U.S. appeals court asks why Facebook encryption order should stay sealed

Facebook | April 29, 2020

Federal appeals court judges asked prosecutors on Tuesday why a lower court could seal a ruling that absolved Facebook from having to wiretap a criminal suspect using one of the company’s encrypted services. All three members of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reviewing the matter had tough questions for the U.S. Justice Department’s support for secrecy in a rare higher-court examination of the government’s power to compel technical assistance. The hour-long oral arguments came in an attempt by the American Civil Liberties Union to force into view at least the legal reasoning from the lower judge who declined to hold Facebook in contempt of court.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY, CYBERSECURITY

Xage Partners with Four Inc. to Accelerate Zero Trust Adoption and Secure Federal OT-IT Systems

Xage | October 28, 2022

Xage, the zero trust real-world security company, today announced its aggregation partnership with Four Inc., a boutique aggregator providing technology solutions to the public sector to expedite zero trust adoption across the U.S. government. Four Inc. will provide Xage’s solutions to the public sector through Four Inc.’s NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V and Information Technology Enterprise Solutions – Software 2 (ITES-SW2) contracts and its network of channel partners as part of their boutique aggregation program. The program offers key elements to support and grow Xage’s public sector business, including multi-year financial solutions and as-a-service offerings. Following increased cyberattacks on U.S. critical infrastructure, federal leaders have called for improved cybersecurity posture across government agencies. Integrated IT, Operational Technology (OT), and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) can especially benefit from zero trust approaches since these distributed environments feature complex automated interactions and may contain legacy technologies that lack built-in security controls. These systems also typically require remote access, which, without zero trust, can be exploited to carry out ransomware attacks and disrupt operations. Xage’s zero trust approach reduces the cyberattack surface and protects against evolving threats, all while avoiding the rip-and-replace of existing operational equipment and network architectures. “TSA alerts and White House Executive Orders direct both critical infrastructure and government agencies to embrace a zero trust architecture, especially to secure interconnected CPS and IT systems. To meet this need, we searched for a way to quickly provide our solutions to the public sector and help secure crucial government systems, and this partnership with Four Inc. was the ideal vessel, Alongside Four Inc.’s deep relationships with government agencies, we’ll not only accelerate zero trust adoption, but continue expanding our federal business.” -Darron Makrokanis, Chief Revenue Officer at Xage. A testament to this growth and momentum, Xage recently welcomed Joe Nestor to the company as VP of Global Business Development and Strategic Alliances to advance both U.S. federal and global strategic partnerships. He brings years of experience from leadership roles at D2iQ, Druva, Tenable Network Security, and Booz Allen Hamilton. “We are looking to package a subset of vendor technologies to enable zero trust security efforts, to improve security across IT and OT networks, and to help our customers adhere to new cyber policy to improve our nation’s cybersecurity. We’re excited to partner with Xage and their team of experts, to provide our channel solutions for their customers to keep pace with new cyber policies and comply with new requirements to improve our nation’s cybersecurity posture through zero trust approaches.” -Chris Wilkinson, SVP of Platform Sales at Four Inc. Federal agencies, critical infrastructure operators, and global industrial organizations already trust Xage’s technology, including the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Energy (DOE). Xage was recently recognized in the Gartner 2022 Innovation Insight for CPS Protection Platforms report, as well as in the firm’s 2022 Market Guide for OT Security. About Xage: Xage is the first and only zero trust real-world security company. Xage’s solutions and services accelerate and simplify the way enterprises secure, manage and transform digital operations across OT, IT, and cloud. Xage products include Identity & Access Management (IAM), remote access, and dynamic data security, all powered by the Xage Fabric. Xage also offers Xage Cybersecurity Services, which deliver expert design, implementation, and support services to accelerate the adoption of proactive cyber-defense and underpin secure digital transformation. Xage is currently offering a free trial for secure remote access to qualified critical infrastructure operators. About Four Inc: Four Inc. has been recognized as a Top 100 government contractor on Washington Technology's Top 100 Report consecutively for the last seven years. Four Inc.'s expertise of the federal IT contracting process and their carefully crafted ecosystem of manufacturers and partners has enabled them to expertly deliver the right technology solutions and services to their customers. Through their proven experience and dedication to their core values, they have earned the IT community's respect and trust.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

