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3M Releases 2017 Sustainability Report

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In its continuing mission to improve every life, 3M announced today the publication of its 2017 Sustainability Report.

The 2017 Sustainability Report covers what the company accomplished throughout 2016 in addressing significant global challenges involving raw materials, water, energy and climate, health and safety, as well as education and development.

The report features stories of 3M products and people that combine innovation with purpose, and covers a wide range of sustainability-related topics, from corporate governance to human rights, employee programs, health and safety efforts and supplier responsibilities. The 2016 edition of the report is also the first to show the progress the company is making on its 2025 sustainability goals, established in 2015.

“3M is continually striving to fulfill our every life ambition. The creation of a new CSR organization, and the launch of this year’s Sustainability Report show our continued commitment to driving both business growth and societal impact,” said Jean Bennington Sweeney, 3M chief sustainability officer. “The stories featured in our report show that a sense of purpose is at the heart of everything we do, from products to policies to partnerships.”

Highlights:

  • 3M created a new Corporate Social Responsibility group, uniting 3M Sustainability and 3Mgives, bringing together an increasingly holistic approach to driving business value and community impact.

  • 3M donated more than $67 million in cash and in-kind donations to support education, community and environmental programs throughout the world.

  • 3M employees contributed 348,000 volunteer hours to life-improving causes throughout the year.

  • 3M was voted as the most preferred potential workplace for millennials, in a survey of students and young professionals in the U.S.

  • For the fourth consecutive year, Ethisphere Institute named 3M as a “World’s Most Ethical Company.”

  • For the 17th consecutive year, 3M was selected as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

  • Since 2012, the total number of females in management positions at the company has increased 13 percent, reaching 27.8 percent in 2016.

  • Global renewable energy use increased to 11 percent in 2016.

  • Global manufacturing waste, indexed to net sales, has decreased nearly 22 percent since 2005.

  • Total water consumption has decreased 34.2 percent between 2005 and 2016, indexed to corporate-wide net sales.

  • Global emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) decreased again last year, to 0.154 metric tons per million dollars in USD net sales.

  • Greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced 67 percent since 2002.

3M has published a sustainability report in alignment with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework since 2002. To learn more, and to access the 2017 report, visit www.3m.com/sustainabilityreport

About 3M 
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $30 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter at @3M or @3MNewsroom.

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Netwrix Auditor saves Danish local authority up to 40 hours per month on Compliance Monitoring

Netwrix Corporation, provider of a visibility platform for data security and risk mitigation, announced today that the Municipality of Roskilde in Denmark leverages the visibility provided by Netwrix Auditor to manage security risks and assure continuous compliance.

The Municipality of Roskilde is located in East Denmark and has a total population of 87,000 people. Its IT department is tasked with storing a range of sensitive data, including citizens’ personal identification numbers relating to the national Civil Registration System, which it must safeguard across a complex IT infrastructure that includes 270 servers and 640 applications. Further challenges are the need to prove compliance with Danish state regulations while spending less time on annual audits so that the IT department can focus more on their core responsibilities. Failure to ensure the safety of data and continuous compliance could expose the municipality to large penalties.

Roskilde’s IT department deployed Netwrix Auditor because it significantly simplifies tracking of user activity across all critical systems. With the help of the software, the municipality achieved the following results:

  • Visibility into critical actions. Netwrix Auditor delivers concise and actionable information about user activity across Active DirectoryExchange and Windows Servers, and also alerts the IT team about actions that could turn into a security breach.

  • Streamlined compliance. With the deep insight into user activity, the IT department can now validate its security controls, as required by the standards. Moreover, Netwrix Auditor keeps the entire audit trail in a long-term archive, so it can be easily retrieved during compliance checks to show auditors what happened in the past.

  • Time savings and easier troubleshooting. Netwrix Auditor saves the IT department at least 2 hours a day on manual monitoring of user activity across Roskilde’s complex IT infrastructure. On top of that, the actionable intelligence helps the team investigate and resolve user issues faster than before.

