I am delighted to contribute to the Endowment of the US Institute of Peace (USIP) to support the work that the USIP do to continue Mandela’s leadership principles of peacebuilding and reconciliation. I had the privilege of working with Mandela and brave South African leaders to establish the Directorate of Special Operations (known as the Scorpions) to combat organized crime, corruption and terrorism in Africa. Mandela’s determination to fight for good governance, the rule of law and democracy continue to inspire us all at this critical time in our democracies.
Join me in supporting the impact of the Commonwealth Games in August 2022 in Birmingham with the exciting new Commonwealth Sport Foundation.
Mandela said the Commonwealth makes the world safe for diversity- the Games bring the splendid diversity of the Commonwealth to the United Kingdom, and to the world. Sport is just the beginning!
Press Release: IronNet Launches First Collective Cyber Defense Community for the Commercial Space Industry
Intuitive Machines joins IronNet’s Collective Defense Community for Space; initiative launched at leadership summit including industry visionaries and partners Axiom Space and Jacobs Engineering Group
Jul 27, 2021
MCLEAN, VA – July 27, 2021 – In its mission to transform cybersecurity through Collective Defense, IronNet announced today the first Collective Defense Community for Space providing real-time, automated attack intelligence to defend the space development industry against cyberattacks. IronNet is a leading provider of AI-based network detection and response (NDR) capabilities and the only cybersecurity company offering a Collective Defense platform for correlating attack intelligence across organizations for proactive cyber defense.
IronNet’s Collective Defense Community for Space includes industry pioneers Axiom Space and Intuitive Machines, as well as strategic partner Jacobs, all seeking to secure space technology innovation and crews for the expansion of humankind into new frontiers.
With high volumes of sensitive data and intellectual property coursing through a vast supply chain, the same techniques that have been used in recent high-profile cyberattacks on commercial and physical critical infrastructure around the world can put space-based technical and human resources at risk, even from hundreds or thousands of miles away.
Read on here for the full press release
Press Release for the Cyber Alliance for the Protection of our Healthcare on the Ongoing Cyber Attack on South Africa’s Port Operations
27th July 2021 – The Cyber Alliance for the Protection of our Healthcare expresses our grave concern about the ongoing cyber attack that shut down the port operations in South Africa as one of the most important gateways for South Africa and Africa’s Covid-19 vaccine supply chain.
South Africa’s ports handle 60% of all of the country’s imports and exports. A massive cyber attack shut down the operations of the container terminals in the ports of Durban, Ngqura, Gqeberha and Cape Town operated by Transnet, the state-owned logistics company. The ongoing attack on the Transnet Group and the ports it operates is preventing the delivery of Covid-19 vaccines, food and other vital goods to protect the vulnerable and the poor during the Covid pandemic in South Africa during the winter and also elsewhere in the southern African region.
The scale of the attack and the sophistication of the malware deployed by the hackers bear all the hallmarks of a malicious nation state sponsored cyber attack. It is of grave concern that the cyber attack is taking place simultaneously with what appears to be a broader campaign of sophisticated disinformation and sabotage aimed to overthrow the democratically elected government of South Africa.
The Cyber Alliance is calling on all the democracies with cyber capabilities to render assistance to South Africa and Transnet to help prevent a growing humanitarian disaster in South Africa and the region.
About the Cyber Alliance for the Protection of our Healthcare
The Cyber Alliance for the Protection of our Healthcare is an alliance of 34 leading cybersecurity companies that volunteers to provide free assistance for the protection of healthcare workers, patients and hospitals from cyber attacks and the vaccine supply line following an escalation of cyber attacks worldwide during Covid-19. The Cyber Alliance has provided assistance to dozens of hospitals and healthcare facilities in this way.
All enquiries to Arno Robbertse at firstname.lastname@example.org
IronNet Cybersecurity CEO GEN (Ret) Keith Alexander appeared on Bloomberg on May 10th to talk about the Colonial Pipeline cyber attack in the US. This has been one of the most aggressive cyberattacks on critical infrastructure to date.
