Federal government in talks with tech groups to use phone location data to track coronavirus: report

Facebook | March 17, 2020

The federal government is in talks with Facebook, Google and other tech companies about ways to use smartphone location data to tackle the coronavirus, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. Washington is reportedly interested in using the data to better understand how the virus spreads and to see whether people are practicing social distancing. A new task force made up of tech and other industry executives presented ideas for the use of the location data at a White House meeting Sunday, the Post reported. Presenters included officials from Harvard University and representatives from top tech groups and Silicon Valley firms.

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CrowdStrike Secures Significant Impact Level 4 (IL-4) Authorization to Protect Critical U.S. Department of Defense Assets

CrowdStrike | April 12, 2022

CrowdStrike, a leader in cloud-delivered protection of endpoints, cloud workloads, identity and data, announced it has been granted a Provisional Authorization to Operate (P-ATO) at Impact Level 4 (IL-4). This important authorization will enable CrowdStrike to now deploy CrowdStrike’s Falcon® cybersecurity platform to a broad range of Department of Defense (DoD) and Defense Industrial Base (DIB) customers to protect their Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). CrowdStrike received a Provisional Authorization to Operate (P-ATO) at Impact Level 4 (IL-4), which is defined by the DoD’s Cloud Security Requirements Guide (SRG). This authorization marks yet another milestone in CrowdStrike’s ongoing investment and multi-year effort to bring its modern, cybersecurity technology to the public sector – technology that is used by 65 of the Fortune 100 and 15 of the top 20 banks globally to protect against enterprise risk and stop breaches. With IL-4 P-ATO now in hand, CrowdStrike is proud to share that it has been working with DISA and our DoD sponsor towards a DoD Impact Level 5 (IL-5) P-ATO, and is committed to helping secure National Security Systems (NSS). Adoption of superior cloud-native technologies is mission-critical for the DoD and the DIB, as all federal agencies must remain vigilant in today’s heightened threat environment. It’s crucial the government takes steps to adequately prepare for disruptive activity from our nation’s adversaries. This authorization will further CrowdStrike’s support to federal agencies in defending against modern cyber threats, and we remain committed to bolstering our engagements with the public sector. Private-public sector collaboration is critical during these unprecedented times, and cybersecurity must remain paramount for both sectors into the future.” Shawn Henry, CrowdStrike chief security officer and president of CrowdStrike Services CrowdStrike remains relentless in its pursuit of helping public sector customers and in recognizing the unique requirements relative to cloud engineering. Innovative cloud-native technologies – like CrowdStrike’s Falcon platform – which emphasize concepts such as holistic zero trust and endpoint detection and response (EDR) at-scale have been embraced by Federal cybersecurity leaders and give U.S. government agencies new options to embrace more transformative technologies. Today, CrowdStrike brings the powerful combination of cloud-native, AI-driven technology through the CrowdStrike Falcon® platform, real-time threat intelligence and elite threat hunting to secure some of the United States’ most critical endpoints and workloads including the DoD, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), multiple other federal civilian agencies, and the Center for Internet Security (CIS). Additionally, CrowdStrike was one of the first security Cloud Service Offerings (CSO) to achieve FedRAMP authorization and delivers comprehensive at-scale protection with reduced complexity for government end users Recently, CrowdStrike joined forces with Cloudflare and Ping Identity to help strengthen and increase the nation's cyber readiness through the joint Critical Infrastructure Defense Project, providing no-cost cybersecurity technologies and services to particularly vulnerable industries, including water utilities, the energy sector, and healthcare. The project, in collaboration with key partners across the public sector, provides access to CrowdStrike’s best-in-class endpoint protection and intelligence services to help critical infrastructure organizations adopt a heightened cybersecurity posture and defend themselves from potential cyberattacks. CrowdStrike is also a founding partner of CISA’s Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative (JCDC), which unifies cyber capabilities spread across federal agencies, state and local governments and the private sector, furthering cybersecurity collaboration and information sharing. About CrowdStrike CrowdStrike, a global cybersecurity leader, has redefined modern security with one of the world’s most advanced cloud-native platforms for protecting critical areas of enterprise risk – endpoints and cloud workloads, identity and data. Powered by the CrowdStrike Security Cloud and world-class AI, the CrowdStrike Falcon® platform leverages real-time indicators of attack, threat intelligence, evolving adversary tradecraft and enriched telemetry from across the enterprise to deliver hyper-accurate detections, automated protection and remediation, elite threat hunting and prioritized observability of vulnerabilities. Purpose-built in the cloud with a single lightweight-agent architecture, the Falcon platform delivers rapid and scalable deployment, superior protection and performance, reduced complexity and immediate time-to-value.

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ECS Awarded $49M Contract by US Army in Support of Network Transformation

ECS | June 24, 2022

ECS, a leader in advanced technology, science, and digital transformation solutions, has been awarded a five-year contract by the U.S. Army valued at $49M. This project aligns with the Army’s larger network transformation strategy of providing units across the globe with a simple-to-use, expeditionary, mobile, hardened tactical network. To that end, ECS will provide software licensing, engineering services, training, and laboratory services to support the accreditation, integration, testing, and fielding of security software products. We are looking forward to partnering with the Army in modernizing and strengthening its tactical networks. ECS currently supports the deployment of the Army Endpoint Security Solutions (AESS) program, integrating, testing, accrediting, and fielding solutions that protect up to 800,000 endpoints. This wealth of experience will help inform our low-risk methodology in support of the Army’s network transformation initiative.” John Heneghan, president of ECS “With this contract award, ECS has the opportunity to help the Army achieve multiple mission objectives while advancing the greater strategy of transforming its tactical networks,” said Mark Maglin, vice president of Department of Defense (DoD) Cybersecurity at ECS. “Using our experience delivering the AESS for the enterprise, we are ready to leverage our expertise across software engineering and cybersecurity disciplines to help the Army achieve a unified network, increased visibility, and an improved cybersecurity posture.” About ECS ECS, ASGN’s federal government segment, delivers advanced solutions in cybersecurity, data and artificial intelligence (AI), cloud, application and IT modernization, science, and engineering. The company solves critical, complex challenges for customers across the U.S. public sector, defense, intelligence, and commercial industries. ECS maintains partnerships with leading cloud, cybersecurity, and AI/ML providers and holds specialized certifications in their technologies. Headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, ECS has more than 3,500 employees throughout the United States. About ASGN ASGN Incorporated is one of the foremost providers of IT and professional services in the technology, digital, creative, engineering and life sciences fields across commercial and government sectors. ASGN helps leading 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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Octo Develops Data Mesh Solution for Federal Government Organizations

