Steps to take to protect your company from the Heartbleed bug

Ideal Integrations is the "Outsourced CIO" columnist for TEQ magazine.

Ideal Integrations is the “Outsourced CIO” columnist for TEQ magazine.

By Ideal Integrations, Outsourced CIO, TEQ magazine

The Heartbleed Bug is certainly causing some security concerns in the technology world this week.  We want to give you a few thoughts on what to do about the Heartbleed bug.

What The Heartbleed Bug Is:

The Heartbleed bug is a vulnerability in the OpenSSL cryptographic library that allows stealing of information normally protected by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet.  OpenSSL is open-source software that is widely used to encrypt web communications.  SSL/TLS is what normally provides secure and private communication over the Internet via websites, email, IM, and VPNs.  According to CNET, an attacker can exploit Heartbleed to essentially “get copies of a server’s digital keys then use that to impersonate servers or to decrypt communications from the past or potentially the future, too.”  Heartbleed is being taken so seriously because OpenSSL is widely used.

What Steps Your Organization Should Take:

Numerous technology providers have already provided a signature to prevent the bug, so check your environment to verify it is active and current on all subscriptions.  We also highly recommend you take steps to fix the issue by changing your certifications and resetting passwords to ensure you are protected.

Once all components of your infrastructure have been patched, we strongly suggest that you reset the passwords associated with those accounts.  All of these steps together will help to protect your environment from any threats from the Heartbleed bug.

What Steps You Personally Should Take:

We suggest that you also protect yourself personally as over half of all websites are potentially susceptible to this problem.  Be on the lookout for spammers  trying to take advantage of this situation and luring you to fake password reset websites.  Always go directly to the website in question and change your password there.

Click here for another great article on the matter of changing passwords and protection.

Should you need any further assistance or have additional concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at communications@idealintegrations.net.

The Society for Analytical Chemists sponsors the 2014 Tripartite Symposium featuring Madame Marie Curie

This one-woman drama exposes the struggles and triumphs of Madame Marie Curie (née Maria Skłodowska) — an academically impassioned, vehemently private, fervently Polish scientist, mother, and teacher. From the political oppression of her childhood, to scientific emergence and fame to the tragedy that forced her into single motherhood as well as further world prominence, this is a life that challenges our assumptions about what one person can achieve and the responsibilities of science.

(The Polish spelling of Marie Curie’s childhood name is “Mania.” “Manya” was chosen to assist pronunciation.)

Her discoveries of radium and radioactivity revolutionized our world. She opened the doors of science to women world-wide. And yet, ironically, Marie Curie almost never made it into the laboratory. Witness a life that challenges our assumptions about what one person can achieve and the responsibilities of science.

WHEN: Saturday, May 3, 2014

WHERE: Parran Hall, University of Pittsburgh

COST: $15 (Adult); $5 (Retiree & Student aged 12 & up) (Includes reception & parking)

http://www.sacp.org/lectures-symposia/

Governor Corbett Announces Computer Aid, Inc. to Expand in Harrisburg, Creating 50 New High-Paying Jobs

Computer Aid, Inc.

Computer Aid, Inc.

Continuing to advance his JOBS1st PA initiative, Governor Tom Corbett recently announced that Computer Aid, Inc., an IT services firm, has established an office in Harrisburg, a move that will create 50 new high-paying jobs.

In 2012, Gov. Corbett launched JOBS1st PA as a comprehensive roadmap to economic recovery that harnessed the state’s resources and talents to prioritize private-sector job creation and retention. Today, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate stands at a five-year low and jobs have been growing on a consistent basis for nearly four years.

“Our economy continues to rise and everyday companies are choosing Pennsylvania as the best place to grow their business,” said Corbett. “My administration is proud to partner with Computer Aid to provide high-paying jobs to our citizens and real-world experience for our students.”

Computer Aid, Inc. (CAI) has entered into a lease for space in Harrisburg University in downtown Harrisburg. The company plans to invest nearly $1.3 million in the project including fitting out the building space to accommodate new computer systems, new offices and conference rooms. CAI has also committed to creating at least 50 new jobs and retaining 619 more positions over the next three years.

CAI has entered into a contract with Highmark to manage its IT revitalization project for its subsidiary United Concordia Dental. CAI will be using part-time college students to fill some project roles, providing the students with real world experience.

The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development including a $225,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant that facilitates investment and job creation. Computer Aid has accepted the funding proposal, but must still apply for the grant and agree to the terms prior to award receipt.

The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the Governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania in collaboration with the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC.

Computer Aid, Inc. is a global IT services firm with a network of support centers in the U.S. and abroad. CAI was incorporated in Pennsylvania in 1981 and is headquartered in Allentown.

For more information on Computer Aid, Inc. visit www.compaid.com.

For more information about Corbett’s commitment to job creation, visit www.pa.gov.