ITC Secure demonstrates best-in-class capability and market leadership through demonstrated technology success and customer commitmentMay 05, 2021 05:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ITC Secure (ITC), a leading managed security services provider (MSSP) and specialist cyber advisory firm, today announced it has attained a Microsoft Gold competency for Security, demonstrating a “best-in-class” ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers’ evolving needs in today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world and distinguishing itself within Microsoft’s partner ecosystem.
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To earn a Microsoft Gold competency, partners must successfully complete exams (resulting in Microsoft Certified Professionals) to prove their level of technology expertise, and then designate these certified professionals uniquely to one Microsoft competency, ensuring a certain level of staffing capacity. They also must submit customer references that demonstrate successful projects, meet a performance (revenue and or consumption/usage) commitment (for most Gold competencies), and pass technology and/or sales assessments.
This latest accreditation follows ITC’s success in achieving Microsoft Gold Partner Status for Cloud Platform in November 2020.
Arno Robbertse, Chief Executive, ITC Secure said “At ITC we strive to attain the highest standards possible. We make it a priority to bring together the best in people, process and technology to deliver tailored best-of-breed security solutions for our customers. This competency further demonstrates our deep technical knowledge and our commitment to deliver effective security outcomes and value-add on the Microsoft platform so that customers are able to focus on what matters most – their business.”
Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman, ITC Secure (US) said “This exceptional achievement demonstrates our skills and capabilities at the highest level. We make it a priority to hire the best expertise so our customers can be assured that they are receiving the highest level of customer service, whilst delivering real business benefits.”
Microsoft introduced the Security Competency to recognise the partners best equipped to help customers:
- Protect critical data
- Manage user access
- Safeguard systems
“By achieving a Gold competency, partners have demonstrated the highest, most consistent capability and commitment to the latest Microsoft technology,” said Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President, One Commercial Partner (OCP), Microsoft. “These partners have a deep expertise that puts them in the top of our partner ecosystem, and their proficiency will help customers drive innovative solutions.”
The Microsoft Partner Network helps partners strengthen their capabilities to showcase leadership in the marketplace on the latest technology, to better serve customers and to easily connect with one of the most active, diverse networks in the world.
About ITC Secure:
ITC, backed by C5 Capital, is a full-service cyber security solutions provider founded in 1995 and headquartered in London.
At the heart of ITC’s cyber services is a 24-hour manned Security Operations Centre. From this centre of excellence, ITC’s teams deliver high quality managed security services to help organisations manage the growing complexity of cyber threats and securely support their digital transformation.
ITC’s cyber advisors support customers from London and Washington DC offices, driving cyber security change inside organisations and helping them make the right security investment choices.
ITC has over two decades of experience delivering cyber security solutions to organisations in over 180 countries.
ITC is making the digital world a safer place to do business.
Congratulations to co-CEOs General Alexander and Bill Welch and the IronNet team on completing a successful merger with LGL. This transaction enables IronNet to go public in 2021 and to scale its unique cloud based collective defence solution- the IronDome network- globally. With escalating hostile nation state cyber attacks like Solarwinds, IronNet’s global IronDome network has a vital role to play in protecting countries, critical infrastructure and enterprises worldwide.
The full announcement can be found here
Effective 1 February 2021, Imperial acquired 60% of eCommerce logistics business, ParcelNinja.
London, February 24, 2021 –C5 invested in ParcelNinja in 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa as part of our commitment to support innovative founders in regions that are historically underserved by venture capital but that have thriving innovation and entrepreneurialism.
Through C5’s Diverse Founders Fund seed stage investment fund, we are partnering with innovative founders across Africa to help make venture capital more inclusive and sustainable.
ParcelNinja uses innovative cloud computing technology to build eCommerce distribution networks in informal settlements such as Gugulethu in Cape Town to provide African consumers with a wider range of choices on prices and access to essential goods.
“The new partnership between ParcelNinja and Imperial will enable ParcelNinja to expand across Africa. C5 is proud to have helped scale ParcelNinja’s innovation and to build this dynamic new partnership with Imperial. The acquisition of an innovative startup like ParcelNinja by a major listed company like Imperial bodes well for the future of venture capital in South Africa and Africa.”
