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July 2017 Security Update with Amy Krohn

Veracity Consulting’s Vice President of Technology, Amy Krohn delivers the following recap of the cybersecurity happenings for the end of June through early July 2017 time period.

Template Injection Used in Attacks on U.S. Critical Infrastructure: The recent attacks aimed at energy facilities and other critical infrastructure organizations in the United States have leveraged a technique called template injection, according to Ciscoís Talos intelligence and research group.The U.S. Department of Energy said it was working with affected firms and pointed out that only administrative and business networks appeared to be impacted, not systems controlling the energy infrastructure.

Dok’ Mac Malware Used to Target Swiss Banks:A variant of the Dok malware for Mac targets Swiss banking users in attacks that appear to be part of Operation Emmenta.

PoS Malware Hits Avanti Payment Kiosks:Cybercriminals used PoSeidon PoS malware to steal payment card and biometric data from Avanti kiosks.

Flaws Found in Dell EMC Data Protection, ESRS Products: Dell EMC provides patches and workarounds for vulnerabilities found in its Data Protection Advisor and ESRS Policy Manager products.

Kaspersky Releases Open Source Digital Forensics Tool: Kaspersky releases source code of Bitscout, a compact and customizable tool designed for remote digital forensics.

Google to Completely Ban WoSign, StartCom Certificates in Chrome 61: websites still using StartCom or WoSign-issued certificates should consider replacing these certificates. Apple and Mozilla have already decided to ban WoSign and StartCom for at least one year. Talk to your System Administrator and web developers about this change.

75 % of U.S. Companies Think GDPR Doesn’t Apply to Them: A new report focusing on Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) preparedness shows a worrying disconnect between Business and Security. GDPR will come into effect in May 2018, and the regulation will require close cooperation between Business, IT and Security to enable and ensure regulatory compliance across the whole organization. The penalty for failure is severe: up to €20 million or 4% of global turnover.  To comply with disclosure requirements, companies need to have a detailed and thorough incident response plan in place; and for this to be effective, all aspects of the business (not just IT and Security) need to know exactly what must be done.  If you don’t have one talk to your IT teams about it. If you need a security assessment, contact the Veracity team and we will get you started.

About Veracity Consulting

Veracity Consulting is a Kansas City-based technology firm with a reputation of implementing and managing IT solutions and business strategies. Our mission is to change the complex world of technology into a more efficient and profitable solution for businesses and communities. We use a collaborative approach with our clients to create and implement viable and relevant solutions. We offer a comprehensive range of commercial and government solutions in the areas of Program Management, Data Management and Analytics, Strategy and Architecture, Managed Infrastructure, and Security.

About Amy Krohn

Amy Krohn has served as a leader in the technology industry for over 20 years.  Her areas of expertise include leading organizations and companies in executive leadership, strategic planning, enterprise architecture, as a mentor, leadership development, organizational change management, delivery management, vendor management, service management, and process improvements.  Amy currently serves as Veracity Consulting’s Vice President of Technology.

 

Hot Jobs for the Week of June 15th

Want to join the Veracity Family? Take a look at some of the most exciting roles going this week…

Working for us isn’t about slaving away from nine to five, it’s about having a passion and commitment!  Join our team and together we’ll change the way the world looks at technology. Find out more and apply now at Veracity careers.

Are You Our Rockstar Project Manager?

Our Project Manager is responsible for coordinating effort, work and integration across software development projects.  We need someone that can lead project teams in the implementation efforts for projects/programs lead by the PCO/PMO team, ensuring that they are accurate, secure and efficient.  You will manages the contractual commitments, scopes of work, budgets, and timelines of multiple projects simultaneously. Additionally you will direct and monitor work on a daily basis, identifying resource needs, performing quality review, and escalating functional, quality, and timeline issues appropriately.  You will serve as the primary technical liaison for a project from initiation through delivery. Interested? Join our team and let’s build something great!

Helpdesk Specialist (Journeyman/woman)

We’re looking for a Helpdesk Specialist to join our team to respond to and diagnoses problems through discussion with users.  Our Helpdesk Journeyperson ensures a timely process thoroughly which problems are controlled.  A few duties includes problem recognition, research, isolation, resolution, and follow-up steps. Supervises operation of help desk and serves as a focal point for customer concerns.  We also need someone who has excellent skills and an ability to execute  in a fast moving environment. If that sounds like you, apply now on the Veracity careers page.

