify their products one time and reuse that certification with each government agency they serve. StateRAMP maintains an Authorized Product List (APL) which lists products that have achieved a security status and those products going through the process. About K12 Security Information eXchange (K12 SIX): The K12 Security Information eXchange (K12 SIX) offers cybersecurity resilience to keep students learning and school districts operating.

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This lost value can be thought of as the minimum capital infrastructure deficit in environmental services; however, there are also significant unfunded liabilities and legacy costs – likely to be a minimum of $100 million – that must also be considered. And these costs do not include costs for new or expanded landfills. As a result, the combined capital infrastructure deficit in Environmental Services is likely to be in excess of $700 million. Taking anticipated annual capital maintenance expenditures plus capital expenditures to address the infrastructure deficit into account, Rural Eastern Ontario should be investing at least $131 million a year in Environmental Services assets. Currently, the region is investing roughly $85 million a year (on average), suggesting an annual capital investment shortfall of at least $46 million. Annual landfill monitoring requirements (post closure costs) will add at least another $1 million to this amount for the next 10 years, rising thereafter.

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