Mozilla, U.S. Government Urges Firefox Users To Update

Mozilla | January 13, 2020

Those using the popular Mozilla Firefox web browser should update immediately, warns a new U.S. Department of Homeland Security alert. According to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency within DHS, Mozilla last week released security updates to address a vulnerability in Firefox, Firefox ESR and Thunderbird that could allow an attacker to take control of an affected system. The agency said users and administrators should review Mozilla’s security advisories for Firefox 72.0.1, Firefox ESR 68.4. and Thunderbird 68.4.1. On Jan. 8, Mozilla announced the update that would fix the security flaws, saying the company was aware of targeted attacks in the wild. The update was labeled as “critical.” “Incorrect alias information in IonMonkey JIT compiler for setting array elements could lead to a type confusion,” the company said. “We are aware of targeted attacks in the wild abusing this flaw.”

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US Government Gives Grants Worth $2.8B to Build Up EV Batteries Supply Chain

Microsmallcap | November 10, 2022

The United States is continuing to build its domestic EV battery supply chain. The Biden administration has awarded grants totaling $2.8 billion for developing electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturing facilities in the United States, as the country works to reduce its reliance on Asia. President Joe Biden has set a goal of electrifying half of all new vehicles sold by 2030. Demand for critical minerals critical for EV batteries is expected to skyrocket in the next decade due to increased EV sales, which Biden is calling "one of the most significant economic transitions since the Industrial Revolution." According to the US Department of Energy, the approved projects will eventually supply enough lithium to produce 2 million EVs, enough graphite to produce 1.2 million EVs, and enough nickel to produce 400,000 EVs per year. Albemarle (NYSE:ALB), Talon Metals (TSX:TLO) (OTCPK:TLOFF), and American Battery Technology Co (OTCQB:ABML) are among the companies that have received funding. Meanwhile, FE Battery Metals Corp. (CSE:FE) (OTCQB:FEMFD) and Sayona Mining Limited (OTCQB:SYAXF) are driving the electric future with their lithium mining projects. The drill program is based on the historical and 2021 Phase 1 exploration data as well as the company's surface trenching and sampling program results. Several historical drill hole collars were also located on the Property, which helped in the current program's location and orientation of drill holes. A B-20 drill rig is deployed for this work, which can drill up to a 1,000-meter-deep hole. To date a total of 42 drill holes with a cumulative core drilling of over 7,500 m has been completed on the Property. In October, FE Battery Metals announced the results of drill holes LC21-33 to 37 at Augustus. Among the highlights of the results was drill hole LC21-35 intersecting an 11.20-meter-wide zone with 0.91% lithium oxide (Li2O) at 146 meters, including a 5 meter zone with 1.03% Li2O at 146 meters and 3.2 meter with 1% Li2O at 154 meters. This drill hole also has a lower seven meters wide zone with 0.54% Li2O at 165 meters drilled depth and several other smaller intercepts with variable lithium grades. The company also recently announced a corporate restructuring to spin off assets related to its current exploration properties located in Quebec and Ontario into a wholly-owned subsidiary. According to the company, each FE Battery Metals shareholder will receive one common share of Spinco for every post-consolidation share held. Companies Are Advancing Critical Minerals Projects Albemarle (NYSE:ALB) subsidiary, Albemarle Lithium UK Limited, has completed the $200 million acquisition of Guangxi Tianyuan New Energy Materials. In September 2021, a definitive agreement was announced to acquire Tianyuan. Tianyuan's operations include a lithium conversion plant with a designed annual conversion capacity of up to 25,000 metric tonnes LCE and the ability to produce battery-grade lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide. Albermarle has received a nearly $150 million grant from the US Department of Energy. The grant funding is intended to cover a portion of the estimated cost of building a new commercial-scale lithium concentrator facility in the US at the company's Kings Mountain, North Carolina. Talon Metals (TSX:TLO) (OTC Pink:TLOFF) announced that it has updated its mineral resource estimate for its Tamarack Nickel project in Minnesota. The total indicated mineral resource is estimated to be 8.56 million tonnes grading 1.73% nickel plus by-products (2.34% NiEq) containing 148,000 tonnes of nickel. Compared to Talon's previous indicated mineral resource estimate (PEA #3), this represents a 98% increase in contained nickel in the indicated category. The total inferred resource estimate is now around 8.46 million tonnes grading 0.83% nickel plus by-products (1.19% NiEq) containing 70,000 tonnes of nickel, in addition to the total indicated mineral resource. Talon Metals' wholly-owned subsidiary, Talon Nickel (USA) LLC has been selected as a recipient of President Joe Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law's first set of projects to expand domestic manufacturing of batteries for EVs and the electrical grid, as well as materials and components currently imported from other countries. Sayona Mining Limited (OTC:SYAXF) has developed a transport solution for its North American Lithium (NAL) operation, with a contract to deliver NAL spodumene (lithium) concentrate to port awarded to a Québec rail operator. Solurail Logistique Inc., a Val d'Or company specializing in bulk transhipment and rail logistics, will be in charge of transporting lithium from the NAL operation in La Corne to the Port of Trois-Rivières for delivery to customers under the terms of the agreement. The C$43 million contract includes the rental of 110 rolling stock (railway vehicles), with the equipment ready for NAL's restart of production in the first quarter of 2023. Sayona Mining is targeting the further expansion of its Québec lithium resource with the launch of a pre–feasibility study for its emerging Moblan Lithium Project (Sayona 60%; SOQUEM 40%) in northern Québec. Continuing Sayona's focus on maximizing economic benefits for local stakeholders, InnovExplo will conduct the pre–feasibility study, targeting completion by May 2023. American Battery Technology Co (OTCQB:ABML) has completed its Phase 2 drill program, which included six additional sites in addition to the 16-holes sampled in Phase 1 drilling, completing the 22-hole plan at its 10,340-acre Tonopah Flats Lithium Project. American Battery Technology has been chosen as a recipient of competitive funding under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for expanding domestic manufacturing of battery-grade lithium hydroxide for lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, focusing on domestic production. In collaboration with grant partners DuPont Water Solutions, the University of Nevada, Reno, and Argonne National Laboratory, American Battery Technology was awarded $57 million from the Department of Energy for this project to design, build, commission, and operate a first-of-its-kind commercial-scale facility. This facility will be used to demonstrate its novel process for producing battery cathode grade lithium hydroxide from unconventional Nevada-based lithium-bearing sedimentary resources.

