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ICF Named ServiceNow Americas US Federal Partner of the Year

ICF | February 23, 2022

ICF , a global consulting and digital services provider, was recently named the 2022 ServiceNow Americas U.S. Federal Partner of the Year for continued success in partnering with ServiceNow's federal team to rapidly deliver impactful digital solutions to the U.S. government.

"ICF is one of the most capable partners to deliver ServiceNow to federal agencies. The team always puts the customer first and consistently co-delivers mission-driven engagements to agencies. ICF's collaborative approach to sales and marketing, dedicated ServiceNow practice, platform accelerator library and expertise across all platform modules has contributed to high customer satisfaction scores for an impressive four years in a row."

Steve Walters, vice president of Federal at ServiceNow

In 2021, ICF completed over 250 deployments on the Now Platform®, with its scaled-delivery Digital Service Centers alone yielding over 150 apps to date designed to quickly improve clients' business outcomes. A ServiceNow Elite Partner, ICF has over 500 ServiceNow-certified technical consultants supporting the U.S. federal civilian and defense markets. ICF's over 50 ongoing ServiceNow-related projects include work for clients such as the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

"We are combining the best of ICF's deep domain and technology consulting expertise with the ServiceNow Now Platform to deliver quick, secure and affordable low-code solutions to federal customers," said Mark Lee, executive vice president and public sector lead. "We are proud to be recognized once again for our successful partnership and look forward to exploring innovative ways to collaborate to address our clients' evolving mission and digital business needs."

This year's ServiceNow Partner awards were based on 2021 performance and evaluated attributes such as revenue contribution/growth, product line expansion, workflow and skill competencies growth, and business innovation with associated digital transformation impact. A leading low-code/no-code platform implementer in the federal space, ICF was named ServiceNow's #1 U.S. Federal Partner of the Year in 2019 and is a platinum-level sponsor for ServiceNow's Federal Forum 2022 in March.

ICF combines public sector domain expertise with an ecosystem of platform partners and digital practices to deliver responsive, scalable solutions that achieve clients' mission outcomes and a step change in productivity. The company's digital solutions help mission leaders solve critical problems, modernize systems, harness the power of data and analytics and optimize the customer experience to drive positive change from within.

About ICF
ICF is a global consulting services company with approximately 8,000 full- and part-time employees, but we are not your typical consultants. At ICF, business analysts and policy specialists work together with digital strategists, data scientists and creatives. We combine unmatched industry expertise with cutting-edge engagement capabilities to help organizations solve their most complex challenges. Since 1969, public and private sector clients have worked with ICF to navigate change and shape the future. Learn more at icf.com.

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2022 Federal 100 Award Winners and Hall of Fame Inductees to be Announced

Government Executive Media Group | April 29, 2022

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SecurID Receives FedRAMP Moderate Authorization

