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Top Companies Team Up With Federal Agencies And Nonprofit To Launch First-Of-Its-Kind Cyber Talent Initiative To Protect Against Cyberattacks

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Mastercard (NYSE: MA), in collaboration with Microsoft, Workday and the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service today launched the Cybersecurity Talent Initiative – a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership to recruit the nation’s best minds to defend against global cyberattacks. The launch of this initiative serves as a call to action for leading companies, federal agencies and higher education institutions to come together and help grow the talent pipeline of cybersecurity technologists to protect the nation and support our digital economy.

With more than 313,000 cybersecurity job openings in the U.S. between September 2017 and August 2018, the talent deficit is significant and the need for a skilled workforce is steadily expanding. The Cybersecurity Talent Initiative is a new program to help reduce the critical talent gap and support the next generation of motivated, mission-driven cybersecurity leaders.

A selective cross-sector opportunity for highly qualified, recent graduates in cybersecurity-related fields, the Cybersecurity Talent Initiative helps to jumpstart careers and provide the training and experience needed to lead the nation’s cyber defense across the public and private sectors. Participants selected for the program will be guaranteed a two-year placement at a federal agency with cybersecurity opportunities. Before the conclusion of their federal service, participants will then be eligible for full-time positions with the program’s private sector partners, and once hired, will receive up to $75,000 in student loan assistance.

The Cybersecurity Talent Initiative includes an unparalleled group of private sector companies and government agencies that play a vital role in protecting the nation and digital economy.

Founding partners in the program’s inaugural year include:

  • Mastercard
  • Microsoft
  • Workday

Participating federal agencies include:

  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Federal Election Commission
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Naval Intelligence
  • Small Business Administration

“Cybersecurity is a critical issue facing our world today. It will take a true collaboration between the public and private sectors to get the right resources in place to address the threat,” said Ron Green, chief security officer, Mastercard. “We invite more corporations and government agencies to join us in this critical endeavor and give the best and brightest talent an opportunity to get a step up, enhance their skills and pave their own career paths.”

Throughout the program, participants will engage with subject matter experts from the public and private sectors, build an interagency network of cybersecurity colleagues across government and attend leadership development sessions. By working for government organizations and innovative private sector companies, participants will gain an understanding of the complexity of cybersecurity challenges and develop the necessary skills needed to overcome threats to the nation’s digital infrastructure.

“The Army is pleased to join the Cybersecurity Talent Initiative and partner with top companies and universities across the country to develop cybersecurity talent and provide them with opportunities that help support our nation’s defense,” said Brig. Gen. Jennifer Buckner, director of headquarters Department of the Army’s Cyber, Electronic Warfare and Information Operations. “This program reflects not only our emphasis on, but also the immense value we see in public-private partnerships to collaboratively address the country’s cyberspace talent deficit.”

The federal government’s ability to deliver important services to the American people, protect privacy and safeguard classified information requires an effective and secure digital infrastructure overseen by highly skilled cybersecurity professionals. As of June 2018, only four percent of federal cybersecurity employees are under the age of 30, compared to nearly 14 percent of federal cybersecurity employees over the age of 60, according to federal workforce data.

“It is critical for our government to attract and hire highly skilled workers capable of securing federal computer networks and building defenses against the thousands of cyberattacks that occur every year,” said Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, the organization operating the new initiative. “The federal government has fallen more and more behind in the race for cyber talent, and this program will help get it back on track.”

“The Cybersecurity Talent Initiative is an important way for the George Washington University and other top universities to help build a first-class cybersecurity workforce,” said Thomas LeBlanc, president of The George Washington University. “This program offers a unique opportunity for our students to gain invaluable leadership skills and hands-on experience in the public and private sectors, while alleviating the burden of student loan debt.”

Candidates can apply now on the website through October 18. Agencies will make offers by spring 2020 and participants will start in the summer or fall of 2020.

Visit CyberTalentInitiative.org to become a corporate sponsor.

 

SOURCE Partnership for Public Service

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SEC Small Business Advocate to Host Virtual Coffee Breaks Discussing Small Business Capital Raising

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Washington, D.C.–(Newsfile Corp. – March 31, 2020) – The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation is hosting a series of virtual coffee breaks to engage with the public to discuss updates, trends, and perspectives on how COVID-19 is impacting raising capital.

“Recognizing the increased focus on digital engagement as we take COVID-19 precautions, our office looks forward to using technology tools to reach thought leaders across the country to continue our mission of amplifying the voices of small businesses and their investors, from start-up to small cap and from coast-to-coast,” said Director Martha Miller.

Each virtual coffee break will spotlight what’s happening in a particular area of the market, incorporating feedback from entrepreneurs, investors, and other market participants. The office will host its first virtual coffee break on April 3 at 11 a.m. ET to discuss updates in online investment capital raising, a timely topic as many businesses and investors are considering new strategies to bridge networks.

Instructions on how to participate in these virtual events are available on the office’s virtual coffee breaks event page.  Businesses and investors are also encouraged to reach out to the office online at www.sec.gov/oasb, via email at smallbusiness@sec.gov, or by phone at 202-551-5407 for support with their capital raising needs.

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Cypherpunk Holdings Inc. Announces Resignation of CEO Due to Family Illness

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Toronto, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – March 31, 2020) – Cypherpunk Holdings Inc. (CSE: HODL) (“Cypherpunk” or the “Company“) announces that CEO Dominic Frisby is resigning from the company due to family illness.

“It is with great regret that I have to stand down from Cypherpunk Holdings, so early in our company’s evolution. I see such enormous potential both with the company and privacy technology more generally. However, some extremely difficult circumstances have arisen at home that have forced my hand, and I am unable to carry on. I have enjoyed my time as director and CEO enormously, and I would like to thank the board for having given me this opportunity. I am sorry my departure is so sudden.”

