Demystifying PaaS: The missing piece to digital transformation

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Demystifying PaaS: The missing piece to digital transformation By William Sanders Sep 21, 2018

Public-sector IT leaders are familiar with the benefits of infrastructure-as -a -service and software-as-a-service offerings. With IaaS,  agencies have on-demand access to a scalable, reliable cloud environment that gives them more flexibility in running workloads than on-premises solutions. SaaS applications, meanwhile, are helping modernize front- and back-office functionality spanning human resources, budgeting and more.

But what about platform as  a service? It often doesn’t get the spotlight like IaaS or SaaS, and yet its role and value in advancing technology modernization in the public sector makes it arguably the most important of all.

Put simply, PaaS is the tooling that allows agencies to build, run, connect, manage, secure and discover innovative possibilities among their IT systems, both in the cloud and on-premises. That means that agencies can instantly gain the benefits of cloud computing  --

New York Governor Cuomo

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Perspecta Named a 2019 ‘Military-Friendly Employer’; Mac Curtis Quoted

Mac Curtis

TYSONS CORNER, VA, September 21, 2018 — Perspecta (NYSE: PRSP) has received recognition for its military and veteran hiring, training and retention programs in GI Jobs Magazine’s list of “Military-Friendly Employers” for 2019, ExecutiveBiz reported Wednesday.

The company said Tuesday the award, which is based on public data and surveys, serves to recognize its military employment efforts, as veterans and reservists account for more than 20 percent of the workforce.

“[Veterans’] strong work ethic, demonstrable character and extraordinary experience serving our country prepares them well for our mission-focused environment,” said Mac Curtis, president and CEO of Perspecta and a four-time Wash100 awardee.

About Executive Mosaic: Founded in 2002, Executive Mosaic is a leadership organization and media company. Executive Mosaic offers highly coveted executive events, breaking business news on the Government Contracting industry, and robust and reliable content through seven influential websites and four consequential E-newswires. Headquarters are located in Tysons

Raytheon’s Todd Probert: Crowd Development Key to Build Out AI, Other Innovations

Todd Probert

TYSONS CORNER, VA, September 21, 2018 — Todd Probert, vice president of mission support and modernization for Raytheon‘s (NYSE: RTN) intelligence, information and services business, has highlighted the company’s use of the crowd development strategy to drive potential technology pursuits and investments, ExecutiveBiz reported Monday.

Probert wrote in a Breaking Defense guest piece published Sept. 14 that companies like Raytheon that are exploring new technologies such as artificial intelligence will benefit from an approach that leverages the diverse expertise of Silicon Valley, academia and centers of innovation.

About Executive Mosaic: Founded in 2002, Executive Mosaic is a leadership organization and media company. Executive Mosaic offers highly coveted executive events, breaking business news on the Government Contracting industry, and robust and reliable content through seven influential websites and four consequential E-newswires. Headquarters are located in Tysons Corner, VA. www.executivemosaic.com

Contact:
Jason Scott
(703) 226-7003
jason.scott@executivemosaic.com

Symantec Offers Free AI-Powered Cybersecurity Service for Political Campaigns

TYSONS CORNER, VA, September 21, 2018 — Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC) has unveiled a free service that will work to bolster the cybersecurity of websites for political organizations and candidates using artificial intelligence technology, ExecutiveBiz reported Thursday.

The company said Tuesday the AI-powered service is designed to verify the security and authenticity of campaign and other websites with the goal to counter spoofing and other misdirection tactics designed to spread “fake news” ahead of the U.S. midterm elections in November.

