Philips and the U.S. government collaborate in ventilator production ramp up to combat COVID-19 pandemic

Philips | April 08, 2020

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced that the U.S. Government and Philips agreed to team up to increase the production of hospital ventilators in its manufacturing sites in the U.S. Philips plans to double the production by May 2020  and achieve a four-fold increase by the third quarter of 2020 for supply to the U.S. and global markets. Such ventilators are critical for the treatment of patients with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Philips will invest several tens of millions in its ventilator manufacturing sites in the U.S.

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Intuit Responds to Complaint from U.S. Federal Trade Commission

Intuit | March 29, 2022

Intuit Inc., the global technology platform that makes TurboTax, QuickBooks, Mint, Credit Karma and Mailchimp, announced that it will vigorously challenge a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In its filing, the FTC inaccurately alleges Intuit’s advertising practices directed consumers who were eligible for free tax filing software from TurboTax or the IRS Free File Program to the company’s paid tax preparation products. The facts say otherwise. The FTC’s arguments are simply not credible. Far from steering taxpayers away from free tax preparation offerings, our free advertising campaigns have led to more Americans filing their taxes for free than ever before and have been central to raising awareness of free tax prep. Over the past eight years, TurboTax products have helped nearly 100 million Americans file their taxes for free, and our most recent free advertising campaign has only accelerated the use of TurboTax free offerings, driving approximately 60% growth from 11 million free filers in 2018 before the campaign launched to more than 17 million free filers in 2021.” Kerry McLean, executive vice president and general counsel of Intuit In fact, Intuit has always supported consumers filing for free as a founding member of the IRS Free File program and in our other practices. The FTC’s complaint fails to acknowledge the reality that Intuit was, at all times, in compliance with the IRS requirements. “The fact that Intuit complied with the rules and regulations of one government agency, but is now being targeted by another, demonstrates a significant disconnect. With the FTC’s action, companies will be much less willing to enter into public-private partnerships with the government that benefit consumers,” said McLean. Intuit continually sought and continues to seek ways to increase the number of taxpayers that file using its free tax preparation products. Last tax season alone, Intuit delivered 17 million free tax filings, the most in the industry. Intuit helped the IRS Free File organization far exceed its stated goals of making free tax preparation available to 70% of filers. Today, free tax preparation is currently available to 100% of American taxpayers. That program, created and governed by the IRS, established marketing requirements for all participants. As a longtime advocate for tax simplification and taxpayer access to free tax preparation, the facts of the case do not support the FTC’s claims. “While it is disappointing that the FTC chose to file this lawsuit, we look forward to presenting the facts in court and are confident in the merits of our position,” said McLean. In its decision to file a claim against Intuit, the FTC commissioners were not unanimous. About Intuit Intuit is the global technology platform that helps consumers and small businesses overcome their most important financial challenges. Serving more than 100 million customers worldwide with TurboTax, QuickBooks, Mint, Credit Karma, and Mailchimp, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to prosper. We never stop working to find new, innovative ways to make that possible. Please visit us for the latest information about Intuit, our products and services, and find us on social.

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U.K. Cyber Firm Expands to North America Following Multi-Million Investment

