Facebook closes political ads loophole ahead of U.S. presidential election

Facebook | June 17, 2020

Facebook Inc (FB.O) said on Tuesday it would affix labels to political ads shared by users on their own feeds, closing what critics have said for years was a glaring loophole in the company’s election transparency measures. The world’s biggest social network has attached a “paid for by” disclaimer to political ads since 2018, after facing a backlash for failing to stop Russia from using its platforms to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. But the label disappeared once people shared the ads to their own feeds, which critics said undermined its utility and allowed misinformation to continue spreading unchecked.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

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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ASGN Incorporated Acquires Iron Vine Security

ASGN | October 04, 2022

ASGN Incorporated (NYSE: ASGN), a leading provider of IT services and solutions, including technology and creative digital marketing, across the commercial and government sectors, announced today that it has acquired Iron Vine Security (“Iron Vine” or “the Company”), a leading cybersecurity company that designs, implements, and executes cybersecurity programs for federal customers. Iron Vine’s team of over 230 professionals will become part of ECS Federal, LLC, ASGN’s Federal Government Segment. Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Washington, DC, Iron Vine delivers end-to-end, next-generation cybersecurity and zero-trust solutions, including cybersecurity program development, security engineering, security operations center (SOC) management, securities controls testing, cloud infrastructure security and digital forensics. The Company is entrusted to protect the critical IT assets of federal clients, including the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Census Bureau, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Department of Education and the Department of State, amongst others. “We are very pleased to welcome Bill Geimer and his entire team of cybersecurity experts to ASGN, Iron Vine’s cybersecurity strength enhances ECS’ powerful solution set to enable the combined companies to capture some of today’s largest cybersecurity contracts across civilian, defense, and intelligence agencies.” -Ted Hanson Chief Executive Officer ASGN. ECS has enjoyed a longstanding partner relationship with Iron Vine, said John Heneghan, ECS president. We share a commitment to driving results for our customers by leveraging the latest technology along with leading cyber expertise. By combining and expanding our next-gen cybersecurity solutions and talented workforce, we strengthen our ability to deliver innovative solutions that protect our Nation’s most critical resources and move our customers’ missions forward. “We are very excited to join ECS and the broader ASGN family, Combining Iron Vine’s deep cyber expertise with ECS’ technical breadth will provide our combined customers access to an enriched offering of proven, innovative cybersecurity solutions and methodologies.” -Bill Geimer, CEO of Iron Vine. In connection with the closing, ASGN expects to grant restricted stock unit awards to 36 Iron Vine employees who are not executives of ASGN on January 3, 2023, covering a number of shares of ASGN common stock having an aggregate value of approximately $7 million on the grant date. Subject to continued service to ASGN, these restricted stock unit awards will vest: (a) one-half on the second anniversary of the closing, and (b) 25 percent on each of the third and fourth anniversaries of the closing. The restricted stock unit awards are granted as employment inducement awards pursuant to the New York Stock Exchange rules. About ASGN Incorporated: ASGN Incorporated (NYSE: ASGN) is a leading provider of IT services and solutions, including technology and creative digital marketing, across the commercial and government sectors. ASGN helps corporate enterprises and government organizations develop, implement and operate critical IT and business solutions through its integrated offering of professional staffing and IT solutions

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SES Government Solutions Expands Leadership Team with Key Appointments

SES | September 14, 2022

SES Government Solutions (SES GS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, announced today the final series of leadership appointments. The newly-appointed leadership team positions the organization for its next phase of growth and transformation as a leader in integrated multi-orbit, multi-band SATCOM network solutions. The expanded leadership team is an extension of SES GS’ continued integration after the recent DRS Global Enterprise Solutions (DRS GES) acquisition. The newly-appointed SES GS leadership team members are: Scott Galus, Senior Vice President of Operations Scott is a seasoned leader with more than 20 years of federal contracting sector experience. Scott began supporting government programs when he joined SAIC in 1997 and later served as a Project Control Manager for the Athens C41 program, an IT security contract with the Government of Greece. Since joining SES GS in 2009, Scott has led both finance and sales departments where he was responsible for the company’s financial planning, analysis & management, legal, contracts, procurement and financial/cost accounting and reporting functions. In his new role, Scott will provide strategic and operational leadership overseeing the organization’s operating divisions. Nitin Bhat, Senior Vice President of Engineering Nitin holds over 30 years of experience designing and developing wireless, terrestrial, Information Technology (IT), and cyber solutions for the U.S. Government and military. The former DRS GES Vice President, Engineering and Technical Operations brings an extensive technical background in designing end-to-end solutions for mission-critical, large-scale Department of Defense tactical networks. In his new role, Nitin will lead a diverse and skilled team of engineers focused on aerospace, terrestrial, cyber, networking, advanced technologies, Network Operations and Security Center (GNOSC), and software development. Luz Martinez, Senior Vice President of Finance Luz has 20 years of experience in finance and accounting, including service in the United States Army for eight years. Luz joins SES GS after 12 years at DRS GES, most recently as the Vice President, Finance & Accounting. Luz will lead the company’s financial planning, analysis & management, procurement, financial/cost accounting, and reporting functions. “I’m delighted to announce the appointment of Scott, Nitin and Luz to our leadership team. These new Senior Vice Presidents are exceptionally qualified leaders who are bringing expertise and forward-thinking direction in the key areas that enable us to efficiently serve our customers, These new appointments will energize our organization and enable us to deliver best-in-class integrated solutions and state-of-the-art multi-orbit satellite networking capabilities to the U.S. Government.” -David Fields, President and CEO of SES GS. About SES Government Solutions: SES Government Solutions (SES GS) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, the leader in global content connectivity solutions, and is exclusively focused on building, managing, and supporting the most advanced satellite network solutions for the US Government. SES GS leverages a proven multi-operator network integration and management capability, an extensive global terrestrial network, as well as access to SES’s multi-orbit satellite fleet. It also offers US Department of Defense customers the essential tools in cybersecurity for mission-critical operations, coupled with a proven track record in governance and compliance. SES GS operates under a proxy board, enabling it to support classified projects, and it has been present in the US Government satcom market for over four decades. About SES: SES has a bold vision to deliver amazing experiences everywhere on earth by distributing the highest quality video content and providing seamless connectivity around the world. As the leader in global content connectivity solutions, SES operates the world’s only multi-orbit constellation of satellites with the unique combination of global coverage and high performance, including the commercially-proven, low-latency Medium Earth Orbit O3b system. By leveraging a vast and intelligent, cloud-enabled network, SES is able to deliver high-quality connectivity solutions anywhere on land, at sea or in the air, and is a trusted partner to the world’s leading telecommunications companies, mobile network operators, governments, connectivity and cloud service providers, broadcasters, video platform operators and content owners. SES’s video network carries ~8,000 channels and has an unparalleled reach of 366 million households, delivering managed media services for both linear and non-linear content.

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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.

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