Netapp Announces Azure Netapp Files is Available in Government Region Data Centers on Microsoft Azure

NetApp | August 05, 2020

Today NetApp announced that its Azure NetApp Files is available in the government region data centers on Microsoft Azure. This means all of the benefits and savings of the service can now be leveraged by federal, Department of Defense, and state and local agencies that have strict government security and regulatory compliance requirements. Deployment of Azure NetApp Files to government data center regions started in Virginia, followed by Arizona and Texas deployments.

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GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

Inmarsat Government LAISR Wins 2022 MSUA Satellite Mobile Innovation Award

Inmarsat Governmen | March 23, 2022

Inmarsat Government, the leading provider of secure, global, mission-critical telecommunications to the U.S. government, is the recipient of a 2022 Satellite Mobile Innovation Award from the Mobile Satellite User Association (MSUA). The company was honored in the “Aerospace Mobile Innovation” category for its L-Band Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (LAISR) service. This year’s recognition marks the sixth time in seven years that Inmarsat was selected as a winner of this prestigious award. LAISR joins Inmarsat’s Arctic payloads – GX10A & GX10B – Global Xpress, LACE II, L-TAC and WiSL in the list of the company’s innovations that MSUA has recognized with this prestigious award. Inmarsat Government, a wholly owned subsidiary of Inmarsat, developed the LAISR capability in response to U.S. government requirements for cost-effective high-speed beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) global connectivity for small-aperture aero platforms. With LAISR, airborne users can receive and return large quantities of video and sensor data at rates as high as 3 Mbps, while simultaneously maintaining the reliability, ease of use and low cost of adoption that is provided by the ELERA worldwide space and ground network. LAISR is delivered via low-profile, small form-factor ultralightweight terminals that maximize aviation platform range and reduce signatures. The compact size and low weight of these terminals make them ideal for smaller Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Inmarsat’s team prides itself on delivering innovative solutions that meet our customers current and future needs – and LAISR is a testament to our commitment to the U.S. government market. Every innovation is designed with our customers and their missions in mind so that they can operate with confidence.” Steve Gizinski, President, Inmarsat Government About Inmarsat Government The U.S. government has relied on and trusted Inmarsat satellite services since 1979. Inmarsat Government continues to deliver the world’s most advanced global, mobile satellite communication services to U.S. defense, intelligence, homeland security, public safety and civilian agencies, with highly reliable, secure and affordable connectivity. Built with government users in mind, Inmarsat Government provides resilient, flexible capabilities to complement government satellite resources, anytime, anywhere. Leveraging an industry-leading scalable multiband network infrastructure, Inmarsat Government offers a suite of managed network services and end-to-end communication solutions to support users on land, at sea and in the air, even in the world's most remote regions. Headquartered in Reston, VA, Inmarsat Government is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Inmarsat Group Holdings Limited. About Inmarsat Inmarsat is the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications. It owns and operates the world’s most diverse global portfolio of mobile telecommunications satellite networks, and holds a multi-layered, global spectrum portfolio, covering L-band, Ka-band and S-band, enabling unparalleled breadth and diversity in the solutions it provides. Inmarsat’s long-established global distribution network includes not only the world’s leading channel partners but also its own strong direct retail capabilities, enabling end to end customer service assurance. The company has an unrivalled track record of operating the world’s most reliable global mobile satellite telecommunications networks, sustaining business and mission critical safety & operational applications for more than 40 years. It is also a major driving force behind technological innovation in mobile satellite communications, sustaining its leadership through a substantial investment and a powerful network of technology and manufacturing partners. Inmarsat operates across a diversified portfolio of sectors with the financial resources to fund its business strategy and holds leading positions in the Maritime, Government, Aviation and Enterprise satcoms markets, operating consistently as a trusted, responsive and high-quality partner to its customers across the globe.