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BIO-key International and TD SYNNEX Public Sector Partner to Deliver Identity-Bound Biometric MFA Solutions to the U.S. Public Sector

BIO-key International | December 14, 2022

BIO-key International, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKYI), an innovative provider of workforce and customer identity and access management (IAM) solutions featuring Identity-Bound Biometrics (IBB), today announced a new partnership with TD SYNNEX Public Sector, part of TD SYNNEX (NYSE: SNX), the premier government solutions aggregator. The partnership will enable BIO-key to introduce its award-winning PortalGuard IAM solution and IBB to government agencies at the federal, state and local levels. With the distribution support provided by TD SYNNEX Public Sector, BIO-key is offering the industry's most secure identity and access management solutions to U.S. public sector organizations, government agencies and contractors. TD SYNNEX Public Sector sells through an extensive group of government resellers and system integrators. They also enable purchases with a vast array of critical government purchasing vehicles and contracts at the federal, state and local government levels. Its expansive government reseller network and contract vehicles will enhance access to BIO-Key's secure IBB solutions and improve the buying experience for federal civilian and Department of Defense agencies, federal government contractors and county government departments. The need for convenient, secure IAM solutions has never been higher, with an increasing amount of critical work done online or remotely. Trust in who has access to what is paramount to building trust inside the government. In particular, government organizations at all levels are targets for threat actors to attempt to gain access to protected data. The ability to safeguard these systems needs to be matched by the ability of a diverse range of government employees, contractors, and the public to access information and systems securely. These new requirements have driven an unprecedented need for cybersecurity solutions like those offered by BIO-Key, especially in the government. "The partnership between BIO-key and TD SYNNEX Public Sector will be beneficial in leveraging the channel to reach additional government organizations searching for cost-effective and extremely secure IAM solutions, This ability to target and grow additional government customers through resellers and system integrators is instrumental in proliferating BIO-key's innovative solutions across the government, solving some of the most critical needs they are confronting today. We are excited to be working with TD SYNNEX Public Sector and even more excited about providing the U.S. public sector the best IAM solution in the market today." -Fred Corsentino, Chief Revenue Officer at BIO-key. About TD SYNNEX Public Sector: TD SYNNEX Public Sector is a business unit of TD SYNNEX. It is the premier government solutions aggregator that specializes in understanding the IT needs and solving the challenges of the U.S. federal, state, local and education markets. TD SYNNEX Public Sector helps simplify the process and removes barriers for independent infrastructure and software vendors, federal systems integrators and value-added resellers doing business in the U.S. public sector. About TD SYNNEX: TD SYNNEX (NYSE: SNX) is a leading global distributor and solutions aggregator for the IT ecosystem. We're an innovative partner helping more than 150,000 customers in 100+ countries to maximize the value of technology investments, demonstrate business outcomes and unlock growth opportunities. Headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, and Fremont, California, TD SYNNEX' 22,000 co-workers are dedicated to uniting compelling IT products, services and solutions from 1,500+ best-in-class technology vendors. Our edge-to-cloud portfolio is anchored in some of the highest-growth technology segments including cloud, cybersecurity, big data/analytics, IoT, mobility and everything as a service. TD SYNNEX is committed to serving customers and communities, and we believe we can have a positive impact on our people and our planet, intentionally acting as a respected corporate citizen. We aspire to be a diverse and inclusive employer of choice for talent across the IT ecosystem. About BIO-key International, Inc: BIO-key has over two decades of expertise in providing authentication technology for thousands of organizations and millions of users and is revolutionizing authentication with biometric-centric, multi-factor identity and access management (IAM) solutions, including its PortalGuard IAM solution that provides convenient and secure access to devices, information, applications, and high-value transactions. BIO-key's patented software and hardware solutions, with industry-leading biometric capabilities, enable large-scale on-premises and cloud-based Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) solutions, as well as customized enterprise solutions.

