Oil Companies, Corrupt Governments to Benefit as Congress Guts Transparency Rule

U.S. Department of the Treasury | February 07, 2017

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) transparency rule, part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform bill, was created to reduce corruption by requiring drilling and mining companies to disclose royalties and other payments made to governments in exchange for oil, gas, and mining extractions. Critics say overturning the rule could threaten national security.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY,CYBERSECURITY

GovPilot Moves to Microsoft Cloud, Enhances Cybersecurity for Local Government Customers

GovPilot | September 08, 2022

GovPilot, a provider of modern cloud-based government management software specifically designed for municipal and county governments has successfully migrated its platform to Azure, Microsoft’s cloud platform. The migration affords GovPilot and its local government customers with significant benefits including access to the latest Microsoft cloud technology and security which is already trusted by the Department of Defense, the Intelligence community, and 95% of Fortune 500 companies. GovPilot’s Azure adoption comes at a time when local governments are increasingly the target of coordinated cyber attacks and malicious ransomware code which have disrupted operations and services, jeopardized data, and caused significant financial damage to local governments across the country. According to the FBI, local governments accounted for the second-highest victimized group in 2021, trailing only the academic sector as ransomware gangs’ favorite target. “Local governments in the U.S. have often operated with a mix of paper-based processes, spreadsheets, single-use software, and older on-site server based systems. Not only is this inefficient but it is expensive to maintain and presents a significant cyber risk for local government administrators and their constituents, As a unified cloud-based government management platform, GovPilot aims to be the operating system for local government. This implementation provides our customers with best-in-class availability, reliability, and cyber resilience. GovPilot’s mission is to empower local governments to better serve their constituents and operate efficiently. Our implementation of Microsoft’s Azure Cloud is a major part of living up to and delivering on that mission.” -Michael Bonner Founder and CEO,GovPilot. With the Azure migration, GovPilot and its customers will realize significant benefits including: Enhanced Security: The GovPilot platform is secured with the latest Microsoft technology. Data Protection: All data is encrypted, and backed-up in multiple locations. Scalability & Performance: Azure provides limitless room to grow, all while preserving performance. Business Continuity: GovPilot enables users to access the platform 24/7 from anywhere. Azure allows for rapid restoration of services in the event of natural disaster or other catastrophe. “By implementing the Microsoft Azure Cloud - trusted by 95% of Fortune 500 companies and U.S government agencies - GovPilot has made a serious commitment to security. Given the current threat environment, our customers and prospective customers in local government will benefit enormously from the technology provided by Azure.” -Robin Smith, GovPilot’s Chief Operating Officer. About GovPilot: GovPilot - named a GovTech 100 company for five consecutive years - is the leader in digital transformation for local governments. GovPilot's cloud-based platform was built with the sole purpose of enabling local governments to operate at their full potential by standardizing, digitizing, and unifying more than 100 operational and constituent service processes on one operating system.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY,CYBERSECURITY

