Trump administration sees no loophole in new Huawei curb

Huawei | June 24, 2020

The U.S. government sees no loopholes in a new rule aimed at crimping global chip sales to China’s Huawei and will “aggressively” crack down on any bid to disobey the intent of the curb, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Tuesday. The rule, released in May, expands U.S. authority to require licenses for shipments of some foreign-made chips to the telecoms equipment giant. It was drafted after China hardliners in the administration became frustrated that Huawei’s blacklisting last year by the United States over national security concerns did not go far enough to cut off its access to global supplies.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

Cyara Awarded a Place on Crown Commercial Service’s G-Cloud 13

Cyara | November 14, 2022

Cyara, provider of the award-winning Automated Customer Experience (CX) Assurance Platform, today announced that it has been named as a supplier on Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) G-Cloud 13 agreement. Launching on 9th November, G-Cloud 13 will provide the UK central government departments and all other public sector bodies with a range of cloud hosting and software services, together with associated support services. Replacing G-Cloud 12, G-Cloud 13 builds upon its predecessor’s framework, providing the public sector with access to multiple suppliers and cloud services with the latest cloud technologies and innovations—all with a quick and easy route to market. Cyara can be found in Lot 2, Cloud Software (SaaS), and offers the following products and services: Cyara Botium for Public Sector - Conversational AI/Chatbot Testing Cyara Cruncher for Public Sector - CX Performance Testing Cyara Velocity for Public Sector - CX Regression Testing Cyara Pulse for Public Sector - CX Monitoring Organisations procuring Cyara’s services through G-Cloud 13 will benefit from its support with migration for any cloud contact centre provider — including Amazon Connect and Genesys Cloud. In addition, Cyara offers automated testing, monitoring, and quality assurance across omni-channel CX technologies, including IVRs and chatbots, ensuring organisations can provide a consistently smooth customer experience, whilst reducing cost. “The UK public sector faces twin challenges: it needs to cope with growing demand for services while at the same time prepare for significant budget cuts, Cloud-based contact centres and chatbots help meet these challenges, but only if they work optimally – otherwise they can negatively impact the citizen experience and end up wasting taxpayers' money. By automating testing and monitoring, Cyara’s CX assurance solutions remove these risks, helping service providers innovate faster, boost efficiency and ensure a high-quality experience for all their users.” -Alok Kulkarni, CEO and Co-Founder at Cyara. About Cyara’s Automated CX Assurance Platform: The award-winning Cyara Automated CX Assurance Platform enables companies to deliver better CX with less effort, cost, and risk. Cyara supports the entire CX software development lifecycle, from design to functional and regression testing, load testing, chatbot testing and production monitoring, ensuring enterprises can build flawless customer journeys across voice and digital channels. About Cyara: Cyara is the world’s leading Automated Customer Experience (CX) Assurance platform, headquartered in Silicon Valley. Cyara’s cloud-based omnichannel assurance solutions for voice quality and chatbot testing accelerate the delivery of flawless customer journeys for enterprises while reducing the risk of customer-facing defects. Every day, major global brands trust the Cyara Platform to deliver customer smiles at scale. About Crown Commercial Service: Crown Commercial Service (CCS) supports the public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services. In 2021/22, CCS helped the public sector to achieve commercial benefits equal to £2.8 billion – supporting world-class public services that offer best value for taxpayers.

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SES Government Solutions Changes Name to SES Space & Defense, Reflecting New Strategy and Capabilities

