GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

Makpar Introduces Innovation Lab to Launch New Products and Services for Government

Makpar | May 26, 2021

Makpar Corporation, an experienced solutions-orientated contractor focused on modernizing IT solutions for the federal government, today announced that it has released its Makpar Innovation Lab, which aims to enhance mission success for the government via modern-day innovations.

By testing and developing the modern emerging technologies, the new Makpar Innovation Lab aims to introduce new services and products to its government customers – to enhance solutions at the same time as deepening data analytics, to add significant context and power to data-driven decisions.

“With the new Makpar Innovation Lab, we aim to constantly refine our solutions to best meet new and emerging government IT needs,” stated Tariq Islam, Director of Technology and Solutions at Makpar. “From tackling big data problems to the usage of pattern analysis and AI, we aim to constantly develop solutions that make data relevant, timely, and actionable for the government.”

About Makpar

Makpar is an experienced solutions-orientated federal government contractor focused on IT infrastructure modernization. Since 2009, the organization has provided mission-critical, modern technology for federal agencies looking for enterprise-wide solutions. Our capabilities encompass cybersecurity, data strategy, cloud migration, IT project management, application development, and agile transformation. Recognition and awards include the 2019 SBA Region three Subcontractor of the Year award, listing on Fortune’s Best Small and Medium Workplaces, and multi-year certifications as a Great Place to Work.

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Nearmap | June 07, 2022

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The solution will incorporate regularly updated, high-quality Nearmap aerial imagery and location data into the workflows of Tyler's mass appraisal system. This will deliver even more efficient and accurate property valuation and assessment processes, allowing users to remotely, and more easily, detect data changes and discrepancies in properties. Local governments are striving to implement fair and equitable property tax systems for residents. Streamlined data collection and quality control – which prevent data errors and omissions early in the process – will increase trust in property valuations. This also reduces costly and time-consuming disputes for property tax administrators." Jake Wilson, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Tyler Technologies Mr Wilson continued, "Tyler has been the trusted partner for integrated solutions covering the land development and property tax lifecycles for more than 70 years. We're excited to partner with Nearmap, which has the leading location intelligence offering in the market, to enhance Tyler's property appraisal solution and create the industry's most comprehensive solution for property assessment administration." Don Weigel, Senior Vice President of Products for Nearmap, said: "The ability to embed the leading location data and aerial imagery of Nearmap with Tyler Technologies' comprehensive offering in computer-assisted mass appraisal, assessment administration, tax-billing, and collections, creates an incomparable and enduring property solution." "Property valuations and appraisals are highly dependent on access to timely, accurate, and validated property, building, and real estate market data. Nearmap aerial imagery helps bridge that gap, by providing clear and current aerial imagery that helps thousands of users conduct virtual site visits for data-driven property insights that better enable informed decisions, streamline operations, and contribute to an improved bottom line." With the integration of regularly updated aerial imagery and location data into system workflows, Tyler customers can access a more comprehensive property solution. Users will be able to manage every step of the property appraisal process, while also optimizing daily operations, analyzing assessment data, and generating fair, equitable, and defendable property valuations. Joe Wehrli, Enterprise Architect for Tyler Technologies said: "The transition from manual property data collection and verification processes to a more holistically automated approach represents the first step in the next wave of evolution for the Assessment Office." "This integration will ensure property assessors have the right image available at the right time for the task at hand. It helps offices optimize day-to-day operations by improving data-driven decision-making and streamlining tasks to increase efficiency and save time and tax-payer's money." Mr Weigel added: "Organizations across North America continue to be drawn to the diverse and innovative applications for Nearmap content and solutions. Nearmap can, through our widget technology, enhance a wide range of systems and platforms in the Government, Insurance, and Commercial sectors with high resolution, regularly updated, property-specific geospatial content. This saves software developers and platform providers the time, effort and money required to build easy and efficient mapping tools to access Nearmap property intelligence data." Nearmap location technology and content is now used by government customers in 42 out of the 50 U.S. states where it offers location data. About Nearmap Nearmap provides easy, instant access to high resolution aerial imagery, city-scale 3D content, AI data sets, and geospatial tools. Using its own patented camera systems and processing software, Nearmap captures wide-scale urban areas in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand several times each year, making current content instantly available in the cloud via web app or API integration. Every day, Nearmap helps thousands of users conduct virtual site visits for deep, data-driven insights— enabling informed decisions, streamlined operations and better financial performance. Founded in Australia in 2007, Nearmap is one of the largest aerial survey companies in the world and is publicly listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. About Tyler Technologies, Inc. Tyler Technologies provides integrated software and technology services to the public sector. Tyler's end-to-end solutions empower local, state, and federal government entities to operate more efficiently and connect more transparently with their constituents and with each other. By connecting data and processes across disparate systems, Tyler's solutions are transforming how clients gain actionable insights that solve problems in their communities. Tyler has more than 37,000 successful installations across more than 12,000 locations, with clients in all 50 states, Canada, the Caribbean, Australia, and other international locations. Tyler has been recognized numerous times for growth and innovation, including Government Technology's GovTech 100 list and Forbes' "Most Innovative Growth Companies" list.

