Google’s US antitrust worries could be entering a more serious phase

Google | January 27, 2020

At least seven state attorneys general are meeting with US Justice Department attorneys next week in what could be the first step toward the two groups working together to investigate Google, The Wall Street Journal is reporting. The move follows last year’s news that 50 state attorneys general are conducting an antitrust investigation to Google, while the Justice Department has its own broad antitrust review that it’s conducting of the country’s big tech companies. Google’s dominance in online advertising and search, as well as its behavior around Android, are thought to be under scrutiny.

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We've all heard about the many cyberattacks on the US government information technology infrastructure.  Here is our analysis on the government response, with a focus on the number of bids issued across the US Federal and State and Local government in the last year.


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Skyhigh Security Achieves United States Department of Defense Impact Level 5 Certification

Skyhigh Security | October 19, 2022

Skyhigh Security today announced its Skyhigh Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) technology has achieved the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Provisional Authorization to Operate (P-ATO) at Impact Level 5 (IL5), certifying it has met the rigorous security requirements required for inclusion in the Cloud Computing Security Requirements Guide. The certification follows the DoD’s Defense Innovation Unit’s success memo for Skyhigh Security Service Edge (SSE), reinforcing the clear benefits Skyhigh Security’s data-aware technology brings to the associated Combatant Commands, services and agencies across the US DoD. “The Skyhigh SSE portfolio provides critical building blocks needed in the DoD’s Zero Trust architecture and framework,” said Gee Rittenhouse, CEO of Skyhigh Security. “By achieving IL5 certification, government agencies and their contractors can use Skyhigh CASB for complete visibility and control over their data in the cloud, including access to sanctioned and unsanctioned cloud apps. By transforming to a cloud-delivered SSE, they can converge connectivity and security for greater threat protection across all their cloud services.” Skyhigh CASB, part of the Skyhigh SSE Portfolio, protects data and stops threats in the cloud across all Software-as-a-Service applications, Infrastructure-as-a-Service environments, and Shadow IT, from a single, cloud-native enforcement point. As a cloud service, it gives organizations visibility and control of their data in the cloud, regardless of where it resides. “This important milestone demonstrates Skyhigh Security’s commitment to providing the DoD with cloud-native solutions that consistently focus on critical mission outcomes, protect sensitive data and defend against threats in the cloud, Our data-first Zero Trust cloud solutions meet and exceed the public sector’s needs as well as the requirements of the administration’s executive order on Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity.” -Paul Barbosa, Chief Revenue Officer, Skyhigh Security. The Skyhigh Security Portfolio also includes Skyhigh Secure Web Gateway (SWG), Skyhigh Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), and Skyhigh Private Access, and other products, integrated into the comprehensive cloud platform in the market. The Skyhigh Security SSE Portfolio was recently named a ‘Customers’ Choice’ in the Gartner® Peer Insights™ ‘Voice of the Customer’: Security Service Edge report; receiving the Customers’ Choice distinction across 7 segments in the report. The company was also recently named a Leader in the 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Security Service Edge and recognized in the 2022 Critical Capabilities for Security Service Edge for its Skyhigh SSE solution. About Skyhigh Security: Skyhigh Security protects organizations with cloud-native security solutions that are both data-aware and simple to use. Its market-leading Security Service Edge (SSE) Portfolio goes beyond data access and focuses on data use, allowing organizations to collaborate from any device and from anywhere without sacrificing security.

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Healthcare Management Solutions, LLC (HMS) Awarded Contract by Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services to Conduct Surveys

Healthcare Management Solutions | November 30, 2022

The Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services (DHSS) has awarded Healthcare Management Solutions, LLC (HMS) a contract to support its work by providing qualified surveyors to conduct long-term care facility recertification and complaint surveys. “We are honored to be selected by the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services to conduct these surveys, All Missouri residents deserve quality long-term care. We appreciate this opportunity to help protect vulnerable populations across the state.” -Leah Heimbach, President of HMS. HMS will be conducting comprehensive reviews of everything from infection control and nursing services, medication dispensing, diet and exercise, patients’ rights, the physical environment and much more, including record reviews, resident interviews, kitchen inspections, and staff observation. This project is eighty-three percent (83%) funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Title XVIII Survey and Certification grant. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by CMS, HHS or the U.S. Government. About Healthcare Management Solutions, LLC: HMS protects vulnerable populations and veterans. We blend our unique healthcare and technology expertise to create bold, yet cost-effective solutions that federal and state agencies and our private-sector partners need to make sure your loved ones get the best possible care in nursing homes and other healthcare settings, no matter where in America they live.

