All Lines Technology Announces New Hires

Techburgher loves publishing news of local tech companies making new hires. Pittsburgh-based All Lines Technology, a  provider of enterprise business solutions that integrate IT and procurement services with advanced technology products, announced the following new hires:

  • Jerry Thomas – Business Development Manager;
  • Ron Caruso – Director of Sales & Operations; and
  • Alan Striegel – Senior Engineer

Awarded the 2009 IT Vendor of the Year by Heinz North America and recently named HP’s fastest growing Enterprise Elite Partner in Southwestern Pennsylvania, All Lines Technology is expanding its business and technology teams to support the company’s growing base of customers located throughout Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and West Virginia.  All Lines Technology helps clients, large and small, to streamline and improve the way they buy, implement and manage the technology infrastructure that supports their mission-critical business applications.

Anti-Phishing Phil Training Game Now Available as eLearning Courseware through Plateau’s iContent

In its drive to make its solutions available to a broader range of companies, Wombat Security Technologies has joined Plateau’s iContent partner ecosystem to make its flagship Anti-Phishing Phil training game available as eLearning content. While Phil is easy to deploy, iContent makes it available via a content-as-a-service solution so that organizations, specifically small and mid-sized companies, no longer have to deploy the educational game on company servers.

“Making this training game available to users through iContent significantly expands visibility for and access to Anti-Phishing Phil,” said Dr. Norman Sadeh, Founder and CEO of Wombat Security Technologies. “By making the interactive and instructive Anti-Phishing Phil courseware available for immediate access in a fully hosted and managed environment, we are providing a truly unique learner experience that will help organizations, especially small and mid-sized companies, protect themselves against phishing scams.”

Anti-Phishing Phil is a creative, interactive online game designed to teach users how to identify phishing URLs and avoid phishing scams that may compromise their computers, data and privacy. During the game, users assume the identity of a fish named Phil who swims through the ocean deciding whether to eat or reject worms associated with URLs. Phil’s goal is to eat the worms that are legitimate URLs and rejects those that are not. After each round, the game provides users with feedback and tips on the choices Phil made. Because this training format is more engaging than traditional training content, users are more likely to retain what they have learned.

In fact, according to Scientific American Magazine which featured the game in an article last year titled How to Foil “Phishing” Scams, “the ability of subjects who had played the game to distinguish legitimate from fraudulent URLs improved nearly twice as much as that of those trained with standard materials.”

With the increase in cyber attacks and significant revenue loss resulting from phishing scams, demand for the Anti-Phishing Phil training game is growing. Offering this training through iContent expands the game’s reach and allows organizations across the globe to deliver the training quickly and easily to employees while minimizing IT investment and involvement.

“Through this agreement, Wombat Security Technologies and iContent are delivering a unique, cost-effective training solution that addresses a very real security pain,” said Lee Wright, Sr. Director of Services, iContent, at Plateau Systems. “Being able to manage and deliver Anti-Phishing Phil through a SaaS (or CaaS) solution is especially beneficial for those organizations who have a need for this type of training but do not necessarily have the human or technical bandwidth or resources to support it.”

iContent, the industry’s first and only Content-as-a-Service (CaaS) solution to provide a single point of procurement, centralized management, hosting for all third-party and in-house content and an all-inclusive service-level guarantee, allows organizations to find, purchase and deliver relevant eLearning to their end-users. Launching eLearning content – including content authored for AICC or SCORM – through iContent is a seamless and straightforward. Users simply log-in and launch the content through Plateau’s industry-leading SaaS-based learning management system (LMS). Today, more than 1.4 million users spanning 154 countries are using iContent to deliver and access e-learning content.

TechVibe Radio 1360 AM Sets Schedule for Fall/Winter

Be sure to tune in to TechVibe Radio Today (Nov.3) from 2-5 p.m. on AM 1360 WMNY as the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Jonathan Kersting and Audrey Russo interview the region’s coolest tech companies and the personalities behind them.

Today’s show will include:

  • The Penn State Center
  • ATRP Solutions
  • ClearCount
  • Pennsylvania Business Technology Conference

Keep your dial tuned to TechVibe radio on these Tuesdays: Nov. 17; Dec. 1 and 15; and Jan. 5 and 19  from 2 to 5 p.m. to stay on top of Pittsburgh’s tech scene.

