Public hearing set to address future of WIS 23 in Sheboygan County

Wisconsin Department of Transportation | December 01, 2016

(Sheboygan County) The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region office announces a public hearing has been scheduled for designation of WIS 23 as a freeway from County P west of the city of Plymouth to WIS 32 in the city of Sheboygan Falls in Sheboygan County. The public is encouraged to attend the hearing, review the study’s exhibits and displays, and provide written or verbal testimony. Hearing attendees can provide private verbal testimony and written testimony beginning at 5 p.m. A brief presentation of the WIS 23 freeway designation and corridor preservation study begins at 5:30 p.m.

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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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GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

Insight Partners Announces Government Advisory Board to Advise Insight and Help software leaders solve government's technological challenges

Insight Partners | June 27, 2022

Global software investor Insight Partners announced the establishment of its Government Advisory Board, a group of government and defense leaders whose combined expertise will provide a valuable, actionable network for Insight's portfolio of software startup and ScaleUp companies. With a 25+ year legacy of investing in software, Insight Partners already has a long history of investing in government across federal, defense, state, and local sectors (including K12). The Government Advisory Board will advise Insight Partners about important public sector investment opportunities and risks, and bring their deep experience to the broad set of portfolio companies that are working with government customers. The government, across all sectors, needs the next generation of great software companies to better serve constituents, modernize government, and deliver services more effectively and securely. With investments in companies from all corners of the globe, Insight has always maintained a belief that great software companies can originate from anywhere, and with the right strategic partner, expand rapidly into new markets. The Government Advisory Board allows Insight to bring the perspectives of former government leaders to provide strategic counsel to portfolio companies—so they can be better equipped to support government agencies across a range of important missions. Insight Partners' Government Advisory Board is made up of preeminent leaders with many decades of experience in the U.S. government, including: Secretary Ash Carter, the 25th United States Secretary of Defense, and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Honorable Sue Gordon, former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, former Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and career Central Intelligence Agency official. Lieutenant General (ret.) Jack Shanahan, former Director of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), and first Director of the Algorithmic Warfare Cross- Functional Team (Project Maven). Essye Miller, former Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer and CISO of the U.S. Department of Defense. Honorable Dr. Will Roper, former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, and founding Director of the Pentagon's Strategic Capabilities Office. Nicole Wong, former Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer in the Obama Administration, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Google, Twitter's Legal Director for Products, and inaugural member of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Advisory Committee. General (ret.) Joe Votel, former Commander of Central Command (CENTCOM) and Special Operations Command (SOCOM), and President and CEO of Business Executives for National Security (BENS). We're honored to launch a Government Advisory Board of leaders who bring a diverse set of experiences across government and administrations at the most senior levels. They are passionate about supporting entrepreneurs and believe commercial software is key to modernizing government in its important missions. Insight believes there is significantly more opportunity to invest in the software solutions transforming the government sector, and the Government Advisory Board has the opportunity to shape and strengthen our success as we continue to scale up in government and defense." Richard Wells, Managing Director at Insight Partners "The ability of the United States government to deliver on its important missions—from national defense to Veterans health care to local K12 education—increasingly rests on government agencies being able to find, try, and use great commercial software," said Secretary Ash Carter. "That's why I rebuilt the Defense Department's links closer to the proverbial Silicon Valley when I was Secretary of Defense—via the creation of the Defense Innovation Unit, Defense Digital Services, and the Defense Innovation Board—and why I'm so dedicated to working with Insight Partners and their portfolio of leading software companies." "I'm enthusiastic about the opportunity to work with these accomplished, inspiring colleagues at Insight Partners to help companies advance their capabilities and the government achieve its aims," said Sue Gordon. "After my experiences running two AI 'startups' in the Department of Defense, I am honored to join my esteemed colleagues on Insight Partners' government advisory board," said Lt General (ret.) Jack Shanahan. "We are excited by the opportunity to work closely with Insight Partners in their quest to find the country's best technology companies and help solve the government's most pressing challenges." "Insight Partners is very thoughtful and deliberate in identifying companies with innovative solutions and helping them scale to meet the critical needs of our nation and the world. I am excited to partner with the other amazing Government Advisory Board members to support Insight," said Essye Miller. "Digital technology is driving the world at an accelerated rate. Yet the U.S. government keeps falling further behind. I'm very excited to work with Insight Partners' to navigate challenges of working with the government at software speeds," said Will Roper. "Government—as a customer, funder, and regulator—needs to be working with the best software companies, to promote economic growth, fairness, and innovation," said Nicole Wong. "I'm delighted to join the Insight Partners Government Advisory Board, and am excited to work with the team at Insight and the word-class entrepreneurs they support." "I am really excited to work with Insight Partners as they try to help these highly innovative companies that are so important to helping the US maintain its competitive edge," said General (ret.) Joe Votel. About Insight Partners Insight Partners is a global software investor partnering with high-growth technology, software, and Internet startup and ScaleUp companies that are driving transformative change in their industries. As of February 24, 2022, the closing of the firm's recent fundraise, Fund XII, brings Insight Partners' regulatory assets under management to over $90B. Insight Partners has invested in more than 600 companies worldwide and has seen over 55 portfolio companies achieve an IPO. Headquartered in New York City, Insight has offices in London, Tel Aviv, and Palo Alto. Insight's mission is to find, fund, and work successfully with visionary executives, providing them with practical, hands-on software expertise to foster long-term success. Insight Partners supports great software leaders at all stages of their growth journey, from first investment to IPO.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