About Executive Mosaic: Founded in 2002, Executive Mosaic is a leadership organization and media company. Executive Mosaic offers highly coveted executive events, breaking business news on the Government Contracting industry, and robust and reliable content through seven influential websites and four consequential E-newswires. Headquarters are located in Tysons Corner, VA. www.executivemosaic.com

Contact:
Jason Scott
(703) 226-7003
jason.scott@executivemosaic.com

Ensco Exhibits Synthetic Vision-Based Tech at Navy Air Combat Electronics Industry Event

TYSONS CORNER, VA, September 21, 2018 — Ensco participated at the U.S. Navy‘s PMA-209 Air Combat Electronics Industry Day with an exhibit of its new software application baseline that utilizes synthetic vision technology to deliver situational awareness for maritime and helicopter systems, ExecutiveBiz reported Thursday.

The company said Tuesday it was set to feature the SVS Core application baseline at the event in response to the service branch’s need for future naval avionics capabilities that will work to help the Naval Air Systems Command increase operational effectiveness.

About Executive Mosaic: Founded in 2002, Executive Mosaic is a leadership organization and media company. Executive Mosaic offers highly coveted executive events, breaking business news on the Government Contracting industry, and robust and reliable content through seven influential websites and four consequential E-newswires. Headquarters are located in Tysons Corner, VA. www.executivemosaic.com

Contact:
Jason Scott
(703) 226-7003
jason.scott@executivemosaic.com

CACI Lands $66M Task Order for Army Reserve Component Automation System Support

TYSONS CORNER, VA, September 21, 2018 — CACI International (NYSE: CACI) will continue to provide information technology support for the U.S. Army‘s Reserve Component Automation System under a $66.4M task order from the General Services Administration, ExecutiveBiz reported Thursday.

GSA said in a FedBizOpps notice posted Wednesday that the award extends the company’s work performance period past the original five-year deal awarded by the Army Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems for RCAS sustainment, program management, infrastructure integration and technical services.

About Executive Mosaic: Founded in 2002, Executive Mosaic is a leadership organization and media company. Executive Mosaic offers highly coveted executive events, breaking business news on the Government Contracting industry, and robust and reliable content through seven influential websites and four consequential E-newswires. Headquarters are located in Tysons Corner, VA. www.executivemosaic.com

Contact:
Jason Scott
(703) 226-7003
jason.scott@executivemosaic.com

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New Yorkers Urged to Prepare for Extreme Weather

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Mirai creators helping FBI crack cybercrime cases

Mirai creators helping FBI crack cybercrime casesBy Derek B. Johnson Sep 20, 2018

The three American teenagers who created the Mirai botnet are apparently so good at tracking and identifying criminal activity that the government wants them to continue helping the FBI with cybercrime investigations.

The Department of Justice requested that the community service requirement for  Paras Jha, Josiah White and Dalton Norman be raised from 200 to 2,500 hours, with tasks redefined to include continuing work with the FBI on cybercrime and cybersecurity cases.

"The plea agreement with the young offenders in this case was a unique opportunity for law enforcement officers, and will give FBI investigators the knowledge and tools they need to stay ahead of cyber criminals around the world," said U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder in a statement announcing the sentence.

In court documents, U.S. lawyers revealed that the trio has spent the past year working closely with

Cryptojacking: The canary in the coalmine?

Cryptojacking: The canary in the coalmine?By Stephanie Kanowitz Sep 20, 2018

Cryptojacking -- or the theft of CPU power to mine cryptocurrencies -- is outpacing ransomware as a top cybersecurity concern, reports show. It's affecting more than just business and consumer systems -- cryptojacking has showed up on government websites in India, Australia and Ireland.  It has hit the U.K. Student Loans Company and even the United States Courts websites.

McAfee Global Threat Intelligence data showed ransomware attacks declining 32 percent in the first quarter of this year, while coin mining increased by 1,189 percent. On Sept. 19, the Cyber Threat Alliance reported a 459 percent increase in illicit cryptocurrency-mining malware detections among its members since 2017, a trend it said  "shows no signs of slowing down." Similarly, Tend Micro’s 2018 Midyear Security Roundup found that “cryptocurrency mining detections climbed from around 75,000 detections in the first half of the