Cardinality.ai | January 19, 2022
Cardinality.ai, a data technology group helping government agencies achieve better outcomes through artificial intelligence (AI) solutions announced a new OEM partnership with MicroStrategy (Nasdaq: MSTR). As a leading worldwide provider of enterprise analytics, MicroStrategy will deliver AI powered insights to Citizens, Caseworkers, and Policy leaders at scale.
The partnership is a continuation of Cardinality's strategy to offer complete, configurable, AI embedded solutions that can be implemented easily by government agencies. This has been a key focus for Cardinality CEO, Thiag Loganathan. "Our mission is to make it easy for government technology leaders to modernize fast and for policy leaders to continuously improve citizen outcomes," said Loganathan.
The partnership will deliver AI powered insights to Citizens, Caseworkers, and Policy Leaders at speed and scale. With MicroStrategy's proven capability of delivering analytics and productivity applications to the enterprise, Government agencies will secure trusted apps and insights as part of Cardinality SaaS solutions.
According to Kevin Jones, COO of Cardinality.ai and NASCIO Technology Champion in 2020, "The partnership with MicroStrategy will accelerate our mission of enabling government workers to deliver citizen services effectively. Cardinality's solutions of embedded actionable, AI-driven insights and recommendations for all operational workflows will be powered by MicroStrategy. ClearCycle disbursement technology systems and MicroStrategy partnerships will add best-in-class financials and data management capabilities to our AI case management and population management solutions, making it easier for government leaders to implement a completely configurable solution faster with significantly reduced risk."
Rick "Ozzie" Nelson, Senior Vice President, Public Sector at MicroStrategy Incorporated added, "MicroStrategy highly values its OEM partnerships, and we are thrilled to team with Cardinality.ai to deliver premier solutions to help our government partners meet their mission and business objectives."
Cardinality helps government agencies achieve better social and economic outcomes through intuitive, AI cloud-based solutions. Founded in 2017 by four serial entrepreneurs and a team of data specialists, the company has one goal: impact a billion lives. And it's already on its way—Cardinality solutions are being used by multiple agencies in the states of Indiana and Maryland. Their suite of solutions is built specifically for the workforce, health, and human services leveraging its modern AI Case Management, CRM, ERP, RedBird AI, and Low-Code platform, so that agencies can modernize existing systems up to 50% faster than other low-code platforms and 200% faster than custom or unproven solutions.
Cardinality has been recognized as a GovTech 100 company in 2020, 2021, and 2022 and as the SaaSBOOMi vertical SaaS startup of 2020. For more information, please visit www.cardinality.ai.
About MicroStrategy Incorporated
MicroStrategy is the largest independent publicly-traded analytics and business intelligence company. The MicroStrategy analytics platform is consistently rated as the best in enterprise analytics and is used by many of the world's most admired brands in the Fortune Global 500. We pursue two corporate strategies: (1) grow our enterprise analytics software business to promote our vision of Intelligence Everywhere and (2) acquire and hold bitcoin, which we view as a dependable store of value supported by a robust, public, opensource architecture untethered to sovereign monetary policy.
Ardalyst | March 02, 2022
Following a series of high-profile cyber breaches, the Biden administration issued an Executive Order (EO) in May 2021 to strengthen cybersecurity across the federal government. In February 2022, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released the "Moving the U.S. Government Toward Zero Trust Security Principles" memo. It lays out strategic goals to move the federal government to a Zero Trust Architecture and requires agencies to develop a plan to implement zero trust architecture with each agency being required to designate a Zero Trust lead.
Ardalyst is proud to announce a concerted effort – relying on collaboration with partners at Mandiant and Microsoft – to deliver an All-Threat™ Strategy approach to Zero Trust Architectures as a means of assisting government agencies and federal contractors in achieving cyber resiliency.
This effort will establish a Zero Trust-based security system, recognizing that security systems themselves can be breached.