About Amy Riedel

Amy Riedel, Director, Recruiting and Talent Acquisition

Amy Riedel, Director, Recruiting and Talent Acquisition

Amy Riedel has recruited a good number of amazing people to work on accounts with a cornucopia of clients. She is leading Veracity’s recruiting strategy and acquisition efforts across the United States.  Her team of recruiting ‘sleuths’  search the “ends of the earth,”  looking for the best in Engineering,  Program Management, and System Administration. With offices on the East coast, West coast and in the Midwest, Veracity looks for talent from all over the United States to join their team.

About Veracity Consulting

Veracity Consulting is a Kansas City-based technology firm with a reputation of implementing and managing IT solutions and business strategies. Our mission is to change the complex world of technology into a more efficient and profitable solution for businesses and
communities. We use a collaborative approach with our clients to create and implement viable and relevant solutions.

We offer a comprehensive range of commercial and government solutions in the areas of Program Management, Data Services,
Enterprise Architecture, Managed Infrastructure, Security, and Web Services.

Hot Jobs for the Week of June 15th

Want to join the Veracity Family? Take a look at some of the most exciting roles going this week…

Working for us isn’t about slaving away from nine to five, it’s about having a passion and commitment!  Join our team and together we’ll change the way the world looks at technology. Find out more and apply now at Veracity careers.

Are You Our New Project Manager?

Our Project Manager is responsible for coordinating effort, work and integration across software development projects.  We need someone that can lead project teams in the implementation efforts for projects/programs lead by the PCO/PMO team, ensuring that they are accurate, secure and efficient.  You will manages the contractual commitments, scopes of work, budgets, and timelines of multiple projects simultaneously. Additionally you will direct and monitor work on a daily basis, identifying resource needs, performing quality review, and escalating functional, quality, and timeline issues appropriately.  You will serve as the primary technical liaison for a project from initiation through delivery. Interested? Join our team and let’s build something great!

 

Helpdesk Specialist (Journeyman/woman)

We’re looking for a Helpdesk Specialist to join our team to respond to and diagnoses problems through discussion with users.  Our Healpdesk Journeyperson ensures a timely process thoroughly which problems are controlled.  A few duties includes problem recognition, research, isolation, resolution, and follow-up steps. Supervises operation of help desk and serves as a focal point for customer concerns.  We also need someone who has excellent skills and an ability to execute  in a fast moving environment. If that sounds like you, apply now on the Veracity careers page.

About Amy Riedel

Amy Riedel, Director, Recruiting and Talent Acquisition

Amy Riedel, Director, Recruiting and Talent Acquisition

Amy Riedel has recruited a good number of amazing people to work on accounts with a cornucopia of clients. She is leading Veracity’s recruiting strategy and acquisition efforts across the United States.  Her team of recruiting ‘sleuths’  search the “ends of the earth,”  looking for the best in Engineering,  Program Management, and System Administration. With offices on the East coast, West coast and in the Midwest, Veracity looks for talent from all over the United States to join their team.

About Veracity Consulting

Veracity Consulting is a Kansas City-based technology firm with a reputation of implementing and managing IT solutions and business strategies. Our mission is to change the complex world of technology into a more efficient and profitable solution for businesses and
communities. We use a collaborative approach with our clients to create and implement viable and relevant solutions.

We offer a comprehensive range of commercial and government solutions in the areas of Program Management, Data Services,
Enterprise Architecture, Managed Infrastructure, Security, and Web Services.

Hot Jobs of the week – May 1st

There’s loads happening across Veracity, take a look at the roles below to see how you could get involved and join the Veracity family.

This is an exciting opportunity to join our Billing Transformation Team.

Are You Are Trainer with Oracle CC&B experience, Kansas City, MO

We are looking for a Trainer with Oracle CC&B experience to join our team on a Billing Transformation (Legacy to Oracle CC&B) We would ideally like the candidate to have the following experience:

  • Utility Experience
  • CCB Experience
  • UPK Experience (preferred)
  • Excellent verbal & written skills
  • Technically adept – can learn & apply new systems easily
  • Team focused & oriented
  • Experience in creating curriculum or training documentation preferred 

About Amy Riedel

Amy Riedel has recruited a good number of amazing people to work on accounts with a cornucopia of clients. She is leading Veracity’s recruiting strategy and acquisition efforts across the United States.  Her team of recruiting ‘sleuths’  search the “ends of the earth,”  looking for the best in Engineering,  Program Management, and System Administration. With offices on the East coast, West coast and in the Midwest, Veracity looks for talent from all over the United States to join their team.