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GOVERNMENT INSURANCE, INFRASTRUCTURE

Cartegraph and Center for Digital Government Share Results of Infrastructure Funding and Technology Survey

Cartegraph | October 31, 2022

Cartegraph released findings from its inaugural “State of Infrastructure Funding and Technology” research report today. The organization partnered with the Center for Digital Government to survey hundreds of U.S. state and local government leaders on their jurisdictions’ pressing infrastructure needs and readiness to utilize federal funding. The survey findings revealed challenges in leveraging new funding sources and concerns surrounding deferred maintenance, workforce shortages and outdated technology. Seventy-three percent of respondents indicated the most pressing need for improving the condition of their jurisdiction’s infrastructure is funding—both for maintenance and new projects. However, 63% of those surveyed reported that their community is not fully prepared to apply for and use federal funds. The most common challenges in leveraging funds for infrastructure were staffing (38%), identifying funding (33%), applying for funding (31%), out-of-date technology or equipment (25%), and identifying or prioritizing needs (24%). Among the survey’s other key findings: In Need of Improvement: Sixty-three percent of respondents rated their infrastructure as fair or worse. Roads (58%), broadband (35%), bridges and tunnels (34%), stormwater (34%), and buildings and facilities (34%) were identified as the top five infrastructure areas in need of improvement. Fix It First: After funding challenges, survey respondents listed addressing their deferred maintenance backlog as their next most pressing need. Three in four respondents involved with infrastructure projects reported deferred maintenance costs as a concern. Staffing Shortage Woes: More than one in three respondents faces staffing challenges. Finance departments are particularly under pressure, with 48% reporting staffing issues. Behind the Times: Jurisdictions still rely on outdated technology to track and manage assets according to respondents at least somewhat involved in infrastructure projects. Forty-eight percent of those surveyed rely on spreadsheets, 34% use paper records and 12% have no system in place. Technology Impacts Performance: Those using off-the-shelf or custom software to manage their infrastructure were 42% more likely to rate their processes and systems as good or better. Those using spreadsheets and paper records were over 2.5 times as likely to report their processes and systems as poor or worse. Further, those using off-the-shelf or custom software were 46% more likely to rate the overall condition of their infrastructure as good or better. Those using spreadsheets and paper records were 36% more likely to report the condition as poor or worse. For a complete report of findings, respondent demographics, expert quotes and additional resources, please visit cartegraph.com/infrastructure. About Cartegraph: Cartegraph, an OpenGov company, builds safer, more resilient and sustainable communities through better stewardship of buildings and critical infrastructure. They offer powerful, intuitive SaaS solutions that help government agencies, utilities and educational institutions manage their physical assets and associated operations. With Cartegraph software, users optimize the life of their infrastructure, deploy maintenance resources efficiently and increase productivity to drive high-performance operations. About the Center for Digital Government: The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. Through its diverse and dynamic programs and services, the Center provides public and private sector leaders with decision support, knowledge, and opportunities to help them effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century.

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GuideMe Solutions Accredited to Deliver ICT Services to NSW Government Customers

GuideMe Solutions | October 21, 2022

The leading WalkMe-focused consultancy is excited to announce that it has been accredited to deliver ICT services to NSW Government customers under the ICT Services Scheme and has been added to the list of approved prequalified suppliers. As an Advanced Registered Supplier, GuideMe Solutions is authorized to respond to and engage in high-risk ICT bids and contracts valued at over $150k with NSW government. This accreditation positions GuideMe Solutions as a key supplier of WalkMe training and enablement services to the NSW government sector. "This accreditation allows us to bring our solutions and expertise for the NSW Government ICT Services Scheme to bear on some of the most important organizations in the state, and we're looking forward to making a difference for them. This is testament to our ability to provide value and innovation in digital adoption and workplace transformation." -Stephen Pech Managing Director GuideMe Solutions. The ICT Services Scheme is part of the NSW Government's efforts to improve procurement practices and increase competition among suppliers. Under the scheme, businesses can compete for work on government projects worth up to $4 million. Accredited suppliers are those that have met rigorous quality standards and demonstrated their ability to meet customer needs. GuideMe Solutions will offer its suite of WalkMe products and services, which helps organizations adopt new technologies quickly and securely, increase employee productivity, and reduce training costs. About WalkMe: WalkMe's cloud-based Digital Adoption Platform allows organizations to monitor, drive, and act to effectively accelerate their digital transformations and better realize the value of their software investments. WalkMe's code-free platform combines their patented technology to deliver insight to an organization's Chief Information Officer and business executives while boosting user experience, productivity, and efficiency for workers and customers. Their platform, in addition to walkthroughs and third-party integration options, may be tailored to meet the requirements of any company. About GuideMe Solutions: Using a variety of approaches over 4 successful years, GuideMe Solutions helps organizations drive successful digital adoption projects across North America, Australia/New Zealand, South America, SE Asia, India, and many other global regions. We help executives and other project stakeholders achieve their strategic objectives while addressing new platform capabilities in an effective and achievable way.

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We've all heard about the many cyberattacks on the US government information technology infrastructure.  Here is our analysis on the government response, with a focus on the number of bids issued across the US Federal and State and Local government in the last year.

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