CEI hires Christine Locklin as Vice President

 

Computer Enterprises Inc.

Computer Enterprises Inc.

Computer Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a Pittsburgh-based information technology firm, announces the appointment of Christine Locklin as Vice President.

“We are excited to be able to add Chris to our growing team,” said John Hillenbrand, CEO of CEI. “She brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and relationships that will significantly impact our footprint in the Pittsburgh area.”

Locklin’s role is to help execute CEI’s growth strategy and strategic initiatives. She is a well-respected IT Executive with 25 years of experience in strategy and planning, general management, sales leadership/management and P&L management. Prior to joining CEI, she held regional and Pittsburgh based sales and operational leadership positions with Ciber as Regional Vice President and Vice President/Area Director of Pittsburgh branch. Under her leadership, she led her business unit into a more diversified business model and had a consistent track record of meeting goals resulting in constant growth with high customer and employee satisfaction. The Pittsburgh branch was one of the largest and fastest growing business units at Ciber.

Locklin is results oriented and known for her entrepreneurial style, ability to build and develop effective sales teams and excellent relationship and people management skills. As a strategic thinker, she feels that CEI should not only grow but continually evolve to meet the changing business and technology needs of our customers.

“I am elated to join CEI as the new Vice President and join an organization that has a long history of delivering high quality solutions to their clients,” said Locklin. “I look forward to working with the leadership team to build upon CEI’s solid foundation, and take it to the next level.”

Additionally, Locklin is involved with various technology groups as well as local charities serving on the Board of Arsenal Family and Children’s services.

About CEI
Since its founding in 1992, CEI has delivered high quality software development solutions to companies of all sizes across most industries. Our architects use their substantial experience to deliver complex projects that solve real business problems. CEI strives to be a thought leader in Microsoft, Java, Open Source and Mobile development.

CEI has been assessed at CMMI Level 5 and has been recognized by Forrester for innovation through our Global Agile Methodology. CEI is also certified as a Minority Business Enterprise by the National Minority Supplier Development Council. This certification assists our clients in meeting their vendor diversity objectives. CEI received the Microsoft 2013 East Region Rookie Partner of the Year award.

CEI’s vision is to be the leading service provider in contracting and project-based solutions to a diverse and targeted base of established and emerging corporations.

CEI Employees win first place at Pittsburgh Startup Weekend

Pittsburgh Startup Weekend

Pittsburgh Startup Weekend

CEI employees, Irwin Hurst and Jason Agostoni, were part of a team that won first place at Startup Weekend in Pittsburgh. Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. According to Startup Weekend, they are the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs, with events in over 100 countries and 580 cities around the world.

The winning idea, Tagalong Tour, was originally pitched by Hurst. All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

According to the Pittsburgh Business Times, of the 70 ideas that were pitched during Friday night’s kickoff, only 12 advanced on through the weekend. Teams containing roughly 15 people then ran with these ideas, developing apps and products to pitch to participants and coaches. The awards were handed out at AlphaLab Gear’s East Liberty space.

Tagalong Tour started as a travel app but soon pivoted into a social app with the goal of allowing people to share their favorite places in the form of a tour. Tagalong Tourists can use their mobile phone to discover new and amazing things about any place they are traveling.

By the end of the weekend the team made an amazing amount of progress with a working iPhone App, a web site for sharing tours (www.tagalongtour.com), and an ad based revenue model with four local businesses already signed up for their paid beta program. Already active on the Tagalong Tour site are several Pittsburgh tours, including a tour of East Liberty, a guide to the best pizzas in Pittsburgh and advice on where to go for drinks on the city’s South Side. While the website is active, there is more work that needs done before releasing the app, but interested users can sign up for alerts to let them know when the product is ready for beta testing. The startup’s Twitter handle is @TagalongTour.

“We definitely didn’t win because it was the best idea but because we had the best team,” said Hurst.  “From the design and development, to the marketing, to the business model the team had everything covered.”

Tagalong Tour won a co-working space to continue developing their app, a membership to the Pittsburgh Technology Council, lunches with investors and an opportunity to pitch their product at TechCocktail Pittsburgh, on April 17.

About CEI

Since its founding in 1992, CEI has delivered high quality software development solutions to companies of all sizes across most industries. Our architects use their substantial experience to deliver complex projects that solve real business problems. CEI strives to be a thought leader in Microsoft, Java, Open Source and Mobile development.

CEI has been assessed at CMMI Level 5 and has been recognized by Forrester for innovation through our Global Agile Methodology. CEI is also certified as a Minority Business Enterprise by the National Minority Supplier Development Council. This certification assists our clients in meeting their vendor diversity objectives. CEI received the Microsoft 2013 East Region Rookie Partner of the Year award.

CEI’s vision is to be the leading service provider in contracting and project-based solutions to a diverse and targeted base of established and emerging corporations.