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WASHINGTON Feb. 21, 2017 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) today announced a total of $999,780 in awards to five companies advancing to Phase 2 of the Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP). The work is awarded under the SVIP Other Transaction Solicitation (OTS) aimed at non-traditional performers to offer solutions to some of the toughest threats facing DHS and the homeland security mission. The Phase 2 projects were awarded through Securing the Internet of Things (IoT), Solicitation Number: HSHQDC-16-R-00035. While the call closed December 2016, the companies are part of the first active cohort for IoT Systems Security.
“I am proud of the success of this program,” said Acting DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology Dr. Robert Griffin. “We have made it easier for start-ups to better understand the DHS mission and challenges so DHS S&T can benefit from the talent and creativity of the innovation community.”
The five companies receiving Phase 2 awards are:
- Factom, Inc., Austin, TX - $199,980 to authenticate devices to prevent spoofing and ensure data integrity by leveraging the blockchain;
- Ionic Security, Inc., Atlanta, GA - $199,800 to apply a distributed data protection model to solve the authentication, detection and confidentiality challenges that impact distributed IoT devices;
- Machine-to-Machine Intelligence Corporation (M2Mi), Moffett Field, CA - $200,000 to create a deployable open source version of the SPECK cryptographic protocol to address IoT security by making a light weight crypto package that can be run on IoT devices;
- Pulzze Systems, Inc., Santa Clara, CA - $200,000 to secure infrastructures by improving visibility and providing dynamic detection as components connect or disconnect from a networked system; and
- Whitescope LLC, Half Moon Bay, CA - $200,000 to build a secure wireless communications gateway made specifically for IoT devices and compliant with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.11 standard.
After successfully completing a proof of concept demonstration in Phase 1, these five companies mark the first class of SVIP IoT Security portfolio companies to enter Phase 2, where they will produce and demonstrate a pilot-ready prototype.
“This marks an important milestone,” said Melissa Ho, Managing Director, SVIP. “We’re committed to real investments in start-ups and connecting them to new operational customers and applications of their technologies that they never imagined.”
The Internet of Things is a convergence of mobile devices, information technology networks, connected sensors and devices. The DHS OTS call for security solutions seeks novel ideas and technologies to improve situational awareness and security to detect, authenticate and update IoT components and systems.
For more information on future OTS solicitations visit http://scitech.dhs.gov/hsip or contact email@example.com.
SAN DIEGO, Feb. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Crystal Group, a leading designer/manufacturer of rugged computer hardware presents its latest innovations at WEST 2017 on Feb. 21-23 at the San Diego Convention Center, Booth 1731.
WEST 2017 is the premier networking event for platform and tech designers and the more than 150,000 professionals in the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. This year's theme focuses on modernizing the military and maintaining America's edge.
"The West Show is always a great opportunity to share our latest rugged technology and gain valuable feedback from our military constituents. We're looking forward to this year's networking opportunity," said Crystal Group President Scott Kongable
Crystal Group's display will demonstrate the breadth of integrated capabilities design for harsh environments and critical around-the-clock operations typically found in the sea service community. Among other innovations being showcased are solutions supporting land, air and sea deployments including:
The RS1121U provides high-end computing performance in a 1U chassis with a depth under 20" and fits most any rack space. It's constructed of rugged lightweight aluminum and offers leading edge Intel® Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge or Haswell CPU options.
Rugged Hyperconverged Infrastructure
Crystal Group's RS2616PS18 addresses the need in military and industry for enterprise Clouds that are resilient to harsh environmental conditions in the field. Crystal Group's rugged 2U server platform with both Nutanix Acropolis and Prism software plus Brocade's next generation ICX switches is the ideal solution when rapid deployment and exceptional performance are on the line.
About Crystal Group Inc.
Crystal Group Inc., an employee-owned small business located in Hiawatha, Iowa, USA, is a technology innovation leader specializing in both custom and COTS products for defense, government and industrial markets since 1987. Crystal Group designs and manufactures installation-ready rugged servers, displays, networking devices, embedded systems, power supplies and storage devices that fit critical applications in demanding environmental conditions.
