Google says government-backed hackers are weaponizing coronavirus for their attacks

Google | April 23, 2020

From hawking fake vaccines and stolen masks to phishing attempts designed to take advantage of the pandemic, the internet has seen coronavirus-related scams and attacks skyrocket over the past few weeks. Now, Google is sharing what its team of security experts have uncovered. Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) released a report on Wednesday detailing a number of COVID-19 attacks seen across the company's product line. The search giant says it has specifically identified attacks targeting U.S. governmental workers and health agencies, phishing emails going after employees working from home, and fake charity solicitations.


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City of Peekskill, NY selects Springbrook Software's cloud based Cirrus fully integrated local government ERP financial platform

Springbrook Software | December 21, 2021

Springbrook Software, a leading cloud-based ERP platform provider for local government agencies today announces that the City of Peekskill, New York has selected Springbrook's Cirrus Cloud platform to run its agency's entire financial and administrative operations. The City selected Springbrook over another regional software provider as part of a modernization initiative. Peekskill acquired Springbrook's Finance, Property Tax, Payroll, Fixed Assets, Purchase Orders and Accounts Receivable modules. All modules are delivered on a single, integrated platform which enables data to flow accurately and in real-time across all departmental units within the City, thereby ensuring accuracy, efficiency and transparency of information. "We started down the path of selecting an ERP system that enabled us to run our municipality from a single platform and found, through trial and error with another vendor, that Springbrook was the best alternative in the marketplace. We needed to get all our data into one single platform, and Springbrook's modern, cloud based Cirrus solution was the right answer for us." Matt Alexander, Finance Director for the City of Peekskill "The efficiency, data security and scalability of Springbrook's software means our entire back-office process is in sync," he added. "This accuracy and speed will help us respond to our commissioner requests and citizen needs with confidence." "The City of Peekskill's modernization vision is something that many local governments across the country are going through right now. A vital part of becoming a 21st century-ready city includes modernizing the technology backbone from which the city runs its core functions. Springbrook is proud to help the City of Peekskill make that transformation a success" said Robert Bonavito, CEO of Springbrook. About The City of Peekskill, NY The City of Peekskill is a thriving, historic community located on the banks of the Hudson River. Just under one hour north of New York City, Peekskill is culturally and economically vibrant, and it is blessed with abundant natural resources due to its location on the river and at the gateway to the Hudson Highlands. About Springbrook Software Springbrook Software is the country's leading cloud-based finance and administration software provider designing solutions specifically for small to medium sized local government agencies. More than 1700 cities, towns and districts from coast to coast use our suite of modern, high-performance solutions to manage their finances, payroll, utility billing and collect citizen payments. Springbrook is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, with regional presence in Washington, New York and Massachusetts.

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GOVERNMENT BUSINESS Expands Executive Leadership Team with addition of New Chief Growth Officer & Chief Administrative Officer | May 09, 2022, a data technology company helping government agencies achieve better outcomes through data-driven automation, artificial intelligence (AI), and built-for-purpose solutions, announced that Peter Allen and Anna Harper join Cardinality's executive leadership team as Chief Growth Officer & Chief Administrative Officer, respectively. As CGO, Peter will collaborate with the executive leadership team and be responsible for accelerating growth by driving a go-to-market strategy that aligns with Cardinality's vision of impacting one billion people globally by 2024. An accomplished leader of sales and marketing teams across technology firms of diverse sizes, Peter led global sales and marketing for CSC, delivering over $15B in annual bookings, and has also led the growth functions for smaller companies serving specific industry segments, most recently serving as the senior vice president for sales & marketing at Benefitfocus, a $300M/year SaaS leader in employee benefits enrollment and administration. "Cardinality is earning a remarkable position among progressive government agencies for modernizing the ways citizens are served through social programs which improve quality of life. That's both the mission and momentum that I am honored to join," commented Allen. Anna, in her role as CAO, is responsible for overseeing operational budgets, key performance indicators and staffing across Cardinality's global operations to ensure clients & employees have a seamless and positive experience. She has been serving as the Vice President of Operations for Cardinality for the last year and has established a strong foundation supporting the company's plans to scale. "It's a privilege to serve as a leader in an organization whose mission aligns with your personal goals. The opportunity to apply my expertise to an organization supporting government agencies to improve the lives of citizens has purpose and meaning", shared Harper. Peter & Anna are tremendous additions to our executive leadership team. Their experience and mastery in their respective fields complements the deep technology leadership and public sector domain expertise of our other leaders. We are looking forward to leveraging their expertise to enhance our growth & execution strategy and help us continue our journey to make it easier and faster for U.S. government workers to serve their constituents." Thiag Loganathan, Cardinality's CEO Over the past year, Cardinality has added three new state agencies to the growing roster of customers, secured outside investment from Attain Capital Partners, added industry leader Greg Baroni to its Board of Directors, confirmed Thiag Loganathan as CEO, appointed Kevin Jones to the Chief Operating Officer role, focusing on product engineering, customer activation and support, and the functional roadmap for the Cardinality platform. "We are executing our plan to fulfill our mission of improving outcomes for vulnerable populations in America, and globally, by enhancing the executive leadership that will serve us with expert steering," concluded Loganathan. About Cardinality Cardinality is a data technology group helping government agencies achieve better outcomes by eliminating friction and improving the experience of citizens and government workers using Artificial Intelligence (AI) SaaS Solutions. Founded in 2017 by four serial entrepreneurs and a team of data specialists, the company has one goal: impact a billion lives. And it's already on its way—Cardinality solutions are being used by multiple agencies in the states of Indiana and Maryland. The company's suite of solutions was built specifically for workforce, health, and human services leveraging modern AI Case Management, CRM, ERP, RedBird AI, and Low-Code platform, so that agencies can modernize existing systems up to 50% faster than other low-code platforms and 200% faster than custom or unproven solutions.