German Firms Tighten Cybersecurity Against New Threats

ISG | September 12, 2022

Overlapping crises and technology trends have heightened cybersecurity concerns in Germany, leading enterprises to increase their investments in security products and services, according to a new research report published today by Information Services Group (ISG) (Nasdaq: III), a leading global technology research and advisory firm. The 2022 ISG Provider Lens™ Cybersecurity — Solutions and Services report for Germany finds that cyber threats caused by the war in Ukraine, along with disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing digitization of enterprises, have expanded attack surfaces and resulted in more cybersecurity breaches in Germany. As companies bring more data, communications and processes into the digital realm, cybersecurity is becoming a higher priority. “Holistic enterprise security is more than just a current trend, it’s vital to the successful operation of a business, German senior executives understand that cyberattacks can seriously threaten a company’s reputation and finances, so they are paying even greater attention to secure collaboration with third parties, secure core business processes and secure connected and digital products.” -Roger Albrecht, co-lead, ISG Cybersecurity. German companies and government agencies are defending themselves against increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks amid a shortage of IT professionals, especially in cybersecurity, the report says. As risks increase in Germany for both large and midsize enterprises, there is a growing need for guidance. Many organizations are engaging with strategic, technical and managed security service providers for help implementing and constantly honing their defenses. Also, because many attackers breach organizations through social engineering methods such as phishing, companies also turn to providers for consulting and employee training to prevent human errors. Because of strict data protection regulations, most German enterprises rely on providers with security operations centers in Germany. Remote and hybrid work, which emerged suddenly during the pandemic and is expected to become permanent, has made IT systems more vulnerable to attack as employees connect to enterprises from different locations and through their own devices. To manage this risk, German enterprises are investing in advanced identity and access management (IAM) capabilities, especially cloud-managed systems that can function across multiple cloud installations. “German companies need to manage more users, devices and digital services than ever, In many cases, service providers are taking on these roles.” -Jan Erik Aase, partner and global leader, ISG Provider Lens Research. The report explores a wide range of cybersecurity trends in Germany, including increasing use of zero-trust approaches, the growth of the midsize market and the evolution of endpoint protection from traditional antivirus solutions to AI-based behavioral analysis. The 2022 ISG Provider Lens™ Cybersecurity — Solutions and Services report for Germany evaluates the capabilities of 97 providers across six quadrants: Identity and Access Management (IAM), Data Leakage/Loss Prevention (DLP) and Data Security, Advanced Endpoint Threat Detection and Response (Advanced ETPDR), Technical Security Services (TSS), Strategic Security Services (SSS) and Managed Security Services. The report names IBM as a Leader in five quadrants and Atos as a Leader in four quadrants. It names Accenture, Axians, Capgemini, Deutsche Telekom and Microsoft as Leaders in three quadrants each. Bechtle, Broadcom, CANCOM, Computacenter, Controlware and Trend Micro are named as Leaders in two quadrants each. CrowdStrike, Deloitte, DriveLock, DXC Technology, Forcepoint, GBS, HCL, HelpSystems, Infosys, KPMG, Matrix42, Okta, Orange Cyberdefense, Ping Identity, PwC, RSA, SentinelOne, Sophos, TCS, Trellix, VMware Carbon Black and Wipro are named as Leaders in one quadrant each. About ISG Provider Lens™ Research: The ISG Provider Lens™ Quadrant research series is the only service provider evaluation of its kind to combine empirical, data-driven research and market analysis with the real-world experience and observations of ISG's global advisory team. Enterprises will find a wealth of detailed data and market analysis to help guide their selection of appropriate sourcing partners, while ISG advisors use the reports to validate their own market knowledge and make recommendations to ISG's enterprise clients. The research currently covers providers offering their services globally, across Europe, as well as in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, the U.K., France, Benelux, Germany, Switzerland, the Nordics, Australia and Singapore/Malaysia, with additional markets to be added in the future. About ISG: ISG (Information Services Group) (Nasdaq: III) is a leading global technology research and advisory firm. A trusted business partner to more than 800 clients, including more than 75 of the world’s top 100 enterprises, ISG is committed to helping corporations, public sector organizations, and service and technology providers achieve operational excellence and faster growth. The firm specializes in digital transformation services, including automation, cloud and data analytics; sourcing advisory; managed governance and risk services; network carrier services; strategy and operations design; change management; market intelligence and technology research and analysis. Founded in 2006, and based in Stamford, Conn., ISG employs more than 1,300 digital-ready professionals operating in more than 20 countries—a global team known for its innovative thinking, market influence, deep industry and technology expertise, and world-class research and analytical capabilities based on the industry’s most comprehensive marketplace data.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY,GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

iOffice + SpaceIQ Pursues FedRAMP Authorization for Workplace and Asset Management Technology