The company is certified to quality management standards AS9100C:2009 and ISO 9001:2008. Crystal Group products meet and exceed MIL-STDs 810, 167-1, 461, MIL-S-901, IEEE and IEC industrial standards. Additionally, the company offers integration services, configuration management, product life-cycle planning and 5+ year warranties.
BOSTON, Feb. 9, 2017 Veson Nautical, the leading provider of commercial maritime software and services, today announced Veslink IMOSlive -- the world's first complete end-to-end shipping platform optimized for the web. Veslink IMOSlive combines the existing IMOSlive cloud infrastructure with the web accessibility and partner connectivity of Veson's online Veslink solutions, creating an entirely new offering that brings robust enterprise functionality to browsers and mobile devices.
Built on the foundation of the Integrated Maritime Operations System (IMOS), the industry-standard solution for commercial maritime operations for more than a decade, Veslink IMOSlive brings the core IMOS workflows to the web. The result is the first comprehensive online platform for marine Chartering, Operations, Financials, and Analytics that serves all industry verticals. As a modern cloud application with a sleek, intuitive user interface, Veslink IMOSlive is designed for rapid deployment within an organization, bypassing infrastructure overhead and obtrusive middleware.
Stated Agya Garg, Vice President of Product, "Veslink IMOSlive reflects Veson Nautical's continued commitment to product innovation, as the introduction of mobile access to IMOS core solutions and data will truly transform the way our clients work in the office, remotely, onboard the vessel, and with business partners. Because Veson IMOSlive is accessible on any browser or mobile device, it puts our clients' business at their fingertips."
Veslink IMOSlive is available immediately.
About Veson Nautical
Veson Nautical is the premier provider of maritime commercial management software and services. The company's integrated solutions foster collaboration and communication, enabling the world's leading shipping organizations to better manage voyage chartering, operations, financials, and risk management. The Integrated Maritime Operations System (IMOS), Veson Nautical's flagship solution, enables faster and more strategic decision making, supporting the buyers and sellers of marine freight to realize revenue growth, protect voyage P&L, and optimize performance. Veslink is Veson's online platform that enables the collection and analysis of maritime data as well as supports connectivity between counterparties. With its focus on continuous innovation and customer service, and with offices in Boston, London, and Singapore, Veson Nautical serves over 8,000 users at more than 200 leading maritime organizations worldwide. The company may be reached via the Web at www.veson.com.
HUNTSVILLE, AL Feb. 14, 2017 Responding to the signal processing market need for integrated embedded processors tightly coupled with configurable FPGA logic and highly adaptable I/O, Abaco Systems – the world leader in VITA technology boards according to IHS - today announced the innovative 3U VPX VP880 rugged high performance signal processing board, the latest expansion of its 4DSP advanced RF and DSP product line. The first FMC+ (VITA 57) FPGA carrier to feature Xilinx® UltraScale™ FPGA and Zynq® UltraScale+™ multiprocessor system-on-chip (MPSoC) technology for 3U VPX, the VP880 gives customers more computational resources for digital signal processing than have previously been available for the form factor. It also features 10 GBytes of onboard memory – around twice that typically available on alternative products.
The VP880 is designed for the most demanding, mission critical military/defense applications such as electronic warfare/DRFM, radar/sonar image processing, satellite communications systems, multi-channel digital transmission/reception and advanced digital beamforming.
Configurable serial interface options, as well as a variety of FPGA densities, provide customers the flexibility to select the device size and family that best fits their application, technical and cost requirements without the expense, risk and time associated with custom board development.
In line with Abaco's commitment to maximizing return on customer investment and minimizing long term cost of ownership, the VP880 mitigates the impact of obsolescence for existing or future customers by allowing for rapid migration to future FPGA devices, while its adherence to industry standards assures both flexibility and longevity.
The VP880 offers unsurpassed I/O flexibility through its support for Abaco's extensive range of FMC and FMC+ cards as well as third party cards, and exceptional bandwidth - up to 300 Gbits/second digital serial bandwidth to and from modular I/O devices. It can be populated with I/O capable of greater than 5 GHz data rate, or modules with up to 16 channels per card, giving customers the ability to address several system parameters from wide-band low-latency to multi-channel coherent systems.