Justin Drennan, Co-Founder of ParcelNinja commented, “We are delighted to build a new partnership with Imperial for the next phase of ParcelNinja’s growth and innovation. We want to thank C5 Capital for their support and commitment to ParcelNinja and its founders that helped to enable this great result. It is our hope that South Africa will have more venture and technology deals of this scale to come.”
The new capabilities will enable Imperial to expand its offering in B2B and B2C channels for their clients and customers.
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C5 Capital Limited (C5) is a global specialist investment firm that exclusively invests in the secure data ecosystem and in the transformation of critical infrastructure, including cyber security, cloud, AI, energy, and space. The firm is dedicated to nurturing a secure digital future with an investment strategy that is based on building long-term relationships with innovative companies that share in our mission. For more information, visit: www.c5capital.com.
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Axiom Space raises $130M in Series B funding USA – English
– Capital will accelerate growth of workforce and development of world’s first commercial space station
– NASA selected Axiom to begin attaching its privately developed space station modules to the International Space Station as early as 2024
– Axiom recently revealed the first-ever private astronaut ISS crew, launching in January 2022
HOUSTON, Feb. 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ –Axiom Space, Inc., which is developing the world’s first commercial space station, has raised $130M in Series B funding. The round was led by C5 Capital and includes TQS Advisors, Declaration Partners (the investment firm backed by David M. Rubenstein), Moelis Dynasty Investments, Washington University in St. Louis, The Venture Collective, Aidenlair Capital, Hemisphere Ventures, and Starbridge Venture Capital.
The new financing will accelerate the growth of Axiom’s workforce and construction of its privately developed space station. The Axiom Station will serve as the central pillar of a thriving network of commerce in Earth’s orbit – a linchpin of a space economy that Bank of America and Morgan Stanley both project could be valued at more than $1 trillion in the next few decades.
“Axiom Space is a force in the space sector, and it will become a centerpiece of the C5 Capital portfolio and enhance our vision for a secure global future,” said C5 operating partner Rob Meyerson, who will join the Axiom Board of Directors. “The Axiom Station will be the infrastructure upon which we will build many new businesses in space, and it will serve as the foundation for future exploration missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.”
- In January 2020, NASA selected Axiom to begin attaching its own space station modules to the International Space Station (ISS) as early as 2024, marking the company as a primary driver of NASA’s broad strategy to commercialize LEO. While in its assembly phase, Axiom Station will increase the current usable and habitable volume on ISS and provide expanded research opportunities. By late 2028, Axiom Station will be ready to detach when the ISS is decommissioned and operate independently as its privately owned successor.
- In January 2021, Axiom – also the commercial space industry’s full-service ISS mission provider – revealed its historic first private astronaut crew. Planned to fly to the ISS no earlier than January 2022, the crew of Axiom Mission 1 (Ax-1) intend to promote their philanthropic endeavors and conduct scientific research on behalf of organizations they support.
“Axiom Space was founded on the knowledge that commercial infrastructure and innovation in space would offer unique ways to improve life on Earth,” said Axiom co-founder and executive chairman Kam Ghaffarian, who provided the company’s seed funding through his family office, IBX. “Axiom’s sole-selection by NASA to connect to ISS and ability to leverage its key revenue lines are evidence of the company’s expertise and a business model that is set up to optimize across a variety of commercial on-orbit opportunities. This highly successful round is a pivotal moment for on-orbit commerce and its implications for our civilization’s potential are far-reaching.”
Ghaffarian founded and led Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, which rose to become NASA’s second-largest engineering services contractor before being acquired by KBR in 2018. Axiom President & CEO Michael Suffredini was NASA’s ISS Program Manager from 2005 to 2015.
“We are proud to partner with Axiom’s exceptional management team, who built, led, and visited the International Space Station on behalf of NASA and its partners,” Brian Stern, a Partner at Declaration Partners, said. “The next-generation space station we are building today will be a key means of conducting space-based research, manufacturing, communication, and travel for decades to come.”
About Axiom Space
Axiom Space was founded in 2016 with the vision of a thriving home in space that benefits every human, everywhere. While building and attaching its commercial modules to the International Space Station to one day form the world’s first privately funded commercial space station, Axiom provides universal access to the ISS today by conducting crewed missions for national and private astronauts as well as research and manufacturing customers. More information about Axiom can be found at www.axiomspace.com.