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GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

A Winning Combination: ProPricer Announces Strategic Business Relationship with Global Software Provider Deltek

ProPricer | June 16, 2022

ProPricer, the leading proposal pricing solution for government contractors and agencies, announced that it had entered a partnership with Deltek, the leading global provider of software and solutions for project-based business. ProPricer has joined Deltek's Marketplace to provide Deltek Costpoint and Deltek Cobra customers with direct access to the ProPricer pricing platform. Government contracting, particularly pricing, has unique needs and challenges. Pricing software that meets the needs of federal regulations is hard to come by, which is why we built our software. Contractors and agencies alike have seen improvements in the bid process through ProPricer—and we want to expand on that with Costpoint and Cobra integrations. We're excited about this relationship and the opportunities that stem from the Deltek Marketplace." Keith Nordin, ProPricer's Chief Revenue Officer Deltek Costpoint and Deltek Cobra complement ProPricer by focusing on improving quality control and project success for government contractors. Both parties bring efficiency, compliance, and digitalization to the proposal process for agencies. "Deltek recognizes the need for the public sector to increase acquisition efficiencies. "This collaboration will enhance the operational effectiveness of acquisition, contracting, and project management for our customers as we navigate the shifting pricing landscape," said Pete Mann, Senior VP, Corporate Development & Product Alliances at Deltek. The Government Contract Pricing (GCP) Summit, the nation's only conference for federal contract pricing professionals, kicks off today, June 14, and will feature keynote addresses from the Department of Defense (DoD) and industry leaders. Representatives from Deltek and ProPricer will also be presenting at the summit. Learn more about ProPricer's arrival in the Deltek Marketplace by visiting each organization's conference booth or the ProPricer Blog. About ProPricer ProPricer is software that maximizes the efficiency and accuracy of the development, submission, evaluation, negotiation, and auditing of proposal pricing. From storing historical proposal data to effortlessly generating a broad range of reports, ProPricer empowers government contractors to build custom proposals, perform what-if analyses, and integrate all proposal data quickly and easily—within one platform. Founded in 1984, ProPricer is trusted by organizations worldwide, including the top 10 US defense contractors. The company thrives on transforming its customers' needs into product features and enhancements that benefit all its current and future users. ProPricer is a trademark of Executive Business Services, Inc. (EBS). About Deltek Better software means better projects. Deltek is the leading global provider of enterprise software and information solutions for project-based businesses. More than 30,000 organizations and millions of users in over 80 countries around the world rely on Deltek for superior levels of project intelligence, management, and collaboration. Our industry-focused expertise powers project success by helping firms achieve performance that maximizes productivity and revenue.

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GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

Red River Names Industry Veteran Brian Roach as Chief Executive Officer

Red River | May 21, 2022

Red River, a technology transformation company serving government and enterprise customers, announced that Brian Roach has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, effective May 31. Roach joins Red River from SAP North America, where he led the Regulated Industries practice in the United States. He oversaw the business’ strategy, operations, and customer relationships, partnering with federal, state, and local governments, as well as organizations in the higher education, aerospace and defense, healthcare, and utilities industries. “Brian is ideally suited to lead Red River into the future. He is an accomplished industry veteran with a deep understanding of our clients and markets. He also has a strong track record of building partnerships and bringing people together. This combination of experience and leadership is just what Red River needs in its next chapter of expanded growth.” Nana Banerjee,Red River Chairman Prior to SAP, Roach spent six years with Juniper Networks, where he led the National Government business unit, selling and delivering high-performance networking and security systems to U.S. government agencies. He has also had leadership roles at Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, and Unisys during his more than 20-year career. “This is an exciting time to join Red River,” said Roach. “Technology integration and modernization has never been more critical to organizations and Red River’s unique ability to combine cutting-edge solutions with unmatched engineering expertise has made it a distinct leader. I look forward to working with this talented team and our ecosystem of partners to deliver solutions tailored to customers across all segments.” Red River is a portfolio company of Cerberus Capital Management, a global leader in alternative investing. “Red River continues to meet the evolving needs of government agencies and businesses with its market-leading capabilities,” said Michael Sanford, Cerberus Senior Managing Director. “With the company’s exciting growth trajectory, it’s great to welcome Brian to this strong management team as Red River builds on its more than 25 years of leadership.” About Red River Red River brings together the ideal combination of talent, partners and products to disrupt the status quo in technology and drive success for business and government in ways previously unattainable. Red River serves organizations well beyond traditional technology integration, bringing more than 25 years of experience and mission-critical expertise in security, networking, data center, collaboration, mobility and cloud solutions.