Backplane options with up to eight coax I/O links (VITA 67) and 24 full duplex optical links (VITA 66) enable data acquisition and high bandwidth digital communication without requiring access to the front panel in conduction-cooled applications.
Responding to the customer requirement for IP security, the VP880 is capable of advanced encrypted bit streams and secure boot capability, enabled by Xilinx tools.
"Next generation signal processing systems require more bandwidth and more processing capability at lower power and size," said Mrinal Iyengar, VP, Product Management at Abaco Systems. "The VP880 helps customers meet these often conflicting requirements on an open COTS platform, and delivers the performance, flexibility and rugged reliability that enable them to overcome their most demanding application challenges."
A fully-featured open board support package (BSP) is available with the VP880 to reduce the risk, effort and time involved in program integration. The support package includes reference designs, Stellar IP, an FPGA development tool that facilitates customers' FPGA design, rapid development, and integration of custom IP; and the 4FM GUI, a user interface for controlling and monitoring the hardware.
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About Abaco Systems
With more than 30 years of experience, Abaco Systems is the global leader in open architecture rugged embedded systems. We deliver market-leading commercial off-the-shelf and custom products, together with best in class program lifecycle management. This, together with our 800+ professionals' unwavering focus on our customers' success, reduces program cost and risk, allows technology insertion with affordable readiness and enables platforms to successfully reach deployment sooner and with a lower total cost of ownership. With an active presence in a significant number of national asset platforms on land, sea and in the air, Abaco Systems is trusted where it matters most. www.abaco.com
Xilinx and Zynq are registered trademarks, and UltraScale, Ultrascale+ and Vivado are trademarks, of Xilinx, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
ASHBURN, VA Feb. 9, 2017 SteelCloud LLC announced today that it has received a GSA Schedule 70 contract for ConfigOS, its patented STIG remediation software, from a component of the U.S. Navy. ConfigOS will be deployed to automate STIG remediation and support RMF (Risk Management Framework) accreditation for thousands of endpoints across the customer's internal and AWS infrastructures.
"RMF poses significant cost and manpower challenges to the DoD and its mission partners" said Brian Hajost, SteelCloud President and CEO. "ConfigOS is simple to install and support and provides solid remediation results on day one. Not only does our software pay for itself on first use, but just as important, ConfigOS dramatically increases IT agility by eliminating months of manual labor out of the RMF accreditation process."
ConfigOS is implemented in classified and tactical environments, development environments, disconnected labs, and the AWS cloud. ConfigOS is client-less technology, requiring no software agents. ConfigOS scans endpoint systems for hundreds of STIG controls in under 60 seconds and then remediates them in under 90 seconds. Automated remediation rollback as well as comprehensive compliance reporting and XCCDF output are provided. ConfigOS FastPathäwas designed to automate the hardening STIG controls around an application baseline in 60 minutes, versus weeks or months. ConfigOS incorporates policy waivers to ensure flawless automated STIG remediation and compliance reporting.
ConfigOS addresses Microsoft workstation and server operating systems together with environment components such as IIS, IE, Chrome, and all of the Microsoft Office components including Office 2016. Its OnePassäarchitecture allows ConfigOS to remediate all user profiles in a single pass, providing significant benefits when transitioning to Windows 10. Additionally, the same instance of ConfigOS can also address Red Hat and other versions of Linux.
To receive more information on ConfigOS, please contact SteelCloud at firstname.lastname@example.org. Video demonstrations of ConfigOS Windows and Linux STIG remediation are available on the Company's website, www.steelcloud.com, under the "Demos" tab.
SteelCloud develops security compliance and STIG automation solutions for government customers and their mission partners. Our products include automated policy and security remediation tools that reduce the complexity, effort, and expense of meeting government security mandates as well as "gold disks" for AWS cloud and private infrastructures. SteelCloud has delivered security policy-compliant solutions to military components around the world which simplify implementation and ongoing security and mission support. SteelCloud can be reached at (703) 674-5500. Additional information is available at www.steelcloud.com or by email at email@example.com.