SDI Presence Announces Enhanced Advisory Services Delivery Model and Practice Leadership Promotions

SDI Presence LLC | May 16, 2022

SDI Presence LLC (SDI), an IT consultancy and managed services provider (MSP), announces the update of its technology-focused delivery model to best meet the changing needs of its government technology clients. These new positions – along with a new team structure and expanded delivery methodologies – will allow SDI to better share our depth of knowledge in government enterprise technologies by leveraging our broad experience working with municipalities, special districts, counties, and state government agencies." Jonathan Gair, Vice President of Operations at SDI Presence SDI's shift toward a horizontally focused practice model is designed to best position the firm's subject matter expertise to directly impact customer value. Issues with designing, configuring, and testing systems tend to re-occur across technology partners, leading to frustration, inefficiencies, and sometimes flawed deployments. With its new model, SDI is positioning its expert Practice Leads to deliver industry-specific and well-honed methodologies, content, test cases, and design planning services, supported by the SDI consultant team. "SDI is growing," Jonathan Gair added. "We did not want to lose sight of what makes us unique: our local presence. Now, our directors will be more available to help clients improve services, while our practice leads maintain ownership of the day-to-day project oversight role." To lead this enhanced Advisory practice, SDI has promoted four experienced SDI personnel to the newly created positions of Practice Leads, with each serving as the leader of a specific technology area: IT Strategic Planning: Project Manager Lee Curtis will build on his over 40 years of experience leading over 50 IT Strategic Plans and Assessments, and previous experience as a public sector IT Director and CIO. Land Management Systems (LMS): Project Manager Rick Keyes, a 30-year veteran who specializes in IT and vendor management with state governments and holds PMP and Prosci OCM certifications, will lead the Land Management System (LMS) practice. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP): Project Managers David Gougis and Wendell Yacur will co-lead SDI's ERP practice, building on their combined half century of experience working as advisors to the public sector space. Wendell Yacur is a 30-year IT professional with a focus on management consulting for state governments, while David Gougis has more than 30 years of experience in both technology and finance consulting and as held Lead roles for public sector agencies. Supporting each Lead will be a regionally focused Director of Operations that is dedicated to client success. "I truly believe that Rick, Lee, David and Wendell represent one of the strongest, most experienced teams available to organizations," said Hardik Bhatt, President and Chief Growth Office of SDI Presence. "Their backgrounds in procurements, implementations and strategic planning make them subject matter experts in systems that often touch all departments within an organization, meaning they can help facilitate even the toughest, most challenging projects." These promotions occur as SDI Presence is seeing substantial growth in its government and utilities practices. Seasoned cloud and IT managed services industry leaders Hardik Bhatt, Prasad Alavilli, and Sunil Thomas recently joined SDI, as the firm aggressively builds out legacy IT modernization solutions. In 2021, SDI announced that the firm secured an infusion of private equity capital with Abry Partners, a Boston, Massachusetts-based private equity firm, to fund its growth. About SDI Presence LLC SDI Presence LLC is an IT consultancy and managed services provider (MSP) that leverages its strong team presence to advance our clients to a secure digital enterprise. With a 25-year corporate resume, SDI delivers strategic managed services, IT consulting, and hybrid infrastructure solutions to optimize our clients' technology environments. SDI is a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), with a portfolio of clients that includes some of the nation's largest airports, utilities, commercial real estate portfolios, and government agencies.