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GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

Govtech Leader Accela Names Kara Wilson to Board of Directors

Accela | March 30, 2022

Accela, the trusted provider of cloud solutions for government, announced that it has appointed Kara Wilson to its board of directors. Wilson possesses more than 25 years of experience in helping companies optimize for growth. She currently serves as an executive advisor at KKR & Co. and as board member of software companies Paychex, OneStream, KnowBe4, Reliaquest, OutSystems, Skyhive and Corel. Wilson previously led marketing for several of the technology industry's most influential companies, including SAP Cloud, Rubrik, FireEye, and Okta. With global government spending for software expected to surpass $161 billion this year, Kara's expertise in leading growth at scale will be vital as Accela's momentum in the dynamic government technology market continues. State and local governments are at a critical juncture in how they deliver services to residents and businesses in their communities, and they have access to unprecedented state and federal funding to accelerate technology modernization. We're thrilled to welcome Kara to the Accela team during this exciting time for our organization's growth." Gary Kovacs, Accela Chief Executive Officer Accela closed the 2021 fiscal year with double-digit growth in annual recurring revenue and unparalleled professional services revenue performance. Additionally, Accela's net customer retention is among the industry's best at 109 percent, a testament to the caliber of its solutions and commitment to great government. Over the past two years, Accela has completed dozens of customer migrations to the company's multi-tenant cloud on Azure, and continues at a steady pace each month. As a member of the Accela board, Wilson will help to advise the company on how it can continue to rapidly scale the delivery of products, support and services that will accelerate better interactions and government experiences with agency staff, residents and business owners in communities around the globe. "City, county, and state governments are rapidly digitizing their services and operations to accelerate recovery from an unprecedented set of economic, health, and societal challenges. Accela has an indisputable record as the long-trusted partner of government agencies, and I'm excited to join the board during this transformative inflection point," said Wilson. "Accela is uniquely positioned to optimize interactions between government departments and their constituents wherever they are on their digitization journey. I look forward to helping Accela build upon its two decades of leadership in the industry." Accela is trusted by 80 percent of the United States' largest cities and benefits more than 275 million residents and businesses. In partnership with the City of Madison, Wisconsin, Accela was recently named the winner of the National League of Cities' Capstone Challenge. Microsoft US also awarded Accela two Partner Awards in 2021 for "Government Partner of the Year" and "Community Response." About Accela Accela provides a unified suite of cloud solutions trusted by governments across the globe to accelerate their digital transformation, deliver vital services, and build stronger communities. More than 275 million citizens worldwide benefit from Accela's government software solutions. The company offers agile, purpose-built solutions and the power of a platform that provides users with a consumer-like experience, shares data across departments, and ensures world-class security. With Accela, government agencies experience rapid and effective digital transformation. Accela's government software meets agencies wherever they are on their modernization journey, while also helping them prepare for whatever comes next. The company is a 2021 Microsoft US Partner Award winner for its innovative SaaS solutions to help governments respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and was named as one of the Largest East Bay Tech Employers by San Francisco Business Times. Accela is headquartered in San Ramon, California, with offices around the world.

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GOVERNMENT FINANCE

Xlear Files Legal Response to Government’s Lawsuit

Xlear | December 23, 2021

Today, Xlear Inc. filed the company’s response to a Department of Justice lawsuit alleging violations of the Federal Trade Commission Act, among other allegations. The company denied all the Government’s allegations and leveled a series of affirmative defenses at the Government, including violations of Xlear’s First Amendment right to free speech. Nathan Jones, Xlear’s CEO, issued this statement regarding Xlear’s Response: The United States faces an already raging pandemic and yet another new, wildfire Omicron variant, which studies show is more transmissible, vaccine resistant and as severe as other strains. As a result, across the nation new cases are spiking and breaking records; hospitals are once again overflowing; schools are closing again; not only are we seeing breakthrough infections—we are facing reinfections; the NFL and the NHL have been forced to postpone games; and, there is a real risk that our lives and economy will once again have to close. It’s another COVID-Christmas in America. The nation’s vaccine-only strategy is failing. Despite this, the Federal Government continues to refuse to even discuss or consider other possible countermeasures—even though they are backed by sound science. Xlear’s Response outlines a series of studies, including two randomized clinical trials (RCTs)* and other clinical and lab data, that more than substantiate Xlear’s statements regarding COVID-19. One recent RCT study found that the use of nasal hygiene in treating COVID-19-infected people over the age of 50 reduced the risk of hospitalization 8-fold.** The Government hasn’t meaningfully challenged the legitimacy of these studies—the Government can’t, they paid for some of them and have published some of them. Nor has the Government offered conflicting studies—they can’t. The Government has known about these other countermeasures since June 2020. Yet, the Government still refuses to even discuss or consider them. The Response we filed also includes a new in vitro study done at Utah State University’s Institute for Antiviral Research.*** This new in vitro study (using human airway tissue) found that the components in Xlear were significantly more effective antivirals against the Delta strain of COVID-19 than Remdesivir, the Government-approved antiviral medicine. Ironically, the Government alleges it is Xlear that has misled the public. Not only is the Government refusing to consider other countermeasures, the Government, through this lawsuit, has sought to censor us from informing the American people about the science. The American people have both the right and the need to know the science. We hope this lawsuit serves as a vehicle to inform the public, as well as expose the abject failures of our Government in responding to this pandemic.