FAIRFAX, VA Feb. 6, 2017 General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), was awarded the Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) N6 Information Technology Support contract to continue delivering enterprise-level IT services to SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic and CNIC. The single award contract has a potential value of approximately $70 million over three years.
Under this contract, General Dynamics will provide program, engineering and technical support to the Navy in the following areas: enterprise IT and data center hosting; cybersecurity engineering; command, control and communications protection ashore; enterprise information management; and enterprise support center operations. Work on the contract will be performed in Washington, D.C.; Norfolk, Va.; Charleston, S.C.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and San Diego.
"General Dynamics has extensive experience providing IT services to enable and sustain naval forces," says Rich Farinacci, vice president and general manager of Professional Services and Training Solutions sector, General Dynamics Information Technology. "We are committed to continuing our longstanding relationship with SPAWAR and CNIC to assist in their mission to deliver effective and efficient shore services and support."
Since 2011, General Dynamics has designed and developed integrated shore capabilities in support of CNIC programs and projects. The company continues to be a trusted partner in supporting the U.S. Department of Defense's mission to increase the nation's cybersecurity and effectiveness across joint and coalition lines and embrace emerging technology to provide advanced service to our warfighters.
For more information about General Dynamics Information Technology, please visit www.gdit.com.
More information about General Dynamics is available at www.generaldynamics.com.
FAIRFAX, VA Feb. 6, 2017 Salient CRGT, Inc. (“Salient CRGT”), a leading provider of agile software development, data analytics, mobility, cyber security, and infrastructure solutions, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement for the acquisition of Springfield, VA-based Information Innovators, Inc. (“Triple-i”), a technology and mission-focused company serving the federal government, with particular strength in the healthcare information technology (“IT”) arena. The agreement is expected to close within the first quarter of 2017. Salient CRGT is backed by two private equity firms, Bridge Growth Partners, LLC and Frontenac Co, and Triple-i is backed by DFW Capital Partners.
The transaction combines two highly complementary businesses. Triple-i has spent the past 16 years building and delivering a full suite of next generation solutions, including healthcare IT services, enterprise IT solutions, cloud services and agile development capabilities focused on the needs of customers within federal healthcare, civilian, national security, and defense markets. With the acquisition, Salient CRGT will increase its revenues to more than $500 million, solidifying the company's position in the mid-tier federal IT services market and allowing it to effectively compete with large-scale professional services providers while maintaining its agile, innovative, quality-driven, and customer-centric approach.
“Salient CRGT’s acquisition of Triple-i directly supports the company’s long-term growth objectives to create a premier mid-tier agile software development, data analytics, cyber security and mobility solution and services company. By combining the ingenuity, creativity, and commitment of Salient CRGT and Triple-i employees, we will be able to deliver expanded services to our existing customers and offer compelling solutions to new customers,” said Brad Antle, Chief Executive Officer, Salient CRGT. “Now positioned firmly in this mid-tier market segment, Salient CRGT will compete more successfully and profitably in the federal IT market space with notable new capabilities in healthcare IT and consulting, IT infrastructure, network engineering and operations management, and cloud-based technologies.”
“This exciting transaction is a strategic step forward for Salient CRGT that is consistent with the goals we set together with our private equity partners Bridge Growth and Frontenac, when we decided to merge Salient and CRGT in 2015. Triple-i has supported 11 out of the 15 cabinet-level federal departments to design, implement, sustain and manage their IT and healthcare services requirements,” said Tom Ferrando, President of Salient CRGT. “By combining their experience and our network, this acquisition expands Salient CRGT's portfolio of high-profile agencies, including Health and Human Services, Department of Veterans Affairs, Defense Health Agency, and Department of Homeland Security while adding important contracts to our portfolio, including VA T4NG, CMS SPARC, GSA PSS, and USAMRAA TEAMS, among others.”
