National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence Emphasizes on High Tech Employees in Government

The National Security Commission | July 27, 2020

Zooming out from its scope of national security and artificial intelligence, a federal advisory commission is looking at how to funnel an array of technical talent to the federal government in droves. In its latest round of recommendations to Congress formalized July 21, the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence suggests ways to get high-tech employees trained and then locked into federal service commitments—ideas modeled after the military service academies and ROTC programs. No matter how the proposals evolve with more study, “We all believe that there is a vast shortage of the talent in the government needed to prosecute AI and national security,” said Eric Schmidt, chair of the commission and a past top executive at Google, including a decade as CEO. During a July 22 call with reporters, Schmidt said the commission will relook at a part of its recommendation for a new degree-granting service academy within the federal government, which currently doesn’t allow for graduates to fulfill their federal service requirement in uniform.

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Congress established the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) through the National Science and Technology Policy, Organization, and Priorities Act of 1976 (P.L. 94-282). The act states, “The primary function of the OSTP Director is to provide, within the Executive Office of the President [EOP], advice on the scientific, engineering, and technological aspects of issues that require attention at the highest level of Government.” Further, “The Office shall serve as a source of scientific and technological analysis and judgment for the President with respect to major policies, plans, and programs of the Federal Government.”


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Carahsoft Receives Exclusive 2022 BlackBerry NALA Distributor Partner of the Year Award at BlackBerry Partner Cybersecurity Sales

Carahsoft | April 19, 2022

Carahsoft Technology Corp., the Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider announced that it has been named the 2022 BlackBerry NALA Distributor of the Year. On April 5-6, 2022, BlackBerry hosted a virtual partner sales event with the theme “The Power of…”, which highlighted the power of partnership and vision, joint market opportunities, and technical strategy. The virtual event attracted more than 300 global solution providers, MSSPs, and distributors. We value our long-standing partnership with Blackberry and are honored to be named the Distributor Partner of the Year for North America and Latin America for 2022.” Michael Shrader, Vice President of Innovative and Intelligence Solutions at Carahsoft BlackBerry recognized winners in four categories, and three regions representing North America and Latin America; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); and Asia-Pacific (APAC). Award winners were selected from among the thousands of BlackBerry partners based on their commitment to innovation and differentiation of BlackBerry cybersecurity products and brand in the market. The award winners also align with BlackBerry’s strategy and commitment to driving exponential new business growth. “We are thrilled to honor these outstanding partners and extremely proud to work with the Carahsoft team to ensure our customers are both secure and protected amidst a threat landscape that continues to increase in both scale and complexity. We look forward to building on our shared success in the months and years to come.” Colleen McMillan, Vice President, Global Channel Sales, Cybersecurity. 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 Engagement, 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.

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Cardinality.ai low code platform to deliver embedded AI and Intelligence at scale with MicroStrategy

Cardinality.ai | January 19, 2022

Cardinality.ai, a data technology group helping government agencies achieve better outcomes through artificial intelligence (AI) solutions announced a new OEM partnership with MicroStrategy (Nasdaq: MSTR). As a leading worldwide provider of enterprise analytics, MicroStrategy will deliver AI powered insights to Citizens, Caseworkers, and Policy leaders at scale. The partnership is a continuation of Cardinality's strategy to offer complete, configurable, AI embedded solutions that can be implemented easily by government agencies. This has been a key focus for Cardinality CEO, Thiag Loganathan. "Our mission is to make it easy for government technology leaders to modernize fast and for policy leaders to continuously improve citizen outcomes," said Loganathan. The partnership will deliver AI powered insights to Citizens, Caseworkers, and Policy Leaders at speed and scale. With MicroStrategy's proven capability of delivering analytics and productivity applications to the enterprise, Government agencies will secure trusted apps and insights as part of Cardinality SaaS solutions. According to Kevin Jones, COO of Cardinality.ai and NASCIO Technology Champion in 2020, "The partnership with MicroStrategy will accelerate our mission of enabling government workers to deliver citizen services effectively. Cardinality's solutions of embedded actionable, AI-driven insights and recommendations for all operational workflows will be powered by MicroStrategy. ClearCycle disbursement technology systems and MicroStrategy partnerships will add best-in-class financials and data management capabilities to our AI case management and population management solutions, making it easier for government leaders to implement a completely configurable solution faster with significantly reduced risk." Rick "Ozzie" Nelson, Senior Vice President, Public Sector at MicroStrategy Incorporated added, "MicroStrategy highly values its OEM partnerships, and we are thrilled to team with Cardinality.ai to deliver premier solutions to help our government partners meet their mission and business objectives." About Cardinality.ai Cardinality helps government agencies achieve better social and economic outcomes through intuitive, AI cloud-based solutions. Founded in 2017 by four serial entrepreneurs and a team of data specialists, the company has one goal: impact a billion lives. And it's already on its way—Cardinality solutions are being used by multiple agencies in the states of Indiana and Maryland. Their suite of solutions is built specifically for the workforce, health, and human services leveraging its modern AI Case Management, CRM, ERP, RedBird AI, and Low-Code platform, so that agencies can modernize existing systems up to 50% faster than other low-code platforms and 200% faster than custom or unproven solutions. Cardinality has been recognized as a GovTech 100 company in 2020, 2021, and 2022 and as the SaaSBOOMi vertical SaaS startup of 2020. For more information, please visit www.cardinality.ai. About MicroStrategy Incorporated MicroStrategy is the largest independent publicly-traded analytics and business intelligence company. The MicroStrategy analytics platform is consistently rated as the best in enterprise analytics and is used by many of the world's most admired brands in the Fortune Global 500. We pursue two corporate strategies: (1) grow our enterprise analytics software business to promote our vision of Intelligence Everywhere and (2) acquire and hold bitcoin, which we view as a dependable store of value supported by a robust, public, opensource architecture untethered to sovereign monetary policy.

