Press Releases

AIT and MT Selected as 2020 Pavilion Partners of the Year

Pavilion

Pavilion Data Systems, announced Thursday that Alliance Integrated Technology (AIT) and Meadowgate Technologies (MT) are its partners for enterprise and federal sectors, respectfully. The enterprise winner AIT used an innovative solution that increased its throughput by 5x. The federal winner MT  safeguarded American lives and property through advanced analytics technology. 

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GAO: DOD Must Work on Including Weapons Cybersecurity Requirements in Contracts

Cybersecurity

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report stating that the Department of Defense (DOD) must issue guidance on how to incorporate cybersecurity requirements for weapon systems into contracts. The watchdog noted that a DOD official has reported a need for the department to standardize its requirements for cybersecurity and improve how it communicates such requirements.

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Bipartisan Senators Call for Interagency Group to Drive Allied Efforts on Emerging Technologies

Emerging Technology

A bipartisan group of senators have introduced new legislation to establish an alliance between democratic nations against authoritarian regimes like the Chinese Communist Party. The interagency office will allocate $5 billion for an International Technology Partnership Fund for joint research efforts between U.S. and allied agencies, technology companies, universities and other stakeholders in addition to providing funding for third-country industries.

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Colin Kahl, DoD Undersecretary for Policy, Pushes Network Resiliency

Colin Kahl

Colin Kahl, the Biden administration’s nominee to serve as the Department of Defense’s (DoD) undersecretary for policy, said that he would drive network resiliency to combat the increase in cyberattacks during his confirmation hearing. Kahl added that DoD has to be able to quickly repair and harden vulnerabilities in its networks. 

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NSA, CISA Recommend Use of Protective DNS Service to Enhance Internet’s Resilience

Protective DNS service

The National Security Agency (NSA) and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) highlighted in a recently released cybersecurity information sheet the importance of implementing a Protective Domain Name System service to enhance internet defense against cyber attacks. The NSA pilot was launched in partnership with the Cyber Crime Center of the Department of Defense.

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StateRAMP to Open Membership Registration for Cloud Security Vetting Initiative in April

Cloud Security Vetting

Not-for-profit-organization StateRAMP will begin membership registrations for its program aimed at helping vendors and agencies comply with cloud security standards (CSP) next month, GCN reported Tuesday. CSPs must undergo a readiness assessment to validate security controls and determine their potential to pass full FedRAMP assessments within a two to four-week period.

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CISA’s Jay Gazlay: Gov’t Must Update Identity Management Standards for Cloud Operations

Protective DNS service

Jay Gazlay, technical strategist at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), has said the government must establish an updated guidance on identity management following the SolarWinds large-scale data breach. Devices in general must have in place basic configurations such as those offered by Microsoft for authentication and email traffic monitoring, according to Gazlay.

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Dr. Mark Esper Joins McCain Institute as John S. McCain Distinguished Fellow

Dr. Mark Esper

The McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University has named Dr. Mark Esper, former Secretary of Defense and three-time Wash100 Award recipient, as its inaugural John S. McCain Distinguished Fellow to lead a bipartisan team to assess, discuss and promote policy solutions to the challenges facing U.S. national security decision-makers in the Executive Branch and Congress.

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Navy Warfare Centers Collaborate on Force Analysis

U.S. Navy

The Naval Surface Warfare Center's Carderock and Dahlgren (NSWCDD) divisions have joined forces to analyze the surface fleet force using the Synthetic Theater Operations Research Model (STORM). Both NSWC units also worked with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center and Naval Air Systems Command to help modelers and analysts understand the STORM model system through a training program.

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GSA Allocates $355M in FY 2021 Contracting Opportunities for Women-Owned Firms

GSA Contracts

The General Services Administration (GSA) has set aside $354.9 million to contracting opportunities intended for women-owned small businesses (WOSB) in fiscal year 2021 and awarded more than $561.7 million in contracts to the WOSB community the previous year. The federal government has aimed to award 5 percent of contracts to WOSBs over the past two decades, according to the office. 

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