SES Government Solutions Expands Leadership Team with Key Appointments

SES | September 14, 2022

SES Government Solutions (SES GS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, announced today the final series of leadership appointments. The newly-appointed leadership team positions the organization for its next phase of growth and transformation as a leader in integrated multi-orbit, multi-band SATCOM network solutions. The expanded leadership team is an extension of SES GS’ continued integration after the recent DRS Global Enterprise Solutions (DRS GES) acquisition. The newly-appointed SES GS leadership team members are: Scott Galus, Senior Vice President of Operations Scott is a seasoned leader with more than 20 years of federal contracting sector experience. Scott began supporting government programs when he joined SAIC in 1997 and later served as a Project Control Manager for the Athens C41 program, an IT security contract with the Government of Greece. Since joining SES GS in 2009, Scott has led both finance and sales departments where he was responsible for the company’s financial planning, analysis & management, legal, contracts, procurement and financial/cost accounting and reporting functions. In his new role, Scott will provide strategic and operational leadership overseeing the organization’s operating divisions. Nitin Bhat, Senior Vice President of Engineering Nitin holds over 30 years of experience designing and developing wireless, terrestrial, Information Technology (IT), and cyber solutions for the U.S. Government and military. The former DRS GES Vice President, Engineering and Technical Operations brings an extensive technical background in designing end-to-end solutions for mission-critical, large-scale Department of Defense tactical networks. In his new role, Nitin will lead a diverse and skilled team of engineers focused on aerospace, terrestrial, cyber, networking, advanced technologies, Network Operations and Security Center (GNOSC), and software development. Luz Martinez, Senior Vice President of Finance Luz has 20 years of experience in finance and accounting, including service in the United States Army for eight years. Luz joins SES GS after 12 years at DRS GES, most recently as the Vice President, Finance & Accounting. Luz will lead the company’s financial planning, analysis & management, procurement, financial/cost accounting, and reporting functions. “I’m delighted to announce the appointment of Scott, Nitin and Luz to our leadership team. These new Senior Vice Presidents are exceptionally qualified leaders who are bringing expertise and forward-thinking direction in the key areas that enable us to efficiently serve our customers, These new appointments will energize our organization and enable us to deliver best-in-class integrated solutions and state-of-the-art multi-orbit satellite networking capabilities to the U.S. Government.” -David Fields, President and CEO of SES GS. About SES Government Solutions: SES Government Solutions (SES GS) 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 US Government. SES GS 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 US Department of Defense customers the essential tools in cybersecurity for mission-critical operations, coupled with a proven track record in governance and compliance. SES GS operates under a proxy board, enabling it to support classified projects, and it has been present in the US 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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ServiceNow Secures Department of Health and Human Services Enterprise-Wide Contract