With the Covid-19 crisis ongoing, the board has decided it would be inappropriate to appoint a new CEO at present. Instead the focus will be on reducing costs and preserving capital. For the time being, a committee comprised of several directors of the board will run the day-to-day business of the company until a new CEO is appointed.

Cypherpunk Holdings Inc. is a vehicle set up to invest in companies, technologies and protocols, which enhance or protect privacy. Its strategy is to make targeted investments in businesses and assets with strong privacy, often within the blockchain ecosystem, including select cryptocurrencies. Cypherpunk’s common shares trade on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the symbol “HODL”.

More details, and the latest company presentation, can be found at the company website: https://cypherpunkholdings.com/

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Generally, any statements that are not historical facts may contain forward-looking information, and forward-looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or indicates that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will be” taken, “occur” or “be achieved”. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to the Company’s goal of making investments in the blockchain and other sectors and enhancing value. There is no assurance that the Company’s plans or objectives will be implemented as set out herein, or at all. Forward-looking information is based on certain factors and assumptions the Company believes to be reasonable at the time such statements are made and is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. There can be no assurance that such forward-looking information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Forward-looking statements are made based on management’s beliefs, estimates and opinions on the date that statements are made and the Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if these beliefs, estimates and opinions or other circumstances should change, except as required by law. Investors are cautioned against attributing undue certainty to forward-looking statements.

Investor Relations Contact:
Marc Henderson
Director
Cypherpunk Holdings Inc.,
Office: 416.599.8547

To view the source version of this press release, please visit https://www.newsfilecorp.com/release/53997

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Bond Resources Closes Tranche 1 of Non-brokered Private Placement

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Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – March 31, 2020) – BOND RESOURCES INC. (CSE: BJB) (the “Company” or “Bond”) announces that, further to its news releases of November 15, 2019 and February 4, 2020, it has closed Tranche 1 of its non-brokered private placement (the “Financing”), raising $1,618,210 in gross proceeds through the issuance of 8,091,050 units (the “Units”) at a price of $0.20 per Unit. The Financing is being undertaken in conjunction with the Company’s proposed acquisition of an interest in the Mary K Property, in Idaho.

Each Unit is comprised of one common share and one-half of one common share purchase warrant (a “Warrant”), with each whole Warrant entitling the holder to purchase one common share (a “Share”) of the Company at a price of $0.40 per Share for a period of two years following the closing date, subject to an accelerated expiry if the closing price of the Shares is equal to or greater than $0.60 per Share for 20 consecutive trading days at any time following four months after the date of closing.

The structure of the transaction to acquire the Mary K Property has changed to reflect that new agreements with the property owners have been put in place. Bond will now be acquiring all of the shares of a private Canadian company, which wholly owns a US subsidiary, which in turn holds the contractual rights to acquire the Mary K Property. The overall cost to acquire the Mary K Property remains the same; however some of those costs have already been paid by the target company. As a result, the number of shares to be issued to acquire the target has increased to 66,000,000 shares.

The Company intends to use the proceeds from the Financing toward making initial payments to the underlying property owners ($507,600), initiating the recommended work program on the property ($850,000), and costs associated with closing the transaction.

Aggregate compensation of $85,128.00 and 212,820 finders’ warrants (having the same general terms as the Warrants) was paid by the Company to Mackie Research Capital Corporation as a finders’ fee for the portion of the Tranche 1 closing of the Financing attributable to their efforts.

All securities issued in connection with the Financing are subject to a hold period of four months and one day in accordance with the rules and policies of the Canadian Securities Exchange and applicable Canadian securities laws. The Company has 13,941,050 common shares issued and outstanding following the completion of the Financing.

The Company has received a technical report on the Mark K Property, which it has filed with the CSE as part of its application for approval of the proposed transaction. A copy will be posted on SEDAR upon closing.

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The Transaction was negotiated at arm’s length. The Transaction constitutes a fundamental transaction under the policies of the Canadian Securities Exchange (the “CSE”) including a change of control, and as such, it will require approval of the Exchange and a majority of the minority shareholders of Bond. It is expected trading of Bond’s common shares on the CSE will remain halted pending closing of the Transaction.

Further details will follow in subsequent news releases and the Listing Statement to be filed with the CSE.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

Signed “Robert Eadie”
Robert Eadie, Lead Director

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Telephone: 1-604-602-4935
Facsimile: 1-604-602-4936
Contact: Robert Eadie

The Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or the accuracy of the contents of this release.

This news release does not constitute an offer of sale of any of the foregoing securities in the United States. None of the foregoing securities have been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “1933 Act”) or any applicable state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons (as defined in Regulation S under the 1933 Act) or persons in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements. This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor will there be any sale of the foregoing securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION: This news release includes certain “forward-looking statements” under applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to: the ability to close the Transaction; the terms and conditions of the proposed Transaction; the terms and conditions of the proposed Financing; future work to be carried on the Property; use of funds; and the business and operations of Bond after the proposed Transaction. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. There is no assurance any of the forward-looking statements will be completed as described herein, or at all. Such factors include, but are not limited to: general business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties; operating and technical difficulties in connection with mineral exploration and development activities, lack of investor interest in the Financing; requirements for additional capital; future prices of gold and precious metals; changes in general economic conditions; accidents, delays or the failure to receive board, shareholder or regulatory approvals, including the required permits; results of current exploration and testing; changes in laws, regulations and policies affecting mining operations; and title disputes. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Bond Resources disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

To view the source version of this press release, please visit https://www.newsfilecorp.com/release/53987

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