US Cities, Countries Leverage Accela SaaS Solutions to Quickly Adopt Service Delivery Needs During COVID-19

Accela | July 16, 2020

Accela, the leading provider of cloud-based solutions for government, today announced a growing number of cities and counties are leveraging its highly configurable SaaS solutions to rapidly adapt to the evolving needs of the global novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Baltimore County, Maryland; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Rochester, Minnesota are among the jurisdictions leveraging Accela's robust and flexible platform to keep critical government services running remotely -- both for citizens and employees, safely allow nonessential businesses to resume operations, and protect their communities during the next phase of the pandemic response and beyond.

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GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

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 BUSINESS

Unqork Awarded a Software Licensing Program Contract by the State of California

Unqork | January 12, 2022

Unqork, the leading enterprise no-code platform, today announced that Unqork is now an approved vendor for the Software Licensing Program (SLP) within the State of California. The contract simplifies the procurement process for state and local agencies in California, allowing them to leverage Unqork's no-code platform to build mission-critical, enterprise-grade software in a codeless architecture. Administered by California's Department of General Services, the SLP program establishes pre-negotiated contracts with software vendors, reducing the burden of the procurement process on individual departments. As an approved SLP vendor, Unqork's no-code platform will be easily accessible to agencies throughout the State of California, allowing them to build, deploy and manage complex applications without writing a single line of code. Unqork's platform can help governments innovate licensing, permitting and regulatory workflows; virtualize in-person services; conduct complex benefits and case management; and more. With Unqork's drag-and-drop interface, engineers can build and deploy software faster, significantly reducing development timelines and cost of ownership, while bringing much needed relief to understaffed tech teams. "At a time when virtual government services are vital to every community, Unqork's enterprise no-code platform allows governments to quickly deliver mission-critical applications to the people they serve," said Clint Buytenhuys, Vice President of State & Local, Unqork. "Being awarded contracts such as the California SLP is an essential step in simplifying the procurement process for California government departments to acquire the Unqork platform, in turn enabling them to quickly deliver internal and external government services at scale." Working alongside Unqork, Sacramento-based Pinnacle Advocacy was instrumental to this effort to streamline access to the Unqork platform. Unqork solutions can be accessed on the SLP through these reseller partners: Allied Network Solutions, Carahsoft Technology Corp®, Solutions Simplified. About Unqork Unqork is the industry pioneer no-code enterprise application platform that helps large companies build, deploy, and manage complex applications without writing a single line of code. Organizations like Goldman Sachs, Liberty Mutual, the Cities of New York, Chicago, and Washington, DC, and Maimonides Medical Center are using Unqork's drag-and-drop interface to build enterprise applications faster, with higher quality, and lower costs than conventional approaches.

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CYBERSECURITY

VMD Corp Promotes Gregg Leone to Chief Growth Officer

VMD Corp | May 10, 2022

VMD Corp, a leading provider of cybersecurity, agile engineering, and critical infrastructure protection to the U.S. Federal Government, announced that it has promoted former Executive Vice President of Business Development Gregg Leone to the newly created role of Chief Growth Officer, effective immediately. Since joining VMD five years ago, Gregg has been instrumental in our growth helping us go from a small to a mid-sized contractor while also deepening our customer and partner relationships and helping us to attract top talent. We are glad to have created this new role for Gregg and are looking forward to his continued leadership and effectiveness." Deepti Malhotra,VMD Chief Executive Officer Leone has more than 20 years of government IT contracting experience with particular expertise in leadership, strategy, and portfolio management. For the past five years as the Executive Vice President of Business Development, Gregg has been responsible for VMD's corporate development and strategy, major capture strategy and activities, and corporate marketing and communications efforts. In his new role, he will continue to be responsible for business development, marketing and sales, as well as strategic planning, solution development, strategic partnerships, proposals and more. Gregg will also be responsible for ensuring and managing VMD's growth through metrics like revenue, social ROIs, and employee engagement. He will report directly to Ms. Malhotra. "I am incredibly excited to be taking on this new role and honored by the trust and recognition placed in me by the entire VMD leadership team," Leone said. "Together, we have accomplished a lot at VMD and as our business continues to transform, I look forward to doing even more together to grow the business, the portfolio and our relationships with existing customers." Prior to joining VMD, Gregg was a Vice President at CACI International where he led the Federal and Civilian Information Technology business with over $800 million in new growth at the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, the Department of State, and other mission customers. He has a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