"Prior to deploying Netwrix Auditor, we had to manually monitor user activity in our environment. You could be looking at 5–6 domain controllers without even knowing what you are searching for. Netwrix Auditor consolidates everything, so it is very easy to understand what is going on in the infrastructure. We receive a report, skim it through very fast and get the answer. Sometimes things are nice to have and sometimes they are a necessity. Netwrix Auditor is a necessity, like a Swiss Army knife of monitoring solutions that is able to do so many things," said Finn Horn, IT specialist at the Municipality of Roskilde.

"Government institutions need to be able to react immediately to any modifications in the IT infrastructure in order to maintain data security and carry out their fundamental duty — safeguarding the interests of citizens. Uncontrolled processes in the infrastructure are inadmissible. Complete visibility into the IT environment is essential to efficient and convenient monitoring and ongoing review of user activities. This ensures the security of the large amounts of sensitive information and facilitates compliance with federal regulations," said Michael Fimin, CEO and co-founder of Netwrix.

Netwrix Auditor is a visibility platform for data security and risk mitigation that enables state and local government agencies to detect security threats, efficiently resolve user issues and streamline compliance processes.

To read the complete case study, please visit: www.netwrix.com/go/roskilde

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

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5 best practices for container orchestration in IT production

By Robert Lemos, Tech Beacon, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

 

If your enterprise IT operations organization has moved to container technology such as Docker, you’re likely dealing with container orchestration systems within IT production. These systems include Apache Mesos, Google Kubernetes, Docker Swarm, and a few smaller players.

If you haven’t been paying attention to container orchestration technology, you should. It's just as important as the containers themselves. The products allow you to schedule containers to start and stop, as well as scale container usage through managed container clusters.

Here's what's important about container orchestration engines: Without them, containers would be a really nice, distributed, and portable architecture, but they wouldn't be able to scale to enterprise needs.Container orchestration engines solve the scaling problem, or at least part of the problem.

At issue is IT production, which is tasked with actually making this stuff work, and making it work well. At least four nines (i.e., 99.99%) uptime is expected these days, and considering that most of this technology is new in the market, that’s asking a lot from those charged with container production.

So what best practices should IT operations managers and staff charged with IT production be considering as they move container-based applications into production? While there are existing operations patterns around virtualization, those in IT operations find out quickly that containers are not virtual machines. Indeed, there are not many existing IT operations analogs to consider.

Considering this void, the time is right to define core best practices for container orchestration for IT production. Here are five of the most important steps.

Go to TB LearnHow to manage the container-based environment

1. Set up demarcation lines for moving into production

While this is a common traditional practice, those who deal with containers often don’t understand the path from development to production. When dealing with container orchestration, there needs to be a staging platform, which is typically at the end of a DevOps process and tool chain. Those containers need to be tested, integrated, validated, and made ready for staging.

When in staging, they should be running with or within an orchestration system such as Kubernetes, which is an exact copy of the production configuration. Once proven to be stable, the containers can then be promoted from staging to production. Finally, they need to be capable of rollback at any time if issues occur with the new deployment. In many cases, rollback is an automatic process.

2. Automate reporting of issues found in container orchestration production

Things can go wrong, especially when you consider how containers operate within orchestration systems. Given that production and development are now linked (via DevOps practices), it’s important that there be automatic reporting of issues found within containers that move into production. Developers need to understand what’s going wrong using continuous reporting of issues and need to react to issues with fixes that are continuously tested, integrated, and deployed so that the issues can be resolved in a short amount of time.

3. Monitor, monitor, monitor

The nice thing about running container orchestration systems, whether in the cloud or on premises, is the number of monitoring and management tools that are available to watch over the containers. These monitoring systems have several core capabilities and advantages including:

  • The ability to gather detailed data over time and use that data to spot trends that could indicate you’re moving toward a failure. These tools pull data from the container orchestration systems, such as use of memory, processor, network, I/O, etc., and they determine relationships that indicate system health, including aspects of the system that may need attention.
  • The ability for the monitoring system to take automatic action based on its findings. For instance, if a network error is beginning to show up on console, then shutting down the hub that seems to be originating those errors could avoid a total outage. Policies are set up within the monitoring software that allow you to do this via established rules.

4. Back up data automatically, including disaster recovery and business continuity

There are those who manage container orchestration production without a good understanding of where the data is or how it needs to be backed up, preserved, and available for restoration. These are requirements that must be dealt with, whether you’re on the public cloud or not.

