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Security Brief with Amy Krohn: Vulnerabilities in Common Devices

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

Industrial Sector Becoming a Common Target for Attacks: According to Kaspersky Labs, the industrial sector is increasingly becoming a common target. This information is based on data collected by the company in the second half of 2016.  The problem is the devices used by network administrators, developers and contractors can freely connect to the Internet, and there is the vulnerability.  For email, hackers use common topics (e.g. UPS, bank messages) to send the malware. Be on the lookout for documents like Word, NSIS, AutoCAD, HTML, Java, BAT, PDF and Excel files.  Run a virus scan first before opening.

Apple Patches Hundreds of Vulnerabilities Across Product Lines: On March 27, 2017, Apple released security patches for its macOS and macOS Server, iOS, watchOS, tvOS, Safari, and Pages, to address over 200 vulnerabilities.

Google Researcher Finds New Flaw in LastPass: Google Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy has identified yet another serious vulnerability in the LastPass browser extension. The developers of the password manager are aware of the flaw and are working on a patch.  

FBI Warns Healthcare Industry of FTP Attacks: FBI warns the healthcare industry that threat actors are targeting FTP servers that have anonymous authentication enabled.  Talk to your System Administrators about the disable methods.

Botnet Pummels Retail Websites in Hunt for Gift Card Balances: A recently discovered Internet bot is conducting sustained attacks against retailers and checking millions of gift card numbers to determine if any have balances, Distil Networks researchers warn.

CIA’s Mac, iPhone Vulnerabilities Already Patched: Apple’s initial analysis shows that the iPhone and Mac exploits disclosed by the website WikiLeaks have already been patched, and Apple told WikiLeaks to submit vulnerabilities through the normal process.

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 of the week – March 17th

There are some brilliant roles around Veracity this week. Take a look and see what you could do…

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.

Sr. UX Developer

Our Sr. UI developer  is responsible for developing user interface modules for multiple applications using UI frameworks like angularJS, etc. As a member of our team your will be responsible for enhancing customer facing products!  This position plays an important role in technical design and architecture. He/She interfaces directly with team leads, and other matrix teams.

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!

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!

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.

There is no time like the present. Start Today!

A new year is always a time for new ideas, fresh starts, and turning points. But, too often these good intentions don’t translate into positive action. There’s one simple way to change that…just start!

Positivity is infectious, and something I associate with our Veracity team, who do a wonderful job of bringing solutions to our customers. Each of us has the ability to start something simple and grow it into something great–– when there is a clear purpose behind our actions.

At Veracity, our purpose is to help our customers succeed through technology. We harness innovation to be your best, most trusted partner on the journey to your digital future. We are 100% focused on you––our customer––and work to maximize your return on investments across your business.

When it comes to customer relationships, we want to know more. We listen to you so that we can understand your needs and design the best solution for you.

We exist for you, our customers. Your success is our success. Our decisions and strategies are designed to protect and ensure the success of your existing and future investments, so you can focus on what’s really important––preparing your organization for the opportunities ahead.

 

Choose Kindness Over Indifference!

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” ~ Leonard Cohen.

Lets be honest, it was a tough 2016.  The world isn’t always fair. In fact, there are many, many times when it’s unfair and it feels like other people are out to get you. It’s important to remember the positive.  MLK Day reminds us that there is something much bigger to care about then what’s on our social media feed.  MLK Day is about people helping people and contributing to a community that needs us. Its about acts of kindness that we should be doing everyday.  A little goes such a long way.  Acts of kindness, particularly random acts renews our faith in the world and each other. Although today is a “Day of Service,” think about practicing random acts of kindness, everyday.

Here are seven  “Random Acts of Kindness” that will make yours and someone else’s day better:

  1. Help an older person who was struggling with their bags, technology, or directions.
  2. Buy two meals and share it with someone that needs it.  Better yet take a moment to actually talk to them about their life.
  3. Tweet or Facebook message a genuine compliment to three people right now.
  4. If you walk by a car with an expired parking meter, put a quarter in it.
  5. Compliment someone to their boss.
  6. Each time you get a new item of clothing, give away something old.
  7. When you’re on a crowded train or bus, offer your seat to an elderly, disabled or pregnant person.

I promise that when we choose kindness and service over indifference, great things will happen.  Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day.

At Veracity, we’re striving to build a better community. Join us as we celebrate 2017 #MLKDAY with volunteering and our Veracity Give Back program. Veracity champions several charitable causes throughout the year.  To learn more about the causes championed by Veracity Consulting, check our website or contact me about how your company can start a Give Back Program!

May Your Days Be Filled with Kindness,

Hill

 

What’s A Data Lake?

The data lake has allowed IT to open up Big Data to a broader community of internal business users.  Using data lake technology IT  allows customers to leverage Big Data to monitor and proactively manage their IT environments.  Having all the data in a centralized location provides easy access and gives developers and data scientists the opportunity to gain data insights that would be extremely difficult to achieve without the data lake. Those insights can then be used to create metrics that we can share to empower our customers.

What is a Data Lake?

A data lake is a storage repository that holds a vast amount of raw data in its native format until it is needed. While a hierarchical data warehouse stores data in files or folders, a data lake uses a flat architecture to store data.