CrowdStrike Secures Significant Impact Level 4 (IL-4) Authorization to Protect Critical U.S. Department of Defense Assets

CrowdStrike | April 12, 2022

CrowdStrike, a leader in cloud-delivered protection of endpoints, cloud workloads, identity and data, announced it has been granted a Provisional Authorization to Operate (P-ATO) at Impact Level 4 (IL-4). This important authorization will enable CrowdStrike to now deploy CrowdStrike’s Falcon® cybersecurity platform to a broad range of Department of Defense (DoD) and Defense Industrial Base (DIB) customers to protect their Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). CrowdStrike received a Provisional Authorization to Operate (P-ATO) at Impact Level 4 (IL-4), which is defined by the DoD’s Cloud Security Requirements Guide (SRG). This authorization marks yet another milestone in CrowdStrike’s ongoing investment and multi-year effort to bring its modern, cybersecurity technology to the public sector – technology that is used by 65 of the Fortune 100 and 15 of the top 20 banks globally to protect against enterprise risk and stop breaches. With IL-4 P-ATO now in hand, CrowdStrike is proud to share that it has been working with DISA and our DoD sponsor towards a DoD Impact Level 5 (IL-5) P-ATO, and is committed to helping secure National Security Systems (NSS). Adoption of superior cloud-native technologies is mission-critical for the DoD and the DIB, as all federal agencies must remain vigilant in today’s heightened threat environment. It’s crucial the government takes steps to adequately prepare for disruptive activity from our nation’s adversaries. This authorization will further CrowdStrike’s support to federal agencies in defending against modern cyber threats, and we remain committed to bolstering our engagements with the public sector. Private-public sector collaboration is critical during these unprecedented times, and cybersecurity must remain paramount for both sectors into the future.” Shawn Henry, CrowdStrike chief security officer and president of CrowdStrike Services CrowdStrike remains relentless in its pursuit of helping public sector customers and in recognizing the unique requirements relative to cloud engineering. Innovative cloud-native technologies – like CrowdStrike’s Falcon platform – which emphasize concepts such as holistic zero trust and endpoint detection and response (EDR) at-scale have been embraced by Federal cybersecurity leaders and give U.S. government agencies new options to embrace more transformative technologies. Today, CrowdStrike brings the powerful combination of cloud-native, AI-driven technology through the CrowdStrike Falcon® platform, real-time threat intelligence and elite threat hunting to secure some of the United States’ most critical endpoints and workloads including the DoD, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), multiple other federal civilian agencies, and the Center for Internet Security (CIS). Additionally, CrowdStrike was one of the first security Cloud Service Offerings (CSO) to achieve FedRAMP authorization and delivers comprehensive at-scale protection with reduced complexity for government end users Recently, CrowdStrike joined forces with Cloudflare and Ping Identity to help strengthen and increase the nation's cyber readiness through the joint Critical Infrastructure Defense Project, providing no-cost cybersecurity technologies and services to particularly vulnerable industries, including water utilities, the energy sector, and healthcare. The project, in collaboration with key partners across the public sector, provides access to CrowdStrike’s best-in-class endpoint protection and intelligence services to help critical infrastructure organizations adopt a heightened cybersecurity posture and defend themselves from potential cyberattacks. CrowdStrike is also a founding partner of CISA’s Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative (JCDC), which unifies cyber capabilities spread across federal agencies, state and local governments and the private sector, furthering cybersecurity collaboration and information sharing. About CrowdStrike CrowdStrike, a global cybersecurity leader, has redefined modern security with one of the world’s most advanced cloud-native platforms for protecting critical areas of enterprise risk – endpoints and cloud workloads, identity and data. Powered by the CrowdStrike Security Cloud and world-class AI, the CrowdStrike Falcon® platform leverages real-time indicators of attack, threat intelligence, evolving adversary tradecraft and enriched telemetry from across the enterprise to deliver hyper-accurate detections, automated protection and remediation, elite threat hunting and prioritized observability of vulnerabilities. Purpose-built in the cloud with a single lightweight-agent architecture, the Falcon platform delivers rapid and scalable deployment, superior protection and performance, reduced complexity and immediate time-to-value.

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