According to FBI and DOJ officials, thousands of IT workers contracted with U.S. companies have secretly funneled millions of dollars to North Korea’s ballistic missile program. The IT workers operated with false identities, using remote work as a cover. Issues like this only make the remote work discussion harder. It’s hard to verify the true identities of remote employees. While clearance holders are vetted, it’s still important to remove any chinks in the supply chain armor.
Rigorous identity verification is crucial. In-person or video interviews could be a helpful preventative measure. Cybersecurity concerns also abound in the remote work landscape. As remote work is increasingly prevalent, it’s hard for employers to balance flexibility and security.
Contract Opportunities to Watch: SES
SES Space & Defense, a subsidiary of SES, has secured a significant five-year contract from the U.S. Space Force through the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) for proliferated Low Earth Orbit (pLEO) satellite-based services (SBS). Valued at up to $900 million, this multi-award contract empowers the U.S. Department of Defense, federal agencies, and international partners to access fully managed low-latency LEO SBS from 16 chosen awardees, including SES Space & Defense.
SES will deliver seamless, integrated terrestrial and space networks, harnessing various satellite orbits to enable enhanced connectivity for the DoD. The contract marks a step toward achieving comprehensive COMSATCOM integration and proliferation, making it easier for the DoD to access a spectrum of waveforms and orbits for efficient tactical edge communications.
Key Employer in the Cleared Industry: CISA
IDEMIA Identity and Security (I&S) North America is joining forces with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Skillbridge Program, opening doors for active-duty military personnel to explore the private sector during the last 180 days of their service. As part of this program, IDEMIA will offer placements across various roles in their organization, spanning from entry-level to senior positions. This partnership underscores IDEMIA’s commitment to supporting service members and veterans, fostering a seamless transition into civilian careers and harnessing the unique skills and experiences they bring to the table. This initiative not only serves the individuals but aligns with IDEMIA’s broader mission in developing biometric and secure identity solutions that contribute to national security and enhance public safety.