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Madison Dearborn Partners Forms Partnership with Former Dovel Technologies Executives to Pursue Investments in Government Tech & Tech-Enabled Service

Madison Dearborn Partners | December 05, 2022

Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”), a leading private equity firm based in Chicago, today announced the formation of a partnership with industry-veterans Damon Griggs and Jon Brooks to pursue investments in the federal government technology sector. The former Dovel Technologies (“Dovel”) executives have extensive industry expertise and an impressive track-record of delivering growth, which will complement MDP’s investment experience in the federal government technology and tech-enabled services market. “Damon and Jon bring a wealth of expertise and proven success building companies that provide valuable solutions for federal clients that will benefit MDP’s continued investment in the attractive market for government technology services, We look forward to partnering with Damon and Jon to identify businesses with significant growth potential that will benefit from the unique combination of Damon and Jon’s expertise and MDP’s deep industry knowledge and resources.” -Matt Norton, Managing Director and Head of MDP’s Business & Government Software and Services team. Griggs, who most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Dovel Technologies, brings more than 20 years of experience successfully leading and growing technology services companies. Under Griggs’ tenure as CEO, he oversaw the company’s transformation into a market leader in the federal health technology sector. In less than three years, Griggs more than doubled the firm’s annual revenues to approximately $450 million by expanding tech-enabled capabilities, broadening and enhancing relationships with customers, building a world-class leadership team and promoting employee growth and development. Dovel was sold to Guidehouse, a leading global management consultancy firm, in late 2021. Prior to Dovel, Griggs held leadership positions with several technology services providers including InScope International, Inc., Alion Science and Technology, and Washington Consulting, Inc. MDP shares Jon’s and my vision to build a new platform focused on delivering advanced technical capabilities to address the evolving demands of our federal customers, said Griggs. Jon and I are grateful for the opportunity to join MDP in this next chapter, as we identify highly-regarded businesses that are well-positioned to compete and win in the competitive federal technology services market. Brooks brings more than 20 years of transactional, legal and compliance experience gained at leading corporations and Am Law 100 law firms. Over the course of his career, Brooks has successfully closed transactions totaling over $7 billion, including Dovel’s sale to Guidehouse, Engility’s sale to SAIC and OSI Pharmaceutical Inc.’s sale to Astellas Pharma Inc. He most recently served as Chief Legal Officer and SVP of Corporate Development for Dovel, supporting the company’s acquisition strategy, while building a world-class legal, compliance and administration function. Prior to joining Dovel, Jon was an executive at Engility Holdings, serving as the head of mergers and acquisitions and deputy general counsel. Brooks added: Damon and I are pleased to partner with the MDP team as we work to utilize our collective resources, expertise and deep relationships to build a leading government technology and tech-enabled services platform. MDP has established a strong industry presence and we look forward to strengthening the firm’s partnerships with innovative businesses that are defining the future of the industry. “This partnership creates a unique opportunity to build on our track-record of successful investments in the government software and services sector, Together with Damon and Jon, we are excited to pursue additional investments that will form an industry-leading platform delivering innovative solutions to meet the needs of federal customers across key verticals.” -Brandon Levitan, a Director on MDP’s Business & Government Software and Services team. About Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC: Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”) is a leading private equity investment firm based in Chicago. Since MDP’s formation in 1992, the firm has raised aggregate capital of over $28 billion and has completed over 150 platform investments. MDP invests across five dedicated industry verticals, including basic industries; business and government software and services; financial and transaction services; health care; and telecom, media and technology services.