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GOVERNMENT FINANCE

Qmulos Announces Strategic Growth Investment from PSG

Qmulos | May 23, 2022

Qmulos, a pioneering cybersecurity software and professional services firm driving the Converged Continuous Compliance revolution in enterprise security, compliance and risk management automation, today announced a strategic growth investment from PSG, a leading growth equity firm partnering with software and technology-enabled services companies to help accelerate their growth. Financial terms were not disclosed. In today’s cybersecurity environment, agencies and enterprises are facing countless security threats amidst a growing array of regulatory requirements. Qmulos leverages full-cycle, data-centric compliance automation to assist public-sector agencies, government contractors and commercial enterprises to enable initiatives to transform inefficient and ineffective legacy processes into modern, streamlined risk management programs capable of dealing with the complex and evolving global cyber risk challenges. Leveraging diverse sources of enterprise security and compliance data through its partnership with Splunk, a leading big data security analytics platform, Qmulos supports evidence-based risk management decisions by providing real-time insights on overall enterprise risk posture. The Qmulos platform enables customers to continuously monitor security controls to meet compliance requirements across a wide spectrum of regulatory frameworks, including but not limited to: NIST CSF (National Institute of Standards and Technology Cyber Security Framework) and NIST SP 800-53 CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification) HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley Act) ICS 500-27 (Intelligence Community Standard for Enterprise Audit) In the federal ecosystem, the Qmulos automated compliance technology has proven to be valuable for both government agencies and their partners in ensuring adherence to critical security compliance regulations, most notably NIST and CMMC. In the private sector, a growing list of enterprises are relying on the Qmulos platform to drive timely and accurate risk visibility while reducing time-to-compliance lag and increasing their competitive advantage through accelerated third-party risk accreditation. We’re proud to offer a solution to improve operational security while simplifying time-consuming and costly IT compliance tasks. We look forward to partnering with PSG as we aim to serve more organizations with a commitment to continuing the evolution of our platform to meet our customers’ dynamic needs.” Matt Coose, Founder and CEO of Qmulos “Today’s challenging risk landscape and regulatory environment underscores the clear need for innovation in security and compliance. We believe that Qmulos’ ability to monitor controls in an automated and continuous manner ultimately creates a more secure environment while creating significant operational efficiencies for its customers,” said Rick Essex, Managing Director at PSG. “We’re thrilled to partner with Matt and the rest of Qmulos’ talented team as they continue to address the significant opportunity to shape the future of risk management.” “From our point of view, companies and institutions must begin the transition away from traditional, manually intensive and often error-prone compliance programs,” commented Bill Ballhaus, Senior Advisor1 to PSG. “We believe Qmulos’ technology provides a predictive, data-forward solution to aid this transition, and we’re excited to work with the team to bring this solution suite to a broader range of security professionals.” AGC Partners served as financial advisor to Qmulos, and Foley and Lardner LLP served as legal advisor to the company, with additional support from Badger CPA and Aronson LLC. Latham & Watkins served as legal advisor to PSG and Ernst & Young served as the firm’s financial advisor. About Qmulos Qmulos is a pioneering integrated compliance, security and risk management automation provider delivering the innovative power of Converged Continuous Compliance through its flagship Q-Compliance and Q-Audit technology platforms. Qmulos enables organizations to achieve high compliance confidence while delivering a powerful and engaging compliance experience across all functions and phases of the enterprise compliance lifecycle. Founded in 2012, Qmulos works with public and private sector enterprises to empower and accelerate their strategic transformation towards automated continuous monitoring and real-time risk visibility across nearly all systems, all Splunk-compatible data sources, and current and emerging cybersecurity and professional services compliance requirements. About PSG PSG is a growth equity firm that partners with software and technology-enabled services companies to help them navigate transformational growth, capitalize on strategic opportunities and build strong teams. Having backed more than 100 companies and facilitated over 400 add-on acquisitions, PSG brings extensive investment experience, deep expertise in software and technology, and a firm commitment to collaborating with management teams. Founded in 2014, PSG operates out of offices in Boston, Kansas City, London, Paris, Madrid and Tel-Aviv.

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