About Veracity Consulting

Veracity Consulting is a Kansas City-based technology firm with a reputation of implementing and managing IT solutions and business strategies. Our mission is to change the complex world of technology into a more efficient and profitable solution for businesses and
communities. We use a collaborative approach with our clients to create and implement viable and relevant solutions.

We offer a comprehensive range of commercial and government solutions in the areas of Program Management, Data Services, Enterprise Architecture, Managed Infrastructure, Security, and Web Services.

 

Facebook, Microsoft and Adobe! April Security Update with Amy Krohn

Veracity Consulting’s Vice President of Technology, Amy Krohn delivers the following recap of the cybersecurity happenings for April 2017.

VMware released patches for its vCenter Server product to address a critical remote code execution flaw that exists due to the use of a vulnerable third-party component. The vulnerabilities can be exploited for denial-of-service (DoS) attacks, remote code execution, and to obtain sensitive data. The security hole affects vCenter Server 6.0 and 6.5; version 5.5 or other VMware products are not impacted. VMware has advised users to apply the 6.5c and 6.0U3b patches to address the vulnerability.

Facebook on Friday, April 14, 2017, said it disrupted an international fake account operation that was firing off inauthentic “likes” and bogus comments to win friends it would then spam. Under pressure to stem the spread of “fake news,” Facebook has taken a series of steps including making it easier to report such posts and harder to earn money from them. Facebook said the campaign aimed to trick people into connecting as friends they would later target with spam.

Microsoft Patches Office, IE Flaws Exploited in Attacks. Microsoft’s security updates for April 2017 address more than 40 critical, important, and moderately severe vulnerabilities, including three zero-day flaws that have been exploited in attacks. If you are an Office and IE user, please update your applications.

Adobe patches have 60 vulnerabilities  across several products. Security updates by Adobe inform patch users of nearly 60 vulnerabilities across several of the company’s products. The Acrobat and Reader updates address 47 flaws, including many that could lead to simple code execution. Please be sure to accept this update.

Good-bye Microsoft Vista!  Microsoft Kills Support for Windows Vista this month. Now that support has ended, Windows Vista will continue to work as before, only that it will become increasingly vulnerable to security risks and malware. It’s time to upgrade!

About Veracity Consulting

Veracity Consulting is a Kansas City-based technology firm with a reputation of implementing and managing IT solutions and business strategies. Our mission is to change the complex world of technology into a more efficient and profitable solution for businesses and communities. We use a collaborative approach with our clients to create and implement viable and relevant solutions.

We offer a comprehensive range of commercial and government solutions in the areas of Program Management, Data Management and Analytics, Strategy and Architecture, Managed Infrastructure, and Security.

About Amy Krohn

Amy Krohn has served as a leader in the technology industry for over 20 years.  Her areas of expertise include leading organizations and companies in executive leadership, strategic planning, enterprise architecture, as a mentor, leadership development, organizational change management, delivery management, vendor management, service management, and process improvements.  Amy currently serves as Veracity Consulting’s Vice President of Technology.

Jobs of the week – March 27th

No matter what kind of role you’re looking for, there’s a place for everyone at the Veracity. Take a look at some of the most exciting jobs this week…

Working for us isn’t about slaving away from nine to five, it’s about having a passion and commitment!  Join our team and together we’ll change the way the world looks at technology. Find out more and apply now at Veracity careers.

Are You Our New Project Manager?

Our Project Manager is responsible for coordinating effort, work and integration across software development projects.  We need someone that can lead project teams in the implementation efforts for projects/programs lead by the PCO/PMO team, ensuring that they are accurate, secure and efficient.  You will manages the contractual commitments, scopes of work, budgets, and timelines of multiple projects simultaneously. Additionally you will direct and monitor work on a daily basis, identifying resource needs, performing quality review, and escalating functional, quality, and timeline issues appropriately.  You will serve as the primary technical liaison for a project from initiation through delivery. Interested? Join our team and let’s build something great!

QA Testers

You are a meticulous quality assurance rock star who can find the error in a full-stack! You’ll help build some of the finest applications at Veracity. Our Sr. Tester will be responsible for estimation, test case creation, test plan creation, test execution & defect management.  Learn more about our Tester needs here.