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Accela's Platform and Solutions Drive Continued Quarterly Business Momentum and Empower Agencies to Deliver Critical Services

Accela | May 11, 2022

Accela, the trusted provider of cloud solutions for government, announced a third quarter of growth in fiscal 2022 as state and local leaders partnered with the technology provider for digitized solutions and a unified platform to address the complex and diverse challenges governments are facing. From January through March, Accela added new customers to its roster, migrated customers to the cloud, appointed a new board member, and received multiple awards. It's an exciting moment for the dynamic govtech market, as government-as-a-platform is finally here. Governments are eager to use technology to improve how they deliver critical services, meet the 'consumer-like' expectations of agency staff and residents, and provide valuable insights that transform communities and strengthen economic development. Accela delivers both the flexible, robust platform and out-of-the-box government service-specific solutions to make these goals, and those to come, achievable." Gary Kovacs, CEO of Accela Nearly three-fourths of state CIOs said in a recent survey creating better online experiences for residents is the single biggest driver to expanding digital services. Government agencies can utilize a powerful platform to empower them to achieve this goal, while also creating new efficiencies and streamlining cross-departmental insights and processes. With unprecedented funding opportunities available for local communities, including American Rescue Plan funds, now is the time for governments to accelerate their digital transformation. Accela Continues Customer Growth, Completes New Go-Lives and Migrations This past quarter, the company saw double-digit growth in recurring revenue and unparalleled professional services revenue performance. In 2021, more than 84 percent of Accela's SaaS customers used more than one solution on the company's platform, maximizing insights and automating more processes for staff and residents. In partnership with Velosimo and OpenCities, Accela signed San Joaquin County, CA as an enterprise customer tapping into multiple Accela solutions including the Accela Civic Application for Building, Fire Prevention, Business Licensing, and Environmental Health. Additionally, the State of Tennessee Department of Transportation selected Accela for its permitting solution. Several communities selected Accela Environmental Health to further protect their residents, including Monterey County, CA; Tacoma-Pierce County, WA; and Kings County, CA. Atlantic County, NJ also authorized a project to quickly transition to Accela's cloud-based Civic Application for Environmental Health — migrating current and historical data, modernizing workflows, and publishing a public-facing web portal for operators to conveniently renew, apply, and manage their environmental health programs. Accela upgraded additional customers to the cloud, including the City of High Point Fire Department, NC; City of Hermosa Beach, CA; City of New Albany, OH; City of Memphis, TN Fire Department; City of Pittsburgh, CA; City of Hillsborough, OR; Polk County, FL; Solano County, CA; and City of Andover, KS. New customer go-lives this quarter included DuPage County, IL; Suffolk County, NY; Michigan CSCL; Oklahoma ABLE; State of Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Authority; and completed the first project phase for Anne Arundel County, MD. Over the past two years, Accela completed dozens of customer upgrades to the company's multi-tenant cloud on Azure, and continues at a steady pace each month. Accela's net customer retention is among the industry's best at 110 percent, a testament to the caliber of its solutions and commitment to great government. "Government IT leaders and CIOs are at the forefront of laying the foundation for navigating the uncertainty of business today and leading their agencies into the future," said Dustin Haisler, CIO of Center of Digital Government. "To help them during these uncertain times, they need to leverage their partnership with a technology leader, like Accela, who can help them reimagine processes and service delivery to both empower residents and produce more efficient outcomes for agency staff." Accela Recognized for its Leadership in Reimagining Public-Private Partnerships, Strengthens Board In February, Accela won the inaugural National League of Cities (NLC) Capstone Challenge Series for a project designed to reimagine the City of Madison, WI's Report a Problem capability. NLC recognized Accela and Madison as a premier example of how public-private partnerships can transform communities. "This project allowed us to automate a process that staff had been doing manually, freeing up their time to focus on addressing resident concerns and proactive problem solving," said Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway. Beyond this NLC recognition, Accela was also selected by Government Technology magazine as a 2022 GovTech 100 company for the seventh year in a row, and Accela Vice President of Alliances and Channels Tony Aiello was named to CRN's 2022 Channel Chief list. In March, Accela added a new board member in March with the appointment of Kara Wilson to its board of directors. Spring Partner Summit Announced Accela announced its annual Spring Partner Summit, a complimentary event to be held in-person at the company's headquarters in San Ramon, CA on May 12. About Accela Accela provides a unified suite of cloud solutions trusted by governments across the globe to accelerate their digital transformation, deliver vital services, and build stronger communities. More than 275 million citizens worldwide benefit from Accela's government software solutions. The company offers agile, purpose-built solutions and the power of a platform that provides users with a consumer-like experience, shares data across departments, and ensures world-class security. With Accela, government agencies experience rapid and effective digital transformation. Accela's government software meets agencies wherever they are on their modernization journey, while also helping them prepare for whatever comes next. The company is a 2021 Microsoft US Partner Award winner for its innovative SaaS solutions to help governments respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and was named as one of the Largest East Bay Tech Employers by San Francisco Business Times. Accela is headquartered in San Ramon, California, with offices around the world.

