US judge blocks Twitter’s bid to reveal government surveillance requests

Twitter | April 20, 2020

Twitter will not be able to reveal surveillance requests it received from the US government after a federal judge accepted government arguments that this was likely to harm national security after nearly six-years of legal battle. The social media company had sued the US Department of Justice in 2014 to be allowed to reveal, as part of its “Draft Transparency Report”, the surveillance requests it received. It argued its free-speech rights were being violated by not being allowed to reveal the details. US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers granted the government’s request to dismiss Twitter’s lawsuit in an eleven page order filed in the US District Court for Northern California.

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LexisNexis Risk Solutions Hires National Interoperability Leader Kelly Hoover Thompson to Lead New Government Health Team

LexisNexis Risk Solutions | March 10, 2022

LexisNexis Risk Solutions announced it has hired Kelly Hoover Thompson, a national healthcare executive, to lead the new Government Health Team. Thompson is ideal for the role, drawing on her federal and state government service and decades of healthcare leadership. The addition of Thompson, who has spent the past several years advancing interoperability across the nation and serving as an advisor on health information technology, bolsters the company's commitment to the nation's public health needs and advancing interoperability. Thompson will work to build out the Government Health Team at LexisNexis Risk Solutions where she will partner with government leaders across federal, state, and local governments. Thompson is ideal for the role, drawing on her federal and state government service and decades of healthcare leadership Thompson is well-suited to lead the Government Health team given her prior experience as a state regulator and agency head in multiple health and human services agencies in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as her time as chief executive officer of the start-up Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC). Thompson adds to her experience as a healthcare advocate and legal counsel, serving in various legislative and healthcare association leadership roles. She has dedicated her career to improving healthcare for patients, families, and those who provide their care across the continuum. "I'm excited about the opportunity," said Thompson. "It gives me a new way to impact our healthcare industry and the much-needed work across our nation." LexisNexis Risk Solutions continues to invest in our government health business by attracting stellar talent, like Kelly Thompson, with deep subject matter expertise and industry-leading experience. We also continue to innovate with actionable, best-in-class data, linking, and analytics. Our strategic vision to provide the next generation of government health solutions drives us to provide innovative solutions that provide a precise and complete picture of people as they engage across disparate agencies and services. This interoperability will continue to promote transparency and efficiency for healthcare consumers. Kelly Thompson's policy expertise and depth on knowledge of interoperability and the government's role in data sharing will further allow us to meet the needs of the industry today and prepare for the emerging challenges of the future. The addition of Kelly to our government health team demonstrates our strong commitment to attracting top talent and leverage key relationships between the public and private sector to produce better healthcare outcomes for all Americans." Haywood Talcove, CEO of the government business at LexisNexis Risk Solutions Thompson serves as an international leader, advisor and speaker on interoperability and health policy. She serves on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Board of Scientific Counselors, the National Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Technical Committee, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (IUPMC) Patient Safety Committee, and volunteers at her local YWCA, school, and community. About LexisNexis Risk Solutions LexisNexis Risk Solutions harnesses the power of data and advanced analytics to provide insights that help businesses and governmental entities reduce risk and improve decisions to benefit people around the globe. We provide data and technology solutions for a wide range of industries including insurance, financial services, healthcare, and government. Headquartered in metro Atlanta, Georgia, we have offices throughout the world and are part of a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers.

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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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XOR Security Awarded $31.4 Million Task Order to Provide Cyber Operations System Support for the United States Patent and Trademark Office

XOR Security | May 25, 2022

XOR Security LLC (XOR) recently announced that it won a $31.4 million single-award task order to provide Cybersecurity Operations Support Services to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) within the Department of Commerce. The USPTO Office of the Chief Information Officer [OCIO] delivers information and technology to enable innovation, and these services are critical to USPTO's ability to achieve its mission, goals, and objectives, and its Cybersecurity Division (CD) is responsible for all aspects of USPTO Information Technology Security. These include leading and operating a state-of- the art security operations center, which manages responses to a wide range of security and system performance indicators on USPTO's information systems, network infrastructure, and software systems. Under this task order awarded by USPTO under General Services Administration (GSA) Highly Adaptive Cybersecurity Service (HACS) as a full and open opportunity, XOR will provide services typically associated with cybersecurity operations programs, and will help USPTO to ensure program alignment with Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure, Executive Order (EO) 13800. Award of this task order does not constitute an endorsement by USPTO of XOR. XOR is committed to supporting our federal government agencies who face evolving cyber threats from a dynamic set of actors. We have over a decade of experience developing and supporting cyber operations and engineering platforms which enables us to deliver the most advanced technology and cybersecurity solutions for our customers." Razwan Raja, XOR Founder and Principal Wasif Shakeel, XOR Partner for Cyber Operations, added, "XOR is very excited to kick this project off. I want to thank USPTO for placing their trust in us and give special thanks to our entire team for their hard work leading up to this contract award." About XOR Security XOR Security is a small business leader delivering Security Operations, Security Engineering, Cyber Analytics, Cyber Intelligence, and Cyber Offense services across a portfolio of approximately 30 federal and commercial cybersecurity programs, including six Security Operations Centers which we currently lead as Prime contractor. Our highly technical cyber operations and engineering professionals are on the front lines of the cyber battlefield, helping to protect our nation's critical infrastructure. The greatest risk is the one that goes unseen. At XOR Security, we shed light on the shadows.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

Edge AI and Vision Alliance Announces 2022 Edge AI and Vision Product of the Year Award Winners