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Splunk and Crowdstrike Executive Chris Hill Joins Horizon3.ai to Lead Federal Strategy

Horizon3.ai | May 24, 2022

Horizon3.ai, a cybersecurity firm focused on autonomous penetration testing, announced the appointment of Chris Hill as the Sector Head for Public Sector, Federal. Hill will execute Horizon3.ai’s vision for creating a better, more secure and cost-effective cyber posture for US and allied Government customers and partners through the deployment of the first autonomous, on-demand, self-service software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that is safe to run in production and requires no persistent or credentialed agents: Horizon3.ai’s award-winning NodeZero. Hill brings deep public/Federal markets experience to Horizon3.ai, having previously held executive leadership roles with top cybersecurity solutions providers such as Splunk, Databricks and CrowdStrike. With over 25 years of dedicated public sector cybersecurity and IT experience, Chris brings a tremendous amount of passion and domain expertise to assisting Horizon3.ai in executing its vision. His dedication to helping secure Federal agencies and organizations and his consistent track record of achievements in advancing that goal make Chris an invaluable asset both to Horizon3.ai and to those we serve and protect.” Snehal Antani, CEO and Co-Founder of Horizon3.ai “Government sector agencies and their industry partners are being constantly targeted by threat actors,” said Chris Hill, Sector Head for Public Sector, Federal, Horizon3.ai. “It is absolutely essential to provide them the means to determine and address those vulnerabilities and areas of exposure that must be immediately addressed, and I am deeply honored and excited to join Horizon3.ai and support its mission to do so.” Chris is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire's Paul Smith School of Business in Economics and holds a master’s in business administration from the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business. Horizon3.ai, Carahsoft Jointly Exhibit at the AWS Summit May 23-25, Washington, D.C. Horizon3.ai also today announced its partnership with Carahsoft Technology Corp., the Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider. Carahsoft supports public sector organizations across Federal, State and Local Government agencies and Education and Healthcare markets, and helps simplify the government procurement process through its agency-specific and government-wide federal, state and local contracts. “As I take the helm of Horizon3.ai’s Federal markets initiatives, we will be establishing and deepening Horizon3.ai’s alliances with those solutions providers whom our governmental agencies and organizations most closely rely upon to deploy and secure its essential information infrastructures,” said Hill. “Carahsoft is among the most respected IT and security distributors with a broad ecosystem of reseller and integrator partnership. This relationship is an important first step in ensuring that those agencies that protect and serve us are provided the cybersecurity insight they urgently need at this critical time.” Horizon3.ai and Carahsoft will together attend the upcoming AWS Summit, May 23-25, 2022, in Washington, D.C. The Summit will focus on how public sector organizations can use the cloud to rapidly innovate and digitally transform, to improve their stakeholders’ lives and deliver on their mission. About Carahsoft Carahsoft Technology Corp. is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider, supporting Public Sector organizations across Federal, State and Local Government agencies and Education and Healthcare markets. As the Master Government Aggregator for our vendor partners, we deliver solutions for Cybersecurity, MultiCloud, DevSecOps, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Open Source, Customer Experience and more. Working with resellers, systems integrators and consultants, our sales and marketing teams provide industry leading IT products, services and training through hundreds of contract vehicles. About Horizon3.ai The mission of Horizon3.ai is to help organizations find and fix attack vectors before attackers can exploit them. NodeZero, an autonomous penetration testing solution, is a true self-service SaaS offering that is safe to run in production and requires no persistent or credentialed agents. NodeZero can help organizations identify ineffective security controls, and ensure limited resources are spent fixing problems that can actually be exploited. Founded in 2019 by industry, US Special Operations, and US National Security Veterans, Horizon3.ai is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, and made in the USA.