Bridewell Consulting | March 24, 2022

U.K. cybersecurity services company, Bridewell Consulting, has announced its expansion into the $58 billion U.S. cybersecurity market following a multi-million investment from Growth Capital Partners last year. Specialists in securing organizations in complex and highly regulated sectors such as critical national infrastructure and finance, the company seeks to help U.S. organizations reduce risk and build cyber resilience amid rising cyber threats. With an office strategically located in Houston’s Energy Corridor in Texas, the move enables Bridewell to better serve the needs of its existing client base in the U.S., many of whom the company already serves from the U.K. It will also enable Bridewell to secure new clients in the region and provide a springboard for further growth across North America, in a marked effort to become a globally recognized cybersecurity services firm. The move comes at a significant time for critical national infrastructure security in the U.S., with growing concerns over ransomware attacks on banks and hospitals and mounting pressure to improve cybersecurity from government. Just this week, President Biden issued an urgent warning to American business leaders, telling them to strengthen their cyber defenses immediately while the Computer-Security Incident Notification Final Rule is set to come into effect on April 1, 2022. Under the new rule, U.S banks must report any “significant” cybersecurity incident within 36 hours of discovery. We’re at a crucial stage when it comes to critical national infrastructure security. Threats from nation states are rising and innovative methods of cyberattacks are significantly outpacing regulation, policy and strategies. Bridewell’s success in delivering flagship security transformation projects in the U.K., combined with our industry-leading expertise in both IT and OT security and our Microsoft Gold Partner status, means that we are uniquely placed to help North American organizations develop robust and resilient cybersecurity solutions at this critical time.” Scott Nicholson, Bridewell Co-CEO According to recently released U.K. government data, the U.K. cybersecurity sector attracted record investments in 2021, with over £1 billion raised – a rise of 14% compared to the previous period. Bridewell itself experienced a record year of growth with a 156% increase in headcount and 50% growth in revenue, driven by a combination of factors including increased demand for Managed Detection and Response (MDR), the shift in working models and increased appetite for cybersecurity transformation. Anthony Young, Co-CEO of Bridewell, adds: “The U.S. has always been a key growth market for us, both in terms of our existing client base and the broader market opportunity. We’ve had a phenomenal couple of years in the U.K., but our plan has always been to expand where there is a great need, with the evolving U.S. market ripe for managed security services.” Established in 2013, Bridewell is one of the fastest growing privately-owned U.K. cybersecurity companies, with 75% year-on-year revenue growth since FY18. Headquartered in Reading, Berkshire, the company serves sectors including CNI, aviation, financial services, government and oil and gas, with its 24/7 Security Operations Centre protecting some of the most critical national infrastructure in the U.K. In 2021, the company delivered a number of security transformation projects, including revolutionizing the Security Operations Centre for Manchester Airport Group and an independent information assurance review for the 2021 Census. Bridewell was also named Cyber Business of the Year in the U.K. National Cyber Awards 2021. About Bridewell Consulting Bridewell Consulting is a cybersecurity services company providing global, 24/7 managed detection and response services and cybersecurity consultancy. With extensive experience in delivering large-scale transformational projects in highly regulated environments, Bridewell enables organizations to drive strategic change securely, providing a full breadth of end-to-end cybersecurity services. Its expert team comprises of a diverse range of highly skilled consultants, supported by industry leading technology, deep technical expertise, accredited methodologies and a client-centric business-driven approach. Bridewell delivers a vast number of services across critical national infrastructure, aviation, financial services, government and oil and gas. The company holds a number of industry accreditations including NCSC, CREST, ASSURE, IASME Consortium, Cyber Essentials Plus, ISO27001, ISO9001 and are a PCI DSS QSA Company.

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2022 Federal 100 Award Winners and Hall of Fame Inductees to be Announced