Edge AI and Vision Alliance | May 18, 2022

The Edge AI and Vision Alliance announced the 2022 winners of the Edge AI and Vision Product of the Year Awards. The Awards celebrate the innovation and achievement of the industry's leading companies that are enabling and developing products incorporating edge AI and computer vision technologies. This is the fifth year of our awards program and once again we were impressed with the number of high-quality entries across a broad range of product categories—from building-block technologies to ready-to-use solutions delivered directly to consumers and enterprises. The popularity of our awards program is a testament to the diversity and accelerating expansion of edge AI and vision technologies into virtually every industry." Jeff Bier, Founder of the Edge AI and Vision Alliance Entries are judged by an independent, expert panel on innovation, impact on customers and the market, and competitive differentiation. The winners and their reactions to their awards include: Best Edge AI Processor: Blaize—Pathfinder P1600 Embedded System on Module "Blaize is honored that the Edge AI and Vision Alliance's panel of independent industry judges selected our Blaize Pathfinder P1600 Embedded SoM as the Best Edge AI Processor in the 2022 Edge AI and Vision Product of the Year Awards. Our chip is a software-defined AI inference accelerator based on the Blaize Graph Streaming Processor (GSP) architecture with low power, low latency, and energy efficiency ideal for AI inferencing workloads at the Edge," said Dinakar Munagala, Co-founder and CEO, Blaize. Honorable Mention, Edge AI Processor: CEVA—NuePro-M This year the judges issued their first Honorable Mention for a Product of the Year Award in the Edge AI Processor category to recognize CEVA for its NuePro-M product. The independent panel of judges evaluated CEVA's entry on innovation, differentiation, market impact and customer impact. CEVA's entry received an impressive score and the judges recommended that CEVA receive this special recognition. Best Camera or Sensor: Luxonis—OAK-D-Lite "Our goal when we started Luxonis was to make Robotics Perception Easy. Our users have discovered that with OAK devices, they can just get to work solving their robotics problems— instead of fighting to integrate disparate hardware, firmware and software." said Brandon Gilles, CEO at Luxonis. "Luxonis has accomplished this with our OAK devices, which include the OAK-D-LITE, the 2022 Edge AI and Vision Product of the Year award winner in the Camera or Sensor category." Best Edge AI Software or Algorithm: Sequitur Labs—EmSPARK Security Site 3.0 "Edge AI is amazing… but only if it's secure. Sequitur Labs continues to lead the way in protecting AI models at the edge," said Phil Attfield, CEO at Sequitur Labs. "It's an honor to be recognized by the Edge AI and Vision Alliance. Thanks for the award!" Best Edge AI Developer Tool: Edge Impulse—EON Compiler "On behalf of the Edge Impulse team, we're honored to receive this year's Edge AI and Vision Product Award in the Edge AI Developer Tools category. We believe the EON Tuner represents a major breakthrough in the world of edge machine learning, by enabling you to find and select the best model for your application within the constraints of your target device in just a few clicks," said Jan Jongboom, Edge Impulse Co-Founder and CTO. "This provides developers and enterprises the confidence they need to build the optimal ML pipeline for their real-world vision solution." Best Automotive Solution: Synopsys—DesignWare ARC EV7xFS Processor IP for Functional Safety "We thank the Edge AI and Vision Alliance for recognizing the Synopsys ARC EV7xFS Processor IP with the 'Best Automotive AI Product of 2022' award. The Synopsys ARC EV7xFS processor family, the recently announced Synopsys ARC NPX6FS processor family, and Synopsys' comprehensive solution for automotive designs enable companies to create differentiated, safe, and secure SoCs while accelerating time to market," said John Koeter, Sr. Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for IP at Synopsys. Best Enterprise Edge AI End Product: Grabango—Grabango's Checkout-Free Technology "Grabango is honored to be recognized as a 2022 Edge AI and Vision Product of the Year winner." said Will Glaser, founder and CEO of Grabango. "Powered by advanced computer vision technology, Grabango's checkout-free solution offers a differentiated, technical approach to a seemingly simple problem—eliminating lines and saving shoppers time." Best Consumer Edge AI End Product: OrCam Technologies—OrCam Read OrCam Read is the first of a new class of easy-to-use handheld digital readers that supports people with mild to moderate vision loss, as well as those with reading challenges, to access the texts they need and to more effectively accomplish their daily tasks. All of OrCam Read's information processing—from its text-to-speech functionality implemented to operate on the edge, to its voice-controlled operation using the "Hey OrCam" voice assistant, to the natural language processing and natural language understanding-driven Smart Reading feature—is processed locally, on the device, with no data connectivity required. About the Edge AI and Vision Alliance The Edge AI and Vision Alliance is a worldwide industry partnership bringing together technology providers and end-product companies who are creating and enabling innovative and practical applications for computer vision and edge AI. Membership is open to any company that supplies or uses technology for edge AI and vision systems and applications.

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Welcome to your plan for healthy living From preventive services to maintain your health, to our extensive network of providers and resources, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and CareFirst BlueChoice, Inc. (collectively, CareFirst) are there when you need care. We will work together to help you get well, stay well and achieve any wellness goals you have in mind. We know that health insurance is one of the most important decisions you make for you and your family—and we thank you for choosing CareFirst. This guide will help you understand your plan benefits and all the services available to you as a CareFirst member. Please keep and refer to this guide while you are enrolled in this plan. How your plan works Find out how your health plan works and how you can access the highest level of coverage. What’s covered See how your benefits are paid, including any deductibles, copayments or coinsurance amounts that may apply to your plan.

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