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CYBERSECURITY

Intelligent Waves Partners with Horizon3.ai’s NodeZero to Empower Special Operators with Next-Gen Cybersecurity Resilience in DevOps

Intelligent Waves | May 13, 2022

Intelligent Waves (IW), a leading IT integrator that provides mission-focused, multi-domain operational expertise and innovation to the Federal Government, announced a strategic collaboration with Horizon3.ai to support next-generation cybersecurity protection in DevOps for the DoD special operations community. Intelligent Waves will utilize Horizon3.ai's NodeZero autonomous penetration testing platform to validate architecture deployments and ensure customer environments are secure and operationally ready for users. The partnership between IW and Horzon3.ai has enabled the mitigation and prevention of malicious actors trying to gain or deny access to critical networks that support Department of Defense missions. The inclusion of NodeZero into Intelligent Waves’ DevOps pipeline has significantly reduced the overhead and decreased deployment validation time while simultaneously improving security insight into customer environments through continuous monitoring. Intelligent Waves is honored to include Horizon3.ai's NodeZero into our ultra-secure tool suite for DevOps for special operations. In these challenging times, with rogue actors constantly on the prowl for vulnerabilities, this solution provides the warfighters with an effective, battle-tested solution." John Hammes, Chief Strategy Officer at Intelligent Waves Horizon3.ai’s NodeZero acts as a force multiplier, helping preserve or increase margins by enabling Alliance Partners to cover more accounts with a smaller team. It continuously assesses an enterprise’s attack surface to identify ways a skilled attacker could chain together harvested credentials, misconfigurations, dangerous product defaults, and exploitable vulnerabilities to compromise systems and data. NodeZero quickly identifies exploitable attack vectors and ineffective security controls, so Alliance Partners’ resources are spent fixing what matters most. This new collaboration between Intelligent Waves and Horizon3.ai will be showcased at The Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) on May 16th - 19th, 2022, in booth 304 at the Tampa Convention Center. SOFIC provides special operations and industry partners the opportunity to reexamine SOF policies, investments, and activities, find ways to augment existing SOF capabilities, foster rapid future capability development and employment, and leverage relationships with allies and partners. “Threat actors create threat vectors that you never would imagine to be exploitable by chaining together network misconfigurations, vulnerabilities, harvested credentials, and dangerous product defaults,” said Snehal Antani, CEO and co-founder of Horizon3.ai. “Our partnership with Intelligent Waves allows us to provide APTaaS to customers, helping them understand their cybersecurity risk profile so they can harden their security postures with penetration tests that can be run as often as they want.” About Intelligent Waves Intelligent Waves delivers mission-focused multi-domain operational expertise & innovation to the Government through high-impact technology solutions in cybersecurity, data science, enterprise network engineering, software development, & platform mission support. Always ready. Anytime. Anywhere. Any domain. About Horizon3.ai Horizon3.ai's mission 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. Organizations will see their enterprise through the eyes of the attacker, identifying ineffective security controls and ensuring 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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