Commenting on the strategic nature of the acquisition, Steve Ikirt, President and Chief Executive Officer of Triple-i said, “Over the years, there have been several companies interested in having Triple-i become part of their team. We determined that Salient CRGT had the strength of management, clear strategic direction, proven financial performance, and the right mix of capabilities and customers to be an ideal fit for Triple-i. With Salient CRGT, we will be even better positioned to serve our customers’ needs with a broader and more diverse set of services.”
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. RBC Capital Markets and Sagent Advisors served as Salient CRGT’s financial advisors, and KippsDeSanto & Co. served as Triple-i’s financial advisor. Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and Garvey Schubert Barer served as legal advisor for Salient CRGT. Holland & Knight served as legal advisor for Triple-i.
About Salient CRGT
Salient CRGT provides agile software development, data analytics, mobility, cyber security and infrastructure solutions. We support these core capabilities with full lifecycle IT services and training—to help our customers meet critical goals for pivotal missions. We are purpose built for IT transformation supporting federal civilian, defense, homeland, and intelligence agencies, as well as Fortune 1000 companies. We use the most innovative talent delivery model in the industry, scientifically providing exactly the right people for the customers’ most pressing requirements. Salient CRGT has earned a record of success with integration and operations of large‐scale, high‐volume solutions. For additional information on Salient CRGT, visit www.salientcrgt.com.
About Information Innovators, Inc.
Information Innovators Inc. (Triple-i) delivers solutions and services to IT and health-focused clients across the federal government. The Company defines, develops, and implements innovations that help solve its customers’ hardest problems while saving them money, modernizing their systems, and achieving their mission objectives.
CENTREVILLE, VA Feb. 3, 2017 U.S. Army Mission Command announced the award of a multi-million dollar contract to Systematic Inc. for its Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) C4I product, SitaWare.
The U.S. Army has selected Systematic Inc. as a new supplier of IT solutions to the US military. With the SitaWare solution, the U.S. Army gets a command and control system that provides the warfighter with greater situational awareness at all levels of command, as well as easier cooperation with other forces and greater security.
Systematic Inc. President and retired U.S. Army Col. Rafael Torres is excited to bring the capability to the Army.
"SitaWare meets most of the Army's C4I requirements straight out-of-the-box," said Torres.
In addition, he highlighted SitaWare's open architecture which allows for integration with legacy and third party systems.
"It also has built-in support for international information exchange standards providing unmatched interoperability with international allies and intra-operability between U.S. forces," Torres said.
"With this award, SitaWare will become a key component of the Army Common Operating Environment, and Systematic will work with Mission Command and industry partners to develop a common framework to enhance intra-operability between U.S. and Coalition Partners."
Press information: https://www.systematicinc.com/
SitaWare is a software product suite providing robust situational awareness of blue and red force data at all levels of command. Each dedicated product in the suite is specifically designed for the challenges facing commanders in headquarters, mounted and dismounted environments, to provide unrivalled tactical data communication.
SitaWare was selected as the architecture framework for the Command Post Computing Environment, allowing for immediate third party development of integrated Command Post, Mounted and Dismounted tactical computing capabilities.
About Systematic Inc.
Systematic Inc. was incorporated in 1997 and has offices in Centreville, Virginia. It supplies software products and services to the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community and Homeland Security on some of the nation's most sensitive programs.
MELBOURNE, FL Jan. 27, 2017 -Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) today announced a definitive agreement under which an affiliate of Veritas Capital, a leading private equity investment firm, will acquire Harris’ government IT services business for $690 million in cash. Proceeds from the transaction will be used to support the company’s capital allocation strategy, including pension pre-funding and share repurchases. The transaction is subject to regulatory review and other customary closing conditions and is expected to close before the end of fiscal 2017.
Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, the business provides IT and engineering managed services to U.S. government agencies, including supporting NASA’s Space Communications Network and Deep Space Network programs, and operates within the company’s Critical Networks segment. Harris expected approximately $1.07 billion in fiscal 2017 revenue attributable to the business. Harris’ air traffic management franchise, primarily serving the FAA, is not part of the divestiture and will remain with Harris.
“Today’s announced divestiture, coupled with the recent sale of CapRock, reflects our strategy of optimizing the business portfolio to create shareholder value,” said William M. Brown, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “These divestitures sharpen Harris’ focus on growing core franchises where technology is a key differentiator, providing compelling value to our customers.”