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Qmulos Announces Strategic Growth Investment from PSG

Qmulos | May 23, 2022

Qmulos, a pioneering cybersecurity software and professional services firm driving the Converged Continuous Compliance revolution in enterprise security, compliance and risk management automation, today announced a strategic growth investment from PSG, a leading growth equity firm partnering with software and technology-enabled services companies to help accelerate their growth. Financial terms were not disclosed. In today’s cybersecurity environment, agencies and enterprises are facing countless security threats amidst a growing array of regulatory requirements. Qmulos leverages full-cycle, data-centric compliance automation to assist public-sector agencies, government contractors and commercial enterprises to enable initiatives to transform inefficient and ineffective legacy processes into modern, streamlined risk management programs capable of dealing with the complex and evolving global cyber risk challenges. Leveraging diverse sources of enterprise security and compliance data through its partnership with Splunk, a leading big data security analytics platform, Qmulos supports evidence-based risk management decisions by providing real-time insights on overall enterprise risk posture. The Qmulos platform enables customers to continuously monitor security controls to meet compliance requirements across a wide spectrum of regulatory frameworks, including but not limited to: NIST CSF (National Institute of Standards and Technology Cyber Security Framework) and NIST SP 800-53 CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification) HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley Act) ICS 500-27 (Intelligence Community Standard for Enterprise Audit) In the federal ecosystem, the Qmulos automated compliance technology has proven to be valuable for both government agencies and their partners in ensuring adherence to critical security compliance regulations, most notably NIST and CMMC. In the private sector, a growing list of enterprises are relying on the Qmulos platform to drive timely and accurate risk visibility while reducing time-to-compliance lag and increasing their competitive advantage through accelerated third-party risk accreditation. We’re proud to offer a solution to improve operational security while simplifying time-consuming and costly IT compliance tasks. We look forward to partnering with PSG as we aim to serve more organizations with a commitment to continuing the evolution of our platform to meet our customers’ dynamic needs.” Matt Coose, Founder and CEO of Qmulos “Today’s challenging risk landscape and regulatory environment underscores the clear need for innovation in security and compliance. We believe that Qmulos’ ability to monitor controls in an automated and continuous manner ultimately creates a more secure environment while creating significant operational efficiencies for its customers,” said Rick Essex, Managing Director at PSG. “We’re thrilled to partner with Matt and the rest of Qmulos’ talented team as they continue to address the significant opportunity to shape the future of risk management.” “From our point of view, companies and institutions must begin the transition away from traditional, manually intensive and often error-prone compliance programs,” commented Bill Ballhaus, Senior Advisor1 to PSG. “We believe Qmulos’ technology provides a predictive, data-forward solution to aid this transition, and we’re excited to work with the team to bring this solution suite to a broader range of security professionals.” AGC Partners served as financial advisor to Qmulos, and Foley and Lardner LLP served as legal advisor to the company, with additional support from Badger CPA and Aronson LLC. Latham & Watkins served as legal advisor to PSG and Ernst & Young served as the firm’s financial advisor. About Qmulos Qmulos is a pioneering integrated compliance, security and risk management automation provider delivering the innovative power of Converged Continuous Compliance through its flagship Q-Compliance and Q-Audit technology platforms. Qmulos enables organizations to achieve high compliance confidence while delivering a powerful and engaging compliance experience across all functions and phases of the enterprise compliance lifecycle. Founded in 2012, Qmulos works with public and private sector enterprises to empower and accelerate their strategic transformation towards automated continuous monitoring and real-time risk visibility across nearly all systems, all Splunk-compatible data sources, and current and emerging cybersecurity and professional services compliance requirements. About PSG PSG is a growth equity firm that partners with software and technology-enabled services companies to help them navigate transformational growth, capitalize on strategic opportunities and build strong teams. Having backed more than 100 companies and facilitated over 400 add-on acquisitions, PSG brings extensive investment experience, deep expertise in software and technology, and a firm commitment to collaborating with management teams. Founded in 2014, PSG operates out of offices in Boston, Kansas City, London, Paris, Madrid and Tel-Aviv.

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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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