Check out all our HOT JOBS and other openings today!  And come work for the best consulting firm in Kansas City!

About Amy Riedel

Amy Riedel has recruited a good number of amazing people to work on accounts with a cornucopia of clients. She is leading Veracity’s recruiting strategy and acquisition efforts across the United States.  Her team of recruiting ‘sleuths’  search the “ends of the earth,”  looking for the best in Engineering,  Program Management, and System Administration. With offices on the East coast, West coast and in the Midwest, Veracity looks for talent from all over the United States to join their team.

About Veracity Consulting

Veracity Consulting is a Kansas City-based technology firm with a reputation of implementing and managing IT solutions and business strategies. Our mission is to change the complex world of technology into a more efficient and profitable solution for businesses and
communities. We use a collaborative approach with our clients to create and implement viable and relevant solutions.

We offer a comprehensive range of commercial and government solutions in the areas of Program Management, Data Services,
Enterprise Architecture, Managed Infrastructure, Security, and Web Services.

Be Bold for Change: International Women’s Day 2017

Today is International Women’s Day. Every March 8th we take a day to celebrate women and diversity; we celebrate mothers, sisters, aunts, daughters, and especially, the future.   

There is much more work to be done. It’s disheartening to see that, even today, gender differences still exist. I feel strongly that anyone should be able to work in an environment that is inclusive. This belief is one of the reasons I created Veracity Consulting. Our culture celebrates differences and encourages people––our people––to be themselves.

At Veracity, we know diversity is the key to our success––in business and in our world. We make inclusivity a priority and, as a business owner, I know firsthand how diversity is a reflection of our community. I am proud to have many strong women working at Veracity! Our female engineers and businesswomen thrive and have an impact in STEM areas. 

Diversity in ideas and perspectives encourages better decision-making, produces more meaningful products, and creates a more interesting and proactive culture at Veracity. We believe that by creating the right environments, programs, and policies, women in technology are better positioned to drive transformational change in the industry and beyond.  

Be Bold For Change,

 

Hot Jobs of the week for February 28th

Looking for a new challenge? You’re in the right place. Check out hot jobs at Veracity this week…

Working for us isn’t about slaving away from nine to five, it’s about having a passion and commitment!  Join our team and together we’ll change the way the world looks at technology. Find out more and apply now at Veracity careers.

Are You Our New Project Manager?

Our Project Manager is responsible for coordinating effort, work and integration across software development projects.  We need someone that can lead project teams in the implementation efforts for projects/programs lead by the PCO/PMO team, ensuring that they are accurate, secure and efficient.  You will manages the contractual commitments, scopes of work, budgets, and time lines of multiple projects simultaneously. Additionally you will direct and monitor work on a daily basis, identifying resource needs, performing quality review, and escalating functional, quality, and timeline issues appropriately.  You will serve as the primary technical liaison for a project from initiation thorough delivery. Interested? Join our team and let’s build something great!

Enterprise Architect

We’re looking for an Enterprise Architect!  Our Enterprise Architects work with stakeholders, both leadership and subject matter experts, to build a holistic view of the organization’s strategy, processes, information, and information technology assets.  Veracity’s enterprise architect links the business mission, strategy, and processes of an organization to its IT strategy, and documents this using multiple architectural models or views that show how the current and future needs of an organization will be met in an efficient, sustainable, agile, and adaptable manner.

Check out all our HOT JOBS and other openings today!  And come work for the best consulting firm in Kansas City!

We need a Sr. Tester

Our Sr. Tester leads the team by setting the pace, prioritizing orders according to business demand, and being the primary POC for the testing team. They will recommend staffing requirements in real time to leadership based on work load and must be able to lead and train operators and testers in all routine department operations.  Must have full capability to process and create DMRs, NCMs, and FAIRs.

About Amy Riedel

Amy Riedel has recruited a good number of amazing people to work on accounts with a cornucopia of clients. She is leading Veracity’s recruiting strategy and acquisition efforts across the United States.  Her team of recruiting ‘sleuths’  search the “ends of the earth,”  looking for the best in Engineering,  Program Management, and System Administration. With offices on the East coast, West coast and in the Midwest, Veracity looks for talent from all over the United States to join their team.