Containers, including containers that work within orchestration systems, store data either within the container where the application is running, or, more likely, via an external database that may be container-based but typically is not. No matter where the data exists, it must be replicated to secondary and independent storage systems and protected in some way. While many believe that public clouds have disaster recovery already built in, in most cases, you’re going to be recovering data that’s been accidentally removed or corrupted.

While public cloud does have some failover capabilities, you need to ensure that these more fine-grained data recovery operations are defined and workable. They are not automatic; you need to set them up and test them well.

In addition, many of these backup and recovery mechanisms should be user-driven processes available to a range of users. If you limit control to only a few operations managers, you will soon find that developers and other end users will need to recover data more times than it is actually available to them. Security and governance controls allows these non-ops staffers to recover what they need to recover, in line with enterprise policies and laws.

5. Plan for production capacity

Most important of all of the best practices listed here is capacity planning for production. Again, both on-premises and public cloud–based systems need this consideration.

The idea is simple in theory but difficult to carry out. You need to understand the current capacity requirements, in terms of infrastructure needed by the container orchestration systems. This includes servers, storage, network, databases, etc. Moreover, you need to predict what will be needed in the near future, mid-range future, and longer term.

The trick is to understand the interrelationship between the containers, container orchestration, and any supporting systems (e.g., databases) and their impact upon capacity. For example, say you have five instances of container orchestration systems which include 2 staging and 3 production systems and which require 20 servers configured in specific ways.

These servers can be configured virtually within a public cloud provider, or physically using traditional methods. Of course, these servers have needs as well, including storage, networking, security, monitoring, power, etc. You need to model that capacity as well.

The point is to understand current containers in production, as well as what the growth will look like over the next five years. Using the forecast growth of the containers in production, you should be able to figure out the impact to other infrastructure and understand those capacity issues. That needs to be modeled so there are no surprises around growth.

Public cloud users are happy to know that they can provision capacity as it’s needed, on demand. However, this does not solve all their problems, in terms of budgeting and understanding which cloud servers will be needed. What’s more, you need to consider that container orchestration systems are themselves delivered as cloud services, so their management may be less in your hands than in the hands of the cloud provider.

Time for trial-and-error

The success of IT production in the age of containers is based upon the ability to keep an open mind and experiment with new processes and technology. While a trial-and-error approach may scare many folks in IT production, the reality is that you have little choice.

Of course, this should not be too tall an order for IT production, which typically changes its processes and tools every five to ten years. Change in the world of IT is a constant. The rise of containers and container orchestration requires that you change again.

Those charged with production of container orchestration need to understand that they are breaking new ground, but they can rely on older processes to provide a good starting point for how to operate these systems. Given the rise of DevOps and the logical coupling of development and operations, this is a good time to renew your processes and set your culture in the right direction. Go to TB LearnHow to manage the container-based environment

Crystal Group to feature rugged computer systems for drones at XPONENTIAL

HIAWATHA, IA May 4, 2017 Crystal Group, a leading designer/manufacturer of rugged computer hardware, will highlight its rugged computer for autonomous driving systems and IoT applications at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's XPONENTIAL, May 9-11, 2017, in booth #1516 at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.

As an Intel® Technology Platinum Provider, Crystal Group adheres closely to the Intel Roadmap to bring the very latest innovations to aerospace and defense, automotive, commercial, industrial, and other discerning customers quickly and efficiently. Crystal Group and its broad portfolio of ruggedized, field-tested products put powerful IoT and unmanned technologies within reach of applications used in harsh environments – whether land, sea, air, or space – where traditional computer hardware would be destroyed.

Crystal Group's RS363S15F Rugged 3U Server is powered by Intel® processors, and is just one example of an agile and rugged system with applications for the autonomous vehicle market. The unprecedented reliability of this ruggedized server is critical to autonomous vehicle and passenger safety. Already leaders in technology of unmanned systems for the military, Crystal Group and Intel are working with additional major technology partners and leading automotive OEMs as part of the Intel Internet of Things Solutions Alliance to build systems supporting the robust sensory compute needs of the driverless vehicle ecosystem.

The RS363S15F Rugged 3U Server from Crystal Group provides high-performance computing and highcapacity data storage in a small size, weight, and power (SWaP) package with a depth under 15 inches (38.1 cm) to fit virtually any space. Several major automotive manufacturers have already selected and customized this rugged, safe, and reliable server for use in autonomous vehicles.

