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Analysts Say Increase in Federal Cloud Spending Bodes Well for AWS

Cloud computing

Adam Selipsky, former president and CEO of Tableau Software, is set to succeed Andy Jassy as CEO of Amazon Web Services in May and will return to AWS as analysts predict further growth for the company driven by a potential increase in federal spending on cloud contracts, the Washington Business Journal reported Tuesday. “I believe that AWS will increase its footprint by 25% to 30% over the next 12 to 18 months, given the federal opportunities,“ said Dan Ives, a technology, internet and media analyst at investment firm Wedbush Securities. “We believe that this is a golden age within federal cloud."

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Boeing, Australian Air Force Conduct Uncrewed Aircraft Test Flight; Leanne Caret Quoted

Loyal Wingman

The Loyal Wingman, an unmanned aircraft Boeing developed for the Australian air force, took its first flight to demonstrate system functionality and design for crewed-uncrewed teaming missions. “We're honored to be opening this part of aviation's future with the Royal Australian Air Force, and we look forward to showing others how they also could benefit from our loyal wingman capabilities," said Leanne Caret, president and CEO of Boeing's defense, space and security business and a 2021 Wash100 awardee.

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ThreatSwitch: Companies Look to Increase 2021 Security Budgets Due to Pandemic, DOD Requirements

ThreatSwitch

ThreatSwitch revealed in a study that almost 50 percent of companies in the defense industrial base expect to boost their security budgets this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic's operational impact and new cybersecurity requirements imposed by the Department of Defense. The “2021 Industrial Security Benchmark Study" resulted from its survey of industrial security professionals with knowledge on their respective companies' compliance program priorities and most significant security threats in 2021.

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Lumen, VMware Expand Collaboration to Increase Innovation; Jeff Storey, Pat Gelsinger Quoted

Pat Gelsinger CEO VMware

Lumen Technologies and VMware have expanded their partnership to increase design, development and delivery time of edge computing, as well as deliver more secure, work-from-anywhere systems. “The Lumen-VMware partnership will provide the exact combination required to transform business processes and customer experience,“ said Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer of VMware.

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General Dynamics Unveils Space & Avionics Tech Encryption Module

General Dynamics

General Dynamics has introduced a cryptographic module the company designed to secure mission-critical communications in space and avionics systems. The KOV-28 Open Systems Architecture technology is designed to integrate with rugged military platforms such as Mode 5 friend or foe identification, data links, navigation and satellite communications equipment, General Dynamics said Wednesday.

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Zscaler Report Finds 260% Rise in Attacks via Encrypted Channels; Deepen Desai Quoted

Deepen Desai CISO and VP Zscaler

A new report from Zscaler has found a 260 percent increase in encryption-based threats during the first nine months of 2020. Zscaler's threat research team analyzed 6.6B encrypted threats delivered through Secure Sockets Layer channels between January and September and found that health care was the most targeted industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by finance and insurance, manufacturing, government and services sectors.

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