Government Executive Media Group | April 29, 2022

On May 12, FCW and GovExec will host the Evening of Honors and present the 2022 Federal 100 Award Winners and Government Hall of Fame Inductees. Taking place at the National Cathedral, this special evening is a celebration of the public sector and those that have shown their dedication to it. The event will honor the current and former officials and industry stakeholders who have made historic achievements and advances across our government. The Federal 100 Awards are presented to the 100 women and men who personify what's possible in how the federal government acquires, develops, and manages IT. As with previous years, this year's Federal 100 winners include an outstanding mix of individuals from civilian and defense agencies, the intelligence community, the legislative branch, and the private sector. Each of these individuals has their own story about what they have given to the public sector and helps to demonstrate the range of important work being done throughout our communities. The Government Hall of Fame celebrates distinguished civil servants who have demonstrated sustained achievement and unparalleled dedication to public service throughout their careers. This high honor is designed for those who have reached a pinnacle of success during their careers in civil service and those who have made historic progress in changing government for the better, and whose influence will live on for generations. Each year the new class of inductees is added to this group's elite membership amongst previous winners. Inductees for the Hall of Fame will be announced on March 10th, 2022. This year is going to be like no other. I'm that we are merging these two influential events into one night of honoring exceptional individuals. Choosing winners and inductees from a pool of so many qualified candidates is a challenging task, but our judges selected an outstanding sale of honorees. It's a privilege to be able to help showcase such outstanding work in the government community." Troy K. Schneider, GovExec's President for Content Brands Detailed winner profiles will be featured on FCW.com in early May, and will appear in the April/May issue of FCW magazine, which will be distributed first at the Evening of Honors on May 12, 2022. About GovExec As the market-leading information platform, for over fifty years GovExec has empowered the government ecosystem to engage and support government leaders as they work to achieve their missions across federal, defense, and state and local agencies. All powered by the largest and most sophisticated database in the public sector, GovExec's platform services are three-fold—data that informs, media that connects, and marketing services that activate. Reaching 3.3 million government influencers each month, GovExec's brand and platform portfolio includes Government Executive, GovTribe, Market Connections, Nextgov, Public Sector 360, Government Contracting Institute, Government Marketing University, Defense One, Forecast International, Military Periscope, The Atlas for Cities, Route Fifty, City & State New York, City & State Pennsylvania, News Service of Florida, Professional Development Academy, and a strategic investment in Power Almanac. About FCW FCW's editorial mission is to provide federal technology executives with the information, insights, and strategies necessary to successfully navigate the complex world of federal business. By providing federal technology executives with the "who" and "what" they need to know to get things done, FCW delivers access to a powerful, hard-to-reach audience that controls the $112B technology purchasing in the federal government.

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Government invests in precision agriculture to enhance competitiveness and efficiency

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada | February 19, 2022

Precision agriculture tools are helping farmers better manage their operations and become more efficient. These new types of technology are supporting farmers in their efforts to preserve valuable resources while providing more protection against diseases and insects. With the AgriInnovate program, under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the Government of Canada is providing repayable contributions for projects that aim to accelerate the commercialization, adoption and/or demonstration of innovative products, technologies, processes or services that increase agri-sector competitiveness and sustainability. Today, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau announced up to $875,000 to Ukko Agro Inc. to support the development of an analytics platform to aid in better controlling diseases and insects in various crops. This highly innovative platform would provide decision makers a up to seven days heads up on field-level spray recommendations to proactively manage risks to crops, improve food production sustainability, and increase yield. This investment will help advance the cutting-edge technology that modern farm operations need to enhance efficiency and yields. By bringing more of this technology to the marketplace, agricultural technology companies such as Ukko Agro Inc. are ensuring Canada remains a leader in the precision agriculture market. The Government of Canada remains committed to investing in innovative precision agriculture tools as a fundamental way to help the Canadian agricultural sector grow and remain competitive. Quotes "Canadian farmers rely on cutting-edge science and research to ensure the sustainable development of their businesses. Our commitment to funding the latest agricultural technologies helps them not only feed a growing population and protect the environment, but also grow. Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, we support projects that help strengthen the development of Canadian agriculture." The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food "The team at Ukko Agro is very thankful to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for supporting us in commercializing our predictive analytics platform, ForeSite. In addition to the government support, Ukko is actively working with other agri-businesses to integrate its predictive analytics capability with their farm management systems to help farmers make proactive agronomic and operational decisions. We look forward to working with our partners and the government to advance data-based decision making in agriculture." - Ketan Kaushish, CEO, Ukko Agro Inc. Quick Facts The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a $3 billion, five-year (2018-2023) investment by federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments to strengthen and grow Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector. Ukko Agro Inc. is an ag-tech company located in Toronto, Ontario. The company's objective is to bring field proven innovation in agriculture sciences from research labs to farmers in an easy to use, cost-effective way.

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