What Is The Difference Between a Data Lake vs a Data Warehouse?

 

Building on the data lake foundation

Passing on these capabilities to our customers is the newest leg of a long journey IT has been on to create business value from our growing universe of Big Data. The data lake provides the central hub and the analytic capabilities to finally leverage data we have long been striving to unlock. For example, the extensive amount of data we have collected for years through a dial-home process where product arrays send performance information back to us on a regular basis.

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 Cybersecurity

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

 

 

Ready To Transform Your IT Like The Big Guys. Here’s How..

How to Transform Your IT Like the Big Shops

As a business leaders, we understand that it is everyday users who drive the business services. To be successful, products or services must create value in the world.  Veracity CEO Angela Hurt suggests that true service insights come from extreme users called mavens––those experts or connoisseurs of the service or product that you provide. These users typically make use of our services early and manipulate our products in ways that it was not intended to be used.

An example of this is outlier PC users, who gave birth to the rugged notebook market for the military and police. These users identified the need for portability and extreme durability.  These kinds of mavens are almost always the best models for unlocking new and exciting uses for services or products.

What can we learn from large tech shops with this experience? What practices can be applied to mid-sized and small businesses that have a little or no IT department? Here are three areas for decision makers to consider when deciding whether to transform any IT infrastructure:

  1. Protect your data. Safeguard key applications and remote offices across physical and virtual environments. This is critical as most businesses handle personal information about their customer.
  2. Accelerate your backups. Go for speed, efficiency, and flexibility. Don’t skip Business Continuity practices. Ensure the IT department can address any kind of recovery challenges and guarantee data protection for the business. Not sure? Get an audit!
  3. Centralize backup and recovery management. Replace your old legacy tape backup with an integrated solution. Look for Solutions Architects who are current on the latest trends in backup and recovery management. Doing this will ensure more accurate business performance and keep cost low.

Veracity Consulting’s Managed Services team can help any business, small or large, do more. In addition to everyday support, our Infrastructure professionals help to maximize the benefit of your IT by using the latest products to design infrastructure that is appropriate for the business demand, financially efficient, and performs well for the end user.

Infrastructure is always evolving and transforming to meet the needs of our customers.! It is important for business decisions makers to understand how to get the most out of their IT investments so that their companies are prepared for growth. Veracity Managed Infrastructure can get you there.

What Is Veracity’s IT Managed Service?

At Veracity, we partner with you to gain an understanding of the complex infrastructure, new applications, legacy applications, project support, maintenance, system availability, end-user experience, and other support challenges presented by your environment. This allows us to leverage your strengths to plan for your future and support today.

By helping to modernize your infrastructure, we help you to do more, faster, for less.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Architecture Assessments
  • Infrastructure Revitalization
  • Virtualization
  • Disaster Recovery, and
  • Network Security and Compliance

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.

 

#GivingTuesday Is The Perfect Time to Make a Better Future!

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Employee Engagement Manager, Hillary Stamper

Ready to Make an Impact? How To Participate in #GivingTuesday.

What is #GivingTuesday?  We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting great sales. Let’s talk about  #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to giving back.  It happens today,  November 29, 2016. 

At Veracity we encourage #VeracityGivesBack throughout the year through volunteer efforts.  #GivingTuesday is a different kind of day since many organizations ask for people to dig into their pockets and give a little something. It’s right after the major shopping days and right before the holiday season so you might feel a little tapped out. Looking into your heart and get into the spirit of the season! Here are five charities to support to this #GivingTuesday:

    1. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC): The HRC is the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, and represents more than 1.5 million people nationwide. Through out the years they have fought and won rights for marginalized groups.  They will continue the fight for equality, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.  Donate here.
    2. Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) : The SPLC has pledged to stand against the racism, sexism, bigotry, and hate.  Donate here to combat these divisive mentalities through the use of legislation, education, and advocacy.
    3. Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) :  RAINN is an important resource for abuse survivors in our country. Click here to join the nation’s most established anti-sexual violence organization.
    4. Women’s Employment Network (WEN)The Women’s Employment Network helps women earn a brighter future for themselves, families and our community.  They are located right here in Kansas City.  Consider making them your #GivingTuesday cause.  Donate here.
    5. Standing Rock Sioux Tribe: Veracity is a Native American owned company.  Help the The Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council take care of the injured and help the tribe prepare for the winter ahead.  Donate here.

UPDATE: Veracity embaces a number of causes throughout the year including: YMCA Challenger Program, MOCSA, the City Union Mission, Kids TLC,  Harvesters, the Human Society of Greater Kansas City, Giving the Basics, and the American Heart Association.  All are worthy of your #GivingTuesday contributions.

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Director of Business Development, Pauly Leetz at Harvesters

#GIVINGTUESDAYAt Veracity, we’re striving to build a better community. Join us as we celebrate 2016 #GivingTuesday with volunteering and our Veracity #GiveBack program. Veracity champions several charitable causes throughout the year.  To learn more about the causes championed by Veracity Consulting, check our website or contact me about how your company can start a Give Back 10% Program!

Keep the spirit of giving,

Hill