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Smart Hive is providing its premium HIVE platform free to State and Local Governments allowing them to defend as one

BOSTON, Mass. -- Smart Hive has announced that it will be offering the premium version of its platform for free, allowing state and local government to team up and defend as one. What Waze does for traffic Smart Hive does for cybersecurity.

While local governments are busy with COVID-19 response, cyber attacks on their infrastructure have gone up dramatically. Threat actors have realized that resources have been stretched thin during these challenging times. Smart Hive is seeing attacks on local governments as high as 20x compared to before COVID-19.

Everyone is doing their part to help in these challenging times, and Smart Hive wants to contribute by allowing any local or State government or agency to join its HIVE platform for free to start defending against threat actors together. In the HIVE, an attack on one is defense for all.

Join the HIVE for free to defend as one. Local and State governments can signup at https://www.govsecure.io/together.

"While you secure our friends and family from COVID-19. Let us work with you and your peers to secure America," said Sanjay Patel, CEO of Smart Hive.

More Information: https://www.govsecure.io/together

About Smart Hive:

The HIVE platform enables members to learn from each other in realtime. An attack on one is a defense for all in the HIVE. In less than 90 seconds, State and local governments can learn about attacks their peers have stopped and apply the appropriate defense before the attack reaches them. Protection against what's happening now and not what happened yesterday, we call this "The Power of Now." The entire process is fully automated, and it takes less than 15 minutes to join the HIVE.

Join the HIVE for free to defend as one. Access to Smart Hive's premium platform will be available for qualified organizations for at least six months or as long as the crisis last.

Local and State governments can signup at https://www.govsecure.io/together

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Right Hand Technology Group Becomes First Pittsburgh-based Managed IT and Cybersecurity Service Provider to Earn CompTIA Security Trustmark+

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Right Hand Technology Group Inc, a Managed IT and Cyber Security Service Provider, announced today it has received the CompTIA Security Trustmark+™ from CompTIA, the non-profit association for the world's information technology (IT) industry.

The CompTIA Security Trustmark+ validated that Right Hand Technology Group uses the security processes identified by the IT industry as generally accepted best practices. In addition, Right Hand Technology Group has been evaluated by an independent third-party assessor which assessed it as meeting the criteria established by the CompTIA Security Trustmark+.

Based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework, the CompTIA Security Trustmark+ is a comprehensive review of the security posture of any IT business, applicable across multiple industries and compliance regulations.

"The CompTIA Security Trustmark+ signifies that Right Hand Technology Group adheres to our industry's highest standards for security practices and business processes in critical components of identification, protection, detection, response, and recovery as related to data security," said Nancy Hammervik, senior vice president, industry relations, CompTIA. "Earning the Security Trustmark+ demonstrates a true commitment to address the challenges of security compliance facing our industry today."

"In a world of increasing threats, organizations are looking to managed service providers (MSPs) to help keep their organizations secure - making the MSP industry a target for hackers," said Josh Wilhelm, President of Right Hand Technology Group.

Wilhelm adds, "With the number of MSPs that have been breached over the past year, we wanted to assure our clients that we take security very seriously and follow best practices put out by NIST. While we have been actively following best practices since our inception, the CompTIA Security Trustmark+ gives the third-party validation that companies can count on when deciding to work with us or any other managed service provider,"

To earn the CompTIA Security Trustmark+ Right Hand Technology Group Inc successfully passed an independent assessment of their security policies, capabilities, practices, and processes against industry best practices in areas such as:
* Security technologies, including firewalls, anti-Virus/ malware/ spyware and intrusion detection
* Vulnerability assessment detection
* Data encryption
* Technical employee knowledge/expertise
* Security clearances and background checks
* Physical and hardware security
* Permissions, passwords and other security requirements.

Learn more about CompTIA at: https://www.comptia.org/home

About Right Hand Technology Group

Right Hand Technology Group, Inc. was founded on a very simple idea - that your IT company should have your back. Our experts plan, monitor and manage our clients' technology and security to allow them to focus on their own business growth and organizational success. Every eligible member of our technical team is security certified starting at the top with our CEO, being a CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professionals). IT management should focus on expediency but not at the expense of security. We help companies find and maintain the proper balance between the two while still helping them grow their bottom line.

For more about Right Hand Technology Group please visit: https://www.righthandtechnologygroup.com/

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President
Right Hand Technology Group
844-254-7484
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Aligned Technology Solutions Recognized on CRN’s 2020 MSP500 List

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Aligned Technology Solutions, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company has named Aligned Technology Solutions to its 2020 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Pioneer 250 category. This popular list identifies North American solution providers that deliver operational efficiencies, IT system improvements, and a higher rate of return on investments for their customers. These accomplished MSPs work tirelessly to guide their customers and create solutions for complex IT issues.

This annual list is divided into three categories: the MSP Pioneer 250 who are focused primarily on the SMB market; the MSP Elite 150, large data center-focused on- and off-premises; and the Managed Security 100 made up of off-premises-focused, cloud-based IT security services.

"We are honored and elated to be included in the CRN 2020 Managed Service Provider 500 rankings," said Gar Whaley, Co-founder, Aligned Technology Solutions. "Being included on this list is a testament to our team and the focus we have on helping our clients achieve success by leveraging technology solutions we implement and manage to grow and secure their business."

"MSPs are the critical bridge for customers looking to assess, implement and migrate their IT and cloud solutions to drive efficiencies, lower costs and secure your environment," said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. "On behalf of our team at The Channel Company, I want to congratulate the accomplished companies on CRN's 2020 MSP 500 list and thank them for their commitment to finding innovative solutions that move the IT channel forward."