ServiceNow | October 07, 2022

ServiceNow today announced it has won a single award, Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA), with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), part of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). The agreement is in partnership with Carahsoft Technology Corp., The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, and has an estimated value of $250 million for a five-year performance period, through 2027. Under the agreement, Carahsoft will provide ServiceNow Technology Workflows, Customer Workflows, Employee Workflows, and Creator Workflows to enable crucial functionality for many HHS applications, and help HHS optimize inventory and reduce waste. “As the Department of Health and Human Services works to accelerate its digital transformation, providing a quality user experience and helping to optimize inventory has never been more vital, We are happy to foster a relationship with the HHS and are committed to providing the agency with the tools necessary to meet their goals.” -Jonathan Alboum, Federal Chief Technology Officer ServiceNow. ServiceNow’s scalable solutions can help HHS simplify ordering and shorten procurement times. The Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) can also streamline the acquisition process (and predictable pricing) of ServiceNow licenses for application owners within the Department of Health and Human Services. “Our efforts to drive efficiency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are mission critical, With the use of ServiceNow, employees will be equipped with the necessary tools to simplify routine processes, from managing inventory to waste reduction, as our department works to serve the American people.” -Jennifer Pizzillo, IT Vendor Management Specialist at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. After the pandemic dramatically altered the way in which citizens interface with government services, ServiceNow is continuing to modernize digital operations within HHS to better serve our nation. With ServiceNow, HHS can create more positive citizen, employee, and partner experiences, enable a secure and compliant architecture, and achieve operational resilience for grants solutions, HR service delivery, low-code/no-code application development, service management and case management needs, audit, cloud and asset management, ZTA, and support many other mission and underlying IT requirements and needs. About ServiceNow: ServiceNow (NYSE: NOW) makes the world work better for everyone. Our cloud‑based platform and solutions help digitize and unify organizations so that they can find smarter, faster, better ways to make work flow so employees and customers can be more connected, more innovative, and more agile. And we can all create the future we imagine.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY, GOVERNMENT FINANCE

Kaloom Secures $21M in Funding to Accelerate Network Transformation and 5G-Edge Deployments

Kaloom | September 09, 2022

Kaloom™ today announced it secured an additional USD 21 million from the Quebec government and current investor, Alternative Capital Group (ACG), who matched the government of Quebec’s investment. This latest investment will support Kaloom's go-to-market strategy and extend its current heterogeneous hardware strategy by supporting additional platforms like SmartNICs and Servers. The latest cash infusion will also allow Kaloom to ramp up sales, and help its global service provider customers benefit from burgeoning Network transformation and 5G-Edge market opportunities. ACG's participation in this latest financing round is a strong vote of confidence in Kaloom's ability to execute on its vision. In addition to financial support, ACG brings a wealth of experience and resources that are invaluable to Kaloom’s continued business growth. "ACG is proud to support Kaloom’s continued business growth as the company realizes the vision it set out to achieve, Kaloom's innovative solutions help network providers overcome the major challenges of Network Transformation and 5G-Edge deployments. With Kaloom's help, network providers can deliver the high-speed, low-latency performance that users demand. We look forward to supporting Kaloom in this next growth phase." -Nicolas Beauchamp, ACG. This latest cash infusion strengthens Kaloom’s standing as an emerging leader providing fully programmable and automated cloud-native solutions that simplify management and save costs in complex distributed edge networks. Kaloom works with service providers around the globe and plans to expand in Japan, recently registering its business in the country. "With this investment, we can harness our momentum and continue to serve our global customers while expanding into new markets, Our mission is to empower service providers and operators worldwide with automated and fully programmable distributed edge network solutions that transform underlying network infrastructure and reduce total cost of ownership. This investment is critical to achieving that mission globally and enabling 5G-Edge and private 5G monetization in our industry." -Laurent Marchand, Kaloom Founder and CEO. About Kaloom: Kaloom is delivering a fully programmable and automated cloud-native edge center networking software solution that will disrupt how distributed cloud edge and data center networks are built, managed and operated by Telecom, Fixed and Mobile Operators, Data Center and Cloud Service Providers. Kaloom comprises technology veterans with proven track records of delivering large-scale networking, analytics, and AI-based solutions for the world's largest networks. Kaloom is based in the Quartier de l'innovation in Montréal, Quebec.

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The Federal-State Coordination Task Team (Task Team) was formed to address the need for increased coordination of invasive species actions at the local, state, territorial, regional, and ecosystem level as put forth in Executive Orders (E.O.) 13112 and 13751, and Action 2.5.1 of the National Invasive Species Council (nisc) 2016–2018 Management Plan (Management Plan). The need for improved federal-state coordination is evident given the damage caused to our ecosystems and economy, the need to deploy limited resources efficiently and effectively, and the difficulties encountered by conservation practitioners at all levels of government when responding to threats and impacts of invasive species.

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