Octo | June 23, 2022

Octo announces its new data mesh solution for federal clients seeking to accelerate the pace of innovation and realize greater mission value from their data analytics investments. Octo's solution fulfills increasing demands for trustworthy analytics data at scale by embracing an innovative, new approach to data management based on the principles of domain data ownership, managing data as a product, self-service infrastructure as a data platform, and federated, computational data governance. Federal government organizations are large-scale and complex, and they are operating in an increasingly volatile, uncertain landscape. Our data mesh solution helps federal clients to simplify data discovery and speed analytical insights and machine learning model development to sustain agility and respond gracefully in the face of constant change." Cindy Walker, Octo's Vice President of Data Center of Excellence Building on the 'data as a product' principle, the data mesh solution delivers outcomes that increase data value and mission agility by helping agencies embrace product thinking and manage data as a product. Sujey Edwards, Chief Technology Officer for Octo said, "We are excited to be at the forefront of this solution for our federal customers, providing more control over data. In this model, the data becomes a useable product and reduces dependency on others. It is essentially decentralized data management focused on organizational change for the future." Octo is using oLabs, its cutting-edge R&D facility in Reston, Virginia, to address customers' most pressing issues with innovative emerging technology solutions in real time. About Octo Octo is a technology firm dedicated to solving the Federal Government's most complex challenges, enabling agencies to jump the technology curve. We don't just modernize. We create lasting change through best practices that help agencies implement and integrate at-scale next-generation technology and innovation. With a mission and service first mentality, we provide Agile, DevSecOps, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Blockchain, Cloud, Open Source, and Data Science solutions, collaborating to solve customers' pressing problems. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Octo delivers proven technology vital to the intelligence community and health care, defense, national security, and civilian agencies that directly impact our nation.

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GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

LexisNexis Risk Solutions Hires National Interoperability Leader Kelly Hoover Thompson to Lead New Government Health Team

LexisNexis Risk Solutions | March 10, 2022

LexisNexis Risk Solutions announced it has hired Kelly Hoover Thompson, a national healthcare executive, to lead the new Government Health Team. Thompson is ideal for the role, drawing on her federal and state government service and decades of healthcare leadership. The addition of Thompson, who has spent the past several years advancing interoperability across the nation and serving as an advisor on health information technology, bolsters the company's commitment to the nation's public health needs and advancing interoperability. Thompson will work to build out the Government Health Team at LexisNexis Risk Solutions where she will partner with government leaders across federal, state, and local governments. Thompson is ideal for the role, drawing on her federal and state government service and decades of healthcare leadership Thompson is well-suited to lead the Government Health team given her prior experience as a state regulator and agency head in multiple health and human services agencies in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as her time as chief executive officer of the start-up Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC). Thompson adds to her experience as a healthcare advocate and legal counsel, serving in various legislative and healthcare association leadership roles. She has dedicated her career to improving healthcare for patients, families, and those who provide their care across the continuum. "I'm excited about the opportunity," said Thompson. "It gives me a new way to impact our healthcare industry and the much-needed work across our nation." LexisNexis Risk Solutions continues to invest in our government health business by attracting stellar talent, like Kelly Thompson, with deep subject matter expertise and industry-leading experience. We also continue to innovate with actionable, best-in-class data, linking, and analytics. Our strategic vision to provide the next generation of government health solutions drives us to provide innovative solutions that provide a precise and complete picture of people as they engage across disparate agencies and services. This interoperability will continue to promote transparency and efficiency for healthcare consumers. Kelly Thompson's policy expertise and depth on knowledge of interoperability and the government's role in data sharing will further allow us to meet the needs of the industry today and prepare for the emerging challenges of the future. The addition of Kelly to our government health team demonstrates our strong commitment to attracting top talent and leverage key relationships between the public and private sector to produce better healthcare outcomes for all Americans." Haywood Talcove, CEO of the government business at LexisNexis Risk Solutions Thompson serves as an international leader, advisor and speaker on interoperability and health policy. She serves on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Board of Scientific Counselors, the National Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Technical Committee, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (IUPMC) Patient Safety Committee, and volunteers at her local YWCA, school, and community. About LexisNexis Risk Solutions LexisNexis Risk Solutions harnesses the power of data and advanced analytics to provide insights that help businesses and governmental entities reduce risk and improve decisions to benefit people around the globe. We provide data and technology solutions for a wide range of industries including insurance, financial services, healthcare, and government. Headquartered in metro Atlanta, Georgia, we have offices throughout the world and are part of a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers.

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For the best part of half a century, UK agricultural policy has been controlled primarily from Brussels. British governments have long expressed a desire to reform the system of farming subsidies that account for almost 40 percent of the total EU budget but lacked the power to do so. Now, with Brexit looming, ministers and parliament must prepare once again to ‘take back control’ and be held accountable for an issue that has been largely absent from the domestic debate for so long.

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