SES Space & Defense | December 12, 2022

SES Government Solutions (SES GS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, announced today that it will begin operating under the new name SES Space & Defense effective immediately. The name change comes after combining SES Government Solutions with the recently acquired DRS Global Enterprise Solutions (DRS GES). The SES Space & Defense brand reflects the organization’s new positioning and expanded offering serving the needs of the U.S. Government customers. Over the past four months, SES Space & Defense saw the appointment of its new leadership team, as well as the integration of capabilities that reflect the newly combined organization and differentiated value proposition. The company is focused on building, managing and supporting the most advanced satellite network solutions for the U.S. Government and Department of Defense (DoD). SES Space & Defense has been restructured to serve its customers across two integral markets - space and defense – by creating two business units, Space Initiatives and Defense Networks, to provide best-in-class satellite network solutions. The Space Initiatives unit targets fleet-centric projects leveraging SES's global multi-orbit satellite fleet, infrastructure, and assets. The Defense Networks unit is centered on multi-operator managed services and end-to-end mission-critical communications. SES Space & Defense’s customers will benefit from new integration capabilities with the addition of the Information & Communications Technology (ICT) Ecosystem and ICT Portal which provides a single pane glass view into network performance, as well as essential tools in cybersecurity. “This is a major milestone for us, and more importantly for our U.S. DoD customers, In August we consolidated two best-in-class organizations focused on the U.S. Government satellite communications needs, and we remain fully committed to providing innovative world-class space solutions to our most tactical customers. With SES Space & Defense as our new name, we would like our strategic vision and focus to come through brightly.” -SES Space & Defense President and CEO David Fields. About SES Space & Defense: SES Space & Defense is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, the leader in global content connectivity solutions, and is exclusively focused on building, managing, and supporting the most advanced satellite network solutions for the U.S. Government. SES Space & Defense leverages a proven multi-operator network integration and management capability, an extensive global terrestrial network, as well as access to SES’s multi-orbit satellite fleet. It also offers U.S. Department of Defense customers the essential tools in cybersecurity for mission-critical operations, coupled with a proven track record in governance and compliance. SES Space & Defense operates under a proxy board, enabling it to support classified projects, and it has been present in the U.S. Government satcom market for over four decades. About SES: SES has a bold vision to deliver amazing experiences everywhere on earth by distributing the highest quality video content and providing seamless connectivity around the world. As the leader in global content connectivity solutions, SES operates the world’s only multi-orbit constellation of satellites with the unique combination of global coverage and high performance, including the commercially-proven, low-latency Medium Earth Orbit O3b system. By leveraging a vast and intelligent, cloud-enabled network, SES is able to deliver high-quality connectivity solutions anywhere on land, at sea or in the air, and is a trusted partner to the world’s leading telecommunications companies, mobile network operators, governments, connectivity and cloud service providers, broadcasters, video platform operators and content owners. SES’s video network carries ~8,000 channels and has an unparalleled reach of 366 million households, delivering managed media services for both linear and non-linear content.

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Challenges with Data Weaken Cybersecurity Posture for Government Agencies

Splunk | December 15, 2022

Public sector organizations are more likely to struggle with leveraging data to detect and prevent threats than their private sector counterparts (63% to 49%), ultimately affecting their cybersecurity readiness. That’s according to a survey commissioned by Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK), the data platform leader for security and observability. The survey found two-thirds (66%) of public sector agencies have difficulties leveraging data to mitigate and recover from cybersecurity incidents and half (52%) of the sector have issues leveraging data to inform cybersecurity decisions. This visibility challenge was also relatively high within the private sector, sharing a similar majority opinion (56% and 50%), showcasing consistency across industries. Another area of concern, both private and public sector respondents noted disparate data sets inhibit agility and real-time response to security events (84% private sector and 56% of public sector). These data challenges also directly impact partnerships between the public and private sectors and their ability to share intelligence. For example, nearly half of public sector organizations (44%) believe the shared intelligence available to them is lacking for their cybersecurity needs. However, both public and private sector organizations agree on three benefits of intelligence sharing: Improved agility (36% public & 44% private) Greater visibility (32% public & 34% private) Targeted preventative and proactive measures (29% public & 23% private) There is also alignment on what is most important to share [insights or information on]: Threat intelligence and actors (69% public and 63% private) Real-time information on security events (60% public and 69% private) Cybersecurity training materials and best practices (79% public and 68% private) Benchmarked data (36% public and 31% private) In light of this, the public and private sectors share similar cybersecurity priorities, including: Improving threat response/remediation (55% public and 53% private) Improving detection of emerging threats (49% public and 47% private) Improving user security awareness (46% public and 50% private) “At the core, security is a data problem and organizations are missing a foundational piece of their security strategy when they cannot leverage their data, All organizations — both private and public — have a responsibility to citizens and customers to enable cyber resiliency and that can be done by having clear visibility and understanding of data. These shared challenges and priorities should translate into better threat intelligence sharing and security practices across all sectors.” -Bill Rowan, VP Public Sector, Splunk. When looking ahead, both public and private sector organizations plan a wide-array of investments to address these cybersecurity priorities. The top investments include: Monitoring/alerting (60% public and 59% private) Threat intelligence (44% public and 46% private), and Security assessments (40% public and 45% private) However, it is important to note private sector respondents are more likely to be planning investments in security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR), centralized log management, and observability. About Splunk, Inc: Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK) helps organizations around the world turn data into doing. Splunk technology is designed to investigate, monitor, analyze and act on data at any scale.