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.

CACI wins $48M Army contract to support CIO/G-6 Directorate

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ARLINGTON, VA April 27, 2017 CACI International Inc (NYSE: CACI) announced today that it has been awarded a $48 million prime contract to provide information technology (IT) support services for the Army Architecture, Operations, Networks, and Space (AONS) Directorate of the U.S. Army Chief Information Officer (CIO)/G-6 that will maximize mission performance via innovation, transparency, and greater efficiencies. The five-year award represents new work in the company’s Enterprise IT market area.

The U.S. Army CIO/G-6 leads Army network modernization to deliver timely, trusted, and shared information for the Army and its mission partners. Under the AONS contract, CACI will provide technical services supporting the CIO/G-6 in planning, program, budget, and analytical services to aid in resourcing critical Army command, control, communications, computers (C4) and IT needs. CACI will also provide recommendations for how the CIO/G-6 can synchronize technology and business management to enable better execution, risk control, and efficiencies for the Army.

CACI Chief Operating Officer and President of U.S. Operations John Mengucci said, “CACI has extensive experience delivering greater efficiencies and cost savings for the Chief Information Officers of both the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of the Navy, and we will draw on this expertise in serving the Army’s unique needs. This award advances our business in supporting CIO capabilities across DoD.”

“This win enhances CACI’s position as a leading provider of enterprise IT solutions that help improve the efficiency, reliability, and cost-effectiveness of IT services for our government customers,” said CACI President and CEO Ken Asbury. “By leveraging our deep expertise in this area and agile software development, we enable the U.S. Army to more rapidly equip soldiers worldwide with the advanced technologies they need to succeed in an increasingly dynamic global threat environment.”

CACI provides information solutions and services in support of national security missions and government transformation for Intelligence, Defense, and Federal Civilian customers. CACI is a member of the Fortune 1000 Largest Companies, the Russell 2000 Index, and the S&P SmallCap600 Index. CACI’s sustained commitment to ethics and integrity defines its corporate culture and drives its success. With approximately 20,000 employees worldwide, CACI provides dynamic career opportunities for military veterans and industry professionals to support the nation’s most critical missions. Join us! www.caci.com.

Accenture wins $64M contract to modernize and enhance more than 70 TSA IT applications

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ARLINGTON, VA April 25, 2017 Accenture Federal Services (AFS) has been awarded a contract by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to modernize, enhance and maintain over 70 TSA enterprise applications using Agile and DevOps software development practices.

The contract, which has a one-year base and three one-year options, is worth a total of $64 million. It calls for AFS to provide a range of IT services led by Agile development teams in the TSA’s existing technology environment while supporting the transformation of its core IT applications. AFS is a pioneer in applying Agile methodology and tools to enterprise programs to help federal clients modernize and transform their technology.

“This contract demonstrates the strong partnership between AFS and the TSA,” said Kate Abrey, who leads AFS’ work with the TSA. “We provide Agile support services across the U.S. government for numerous other agencies with wide-ranging missions. We’re pleased to be able to use this approach to help the TSA modernize its technology infrastructure, create value faster and respond more readily to change.”

The TSA, a Department of Homeland Security agency, also recently awarded AFS a $290 million, five-year contract to support its Office of Human Capital (OHC) in the hiring and recruiting of 8,000 to 10,000 employees a year. AFS also provides services under the TSA’s Technology Infrastructure Modernization program.

Accenture Federal Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of Accenture LLP, a U.S. company, with offices in Arlington, Va. Accenture’s federal business has served every cabinet-level department and 30 of the largest federal organizations. Accenture Federal Services transforms bold ideas into breakthrough outcomes for clients at defense, intelligence, public safety, civilian and military health organizations.

About Accenture

Accenture (NYSE:ACN) is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 401,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

Crystal Group to invest $17.5M expand Iowa manufacturing facility

HIAWATHA, IA April 21, 2017 Crystal Group Inc., a leading designer/manufacturer of rugged computer hardware announces plans for a $17.5M business expansion development in Hiawatha. The current industrial site, located at 855 Metzger Road will be completely developed for a new 111,500 square foot office and manufacturing location to expand production capacity and drive continued growth. The project will create 45 new jobs in manufacturing, engineering and sales. Crystal Group Inc. received regulatory and governmental approval and financial assistance for the project.