Current and prior period financial results for the divested businesses will be reported as discontinued operations, beginning in fiscal 2017’s second quarter for CapRock and third quarter for the government IT services business. The company expects to benefit from the use of cash proceeds and restructuring actions related to the two divestitures, resulting in fiscal 2018 net dilution in a range of $0.10 to $0.15 per diluted share.
In connection with the announcement, Harris’ air traffic management business will now operate as part of the company’s Electronic Systems segment. As a result, Harris will have three business segments with no changes to its Communication Systems or Space and Intelligence Systems segments.
About Veritas Capital
Veritas Capital is a leading private equity firm that invests in companies that provide critical products and services to government and commercial customers worldwide including those operating in aerospace & defense, healthcare, technology, national security, communications, energy and education. Veritas seeks to create value by strategically transforming the companies in which it invests through organic and inorganic means. For more information on Veritas Capital and its current and past investments, visit www.veritascapital.com.
About Harris Corporation
Harris Corporation is a leading technology innovator, solving customers’ toughest mission-critical challenges by providing solutions that connect, inform and protect. Learn more at harris.com.
IRVINE, CA Jan. 24, 2017 Netwrix Corporation, the first vendor to introduce a visibility and governance platform for hybrid cloud security, extracted data about government agencies from its 2016 Cloud Security Survey and released an infographic that reveals key cloud security concerns of federal and local governments.
Cloud computing has become a trending topic for federal CIOs in the last few years. In response to the Obama administration's cloud-first initiative announced in 2011, organizations have reduced the number of applications (such as email) hosted in government-owned data centers in favor of using cloud-based services. However, cloud adoption can be challenging for agencies, since hackers are constantly improving their techniques to compromise cloud environments. This problem is more relevant than ever in light of the considerable increase in data breaches targeting federal and local government agencies, including the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the National Security Agency (NSA) and the U.S. Navy.
Major cloud security trends in government industry include the following findings:
- Agencies are skeptical of cloud migration because of security. 87% of government agencies in the U.S. are not ready to move their data to the cloud because of security issues. The major barriers that keep them from cloud adoption are concerns about unauthorized access and account hijacking (80%), the risk of losing control over data (60%), and issues associated with data backup and recovery (53%).
- Insider misuse is the biggest concern. 40% of respondents believe they would not be able to enforce the required security policies on a cloud provider's site. Even more organizations (80%) are worried about the activity of their own users in the cloud, holding that employees pose a bigger threat to data integrity than anyone else.
- Government agencies appreciate cloud flexibility and cost-efficiency. Despite the documented concerns, 50% of respondents said that the cloud has improved the security of their systems and data. The key benefits that government agencies have realized through cloud adoption are higher availability of systems (70%), flexibility in resource utilization (50%) and cost savings (40%).
- Visibility is the key to security. Regardless of the security mechanisms in place, IT systems are always vulnerable to malicious activities by insiders or external hackers. No wonder that 93% of government agencies agreed that visibility into user activity in the cloud is a basic component of security and business integrity.
"One of the toughest challenges for governments today is the need to protect highly sensitive data against culprits. Strengthening security is impossible without a deep understanding of what's going on across all levels of the IT environment. Visibility combined with user behavior analytics can help government agencies validate security policies, increase user accountability and mitigate the risk of data loss, as well as become more confident about using cloud technologies," said Michael Fimin, CEO and co-founder of Netwrix.
To learn more about maintaining high-quality public service and data integrity, visit: https://www.netwrix.com/maintain_high-quality_public_service_and_data_integrity.html
About Netwrix Corporation
Netwrix Corporation was the first vendor to introduce a visibility and governance platform for hybrid cloud security. More than 160,000 IT departments worldwide rely on Netwrix to detect insider threats on premises and in the cloud, pass compliance audits with less effort and expense, and increase productivity of IT security and operations teams. Founded in 2006, Netwrix has earned more than 100 industry awards and been named to both the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 lists of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. For more information, visit www.netwrix.com