SecurID | May 05, 2022

SecurID, the trusted identity platform and an RSA business, announced that the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) had approved the SecurID Federal cybersecurity solution for government use. A government-wide program, FedRAMP certifies that solutions have the core capabilities that government agencies need to secure and accelerate the adoption of cloud services. Offered via RSA Federal, SecurID’s cloud-based identity and access management solution has added 325 security and privacy controls based off the NIST 800-53 framework to support U.S. government agencies and Federal System Integrators’ journey to the cloud. Receiving approval following the FedRAMP certification process ensures that RSA Federal meets rigorous government security standards. The public sector trusts our multi-factor authentication (MFA) and identity management solutions to empower employees, partners and contractors to do more—without compromising security or convenience. As the trusted identity platform, we have the flexibility and focus to adapt to the needs of government agencies wherever they work—whether that’s on premises, in the cloud or both. The result of this certification has improved upon our cybersecurity software for not only government organizations, but our commercial products as well.” Jim Taylor, Chief Product Officer, SecurID The pandemic, geopolitical crises, an uptick in nation-state attacks and the adoption of new technologies like cloud and 5G have driven major shifts in the threat landscape and resulted in heightened risks. Mounting threats combined with government mandates and executive orders, including Shields Up, the Strengthening American Cybersecurity Act, the Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act and many others put more pressure on government agencies and businesses alike to improve their cybersecurity posture. With SecurID’s decades of history solving government security challenges, RSA Federal is uniquely positioned to support the needs of government organizations with a cybersecurity strategy that addresses emerging needs and defends against new threat vectors. “Given that over 300,000 contractors do business with the government, we’ve prioritized speed-to-market as we know it’s top-of-mind for our customers as they migrate to the cloud,” said Kevin Orr, President, RSA Federal. “We are certified to comply with FIPS 140-2, conform to VPAT accessibility requirements and other standards that are critical to public-sector technology selection. As mandates and requirements continue to evolve, we are committed to supporting federal agencies, public sector organizations and approved federal contractors as they move to the cloud.” Throughout the certification process, SecurID enhanced several core components in its solution that are essential for the federal government, including: Cloud Authentication Service (CAS)—A SaaS platform providing single sign-on (SSO) and MFA for SaaS, web and mobile applications. Authentication Manager (AM)—AM secures access to on-premises, cloud and web-based applications, verifies authentication requests, and centrally administers policies, users, agents and resources across physical sites. Authentication Methods—A broad set of authentication options including award-winning hardware tokens, push to approve, OTP, biometrics, FIDO, SMS and more. Supported by risk-based authentication, the solution uses machine-learning and behavioral analytics for best-in-class identity assurance. Agents and APIs—Connectors and standard agents for SAML and RADIUS-based applications, as well as for IIS/Apache, Windows, Unix/Linux and ADFS. In addition, a REST-based API is available to enable MFA for custom applications. SecurID’s legacy of trust in the federal government space positions RSA Federal as the organization to help public agencies develop best practices and meet requirements for security-sensitive information. SecurID currently secures the Department of Defense, civilian agencies, the intelligence community, state and local municipalities, and more than 90% of the Fortune 500. About SecurID SecurID, an RSA business, empowers organizations to thrive in a digital world, with complete capabilities for modern authentication, lifecycle management and identity governance. SecurID is the trusted identity platform for 13,000 organizations around the world, managing 50 million identities and providing secure, convenient access to 30 million users.

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Defense Acquisition University's Chris Newborn Selected as SynED's May National CyberHero for Boosting Defense Contractors' Cyber Defense Systems