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Keeper Security Announces StateRAMP Authorization

Keeper Security | December 09, 2022

Keeper Security, the leading provider of zero-trust and zero-knowledge cybersecurity software protecting passwords, secrets and connections, today announced that the company has obtained StateRAMP Authorization at the Moderate Impact Level for its Keeper Security Government Cloud (KSGC). The nationwide StateRAMP cybersecurity verification program promotes the adoption of secure cloud services across state and local governments by providing a standardized approach to security and risk assessment for cloud technologies. StateRAMP Authorization differentiates KSGC from its competitors as the best in class zero-trust and zero-knowledge security solution for state and local governments, as well as higher-educational institutions, to protect their passwords, data, and secrets. StateRAMP Authorization enables these governments and organizations to accelerate the adoption of cloud computing by creating transparent standards and processes for security authorizations. It allows them to leverage Keeper's password management and cybersecurity platform on an institution-wide scale with confidence that the solution meets strict standardized security requirements. KSGC is hosted in AWS GovCloud (US), designed to host sensitive data, regulated workloads, and address the most stringent security and compliance requirements. Keeper's StateRAMP Authorization comes on the heels of KSGC achieving FedRAMP Authorization at the Moderate Impact Level in August 2022. While StateRAMP Authorization typically takes two years to complete, KSGC's existing FedRAMP Authorization accelerated the certification. To receive FedRAMP Authorization, organizations must implement controls from 17 different control families that originate from National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 800-53. Now, KSGC is the first and only FedRAMP and StateRAMP Authorized password management platform in the industry. "We are proud to bring Keeper's password management and cybersecurity platform to StateRAMP Authorized status, and thrilled to be the first FedRAMP and StateRAMP Authorized password management platform, KSGC's StateRAMP Authorization underscores our dedication to the highest standards of internal security controls and encryption. Keeper is eager to help state and local governments and higher-educational institutions protect their digital assets from ransomware, data breaches and other password-related cyberattacks." -Darren Guccione, CEO and Co-Founder of Keeper Security. Keeper provides government agencies with a human-centric cybersecurity solution that promotes adoption of password best practices, like the use of MFA, by employees and contractors. Keeper also promotes secure collaboration with encrypted record sharing that allows system administrators to regulate privileged access to files, as well as masking credentials. Keeper's zero-knowledge system architecture provides the highest levels of security and privacy. Encryption and decryption of data always occurs locally on the user's device, and only the encrypted ciphertext is stored in KSGC. KSGC's FedRAMP and StateRAMP Authorizations follow a White House Executive Order mandating zero-trust architecture and strong encryption, along with a draft memorandum by the Office of Management and Budget and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency mandating all federal agencies adopt a zero-trust security architecture by 2024. The memorandum specifically calls out password security requirements that KSGC facilitates, including strong password policies, the removal of a deprecated requirement to require special characters and regular password rotation, and the ability to compare user passwords against weak and breached data. About Keeper Security: Keeper Security is transforming the way organizations of all sizes secure their passwords, secrets and confidential information. Keeper's easy-to-use cybersecurity platform is built on a foundation of zero-trust and zero-knowledge security to protect every user on every device, while meeting the most stringent government security and compliance requirements. Keeper is SOC 2 and ISO 27001 certified, FIPS 140-2 validated, FedRAMP and StateRAMP Authorized. Trusted by federal agencies including the Departments of Justice and Energy, Keeper is the leader for best-in-class password management, secrets management, privileged access, secure remote access and encrypted messaging.

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