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GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

Knightscope Deploys K5 Autonomous Security Robot (ASR) in California Park

Knightscope | June 01, 2022

Knightscope, Inc., a developer of advanced physical security technologies focused on enhancing U.S. security operations, announced the deployment of a K5 Autonomous Security Robot (ASR) in a popular northern California park. A parks and recreation organization that serves a large, densely developed suburban population will be using the ASR to patrol the area with specific mission of protecting the quality of life and environment of the community. The Huntington Park, California, chief of police recently participated in a webinar on the introduction of robots into the federal government where he relayed his success using an ASR in a public park. According to the new client, the chief’s experience contributed to the decision to select Knightscope as an integral part of their security program. About Knightscope Knightscope is an advanced security technology company based in Silicon Valley that builds fully autonomous security robots that deter, detect and report. Knightscope’s long-term ambition is to make the United States of America the safest country in the world.

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CYBERSECURITY

New Black Kite Research Reveals Top 100 U.S. Defense Contractors at Risk for Ransomware Attack

Black Kite | May 26, 2022

Black Kite, the leader in third-party cyber risk intelligence, released Centralizing Supply Chain Cybersecurity: U.S. Federal Government Risk in 2022, which finds cyber risks for top defense contractors are rising. Most notably, 72% of contractors have had at least one leaked credential in the last 90 days – a 71% increase from six months ago. "In today’s geopolitical landscape, the federal sector is under constant threat of cyberattack. There’s a heightened sense of urgency to protect critical infrastructure and the nation -- but hackers across the globe are getting better at flying under the radar. Some of the most critical federal agencies are unprotected, which leaves our country vulnerable and at risk. Our latest research highlights the need for better third-party cyber risk intelligence, and where to start today.” Bob Maley, CSO of Black Kite Black Kite Research analyzed the top 100 U.S. defense contractors’ overall cyber hygiene, including susceptibility to ransomware attacks, and compared the data against its 2021 report. In addition to the alarming increase in leaked credentials, key findings include: The cyber posture of defense contractors in critical technical categories (such as credential management, Secure Socket Layer (SSL) / Transport Layer Security (TLS), and strength and application security) is dangerously low. Nearly half (46%) of defense contractors are three times more likely to experience a cyber breach than those with “A” technical ratings (on a scale from A to F). 32% are vulnerable to ransomware attacks such as phishing – and 20% of agencies examined in last year’s report are still vulnerable, meaning quick improvement is critical. 17% utilize out-of-date systems, creating a critical vulnerability for ransomware attacks. According to a survey of government organizations by Sophos, 40% of central government and 34% of local government organizations experienced a ransomware attack in the past year. The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cyber Division recently issued Private Industry Notification finds “ransomware attacks against local government entities are especially significant due to the public’s dependency on critical utilities, emergency services, educational facilities, and other services overseen by local governments.” With the government being one of the largest holders of personal identifying information (PII), these entities are desirable targets for cyber criminals. “Government agencies are prime targets for hackers due to the sheer amount of data they possess. It’s a virtual candy store for those with malicious intent,” said Jeffrey Wheatman, SVP and Cyber Risk Evangelist (CRE) of Black Kite. “Understanding third-party susceptibility to cyber threats must come first as contractors look to reduce their risk. At Black Kite, we’re committed to helping the most critical agencies safeguard their data – and in doing so – safeguard the information of all citizens.” Black Kite provides third-party cyber risk intelligence from a technical, financial, and compliance perspective to eliminate false positives and ensure a holistic approach to vendor risk management. In addition to Centralizing Supply Chain Cybersecurity: U.S. Federal Government Risk in 2022, Black Kite issues an annual Third-Party Breach Report as well as regular risk assessment reports on the automotive manufacturing, energy and insurance sectors. About Black Kite One in four organizations suffered from a cyber attack in the last year, resulting in production, reputation and financial losses. The real problem is adversaries attack companies via third parties, island-hopping their way into target organizations. At Black Kite, we're redefining vendor risk management with the world’s first global third-party cyber risk monitoring platform, built from a hacker's perspective. With 350+ customers across the globe and counting, we're committed to improving the health and safety of the entire planet's cyber ecosystem with the industry’s most accurate and comprehensive cyber intelligence. While other security ratings service (SRS) providers try to narrow the scope, Black Kite provides the only standards-based cyber risk assessments that analyze your supply chain's cybersecurity posture from three critical dimensions: technical, financial and compliance.

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