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Madison Dearborn Partners Forms Partnership with Former Dovel Technologies Executives to Pursue Investments in Government Tech & Tech-Enabled Service

Madison Dearborn Partners | December 05, 2022

Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”), a leading private equity firm based in Chicago, today announced the formation of a partnership with industry-veterans Damon Griggs and Jon Brooks to pursue investments in the federal government technology sector. The former Dovel Technologies (“Dovel”) executives have extensive industry expertise and an impressive track-record of delivering growth, which will complement MDP’s investment experience in the federal government technology and tech-enabled services market. “Damon and Jon bring a wealth of expertise and proven success building companies that provide valuable solutions for federal clients that will benefit MDP’s continued investment in the attractive market for government technology services, We look forward to partnering with Damon and Jon to identify businesses with significant growth potential that will benefit from the unique combination of Damon and Jon’s expertise and MDP’s deep industry knowledge and resources.” -Matt Norton, Managing Director and Head of MDP’s Business & Government Software and Services team. Griggs, who most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Dovel Technologies, brings more than 20 years of experience successfully leading and growing technology services companies. Under Griggs’ tenure as CEO, he oversaw the company’s transformation into a market leader in the federal health technology sector. In less than three years, Griggs more than doubled the firm’s annual revenues to approximately $450 million by expanding tech-enabled capabilities, broadening and enhancing relationships with customers, building a world-class leadership team and promoting employee growth and development. Dovel was sold to Guidehouse, a leading global management consultancy firm, in late 2021. Prior to Dovel, Griggs held leadership positions with several technology services providers including InScope International, Inc., Alion Science and Technology, and Washington Consulting, Inc. MDP shares Jon’s and my vision to build a new platform focused on delivering advanced technical capabilities to address the evolving demands of our federal customers, said Griggs. Jon and I are grateful for the opportunity to join MDP in this next chapter, as we identify highly-regarded businesses that are well-positioned to compete and win in the competitive federal technology services market. Brooks brings more than 20 years of transactional, legal and compliance experience gained at leading corporations and Am Law 100 law firms. Over the course of his career, Brooks has successfully closed transactions totaling over $7 billion, including Dovel’s sale to Guidehouse, Engility’s sale to SAIC and OSI Pharmaceutical Inc.’s sale to Astellas Pharma Inc. He most recently served as Chief Legal Officer and SVP of Corporate Development for Dovel, supporting the company’s acquisition strategy, while building a world-class legal, compliance and administration function. Prior to joining Dovel, Jon was an executive at Engility Holdings, serving as the head of mergers and acquisitions and deputy general counsel. Brooks added: Damon and I are pleased to partner with the MDP team as we work to utilize our collective resources, expertise and deep relationships to build a leading government technology and tech-enabled services platform. MDP has established a strong industry presence and we look forward to strengthening the firm’s partnerships with innovative businesses that are defining the future of the industry. “This partnership creates a unique opportunity to build on our track-record of successful investments in the government software and services sector, Together with Damon and Jon, we are excited to pursue additional investments that will form an industry-leading platform delivering innovative solutions to meet the needs of federal customers across key verticals.” -Brandon Levitan, a Director on MDP’s Business & Government Software and Services team. About Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC: Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”) is a leading private equity investment firm based in Chicago. Since MDP’s formation in 1992, the firm has raised aggregate capital of over $28 billion and has completed over 150 platform investments. MDP invests across five dedicated industry verticals, including basic industries; business and government software and services; financial and transaction services; health care; and telecom, media and technology services.

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