Crystal Group Inc. is an employee-owned small business providing server, switch, display, storage and embedded computer architectures and related integration services for mission critical installations worldwide.  The company designs, manufactures, integrates and supports rugged computer-based systems for intelligence, communications, reconnaissance, navigation, surveillance and critical control applications in government and industrial segments. The current Hiawatha location employs 165 people.

"Last year Crystal Group experienced tremendous growth in the defense and industrial markets that we serve, especially in the emerging autonomous segment. Our strategic plan calls for increasing our revenue at least double digit percentages annually," said Crystal Group President Scott Kongable. "This expansion underscores our commitment to that growth in Hiawatha with adequate space, staffing, and funding to accommodate rapid progress and an expanding customer base."

Currently, Crystal Group operates from two buildings totaling 58,000-square-feet in Hiawatha located on Kacena Road.  The new building will be situated on land that is located directly behind the current plant.

"Our production and manufacturing capabilities must evolve with our products to meet the changing needs of our defense and industrial customers," said Michael Kruger, Vice President of Manufacturing at Crystal Group. "Our investment in updated equipment, improved manufacturing processes and facilities reflects our focus on maintaining our competitiveness, as well as our commitment to the community."

The City of Hiawatha approved economic development assistance for this project at its meeting on April 19, 2017. The City also approved sponsorship of the state financial assistance application, which was approved earlier today by the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board. State financial assistance will be primarily in the form of state tax credits. The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance assisted in preparation of the state application that was sent to the Iowa Economic Development Authority earlier this month.

"Crystal Group has been an asset to our City, and this expansion shows their confidence in Hiawatha and long-term commitment to the area," said Hiawatha Mayor Bill Bennett. "It has been wonderful to see the growth of Crystal Group as leaders in their industry and a true success story."

"It is a pleasure to facilitate expansion projects for our members," said Brian Crowe, Economic Development Strategist, Economic Alliance. "We're pleased to be a small part of Crystal Group's impressive growth."

Primus Construction of Cedar Rapids, Iowa will serve as the general contractor for the project.

A groundbreaking celebration is planned for Monday, April 24 at 11:00 a.m. – Noon at 855 Metzger Drive in Hiawatha. Construction plans will begin in May 2017 with an anticipated completion date of third quarter in 2018.

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.

Crystal Group white paper highlights enterprise cloud's abilities in tactical environments

HIAWATHA, IA April 19, 2017 Crystal Group Inc., a leading designer/manufacturer of rugged computer hardware, has released a new white paper that shares insight on how branch military organizations and industries are utilizing hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) to better manage, provide access to, and protect valuable data collected in extreme tactical environments found in the field, at sea, in the air or in space.

The sheer amount of data being generated, shared, and stored is at an all-time high - and is continuously growing. Professionals in the office and in the field, are increasingly relying on information gleaned from these growing data sets to get the job done.

HCI consolidates multiple devices in a single cluster and adds advanced software to take advantage of the Internet of Things, the cloud, and resource virtualization. Ruggedized HCI systems tightly integrate enterprise cloud capabilities with high performance computing, networking, and storage hardware to deliver a compact, deployable data center.

The white paper, "Hyperconverged Infrastructure Brings Enterprise Cloud to Tactical Environments" presents insight into:

How ruggedized HCI systems can provide significant cost savings compared to the cost of acquiring and maintaining three separate systems – leading to speedier return on investment

How ruggedized HCI systems provide the benefits of large capacity, small SWaP, rapid deployment, scalability, continuity, and security

And how to select ruggedized HCI systems

Download Crystal Group's white paper, "Hyperconverged Infrastructure Brings Enterprise Cloud to Tactical Environments" in PDF format at https://www.crystalrugged.com/white-papers/.

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.

SteelCloud wins DoD contract to help streamline Windows 10 rollout

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ASHBURN, VA April 6, 2017 SteelCloud LLC announced today that it was awarded a contract from a DoD component to deliver ConfigOS, its patented STIG remediation and RMF readiness solution, to accelerate the accreditation and deployment of their Windows 10 environment.  Applications using new technologies, such as the implementation of the DoD Windows 10 SHB (Secure Host Baseline), require RMF (Risk Management Framework) accreditation, including the requirement for STIG compliance.  ConfigOS impacts RMF accreditation by dramatically reducing the effort and time to build, test, and deploy STIG-compliant environments.

