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*** Virtualization and infrastructure firm VMWare announced the acquisition of cybersecurity vendor Carbon Black for $2.1 billion. VMWare, which does a lot of government business, will extend its offerings to include endpoint protection and anti-malware products with the acquisition. VMware is also acquiring Pivotal for $2.7 billion. Pivotal, whose products help integrate applications across different cloud environments and compute infrastructures, was spun out of pieces of VMWare and Dell, which owns a controlling stake in VMWare.

The news comes a day after Splunk announced a $1 billion acquisition that extends its network monitoring tools into the cloud.

*** Emails and documents released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington (CREW) revealed new details about how a cadre of technology management professionals at the Department of Veterans Affairs had to brief and entertain requests from a trio of non-governmental employees who had an interest in the VA's acquisition of a commercial electronic health records system and were associates of President Donald Trump and members of Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.

The influence of the group, who came to be known as the Mar-a-Lago Three, was revealed in articles by Politico and ProPublica. Eventually, the House Veterans Affairs Committee announced a probe of the influence of the group.

In the documents posted by CREW, VA officials complain about "ridiculous" questions and that "this guy is way out of his depth in understanding [electronic medical records] and how things get done.

Posted on Aug 23, 2019 at 2:18 AM


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