StackRox Kubernetes Security Platform Certified as a Standard Security and Compliance Platform in DoD's Hardened Container Repository

StackRox | October 17, 2020

StackRox, the leader in container and Kubernetes security, today announced that the StackRox Kubernetes Security Platform has received accreditation from Iron Bank (formerly known as Department of Defense Centralized Artifacts Repository (DCAR)) as part of the DoD's Enterprise DevSecOps Initiative. The DoD is implementing the Enterprise DevSecOps Initiative to enable agencies to develop applications more rapidly and in a more secure manner to increase the warfighter's competitive advantage. The StackRox Kubernetes Security Platform has been certified for compliance with the DoD Enterprise DevSecOps Container Hardening guide and accredited for use by the DoD to enable automated testing and container security.

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Octo Develops Data Mesh Solution for Federal Government Organizations

Octo | June 23, 2022

Octo announces its new data mesh solution for federal clients seeking to accelerate the pace of innovation and realize greater mission value from their data analytics investments. Octo's solution fulfills increasing demands for trustworthy analytics data at scale by embracing an innovative, new approach to data management based on the principles of domain data ownership, managing data as a product, self-service infrastructure as a data platform, and federated, computational data governance. Federal government organizations are large-scale and complex, and they are operating in an increasingly volatile, uncertain landscape. Our data mesh solution helps federal clients to simplify data discovery and speed analytical insights and machine learning model development to sustain agility and respond gracefully in the face of constant change." Cindy Walker, Octo's Vice President of Data Center of Excellence Building on the 'data as a product' principle, the data mesh solution delivers outcomes that increase data value and mission agility by helping agencies embrace product thinking and manage data as a product. Sujey Edwards, Chief Technology Officer for Octo said, "We are excited to be at the forefront of this solution for our federal customers, providing more control over data. In this model, the data becomes a useable product and reduces dependency on others. It is essentially decentralized data management focused on organizational change for the future." Octo is using oLabs, its cutting-edge R&D facility in Reston, Virginia, to address customers' most pressing issues with innovative emerging technology solutions in real time. About Octo Octo is a technology firm dedicated to solving the Federal Government's most complex challenges, enabling agencies to jump the technology curve. We don't just modernize. We create lasting change through best practices that help agencies implement and integrate at-scale next-generation technology and innovation. With a mission and service first mentality, we provide Agile, DevSecOps, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Blockchain, Cloud, Open Source, and Data Science solutions, collaborating to solve customers' pressing problems. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Octo delivers proven technology vital to the intelligence community and health care, defense, national security, and civilian agencies that directly impact our nation.

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CISA, FBI, NSA, and International Partners issue advisory on Demonstrated Threats and Capabilities of Russian State-Sponsored and Cyber Criminal

CISA | April 22, 2022

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National Security Agency (NSA), Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (CCCS), National Cyber Security Centre New Zealand (NZ NCSC), and the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC-UK) and National Crime Agency (NCA), with contributions from industry members of the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative, issued a joint Cybersecurity Advisory on Russian state-sponsored and criminal cyber threats to critical infrastructure that could impact organizations both within and beyond Ukraine. It is the most comprehensive view of the cyber threat posed by Russia to critical infrastructure released by government cyber experts since the invasion of Ukraine in February. The advisory provides technical details on malicious cyber operations by actors from the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), and Russian Ministry of Defense, Central Scientific Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics. It also includes details on Russian-aligned cyber threat groups and cybercrime groups. Some of these cybercrime groups have recently publicly pledged support for the Russian government and have threatened to conduct cyber operations in retaliation for perceived cyber offensives against Russia or against countries or organizations providing materiel support to Ukraine. The advisory recommends several immediate actions for all organizations to take to protect their networks, which include: Prioritize patching of known exploited vulnerabilities; Enforce multifactor authentication; Monitor remote desktop protocol (RDP); and Provide end-user awareness and training We know that malicious cyber activity is part of the Russian playbook. We also know that the Russian government is exploring options for potential cyberattacks against U.S. critical infrastructure. Today’s cybersecurity advisory released jointly by CISA and our interagency and international partners reinforces the demonstrated threat and capability of Russian state-sponsored and Russian aligned cyber-criminal groups to our Homeland. We urge all organizations to review the guidance in this advisory shields-up for continually updated information on how to protect yourself and your business.” Jen Easterly, CISA Director "The FBI is focused on exposing and disrupting malicious cyber activity by Russia against our allies and our own networks," said Bryan Vorndran, FBI Cyber Division Assistant Director. "We are working alongside our federal and international partners to quickly share information that helps private industry as well as the public to better protect and defend their systems from these threats. We will continue to investigate these malicious threat actors through our unique authorities and hold them accountable for their actions.” “Threats to critical infrastructure remain very real," said Rob Joyce, NSA Cybersecurity Director. "The Russia situation means you must invest and take action.” “Recent intelligence and historic instances of destructive cyber attacks indicate now is the time for organisations to improve their cyber security posture,” said Abigail Bradshaw, Head, Australian Cyber Security Centre. “In particular, critical infrastructure organisations should act now to raise defences, not wait until being attacked. The ACSC stands ready to support its critical infrastructure partners in responding to the threats we face - by raising their awareness of the threat, sharing indicators of compromise, and providing technical mitigation advice.” “Russia has significant cyber capabilities and a demonstrated history of using them irresponsibly, and state-sponsored malicious cyber activity is a real risk to organizations around the world,” said Sami Khoury, Head, Canadian Centre for Cyber Security. “By joining alongside our partners in releasing today’s joint advisory, the Communications Security Establishment and its Canadian Centre for Cyber Security continue to support making threat information more publicly available, while providing specific advice and guidance to help protect against these kinds of risks.” “We are currently seeing an increased potential for cyber-attacks on critical infrastructures which may have a serious impact, even for countries and organisations not directly targeted,” said Lisa Fong, Director of New Zealand’s National Cyber Security Centre. “Organisations should take the opportunity to consider their security posture, understand their critical systems and risks – including across their supply chain – and exercise readiness. This joint advisory with our partners provides organisations with important information which will help them to build their cyber resilience by identifying and mitigating risks they face.” “In this period of heightened cyber threat, it has never been more important to plan and invest in longer-lasting security measures,” said Lindy Cameron, NCSC CEO. “It is vital that all organisations accelerate plans to raise their overall cyber resilience, particularly those defending our most critical assets. The NCSC continues to collaborate with our international and law enforcement partners to provide organisations with timely actionable advice to give them the best chance of preventing cyber-attacks, wherever they come from.” “Cyber attacks have evolved and increased in scale and severity over recent years, with the criminal groups behind them targeting the critical infrastructure of countries around the world,” said Rob Jones, NCA Director General for Cyber. “The NCA leads the UK law enforcement response to this threat, working with a range of international partners to investigate cyber criminals and disrupt the services they rely on. It is vital that organisations help bolster this response by enhancing cyber resilience and reporting any incidents of cyber crime to the authorities, to allow timely mitigation of further attacks.” Because evolving intelligence indicates that the Russian government is exploring options for potential cyberattacks, the cybersecurity authorities are providing this robust advisory with several resources and mitigations that can help the cybersecurity community protect against possible cyber threats from these adversarial groups. Executives, leaders, and network defenders are urged to implement recommendations to prepare for and mitigate the varied cyber threats listed in the Cybersecurity Advisory here. All organizations should share information about incidents and unusual cyber activity with their respective cybersecurity authorities. When cyber incidents are reported quickly, it can contribute to stopping further attacks. About CISA As the nation’s cyber defense agency, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) leads the national effort to understand, manage, and reduce risk to the digital and physical infrastructure Americans rely on every hour of every day.

