McAfee Announces Partnership w Turkish Entrepreneuer's TransientX for Zero-Trust Network Access

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--McAfee, the device-to-cloud cybersecurity company, today announced new partnerships with leading Zero-Trust Network Access (ZTNA) vendors, providing enhanced security to ZTNA deployments for enterprise customers. Appgate, Axis Security, and TransientX join the McAfee Security Innovation Alliance (SIA) program, which will include certifying their integrations with McAfee technology as part of the SIA open-provider approach to Zero-Trust. This builds on McAfee’s existing zero-trust initiatives, including participation in Google Cloud’s BeyondCorp Alliance.

SNC's Dream Chaser Mission Delayed

Citing delays related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has pushed back the time frame for the first mission using its Dream Chaser spaceplane. Formerly scheduled for late 2021, the company now expects the Dream Chaser to make its initial flight to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2022. The cargo mission will be the first of a minimum of six conducted under a Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS-2) contract with NASA.

YouTube Bows to Pressure to Set Up Turkey Office

YouTube has bowed to pressure from Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to set up an office in the country after the government threatened the video-streaming service with a de facto ban. The Google-owned streaming site said it had spent months “thoroughly analysing” a new social media law passed earlier this year at the behest of Mr Erdogan, which requires social media providers to adhere to stringent new conditions or face a reduction of their internet bandwidth of as much as 90 per cent. 

Pandemic Delays Maiden Dream Chaser Flight Aboard Vulcan

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has announced that the maiden flight of the company’s Dream Chaser spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) has been pushed to 2022. The Dream Chaser spacecraft was designed to carry crew and cargo to the ISS. In January 2016, NASA awarded SNC with a set of six space station resupply missions. The company did not, however, receive funding to proceed with the development of a crewed version of the spacecraft. In August 2019, SNC announced that it had selected the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Vulcan to carry all six initial Dream Chaser flights. The announcement added an expected maiden launch date of 2021.

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Ali Koc Buys $14.5 Million Bird Streets Mansion in Los Angeles

For moneyed homebuyers seeking maximum view wattage, it’s tough to beat L.A.’s Bird Streets neighborhood. Set at the far western end of the Hollywood Hills, high above the Sunset Strip, many Birds lots have views that are just as incredible during the night — when the glittering lights of the entire city are spread below one’s feet — as they are during the day, when the downtown L.A. skyline, the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island are visible, along with everything in between.

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6 Charged in 'Birth Tourism' Scheme that Cost U.S. Taxpayers Millions

Six people were charged in an elaborate “birth tourism” scheme that helped Turkish women secure U.S. citizenship for their children and cost American taxpayers upward of $2 million, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. The alleged ringleaders, Sarah Kaplan and Ibrahim Aksakal, both residents of Long Island, New York, brazenly advertised their services on Turkish-language Facebook pages and websites with titles like “My baby should be born in America,” prosecutors said.

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Secretary Pompeo: It's clear that the 5G tide has turned."

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continues to highlight the importance of America's progress in developing a coalition of countries committed to building a secure global 5G network.

"It's clear that the 5G tide has turned…More than 25 EU and NATO countries are members of our clean network, pledging to use only trusted vendors, and there's more to follow. We issued a joint statement with the EU on the synergies between the clean network and the EU 5G clean toolbox. Since the adoption of the toolbox meets the criteria of being a part of the clean network, the two work well together."

Secretary Pompeo said :"We call on all freedom-loving nations and companies to join the Clean Network." The Clean network has six parameters: Clean Carrier, Clean Apps, Clean Store, Clean Cloud, Clean Cable, Clean Path.

State Department Officials continue  to visit  European countries, including EU and NATO headquarters, to discuss the growing momentum toward clean 5G infrastructure and the goal of building a Transatlantic Clean Network.

According to Pompeo, more than 40 countries and 50 telcos have joined the U.S. in the "clean network" initiative launched this summer. 

U.S. Has six programs: 

  • Clean Carrier: Make sure Chinese telecom carriers don't have access to U.S. networks.
  • Clean Store: Remove Chinese apps from U.S. mobile app stores.
  • Clean Apps: Chinese smartphone makers will not be able to pre-install any U.S. companies' apps.
  • Clean Cloud: American citizens' and businesses' data is not allowed to be stored on cloud services provided by Chinese internet companies.
  • Clean Cable: Ensure that China does not intercept communication through undersea cables.
  • Clean Path: 5G Clean Path is an end-to-end communication path that does not use any transmission, control, computing, or storage equipment from untrusted IT vendors, such as Huawei and ZTE, required to comply with directives of the Chinese Communist Party.