About Veracity Consulting

Veracity Consulting is a Kansas City-based technology firm with a reputation of implementing and managing IT solutions and business strategies. Our mission is to change the complex world of technology into a more efficient and profitable solution for businesses and
communities. We use a collaborative approach with our clients to create and implement viable and relevant solutions.

We offer a comprehensive range of commercial and government solutions in the areas of Program Management, Data Services,
Enterprise Architecture, Managed Infrastructure, Security, and Web Services.

Hey HALO, We’ve got something for the Giving Jar! YOU!

If you want to succeed in business, there is an increasing need to consider what you have to give back to the world.  The world is tired of seeing businesses simply focus on making profits and want to spend their money with companies that make the world a better place.  That’s why Veracity  has an active “Give Back” program.

On December 12th, CEO and Founder Angela Hurt visited the Kansas City based HALO foundation. HALO provides housing, healing and education to youth in the greatest need.  As Angela hurt explains it, the “driving force in the company is compassion..”  and they have created a company culture that celebrates this.

“I’m excited to be involved in HALO. It’s my strong belief that business owners have enormous power to do good and change people’s lives for the better.”  explained Angela.  HALO’s mission of “empower youth to become contributing members of their communities.”  is the right course for our future.   

About The HALO Foundation and Veracity Consulting’s Give Back Program

HALO provides housing, healing and education to youth in the greatest need. Our goal is to empower youth to become contributing members of their communities. HALO is a volunteer-driven, grassroots non-profit based in Kansas City, Missouri. HALO serves more than 1,200 youth each year. HALO currently has 21 programs.

At Veracity Consulting, we believe our work touches more than just our clients. Giving is woven into our company culture, and philanthropy is a cornerstone of our business model. When Veracity was founded in October 2006, our CEO, Angela Hurt, pledged to giving back to communities by committing to a practice of investing more than 10% of Veracity profits every year to causes and programs our employees are passionate about. for more information on our [programs or how your company can build a 10% give back program, contact Employee Engagement Manager, Hillary Stamper .

Find out more at:

the HALO Foundation

Veracity Consulting’s community

 

 

September Cybersecurity Recap: Ransomware And Email Scams Still Dominate

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In September, the reoccurring threat theme indicated that parties needed to be on the lookout for ransomware. Veracity Consulting’s Vice President of Technology, Amy Krohn delivers the following recap of the USHS Cybersecurity Report for September 2016: Ransomware and Email Scams Still Dominate the Landscape.

Ransomeware Still a Major Issue for Companies!

There was an almost 200% increase in the number of ransomware discovered in the first half of 2016.  According to the FBI, there were over $209 million worth of ransomware-related monetary losses were recorded during the first three months of 2016 in the United States alone.

What is the best way to counter these attacks?

Organizations looking to protect against ransomware should consider solutions that one, identify and block malicious emails, files, and URLs before they can reach endpoints; and two, enable behavior and network traffic monitoring, which allows advanced detection and immediate suspension of malicious activities within the network.

Business Email Compromise Scams Continue to Spread

Email scams typically use social engineering lures rather than malware to intercept monetary transactions. The U.S. ranks among the highest for these types of attacks. Who are the most common targets? The company CFO, who tends to be spoofed because an email comes from the company’s supposed CEO.  The solution is education, but it is important to have security solutions that can block malicious emails and flag social engineering techniques associated with ongoing scams. Be sure to keep your company’s email servers up-to-date and create a plan of action before you are attacked. If you find your company without the necessary expertise to perform such tasks,  Veracity’s Manage Services infrastructure team can assist your company with the necessary maintenance and training.

About Veracity Consulting

Veracity Consulting is a Kansas City-based technology firm with a reputation of implementing and managing IT solutions and business strategies. Our mission is to change the complex world of technology into a more efficient and profitable solution for businesses andAbout_Us_Veracity_Consulting communities. We use a collaborative approach with our clients to create and implement viable and relevant solutions.

We offer a comprehensive range of commercial and government solutions in the areas of Program Management, Data Management and Analytics, Strategy and Architecture, Managed Infrastructure, and Security.

About Amy Krohn

Amy Krohn has served as a leader in the technology industry for over 20 years.  Her areas of expertise include leading organizations and companies in executive leadership, strategic planning, enterprise architecture, as a mentor, leadership development, organizational change management, delivery management, vendor management, service management, and process improvements.  Amy currently serves as Veracity Consulting’s Vice President of Technology.