The EO makes clear that Zero Trust tenets will be built into any software the federal government acquires or that its contractors use. The EO mandates a review of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to accomplish that. Changes to FAR and likewise, DFARS, mean that to continue to do business with the DoD, defense contractors will need to incorporate Zero Trust Architecture into their communication and collaboration platforms.
Agencies are now required to achieve specific zero trust security goals by the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2024. It applies across the five pillars – Identity, Devices, Network, Applications and Data.
The Ardalyst All-Threat™ Zero-Trust Architecture is an intelligence-led approach to protecting your organization against all tiers of cyber threats in an assumed hostile environment.
The All-Threat offering is a wholistic approach that integrates inferred system-integrity checks and balances between Microsoft's Zero Trust Architecture, Endpoint Security and Mandiant's Threat Intelligence to create a layered security environment that is resilient against different tiers of adversarial threats.
Ardalyst is based in Annapolis, Md. By partnering with our customers to truly understand their unique environment and cybersecurity posture, Ardalyst leverages decades of experience and expertise in cyber operations and resiliency engineering to deliver a comprehensive cybersecurity program that is cost-effective, aligned to your mission and guaranteed to meet your compliance requirements. We replace uncertainty with understanding.
OmniSync | February 25, 2022
OmniSync Incorporated announces the successful completion of the period of performance under its second innovation contract from the US Air Force, fully meeting the objectives of both contracts.
OmniSync is a San Diego-based high-growth tech startup that uses a combination of AI/ML-powered research tools, process workflow automation, and services to help democratize access to government grant and contract funds. Its flagship product, TurboSBIR is used by hundreds of deep tech and life science startups to access Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants and contracts to fund their product development pipelines.
The company itself has now been awarded two innovation contracts from the US Air Force's AFWERX SBIR/STTR program – these are highly competitive awards that encourage the development of innovative dual-use technologies that while solving an important defense need, also have commercialization potential. With its previous innovation contract for matching teams and capabilities with defense needs progressing towards later Phases of development and implementation, OmniSync recently completed execution on its second contract, awarded for streamlining a crucial part of the contract creation/solicitation process itself.
"Federal grant and contract systems are largely opaque on both sides of the table – most applicants are unaware of how to position their capability to solve or contribute to a government need or focus area, while government grant makers and contract creators' awareness of market capabilities and state-of-the-art is limited by historic contractor engagements and information submitted by a biased pool of repeat applicants. OmniSync intends to make requirement-research, grant/contract solicitation, application, awarding and acquisition processes more objective, data-driven, rapid, and cost-efficient."
Dr. Rupak Doshi, CEO of OmniSync Incorporated
As a requirement of the AFWERX SBIR/STTR Phase I contracts, awardees are meant to engage in technical feasibility studies that result in securing interest from an Air Force stakeholder to serve as a potential customer for later Phases of development and implementation. OmniSync has successfully received signed interest from several distinct stakeholders for both projects that are now advancing to later Phases.
OmniSync's success in the SBIR/STTR program follows its successful fundraise from venture capital investors. The company is backed by the ex-Googler founded venture studio, Launch Factory, and premier accelerators, Capital Factory and EvoNexus. Read more about OmniSync.
MeriTalk | May 06, 2022
Ninety-one percent of Federal cybersecurity decision-makers say the 2021 Executive Order (EO) on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity has made U.S. data and critical infrastructure safer, but just 28 percent say significantly safer, according to Impact Assessment: Cyber EO Year One, a new study from MeriTalk, a public-private partnership focused on improving the outcomes of government information technology (IT).
The report explores perspectives on progress against Cyber EO goals, identifies what successful agencies do differently, and finds the fault lines where agency cyber leaders say they need more help to succeed. Most Federal cyber decision-makers (78 percent) agree the steps outlined in the Cyber EO are necessary to protect our nation. Implementing software supply chain security and migrating to a zero-trust architecture are the two most important factors for national cybersecurity, the research highlights.