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Valneva and Scottish Enterprise in Advanced Discussions for Major Grant to Complete Livingston Site

Valneva | December 24, 2021

Valneva SE , a specialty vaccine company, today announced that it is in advanced discussions, with Scottish Enterprise, for a multi-million pound grant which will enable it to fully complete its strategic manufacturing site in Livingston, Scotland. Following the termination of the supply agreement with the UK Government (HMG) for Valneva’s inactivated COVID-19 vaccine candidate, VLA2001, Valneva paused its site plans. Valneva and Scottish Enterprise have since engaged in a highly constructive dialogue, and under the proposed grant, the Livingston site will be fully developed as a key vaccine production site for the long term. Both Valneva and Scottish Enterprise would invest in the plant. Scottish Enterprise’s contribution is expected to be through a series of grants totalling £10-20 million to enable Valneva to commence production at the plant. Discussions between the Company and the Scottish Government also include potential supply of VLA2001 for Scotland in the future, subject to regulatory approval. Valneva has also offered to make up to 25,000 doses of VLA2001 available for primary immunisation, free of charge, to National Health Service and frontline workers in Scotland, subject to regulatory approval. The grant is subject to contract and final due diligence and is expected to include commitments to jobs for the future in Livingston. Commenting, David Lawrence, Acting Chief Financial Officer, said “We’re pleased that we’ve been able to advance discussions with Scottish Enterprise quickly, following the UK Government’s unexpected decision to terminate our supply agreement with them. We’ve reported excellent Phase 3 data and homologous booster data in the past couple of months, underlining the potential importance of VLA2001 – our inactivated, adjuvanted whole virus vaccine. Subject to regulatory approval we want to make VLA2001 available to people who need it, as soon as we can. We already have some vaccine stock available for distribution, upon approval. The grant will be very welcome and, subject to contract, will ensure that Livingston becomes a strategic vaccine manufacturing site for the future, successfully completing the work we began with HMG”. Ivan McKee, Scottish Government Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise, said “Valneva is a valued contributor to our life sciences sector and the Livingston facility is an important asset, developing vaccines for the treatment of several important infectious diseases and supporting high quality jobs. Ministers and Scottish Enterprise are in advanced discussions with the company to agree a package of support which would underpin the company’s operations in Scotland.” Hannah Bardell, MP for Livingston, added “I am delighted that the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise have listened to my constituency colleagues and I by agreeing to invest in Valneva’s vaccine manufacturing site in Livingston. This funding will enable Valneva to complete its expansion, boosting vital production capacity and protecting skilled jobs. It has been a pleasure to work with all involved in securing this agreement and I can only hope the UK Government will see the faith that we in Scotland have in Valneva.” Valneva is continuing to try to reach an amicable resolution with HMG regarding its termination of the supply agreement and performance of the ongoing clinical trial agreement. The Company continues to reserve all rights in the event that an amicable outcome is not achieved. About VLA2001 VLA2001 is currently the only whole virus, inactivated, adjuvanted vaccine candidate against COVID-19 in clinical trials in Europe. It is intended for active immunization of at-risk populations to prevent carriage and symptomatic infection with COVID-19 during the ongoing pandemic and potentially later for routine vaccination including addressing new variants. VLA2001 may also be suited for boosting, as repeat booster vaccinations have been shown to work well with whole virus inactivated vaccines. VLA2001 is produced on Valneva’s established Vero-cell platform, leveraging the manufacturing technology for Valneva’s licensed Japanese encephalitis vaccine, IXIARO®. VLA2001 consists of inactivated whole virus particles of SARS-CoV-2 with high S-protein density, in combination with two adjuvants, alum and CpG 1018. This adjuvant combination has consistently induced higher antibody levels in preclinical experiments than alum-only formulations and shown a shift of the immune response towards Th1. CpG 1018 adjuvant, supplied by Dynavax Technologies Corporation (Nasdaq: DVAX), is a component of the US FDA- and EMA-approved HEPLISAV-B® vaccine. About Valneva SE Valneva is a specialty vaccine company focused on the development and commercialization of prophylactic vaccines for infectious diseases with significant unmet medical need. The Company takes a highly specialized and targeted approach to vaccine development and then applies its deep understanding of vaccine science to develop prophylactic vaccines addressing these diseases. Valneva has leveraged its expertise and capabilities both to successfully commercialize two vaccines and to rapidly advance a broad range of vaccine candidates into and through the clinic, including candidates against Lyme disease, the chikungunya virus and COVID-19.