SynED | May 30, 2022

SynED, a national non-profit organization that identifies emerging best practices for effective articulation between employers, job seekers, and education providers, announced that Christopher Newborn, recently retired Professor of Information Technology (Cybersecurity Emphasis) at Defense Acquisition University (DAU), is this month's CyberHero. Chris's decades of experience and approach to his work positioned him to be an outstanding advocate for the protection of sensitive information in the U.S. Defense Industrial Base supply chain, the nation's private sector defense contractors. He worked with the acquisition workforce and Defense Industrial Base professionals who are responsible for acquiring, deploying, and maintaining cybersecurity capabilities and defending critical networks, systems, and data. While at DAU, Chris provided critical support to the California Advanced Supply Chain Analysis and Diversification Effort (CASCADE and CASCADE II), established by the California Governor's Office of Planning and Research to bolster California's defense supply chain cybersecurity resilience. Chris and I worked together on the CASCADE program, and he was incredibly helpful in demonstrating the challenges that defense suppliers face in meeting requirements and finding cybersecurity workers. His duty to country and helping others really shines through. I have no doubt that his 'retirement' will just mean he's starting a new chapter in his service to others and national security." Liz Fraumann, Director and Senior Project Manager at synED CASCADE has spurred projects that support business assistance programs and the growth of the cybersecurity workforce through cybersecurity-related education curricula, training, and apprenticeship programs. Chris takes a hands-on, real-world approach to his work. "I always say, I'm not necessarily a professor, I'm a consultant," Mr. Newborn shared. "The reason I say that is, I will take things in a real world scenario and put it to how it applies to you, so you can come up with efficient and effective methods to counter the threat, or at least come up with trade-offs." The U.S. government has responded to increasing threats to classified and unclassified information by issuing statutory and regulatory policies and procedures. However, these cybersecurity guidelines and requirements have proven to be challenging for businesses to properly implement and execute. "We have done a great job when we classify information as secret and above, we have great processes and procedures in place," added Mr. Newborn. "The problem is, when Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and other unclassified information is accumulated over a period of time, this information, when aggregated, can provide enough information to our foreign adversaries and competitors to get a leg-up." The Defense Industrial Base supply chain is complex and layered, with prime contractors, subcontractors, vendors and manufacturers, with a wide spectrum of size, experience and capabilities at every level. "[Our adversaries are] not just after our prime contractors and sub-contractors, they're after our manufacturers and vendors," added Mr. Newborn said. Many contractors, manufacturers, and vendors are small to medium-sized businesses that have limited staff and resources to meet ever-changing cybersecurity guidelines and requirements. To help mitigate these challenges, the government has sponsored training to help them better understand the statutory and regulatory requirements. While at DAU, Chris supported conferences and conducted workshops with Defense Industrial Base partners. With another DAU professor, Dr. Paul Shaw, Chris developed training content and supported multilateral "bootcamps" on acquisition topics, bringing in government employees, vendors, and academia to illuminate common issues and find solutions. Laura Rodgers, Senior Manager for Cyber Compliance at the North Carolina Military Business Center, said Chris brings a unique perspective that can't be found anywhere else. "He puts some structure on this nebulous thing called cybersecurity, and then he's got the technical chops to help too. He's been very helpful to the North Carolina defense industrial base and we've benefitted greatly from his expertise and insight." After meeting Laura on a webinar presentation, Chris offered to attend a weekly class put on by Laura so he can answer questions from her students. He attends each week and stays on late to answer questions. "There are just not many out there who are that committed to national security," added Ms. Rodgers. Chris graduated from Atlanta's Morehouse College in 1982, a historically Black men's liberal arts college. That year, Chris joined General Dynamics, where he worked on early electrification efforts for the M1 Abrams tank and the development of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. While working at General Dynamics in Detroit, Chris joined the Navy, where he received valuable training and education that furthered his career. He remained in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1984 to 1990. During Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Chris was at the Tank Automotive Command where he oversaw all the secondary spare parts for the Army. Chris was the most senior person of color, having been promoted quickly to GS-14, the second-highest civilian Federal government employee ranking. "I may not have a uniform on, but if I do my job to the best of my ability as an acquisition professional, giving the tools to the warfighter, then they have a chance of doing their duty and going home safely to their families," Chris said of his work during Operation Desert Storm. "That is my motto, and that is what I've been following ever since." Chris was appointed to the Army's civilian staff at the Pentagon, where he worked on acquisition management from the government side. He says his time working at the Pentagon and living in the Washington, DC area was a career highlight. In 1997, Chris joined the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR)'s Cybersecurity and Program Management Office, just as the military command was transitioning from Crystal City, Virginia, to San Diego. His duty was to procure and manage cyber capabilities for the program offices at SPAWAR, becoming both a subject matter expert and an acquisition manager. Then, after 30 years in government, Chris moved to DAU to pass on his knowledge. "I look at myself as a conduit of information, almost like a router. That is why I always come back and say, 'Sometimes you have to be that subject matter expert, sometimes you have to be the facilitator, and sometimes you just have to take notes." After 37 years with the Department of Defense, Chris officially retired in April 2022 and recently moved to North Carolina. Chris plans to return to DAU as a part-time Intermittent Professor to complete his work on a curriculum for cybersecurity requirements in the Defense Industrial Base. There is no one better placed to strengthen cybersecurity in the Defense acquisitions supply chain and workforce. He also hopes to be a bridge between the East and West Coasts' military businesses. In his spare time, he and his wife Agnes plan to volunteer with the local public school district to support teachers. About SynED CyberHero's Series SynED's CyberHero's series is a monthly column published nationally that highlights individuals who quietly go above and beyond in helping to secure our nation and communities by developing cyber talent. SynED is a national non-profit that identifies and highlights emerging best practices for effective articulation between employers, job seekers, and education providers. SynED is the proud recipient of the 2021 Association for Career & Technical Education Business-Education Partnership Award.

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Visa Suspends All Russia Operations

Visa | March 07, 2022

Visa Inc. announced it is suspending its Russia operations. Effective immediately, Visa will work with its clients and partners within Russia to cease all Visa transactions over the coming days. Once complete, all transactions initiated with Visa cards issued in Russia will no longer work outside the country and any Visa cards issued by financial institutions outside of Russia will no longer work within the Russian Federation. We are compelled to act following Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, and the unacceptable events that we have witnessed. We regret the impact this will have on our valued colleagues, and on the clients, partners, merchants and cardholders we serve in Russia. This war and the ongoing threat to peace and stability demand we respond in line with our values.” Al Kelly, chairman and chief executive officer of Visa Inc About Visa Inc. Visa is a world leader in digital payments, facilitating payments transactions between consumers, merchants, financial institutions and government entities across more than 200 countries and territories. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, convenient, reliable and secure payments network, enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. We believe that economies that include everyone everywhere, uplift everyone everywhere and see access as foundational to the future of money movement.

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