Lacking an AM/FM radio? No worries, stream the show right here or listen on the phone at 724-898-WMNY (9669)

Scenic View Cabins and Lodges in the Laurel Highlands Taps Virtual Edge for More Work

Virtual Edge Collaborative, an alternative to U.S. and Pittsburgh advertising agencies, marketing companies, marketing firms, marketing agencies, web design companies and graphic design companies, has been hired again by Scenic View Cabins and Lodges in the Laurel Highlands to create and produce additional marketing materials to support its recent rebranding.

Virtual Edge Collaborative recently completed work on the property’s rebranding initiative, which included a renaming, new logo and new identity materials for the Pennsylvania lodging and event s destination. These efforts have now evolved into the creation and production of additional materials to further support this initiative, including a 12-page capabilities brochure and catalog envelope, 2-sided enlarged postcard and a press release. The brochure and matching catalog envelope will be utilized to respond to new reservation inquiries, while the postcard and press release will officially announce the renaming and rebranding of the property to the public and existing/potential customers.
 
“It is always pretty special to work with any client that is so happy with what we have previously done for them, that they come back to tap us for more work. Our first projects with Scenic View were a huge success. We are thrilled to work such a wonderful group of people again to help them further promote such a lovely destination,” said Virtual Edge President + CEO, Gregg P. Gantwarg.
 
About Scenic View:
Scenic View is a 180-acre lodging and events destination located in Laurel Highlands, just minutes from Pittsburgh’s two major ski resorts and vacation spots, (Seven Springs and Hidden Valley). The property is surrounded by natural beauty in a serene setting in Rockwood, PA, a borough of Somerset County. Among its many attributes are breathtaking panoramic views/private lake, clean and spacious lodging accommodations, ample special events facilities, close proximity to a host of activities and attractions, and a value that is unmatched to any comparable local destination. For more information, please call 412.231.2979 (ext. 103) or email sevans@scenicviewpa.com
 
About Virtual Edge Collaborative:
Virtual Edge Collaborative (The Virtual Marketing Firm) is Pittsburgh’s first and only virtual marketing firm. Virtual Edge Collaborative’s revolutionary virtual business model makes it possible for small to mid-sized businesses throughout the United States to receive high-quality marketing services, on an a la carte, all inclusive flat fee basis, from seasoned industry pros, without it costing a small fortune. Virtual Edge Collaborative typically charges up to 50% less than the average ad agency or print/web design firm.

Apangea Learning Receives Tech & Learning’s 2009 Award of Excellence

Apangea Learning Inc., leaders in personalized, one-on-one online tutoring for students nationwide, is pleased to announce Apangea Writing has been honored with the prestigious 2009 Award of Excellence from Tech & Learning magazine, a top resource for K-12 leaders.  Apangea Writing was awarded the Award of Excellence in the New Products category in education and will be showcased in Tech & Learning’s December 2009 Awards Issue and featured online at www.techlearning.com.

Tech & Learning’s Awards of Excellence program has been recognizing outstanding education technology products for the last quarter century. With a solid reputation in the industry as a longstanding, high quality program, the Awards of Excellence recognize the “best of the best” that help educators in the business of teaching, training and managing with technology.

“It is a true honor to be recognized by Tech & Learning and be the recipient of its 2009 Award of Excellence,” expressed Apangea Learning CEO Mark DeSantis. “I am very proud of the work and dedication of entire Apangea team and all of our customers who have contributed great ideas to the development of Apangea Writing.”

All entries are tested by a panel of more than 30 educators in several rounds of judging of more than 100 entries across the country. Evaluation criteria for all entries include: quality, effectiveness, ease of use, creative use of technology, and suitability for use in an educational environment. “Our judges, who include stalwarts such as our resident expert Joe Huber and the staff of Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy, put dozens of entries through their paces. To come out with their seal of approval is a testament to the product” says Kevin Hogan, Editorial Director for NewBay Media’s Tech & Learning Group.

Apangea Writing, a solution designed to help student achieve writing proficiency, was released for the start of 2008-2009 school year. Highlights of Apangea Writing include:

Live, Online Certified Teachers – Customized feedback is provided through “intelligent” tutoring technology and live, certified teachers.

6-Step Writing Process – Based on one of world’s largest bodies of cognitive research, the six-step process teaches students the framework and critical skills needed to become a strong writer.

Built-in Reward – The motivational system rewards students for effort and achievement.

Advanced Reporting and Measurement – Educators monitor and track student progress and pinpoint trouble areas through easy to use, graphically rich reports.