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Securing the New Digital Ecosystem: Resecurity® Exhibits at DoDIIS 2021

Resecurity | December 17, 2021

Resecurity®, a cybersecurity and intelligence company, today announced the unveiling of their next-generation cybersecurity platform at the 2021 Department of Defense Intelligence Information System (DoDIIS) Worldwide Conference in Pheonix, Arizona. For nearly 20 years, the DoDIIS Worldwide Conference has served as the premier information technology conference welcoming over 2,000 attendees and representing over 400 different government organizations. Government organizations face an uncharted digital ecosystem that has led to record cyber incidents and advanced adversarial tactics in 2021. This year's conference theme, Foresight 20/20: Building a New Digital Ecosystem, emphasized the need to adopt innovative solutions and collaborate across the industry to maintain a competitive strategic advantage over adversaries. "We simply can't count on hope and good luck to save us from strategic surprise, specifically in the cyber domain in which we operate. We need the strongest possible national unity and purpose to protect our Nation's secrets and keep pace with our adversaries." Michael Waschull, acting Intelligence Community chief information officer and deputy IC CIO, during a keynote session Uniquely positioned to provide ecosystem protection and real-time threat intelligence, Resecurity exhibited their latest research, risk management and security capabilities that protect organizations on multiple levels, including network, cloud, applications and users. Particularly relevant for the government sector, they shared risk intelligence innovations designed to identify and score the network, identity, technology, and geographical risks within an organization's security ecosystem. "Resecurity is proud to have participated in this year's DoDIIS conference. As government organizations look to secure their growing ecosystems, we must come together to collaborate, solve challenges, and share best practices," said Gene Yoo, CEO of Resecurity. "Solutions like Resecurity's cyber risk and intelligence platform are essential to compete with adversaries in the new digital ecosystem, providing security leaders increased visibility and actionable data to protect their organizations." About Resecurity Resecurity® is a cybersecurity company that delivers a unified platform for endpoint protection, risk management, and cyber threat intelligence. Known for providing best-of-breed data-driven intelligence solutions, Resecurity's services and platforms focus on early-warning identification of data breaches and comprehensive protection against cybersecurity risks. Founded in 2016, it has been globally recognized as one of the world's most innovative cybersecurity companies with the sole mission of enabling organizations to combat cyber threats regardless of how sophisticated they are. Most recently, Resecurity was named one of the Top 10 fastest-growing private cybersecurity companies in Los Angeles, California by Inc. Magazine.

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Congress established the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) through the National Science and Technology Policy, Organization, and Priorities Act of 1976 (P.L. 94-282). The act states, “The primary function of the OSTP Director is to provide, within the Executive Office of the President [EOP], advice on the scientific, engineering, and technological aspects of issues that require attention at the highest level of Government.” Further, “The Office shall serve as a source of scientific and technological analysis and judgment for the President with respect to major policies, plans, and programs of the Federal Government.”

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