U.K ,Czech Republic, Poland, Sweden, Estonia, Romania, Denmark, and Latvia are some of the countries who chose to allow only trusted vendors in their 5G Networks.

Secretary Pompeo on Turkey

"They make it more difficult. The fact that you have a significant amount of data in Turkey now, in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party, means that we have to be even more careful. We have to ensure that our networks are secure — that is, our defense networks, our security networks; it's not only military and security networks that will be impacted by increasing activity inside of Turkey or any other country from Chinese networks. We're going to make sure and protect American data."

Huwaei In Turkey:

Huawei has been active in Turkey over 17 years and employs 1,300 staff members in Turkey. There are over 400 engineers working in Turkey focusing on 5G and artificial intelligence and other areas.

"China has invested $3 billion in Turkey between 2016 and 2019 and intends to double that by the end of next year," Stanford University's Ayca Alemdaroglu and the University of Chicago's Sultan Tepe observed in a recent Foreign Policy magazine analysis


A Global Crisis Means A Global Response

Millions of dollars’ worth of emergency assistance to more than 20 at-risk countries has been released by Islamic Relief (of which Islamic Relief USA is a part of) in a bid to stem the spread of the deadly Coronavirus, help those infected and support vulnerable communities that have been the hardest hit. Thousands of hygiene kits containing essentials like hand sanitizer, surgical masks and thermometers have already been delivered to high-risk communities in places like Syria and Afghanistan where vital health infrastructure has crumbled due to conflict. 

Dr. Mehmet Oz: "Practice social distancing."

Dr.Mehmet Oz, Turkish-American, a famous doctor from The Dr. Oz Show, was interview by Ali Cinar. Dr. Oz talked about the social distancing rules, the latest on the vaccine, plasma treatment, and other issues related to coronavirus pandemic.Dr. Oz is ranked #1 of the most influential Turkish-Americans, and he was also one of the awardees of Turk of America Magazine.

When do you see the coronavirus stopping?

    1. Since this is a novel, or new, virus, it’s hard to predict when its transmission will slow or completely stop.
    2. During the coming months of April and May we hope that social distancing will impact the number of coronavirus cases and cause transmission to slow.
    3. Some medical professionals think that as the weather gets warmer (in the months of May, June and July) we may see transmission slow because the virus swell and does not travel as far thru air.
    4. We will probably see the virus come back again as the weather gets colder - and that’s something everyone, especially the healthcare system, should consider preparing for.

Any comment on a vaccine?

    1. There are multiple companies working on a vaccine right now which is good news! But unfortunately I don’t anticipate a vaccine before 12-18 months. This is because vaccines have to prove both safety and efficacy, meaning that this vaccine is not only safe for the public but that it actually works.
    2. This involves multiple clinical trials which take time and that’s why I think it will be 12-18 months before we have a vaccine

Does plasma treatment  work for the patients?

    1. Plasma treatment would mean that antibodies, proteins made by the immune system to attack the virus, could be taken people who have recovered from the virus and be given to people who haven’t had the virus yet. Essentially allowing people to be able to fight the virus off should they ever get infected
    2. Medical centers around the world are starting trials to see if plasma treatment could work and a promising report from our biggest journal JAMA is supportive

What is/are your recommendation(s) regarding people using a mask in public?

    1. The purpose of wearing a mask is to decrease the chance that people who are infected spread the disease to others.
    2. You can wear a homemade mask - but keep in mind that it offers a limited amount of protection if any protection at all.
    3. Even if you are wearing a mask, you should still be washing your hands for at least 20 seconds and staying inside as much as possible

What is/are your recommendation(s) to people to protect themselves.

    1. Right now the number one thing people can do to protect themselves is practice social distancing. We don’t have a vaccine that we can deploy so our best weapon against the virus is to stay at home. This means avoiding any large gatherings and maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet (2 meters) from others when you go places like a grocery store.
    2. People should also make sure to practice hygiene measures like washing their hands for at least 20 seconds and cleaning any high touch surfaces in their home multiple times a day.

Do you think that the estimated number of fatalities will reach the projected amount of 100k-240k?

    1. Sadly, I do think it’s possible that the estimates made by some of America’s leading experts could be reached.
    2. If people follow the recommendations made by organizations like the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we could prevent the fatality number from getting that high.

How can NYC prevent this peak or what can New Yorkers do to lower this number?

    1. The number one thing that people can do especially New Yorkers can do at this time is practice social distancing. We are evaluating some promising medical therapies to reduce the impact of infection like hydroxychloroquine and antibiotics and antivirals.


*Our Journalist Ali Cinar's interview with Dr.Mehmet Oz was also published on Milliyet in Turkish.

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