And, while just 15 percent have seen tangible improvements because of EO efforts to date, a significant portion expects to see an impact within the next year.
Federal cyber leaders confirm initial progress in areas including vulnerability detection, software supply chain security, vulnerability response, and investigative and remediation capabilities. Just over half confirm IT management and staff are placing increased priority on cybersecurity, and just over half are collecting more cyber data than in the past. But, across the board, progress against EO goals is still in the early stages. Fewer than half rate their agencies’ progress against key EO goals as “excellent.” For example, 36 percent rate progress toward creating a formal strategy as excellent; 34 percent rate progress toward investing in endpoint detection and response (EDR) as excellent; and, 33 percent rate progress migrating to secure cloud solutions, as excellent.
When asked about the importance of zero trust, 82 percent agree that allocating staff and budget resources to zero trust is vital to national security and almost all, 96 percent, agree the Federal zero trust strategy is somewhat or very helpful. Despite the high priority, just 30 percent of Federal cyber decision-makers rate their zero trust progress as “excellent” and many, 67 percent, say the EO’s three-year window for implementing a zero trust architecture is not realistic.
Zero Trust is the gold standard for cybersecurity, so we're encouraged to see the EO is prioritizing that approach. In addition, cloud-native endpoint detection and response capabilities can significantly strengthen the cybersecurity posture for the federal government, especially when integrated with other security capabilities including identity security, threat intelligence, and managed threat hunting. These concepts have become cybersecurity best practices for the private sector’s most technologically advanced businesses, and we encourage the public sector to continue to embrace these technologies and strategies.”
Drew Bagley, vice president and counsel for Privacy and Cyber Policy, CrowdStrike
“Getting to zero trust is not easy. The detail provided in the multi-step guidance from OMB provides a path, but there is no single box you can buy to meet the varied needs of the five zero trust pillars,” says Stephen Kovac, Chief Compliance Officer and Head of Global Government Affairs, Zscaler. “You need multiple solutions from varying vendors that work together with seamless integration to achieve true zero trust – it is a team sport. OMB has done a good job in helping to define those rules, with rule one being to keep users off the network. If they can’t reach you, they can’t breach you.”
Funding is another roadblock. Just 14 percent report they have all funding needed to meet Cyber EO requirements. One-third say they have half, or less than half, of the funding needed.
“The sea change is the focus on comprehensive cyber resiliency,” says Nicole Burdette, principal, MeriTalk. “The EO provided direction, and Federal cyber leaders are now doing the hard work. But progress requires sustained funding and resource commitment. The research shows the gaps.”
“The U.S. federal government is taking important steps to improve the nation’s cybersecurity posture,” said Dave Levy, Vice President of U.S. Government, Nonprofit, and Healthcare at Amazon Web Services (AWS). “In the Cyber EO, the White House directs federal agencies to adopt security best practices, implement zero trust architectures, and accelerate migration to secure cloud services. Organizations of all sizes should consider similar principles and practices to enhance their cybersecurity and protect employees and sensitive data against cyberattack.”
What are the leaders doing differently? Cyber EO champions (leaders who give their agency’s EO progress an A) are predictably more likely than their peers to say they have all the funding they need. They are also more likely to have their chief information officer (CIO) leading their zero-trust implementation (67 percent to 28 percent).
When asked for perspectives on what’s needed to achieve cyber progress, the research identified the Federal wish list:
Workforce training and expertise
Stronger executive buy-in
Detailed direction from agency IT leadership
Centers of Excellence (COEs) in the government to lend expertise
Three-fourths of Federal cyber decision-makers also say the EO should have been more authoritative with private-sector directives.
The Impact Assessment: Cyber EO Year One report is based on an online survey of more than 150 Federal cybersecurity decision-makers familiar with their agencies’ cybersecurity initiatives, including zero trust strategies, in March 2022 and is underwritten by Amazon Web Services (AWS), CrowdStrike, and Zscaler. The report has a margin of error of ±7.7 percent at a 95 percent confidence level.
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