"The sheer size and complexity of the Windows 10 conversion within the DoD is exacerbated by moving to RMF, a new accreditation regimen," said Brian Hajost, SteelCloud President and CEO.  "For many DoD organizations, automation is the only viable solution for creating, testing, and deploying STIG-compliant application baselines under the current personnel, budget, and timing constraints.  ConfigOS automation is the most viable solution for deploying new accredited application baselines en masse, while also providing the least cost alternative for automating ongoing sustainment."

ConfigOS is currently implemented in classified environments, tactical programs, disconnected labs, and the AWS commercial 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 FastPath was designed to harden every CAT 1/2/3 STIG control around an application baseline in 60 minutes - typically eliminating weeks or months from the accreditation timeline.  ConfigOS automates the incorporation of documented 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 OnePass architecture 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 [email protected]  Video demonstrations of ConfigOS Windows and Linux STIG remediation are available on the Company's website, www.steelcloud.com, under the "Demos" tab.

About SteelCloud

SteelCloud develops security compliance solutions for government customers and those technology providers that support the government.  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 protected]

DISA event attracts more than 20 HUBZone-based IT companies

More than 20 Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) firms participated in a showcase hosted by the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) at the agency’s headquarters on Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, Feb. 27 and 28.

The event provided an opportunity for DISA employees to learn about the products and services offered by the HUBZone firms, reflecting the government’s desire to increase the percentage of federal contracting dollars that are designated for small businesses.

“Historically, DISA has a stellar small business program with significant small business goal achievements and strong industry engagements,” said OSBP Director Sharon Jones. “It is our intention to increase HUBZone utilization by increasing DISA personnel’s knowledge of the HUBZone program by increasing interactions with HUBZone firms through unique outreach events.”

The Small Business Administration's HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program was created to stimulate economic development and create jobs in urban and rural communities by providing federal contracting preference to small businesses.

Frank Hameed, president and chief operating officer of Computer World Services, participated in the showcase to support the HUBZone community and represent his company.

Hameed said he believes the increase in the utilization of HUBZone companies is a result of growing confidence in the ability of small businesses to provide products and services that meet the standards set by the federal government.

“Today, more than ever before, there are many highly qualified HUBZone companies that can do very sophisticated information technology work,” said Hameed.

In order to qualify for the HUBZone program, a small business must be physically located in a HUBZone, with at least 51 percent of the company owned and controlled by at least one or more U.S. citizens, or a Community Development Cooperation, or an agricultural cooperative, or an Indian tribe, and at least 35 percent of its employees must reside in a HUBZone.

“HUBZone firms offer a wide array of diverse services and products that DISA requires to pursue its daily mission of providing instant communications,” said Jones. “HUBZone firms bring the value of access to fresh innovation and emerging technologies, the ability to generate pathways to smarter solutions based on experiences, and, finally, the ability to create cost efficiencies without compromising the mission requirements.”

“Small businesses are able to provide many of the same products and services that a large company can provide, but sometimes, they can provide more specific, more detailed services, which can make that particular contract nicely focused as opposed to larger, often more expensive contracts,” said Glenora Keeve, a DISA information technology (IT) specialist who attended the event to learn more about the companies.

Alex Jupiter, president of Jupiter Cybsec, had similar feelings about the benefits of contracting with small business. Jupiter said that from a talent standpoint, small businesses may be more advantaged when it comes to recruiting IT professionals because “younger generations look for small companies because there is more upward mobility [...] we can recruit and get the IT professionals with the right skillset to come in and help DISA.”

On the second day of the showcase, DISA Director and Joint Force Headquarters – DOD Information Networks Commander Army LTG Alan R. Lynn, DISA Vice Director Air Force Maj Gen Sarah Zabel, and members of the Senior Executive Service stopped by and thanked the HUBZone companies in attendance.

“HUBZone companies help DISA achieve its security, mobility, and cyber requirements,” said Infrastructure Executive Jessie Showers. “They have the technical skill that DISA is looking for and these events allow DISA to give back to the community as well.”

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