U.S. to Ban TikTok App on Government Issued Devices for Security Concerns

TikTok | July 23, 2020

U.S. federal employees would be barred from using Chinese-owned mobile video app TikTok on government-issued devices under a bill that passed a U.S. Senate Committee on Wednesday, as lawmakers feared the security of users’ personal data. The “No TikTok on Government Devices Act” from Senator Josh Hawley was passed unanimously by the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and will be taken up by the U.S. Senate for a vote.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

Spin Systems Achieves AWS Government Competency Status

Spin Systems | September 29, 2022

Spin Systems, Inc. (SpinSys), announced today that it has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Government Competency status. This designation recognizes that SpinSys provides solutions to—and/or has deep experience working with—government customers to deliver mission-critical workloads and applications on AWS. Achieving the AWS Government Competency differentiates SpinSys as an AWS Partner that possess deep domain expertise in one or more of the following core categories—Government Transportation, Facilities, Infrastructure Management, Justice and Public Safety, Public Healthcare, Financial and Fiscal Affairs, Citizen Services, National Security and Defense, Security and Compliance, and Open Data, and has developed innovative technology and solutions that leverage AWS services. To receive the designation, AWS Partners must possess deep AWS expertise and deliver solutions seamlessly on AWS. “SpinSys is proud to achieve AWS Government Competency status, We are committed to helping Government agencies achieve their goals by introducing disruptive solutions and modernizing legacy capabilities through the agility, breadth of services, and pace of innovation that AWS provides.” -Jamie Dahlum, Vice President, Government Solutions. AWS is enabling scalable, flexible, and cost-effective solutions from startups to global enterprises. To support the seamless integration and deployment of these solutions, AWS established the AWS Competency Program to help customers identify AWS Partners with deep industry experience and expertise. With in-depth experience in AWS technologies and cloud offerings, SpinSys is an Advanced Tier Consulting Partner with AWS certified professionals specializing in managing big data in the cloud. Expertise includes cloud migrations, legacy applications migration and modernization, master data management, cloud infrastructure management, and cost optimizations including on AWS GovCloud. Offering a wide range of services and products, the SpinSys approach is to support cloud strategies to secure data, systems, and infrastructure in every step of our client journeys. We bring Department of Defense (DoD) compliance frameworks including Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA), DoD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP), Risk Management Framework (RMF), and Director of Central Intelligence Directives (DCID) to the enterprise. About Spin Systems: SpinSys provides a comprehensive range of cloud services including stabilizing, modernizing, and migrating legacy and complex enterprise applications, developing migration plans and roadmaps, creating solutions for Big Data problems, refactoring applications, and developing new cloud-based systems. SpinSys is an AWS Government competency partner and authorized reseller.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

Azenta and the Government of Luxembourg Announce a Memorandum of Understanding to Facilitate Continued Healthcare Technology Development

Azenta | November 09, 2022

Azenta, Inc. (Nasdaq: AZTA) and the Government of Luxembourg today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding ("MoU") to facilitate continued healthcare technology development in Luxembourg. The Minister of the Economy of Luxembourg, Mr. Franz Fayot, and the President and CEO of Azenta, Steve Schwartz, signed the MoU at Azenta's Massachusetts-based global headquarters. Azenta, Inc. had recently acquired B Medical Systems, a leading global vaccine, and medical cold chain provider, based in Luxembourg. The MoU signing ceremony was attended by several senior dignitaries from the Ministry of the Economy of Luxembourg, Ministry of Higher Education and Research of Luxembourg, Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office in New York, Luxinnovation and Azenta, Inc. Mr. Luc Provost, CEO of B Medical Systems, and Mr. Jesal Doshi, Deputy CEO of B Medical Systems, represented B Medical Systems, a subsidiary of Azenta, during the ceremony. Confirming Azenta's desire to preserve the production activities of its subsidiary in Luxembourg, B Medical Systems, and to continue the projects undertaken by the subsidiary until then, the memorandum of understanding confirms the intention of the Ministry of the Economy to continue to support the development of the company in Luxembourg. The acquisition by Azenta should also give B Medical Systems access to new markets, thanks to the group's extensive network of customers in countries where B Medical Systems has not previously had a significant presence. The MoU signing ceremony was followed by a visit to Azenta's genomics lab in Waltham, Massachusetts by the delegation of the Ministry of Health led by the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Health, Ms. Paulette Lenert, and the delegation of the Ministry of the Economy led by the Minister of Economy, Mr. Franz Fayot. "The fact that a world-renowned company such as Azenta has acquired B Medical Systems, one of our industrial flagships, demonstrates the dynamism of the Luxembourg health technology sector, which is one of the pillars of Luxembourg's economic diversification strategy. Through this memorandum of understanding, our objective is to continue the good collaboration that already existed with B Medical Systems, particularly in its future research, development and innovation projects, as well as to identify possible synergies." -Franz Fayot The Minister of the Economy. We look forward to continued partnership and engagement with the Government of Luxembourg. B Medical Systems, which recently became a part of Azenta, has a long history of operations in Luxembourg, and we intend to build upon this already strong track record of growth and innovation, said Steve Schwartz, President and CEO of Azenta. About Azenta Life Sciences: Azenta, Inc. (Nasdaq: AZTA) is a leading provider of life sciences solutions worldwide, enabling impactful breakthroughs and therapies to market faster. Azenta provides a full suite of reliable cold-chain sample management solutions and genomic services across areas such as drug development, clinical research and advanced cell therapies for the industry's top pharmaceutical, biotech, academic and healthcare institutions globally. Azenta recently acquired B Medical Systems, a leading global vaccine, and medical cold chain provider, based in Luxembourg.

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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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GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

Leidos Awarded Contract to Support Federal Highway Administration Policy Initiatives

Leidos | September 22, 2022

Leidos ( NYSE: LDOS), a FORTUNE® 500 science and technology leader, has been awarded a new Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to provide program and technical support to the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Office of Policy and Governmental Affairs. The multiple-award BPA contract has a five-year base period of performance followed by a six-month option period. It holds an estimated value of $60 million. Work will be performed at multiple Leidos facilities. "We look forward to working with the FHWA on this program to provide support in assessing data and increasing safety on our roads, This win reinforces our capabilities to provide critical, mission-focused policy support." -Fran Hill, senior vice president of Leidos' Transportation Solutions. Through this contract, Leidos will support FHWA efforts to develop highway and intergovernmental policy positions, analyze the impact of investment on transportation performance and the economy, and enhance the administration's strategic plan and performance management processes. This will enable expert consultation services on cutting-edge data acquisition and demand modeling. The contract expands Leidos' work with the USDOT and FHWA. Leidos also supports FHWA's Office of Safety and Office of Operations with critical services that strengthen and protect our nation's infrastructure and ensure safe mobility to people and goods. About Leidos: Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company's 44,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $13.7 billion for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021.

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State and local governments face an array of challenges an aging population straining existing resources, continuing demands to improve security and disaster responsiveness, and a desire to improve government services. While information technology solutions alone cannot solve these complex problems, technology can improve efficiency and increase communication between government employees and their constituents.

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