The Semiconductor Industry Association and the Semiconductor Research Corporation Releases a Preview of Their Upcoming Decadal Plan for Semiconductors

SIA | October 19, 2020

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) released a preview of their upcoming “Decadal Plan for Semiconductors,” a report outlining chip research and funding priorities over the next decade that will help strengthen U.S. semiconductor technology and spur growth in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, quantum computing, advanced wireless communications. The Decadal Plan, developed with contributions from a broad cross-section of leaders in academia, government, and industry, identifies five “seismic shifts” shaping the future of chip technology and calls for an annual $3.4 billion federal investment over the next decade to fund semiconductor R&D across these five areas.

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Maximus Moves Corporate Headquarters to New Location in Tysons, Virginia

Maximus | May 04, 2022

Maximus, a leading provider of government services worldwide, announced it has formally moved its corporate headquarters to Tysons, Virginia. The company’s new office space has been designed to move Maximus and its workforce into the future with state-of-the-art technology, community spaces, and workplace settings that foster collaboration, productivity and the wellbeing of all employees. The pandemic changed the way we perform work and the way we interact with colleagues. It reinforced the importance of technology as a vital tool for productivity and increased the value we place on flexibility. More importantly, it reminded us that change is constant.” Bruce Caswell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Maximus The company’s vision for the new headquarters was to cultivate an environment centered around a sense of community and a shared purpose reflective of its work. The new headquarters includes open-concept space, independent workspaces, and conference rooms with innovative technology such as digital whiteboards and smart screen touch apps. “Our new headquarters fulfills the vision of a home base where collaboration and innovation can flourish,” said Caswell. “In particular, we designed our new offices to meet the needs of our entire workforce. As we navigate a new approach to work in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want all Maximus employees — remote, hybrid and onsite — to have access to the same tools and experience to be successful. We are focused on solidifying the Maximus position as a leading employer that is agile, innovative, and future-ready.” The new Maximus headquarters, located at 1600 Tysons Boulevard in Tysons, Virginia, includes numerous features aimed at supporting employees' wellbeing, such as a café on every floor of the building and free healthy snacks, a fitness center with cardio and strength equipment, recharge rooms, open-concept floor plans with abundant natural lighting, and office equipment that adjusts to employees’ personal preferences and physical requirements. About Maximus Since 1975, Maximus has operated under its founding mission of Helping Government Serve the People, enabling citizens around the globe to successfully engage with their governments at all levels and across a variety of health and human services programs. Maximus delivers innovative business process management and technology solutions that contribute to improved outcomes for citizens and higher levels of productivity, accuracy, accountability, and efficiency of government-sponsored programs. With more than 35,000 employees worldwide, Maximus is a proud partner to government agencies in the United States, Australia, Canada, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

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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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Carahsoft Receives Exclusive 2022 BlackBerry NALA Distributor Partner of the Year Award at BlackBerry Partner Cybersecurity Sales

Carahsoft | April 19, 2022

Carahsoft Technology Corp., the Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider announced that it has been named the 2022 BlackBerry NALA Distributor of the Year. On April 5-6, 2022, BlackBerry hosted a virtual partner sales event with the theme “The Power of…”, which highlighted the power of partnership and vision, joint market opportunities, and technical strategy. The virtual event attracted more than 300 global solution providers, MSSPs, and distributors. We value our long-standing partnership with Blackberry and are honored to be named the Distributor Partner of the Year for North America and Latin America for 2022.” Michael Shrader, Vice President of Innovative and Intelligence Solutions at Carahsoft BlackBerry recognized winners in four categories, and three regions representing North America and Latin America; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); and Asia-Pacific (APAC). Award winners were selected from among the thousands of BlackBerry partners based on their commitment to innovation and differentiation of BlackBerry cybersecurity products and brand in the market. The award winners also align with BlackBerry’s strategy and commitment to driving exponential new business growth. “We are thrilled to honor these outstanding partners and extremely proud to work with the Carahsoft team to ensure our customers are both secure and protected amidst a threat landscape that continues to increase in both scale and complexity. We look forward to building on our shared success in the months and years to come.” Colleen McMillan, Vice President, Global Channel Sales, Cybersecurity. About Carahsoft Carahsoft Technology Corp. is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider, supporting Public Sector organizations across Federal, State and Local Government agencies and Education and Healthcare markets. As the Master Government Aggregator for our vendor partners, we deliver solutions for Cybersecurity, MultiCloud, DevSecOps, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Open Source, Customer Experience and Engagement, and more. Working with resellers, systems integrators and consultants, our sales and marketing teams provide industry leading IT products, services and training through hundreds of contract vehicles.

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Acalvio Autonomous Deception Technology Provides Advanced Cyber Security to The Department of Homeland Security

Acalvio Technologies | April 21, 2022

Acalvio Technologies, the leader in cyber deception, announced that the FedRamp Ready ShadowPlex platform has been added to the Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Approved Products List (APL). ShadowPlex enables government organizations to execute the three key aspects of adversarial engagement with operational efficiency: Detection: Rapidly detect adversary presence both on-premises and in cloud infrastructure Disruption: Derail and delay attacks Intelligence: Easily gather granular forensics of tactics, techniques, and procedures ShadowPlex leverages novel AI capabilities for both ease of use, by making deception autonomous, and effectiveness, by blending and customizing deception for every subnet and endpoint. Because it doesn’t require agents on production systems, ShadowPlex is low-risk to deploy but also produces high fidelity alerts. The solution was named a finalist in the RSAC Innovation Sandbox. The CISA Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Program is a dynamic approach to fortifying the cybersecurity of government networks and systems. The CDM Program provides cybersecurity tools, integration services, and dashboards to participating agencies to help them improve their respective security postures by delivering better visibility and awareness of their networks and defending against cyber adversaries. US Federal Agencies are under increased cyber threats, including state-sponsored cyber-attacks. Advanced Deception Technology is best suited to defeat these attacks. National Security Agency (NSA) article (The Next Wave, 2021) shows that about 78 percent of the attackers are detected by deception technology within 20 minutes of breaching the network. CISA, in the 2022 – 2026 Strategic Technology Roadmap, has specifically recommended deploying deception technologies within the next two years by all Federal and critical infrastructure (CI) stakeholders for Network Security management. Acalvio ShadowPlex provides a powerful new capability to detect and respond to advanced threats, even zero-day attacks. The addition of ShadowPlex to CDM APL makes it easier for Federal agencies to procure and deploy modern deception technology to combat sophisticated adversaries.” Ram Varadarajan, co-founder and CEO of Acalvio Technologies The inclusion in CDM APL adds to the FedRamp Ready status, SOC 2, and NIST 800-171 compliances achieved by Acalvio Technologies. About Acalvio Technologies Acalvio is the global leader in Active Defense solutions to combat cyberattacks. Its breakthrough Autonomous Deception technology is based on over 25 issued patents in Distributed Deception and advanced AI, to enable deployment of Active Defense that is effective, easy to use, and enterprise scale. Acalvio’s Autonomous Deception reduces attacker dwell time through early detection of advanced threats and increases Security Operations Center efficiency by utilizing sophisticated investigation and active threat-hunting capabilities. The Silicon Valley-based company’s solution serves Fortune 500 enterprises, U.S. government agencies, and marquee MSSPs.

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