iOffice + SpaceIQ | August 17, 2022

iOffice + SpaceIQ, the global workplace technology company, today announced its intent to seek authorization from the U.S. Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) for its Integrated Workplace Management System Archibus. FedRAMP facilitates adoption of secure technologies across U.S. government agencies by standardizing assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring of cloud-based products and services. The federal government owns and leases 130,000 properties — approximately 885 million square feet and $21B in annual operational expenditures — representing the largest real estate portfolio in the United States. With nearly 7% of government-owned properties underutilized or unused, iOffice + SpaceIQ's solutions address the critical need for space optimization, cost reduction, and enhanced decision-making capabilities for federal facilities. "There's been a major push to modernize operations and ramp up digital transformation efforts within the federal government, FedRAMP authorization will accelerate our ability to supply much-needed solutions to highly regulated government agencies and continue serving our existing federal customers." -Chief Dan DeRosa, Product Officer, iOffice + SpaceIQ. iOffice + SpaceIQ is already authorized to operate on secure high-side networks for several government agencies. The company has a robust federal distribution, reseller, and service provider network, meeting demand for centralized management of facility operations, maintenance, and occupancy while ensuring data security. iOffice + SpaceIQ's infrastructure is purpose-built to increase customers' resiliency against existing and future cybersecurity challenges. The business meets the highest standards for service and accessibility, including compliance with SOC 2 and a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template for Archibus. About iOffice + SpaceIQ: iOffice + SpaceIQ empowers how tomorrow will work, helping employees and companies adapt and thrive to produce better outcomes for the world. Our smart workplace technology enables over 10,000 organizations in 85 countries to improve business performance through intuitive, people-first space planning and operations. More than 2M end users rely on iOffice + SpaceIQ platforms to optimize more than 2B square feet of space valued at more than $64B, maintain mission-critical assets, and enhance how people interact with the workplace.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY,INFRASTRUCTURE

Torch.AI & Vertosoft Join Forces to Optimize Data Infrastructure with AI for 100+ New Customers Across the U.S. Government

Torch.AI | August 19, 2022

Torch.AI, pioneers of data infrastructure AI, announced today a partnership with Vertosoft to accelerate the adoption of next-generation artificial intelligence (AI) and data infrastructure software capabilities across the U.S. Government. Torch.AI, already supporting some of the world's most important organizations, has re-imagined how organizations use and extract value from data. The company's software is quickly becoming the AI ecosystem and data infrastructure standard, introducing a new way for teams to increase productivity, prioritize resources, and bridge data silos by accessing and correlating mission-critical information. Torch.AI's role in the partnership will be to propel the adoption and delivery of new data infrastructures powered by AI to government agencies seeking an innovative response to complex data challenges. Torch's solutions will complement Vertosoft's strong portfolio of enabling technology partners in DOD agencies, such as the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, and further extend reach to Vertosoft's vast 100+ organization network across the greater DOD and Civilian space. As a leading emerging technology distributor, Vertosoft is focused on bringing innovative and emerging technologies to the public sector. With dozens of contract vehicles and government-wide acquisition contracts, Vertosoft simplifies government procurement. The partnership with Torch.AI will enable Vertosoft to bring critically important data and AI capabilities to every level of government. "We're excited to build on our momentum in the government space and continue powering mission-critical decisions and operational capabilities with our data infrastructure AI solutions, We see Vertosoft as a key component of our public sector strategy and plan to leverage their experience in bringing technology to the government market." -Bobby Butler, Director of Partner Success at Torch.AI. We continue to hear from public sector customers across the U.S. Federal, State, and Local markets that they're consistently looking to integrate more diverse datasets into their decision-making process and have systematically struggled in doing so, says Josh Slattery, Vice President of Technology Sales at Vertosoft. Vertosoft is thrilled to partner with Torch.AI to help bridge the gaps and turn AI into a reality for our public sector customers. About Torch.AI: Torch.AI, the Data Infrastructure AI Pioneers, are headquartered in Kansas City with offices in Washington, DC. The company developed the use of AI to process data in-flight, radically evolving analytic and operational capabilities in any IT environment. Torch.AI's products and people are currently actively supporting operations in industries including financial services, construction and engineering, healthcare, and the US Department of Defense, US Department of Homeland Security, and other agencies. About Vertosoft: Established in 2016, Vertosoft accelerates the adoption of innovative and emerging technology within the government. We bring the flexibility, agility, and responsiveness of a small company with the experience of a large organization. With our clear focus on emerging technology growth in government, Vertosoft is uniquely positioned to reduce complexity and provide scalable, cloud-ready technology solutions that enable government agencies to deliver smarter, client-centric digital transformations.

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For nearly 100 years, the U.S. Government Accountability Office has stood at the vanguard of the U.S. government’s efforts to ensure government accountability and effectiveness. To help support these efforts, GAO publishes a strategic plan every 4 years that emphasizes consideration of future issues that may affect the federal government and society as a whole.

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