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Government invests in precision agriculture to enhance competitiveness and efficiency

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada | February 19, 2022

Precision agriculture tools are helping farmers better manage their operations and become more efficient. These new types of technology are supporting farmers in their efforts to preserve valuable resources while providing more protection against diseases and insects. With the AgriInnovate program, under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the Government of Canada is providing repayable contributions for projects that aim to accelerate the commercialization, adoption and/or demonstration of innovative products, technologies, processes or services that increase agri-sector competitiveness and sustainability. Today, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau announced up to $875,000 to Ukko Agro Inc. to support the development of an analytics platform to aid in better controlling diseases and insects in various crops. This highly innovative platform would provide decision makers a up to seven days heads up on field-level spray recommendations to proactively manage risks to crops, improve food production sustainability, and increase yield. This investment will help advance the cutting-edge technology that modern farm operations need to enhance efficiency and yields. By bringing more of this technology to the marketplace, agricultural technology companies such as Ukko Agro Inc. are ensuring Canada remains a leader in the precision agriculture market. The Government of Canada remains committed to investing in innovative precision agriculture tools as a fundamental way to help the Canadian agricultural sector grow and remain competitive. Quotes "Canadian farmers rely on cutting-edge science and research to ensure the sustainable development of their businesses. Our commitment to funding the latest agricultural technologies helps them not only feed a growing population and protect the environment, but also grow. Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, we support projects that help strengthen the development of Canadian agriculture." The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food "The team at Ukko Agro is very thankful to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for supporting us in commercializing our predictive analytics platform, ForeSite. In addition to the government support, Ukko is actively working with other agri-businesses to integrate its predictive analytics capability with their farm management systems to help farmers make proactive agronomic and operational decisions. We look forward to working with our partners and the government to advance data-based decision making in agriculture." - Ketan Kaushish, CEO, Ukko Agro Inc. Quick Facts The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a $3 billion, five-year (2018-2023) investment by federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments to strengthen and grow Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector. Ukko Agro Inc. is an ag-tech company located in Toronto, Ontario. The company's objective is to bring field proven innovation in agriculture sciences from research labs to farmers in an easy to use, cost-effective way.

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