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GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

Inmarsat Government LAISR Wins 2022 MSUA Satellite Mobile Innovation Award

Inmarsat Governmen | March 23, 2022

Inmarsat Government, the leading provider of secure, global, mission-critical telecommunications to the U.S. government, is the recipient of a 2022 Satellite Mobile Innovation Award from the Mobile Satellite User Association (MSUA). The company was honored in the “Aerospace Mobile Innovation” category for its L-Band Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (LAISR) service. This year’s recognition marks the sixth time in seven years that Inmarsat was selected as a winner of this prestigious award. LAISR joins Inmarsat’s Arctic payloads – GX10A & GX10B – Global Xpress, LACE II, L-TAC and WiSL in the list of the company’s innovations that MSUA has recognized with this prestigious award. Inmarsat Government, a wholly owned subsidiary of Inmarsat, developed the LAISR capability in response to U.S. government requirements for cost-effective high-speed beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) global connectivity for small-aperture aero platforms. With LAISR, airborne users can receive and return large quantities of video and sensor data at rates as high as 3 Mbps, while simultaneously maintaining the reliability, ease of use and low cost of adoption that is provided by the ELERA worldwide space and ground network. LAISR is delivered via low-profile, small form-factor ultralightweight terminals that maximize aviation platform range and reduce signatures. The compact size and low weight of these terminals make them ideal for smaller Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Inmarsat’s team prides itself on delivering innovative solutions that meet our customers current and future needs – and LAISR is a testament to our commitment to the U.S. government market. Every innovation is designed with our customers and their missions in mind so that they can operate with confidence.” Steve Gizinski, President, Inmarsat Government About Inmarsat Government The U.S. government has relied on and trusted Inmarsat satellite services since 1979. Inmarsat Government continues to deliver the world’s most advanced global, mobile satellite communication services to U.S. defense, intelligence, homeland security, public safety and civilian agencies, with highly reliable, secure and affordable connectivity. Built with government users in mind, Inmarsat Government provides resilient, flexible capabilities to complement government satellite resources, anytime, anywhere. Leveraging an industry-leading scalable multiband network infrastructure, Inmarsat Government offers a suite of managed network services and end-to-end communication solutions to support users on land, at sea and in the air, even in the world's most remote regions. Headquartered in Reston, VA, Inmarsat Government is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Inmarsat Group Holdings Limited. About Inmarsat Inmarsat is the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications. It owns and operates the world’s most diverse global portfolio of mobile telecommunications satellite networks, and holds a multi-layered, global spectrum portfolio, covering L-band, Ka-band and S-band, enabling unparalleled breadth and diversity in the solutions it provides. Inmarsat’s long-established global distribution network includes not only the world’s leading channel partners but also its own strong direct retail capabilities, enabling end to end customer service assurance. The company has an unrivalled track record of operating the world’s most reliable global mobile satellite telecommunications networks, sustaining business and mission critical safety & operational applications for more than 40 years. It is also a major driving force behind technological innovation in mobile satellite communications, sustaining its leadership through a substantial investment and a powerful network of technology and manufacturing partners. Inmarsat operates across a diversified portfolio of sectors with the financial resources to fund its business strategy and holds leading positions in the Maritime, Government, Aviation and Enterprise satcoms markets, operating consistently as a trusted, responsive and high-quality partner to its customers across the globe.

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GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

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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