Maximus | April 08, 2022
Maximus, a leading provider of government services worldwide, announced it has been awarded the Department of Defense (DOD) Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) Data Readiness for Artificial Intelligence Development (DRAID) services Basic Order Agreement (BOA). JAIC DRAID was established to help the Department prepare data for use in AI applications by providing an easily accessible path to innovative commercial services to meet complex technical challenges.
This is an opportunity for Maximus to further co-create innovative solutions with our clients. As an experienced provider of integrating defense technologies, we work together with the Department to identify use cases that successfully implement AI for mission success. We believe that meeting today’s modern challenges requires a partner that can deliver mission-critical solutions at scale.”
Joe Kehoe, Vice President, DOD Practice Leader, Maximus
The goal of the JAIC DRAID program is to ensure access for DOD to AI data preparation tools, capabilities, and services to effectively prepare for and support the full range of AI activities. These efforts include partnering with JAIC and working closely with leaders to identify appropriate uses for AI across the entirety of DOD, develop new capabilities, and deploy scalable solutions.
“Maximus is keenly aware of the potential of emerging technologies across the Department, while understanding the need for responsible and secure solutions that meet the mission in every scenario,” said Scott Barr, Senior Vice President for Technology and Solutions Consulting, Maximus.
Since 1975, Maximus has operated under its founding mission of Helping Government Serve the People, enabling citizens around the globe to successfully engage with their governments at all levels and across a variety of health and human services programs. Maximus delivers innovative business process management and technology solutions that contribute to improved outcomes for citizens and higher levels of productivity, accuracy, accountability, and efficiency of government-sponsored programs. With more than 35,000 employees worldwide, Maximus is a proud partner to government agencies in the United States, Australia, Canada, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
XOR Security | May 25, 2022
XOR Security LLC (XOR) recently announced that it won a $31.4 million single-award task order to provide Cybersecurity Operations Support Services to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) within the Department of Commerce. The USPTO Office of the Chief Information Officer [OCIO] delivers information and technology to enable innovation, and these services are critical to USPTO's ability to achieve its mission, goals, and objectives, and its Cybersecurity Division (CD) is responsible for all aspects of USPTO Information Technology Security. These include leading and operating a state-of- the art security operations center, which manages responses to a wide range of security and system performance indicators on USPTO's information systems, network infrastructure, and software systems.
Under this task order awarded by USPTO under General Services Administration (GSA) Highly Adaptive Cybersecurity Service (HACS) as a full and open opportunity, XOR will provide services typically associated with cybersecurity operations programs, and will help USPTO to ensure program alignment with Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure, Executive Order (EO) 13800. Award of this task order does not constitute an endorsement by USPTO of XOR.
XOR is committed to supporting our federal government agencies who face evolving cyber threats from a dynamic set of actors. We have over a decade of experience developing and supporting cyber operations and engineering platforms which enables us to deliver the most advanced technology and cybersecurity solutions for our customers."
Razwan Raja, XOR Founder and Principal
Wasif Shakeel, XOR Partner for Cyber Operations, added, "XOR is very excited to kick this project off. I want to thank USPTO for placing their trust in us and give special thanks to our entire team for their hard work leading up to this contract award."
About XOR Security
XOR Security is a small business leader delivering Security Operations, Security Engineering, Cyber Analytics, Cyber Intelligence, and Cyber Offense services across a portfolio of approximately 30 federal and commercial cybersecurity programs, including six Security Operations Centers which we currently lead as Prime contractor. Our highly technical cyber operations and engineering professionals are on the front lines of the cyber battlefield, helping to protect our nation's critical infrastructure. The greatest risk is the one that goes unseen. At XOR Security, we shed light on the shadows.
SES | March 28, 2022
SES announced it has ordered SES-26 a fully software-defined geostationary (GEO) satellite from Thales Alenia Space, joint venture between Thales (67 %) and Leonardo (33 %). SES-26 will maintain and expand the wide range of content delivery and connectivity services to broadcasters, media companies, telco operators, internet service providers and governmental organisations across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific.
The digital satellite with both Ku-band and C-band frequencies will replace SES’s NSS-12 satellite at 57 degrees East, one of SES’s longest-held and most valuable orbital positions. From this key location at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, SES will continue to deliver content and connectivity solutions to some of the world's fastest-growing markets.
Facilitating connections from the heart of Europe across Africa and the Middle East, SES-26 will be an important platform to support government communications solutions in the region and is synergic with the company’s recently-announced definitive agreement for the acquisition of DRS GES. The position is also home to the Ethiosat platform, a diverse free to air neighborhood supporting a growing community of 10 million TV households across Ethiopia
The order forms part of a three-satellite commitment to Thales Alenia Space and incorporates two satellites that will be deployed at SES’s first and most important orbital location, 19.2 degrees East from which SES serves 118 million TV households across Europe. Underlining its philosophy of sustainable innovation and its commitment to the European space industry, SES is the first commercial customer for Thales Alenia Space’s Space Inspire (INstant SPace In-orbit REconfiguration), an innovative product line allowing seamless telecommunication mission and services reconfiguration, instant in-orbit adjustment to the demand and outstanding flexibility for video broadcasting and broadband connectivity services.
For over 20 years, satellites at 57 degrees East have been at the centrepiece of our connectivity network bridging Europe to Africa, the Middle East and Asia. From broadcasting video content across Europe and Africa to delivering connectivity services for aviation, maritime and government, SES-26 underlines our commitment to the growth of our business and to our customers. We are delighted to work with our long-term partner Thales Alenia Space to push the boundaries of next-generation satellite capabilities and deliver the flexible innovation that enables us to stay ahead of our customers’ evolving needs.”
Steve Collar, CEO of SES
“We are honoured that SES has renewed its confidence in Thales Alenia Space and our Space Inspire software-defined solution. This new contract follows the recent order to build Astra 1P and Astra 1Q and strengthens the strong partnership between SES and Thales Alenia Space. Once again, I’m happy to share this new success with the French and European space agencies – CNES and ESA – who contributed to making it possible thanks to their support,” said Hervé Derrey, CEO of Thales Alenia Space.
The procurement of the satellite remains within SES's previously announced Capital Expenditure outlook for 2022-2026 and is fully compliant with the company’s financial policy.
SES has a bold vision to deliver amazing experiences everywhere on earth by distributing the highest quality video content and providing seamless connectivity around the world. As the leader in global content connectivity solutions, SES operates the world’s only multi-orbit constellation of satellites with the unique combination of global coverage and high performance, including the commercially-proven, low-latency Medium Earth Orbit O3b system. By leveraging a vast and intelligent, cloud-enabled network, SES is able to deliver high-quality connectivity solutions anywhere on land, at sea or in the air, and is a trusted partner to the world’s leading telecommunications companies, mobile network operators, governments, connectivity and cloud service providers, broadcasters, video platform operators and content owners. SES’s video network carries 8,400 channels and has an unparalleled reach of over 361 million households, delivering managed media services for both linear and non-linear content.
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.
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.
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.