The MSP500 list will be featured in the February 2020 issue of CRN and online at http://www.crn.com/msp500.

About Aligned Technology Solutions

Since 2010 ATS has been helping organizations leverage and manage technology to grow and secure their businesses. Aligned Technology Solutions is an award-winning technology service provider delivering customized and comprehensive IT solutions for IT Outsourcing, Cybersecurity, Cloud, VoIP & Broadband. ATS is committed to providing world class customer service and best-of-breed technology solutions that provide our clients competitive advantage in their marketplace. Learn more at https://www.myalignedit.com/.

About The Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers, and end-users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. Learn more at https://www.thechannelco.com/.

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TechStak Launches Suite of Cybersecurity Resources for the Unique Needs of Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Today TechStak, a leading SMB service provider matching companies with highly curated and pre-vetted outsourced IT partners, announced they have launched a cost-effective arsenal of risk assessment tools and accompanying educational resources designed for the unique needs of smaller businesses.

Cybersecurity Suite of tools:
* Breach Cost Calculator - estimates the potential cost associated with a data beach
* Dark Web Scan -identifies breached accounts and stolen passwords
* Risk assessment packages - includes Website Scan, Network Vulnerability Scan, Cybersecurity Health Assessment, detailed reports, phone consultations with industry experts explaining results and next steps for remediation
* Security Awareness Training - A video-based subscription program, the first of its kind.

What does this mean?
For small to medium businesses who may not have, or necessarily need, a full-time IT provider, but struggle to navigate the vast and fast-paced cybersecurity landscape, these services provide a comprehensive, one-stop resource. TechStak's all-in-one platform gives smaller companies easy access to essential IT and cybersecurity-related services they would not otherwise have in their fight against cybercrime.

"100% of the assessments we've done have identified a cyber threat that could blindside a smaller company," says TechStak CEO, Nicol Pasuit. An integral part of each assessment is the recommendations TechStak provides to mitigate these risks. These services help smaller businesses understand their cybersecurity preparedness, identify and prioritize their IT needs, mitigate risks, and put solutions place.

"We just did our risk assessment, and it was eye-opening," says Amy Shovels, Director of Operations and Customer Service at Zonya Health International. "TechStak did a thorough job, and gave us detailed reports with follow-up steps. It's nice to see the recommendations were able to be put into action so quickly!"

Companies can learn more about TechStak and their new small business-focused cybersecurity tools online at https://www.techstak.com/cyber-security-risk-assessment-small-business/.

About TechStak

TechStak's mission is to help small businesses find IT and cybersecurity solutions that are the right fit for their business. We think that finding outsourced firms you can trust with the keys to your business should not be a daunting, stressful process. So we simplified it. TechStak improves the IT and cybersecurity service provider selection process through transparency and reviews. With TechStak, businesses make confident IT and cybersecurity outsourcing decisions because they work with reputable providers they can trust. Visit https://www.techstak.com/ to learn more.

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Valentis Security welcomes new Business Development Lead in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Valentis Security is proud to announce and welcome Joseph Ortiz as its new Business Development/Inside Sales Lead. Ortiz will be responsible for business development throughout the markets that Valentis is licensed to operate in.

Ortiz has 20 years experience collectively in both law enforcement as a New York Police Officer and the contracted security industry. He brings to Valentis 7 years' experience in sales and business development, including his time performing these tasks at one of the largest security companies in North America. Ortiz also brings supervisory experience with overseeing security guard operations in various capacities.

Marnie Sutch, CEO of Valentis, stated, "We welcome Joseph as part of our growing team as we continue to strategically place personnel in key roles to help facilitate our growth."

About Valentis:

We are a fully operational security logistics solution for a variety of clients and security concerns. We are growing domestically, and envision global ventures, in risk management and security logistics with services and products under development to create a network of global affiliates, lead through branding, and expand our clients; financial institutions, governments, religious facilities, maritime, cybersecurity, combined with specially-developed training, software and telecommunication consultancy, and more. We are mindful and committed and care about our clients, team, and shareholders.

Learn more at: https://valentissecurity.com/

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Kelly Geary of EPIC Named National Executive Risk and Cyber Practice Leader

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Kelly Geary has been named National Executive Risk & Cyber Practice Leader. Geary and her team bring deep knowledge and expertise in Cyber and Executive Risk to EPIC and their clients with an average of over 25 years of experience.

Geary has spent the past 20 years focused on Cyber and Executive Risk solutions for organizations. In her role as practice leader, she will lead and direct all cyber and executive risk initiatives across the organization. Geary will also focus on privacy related legal and regulatory changes impacting the organization. She will also provide support in risk management counseling and claims advocacy as part of the Lemme Group, a division of EPIC. She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences on cyber and executive risk exposures and liability. Geary understands the importance of building a strong collaborative team to deliver the best for our clients.

Scott Davis, President of EPIC's National Specialty Practice, said, "We are fortunate to have someone of Kelly's knowledge and expertise leading our Executive & Cyber Risk Practice. She is the right person to help continue to build the team of professionals focused on protecting our clients in the ever growing cyber and executive risk space."

About EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants

EPIC is a unique and innovative retail property and casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm. EPIC has created a values-based, client-focused culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence.

EPIC team members have consistently recognized their company as a "Best Place to Work" in multiple regions and as a "Best Place to Work in the Insurance Industry" nationally.

EPIC now has more than 2,600 team members operating from more than 70 offices across the U.S., providing Property and Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs and Private Client solutions to EPIC clients.

With run rate revenues greater than $730 million, EPIC ranks among the top 15 retail insurance brokers in the U.S. Backed and sponsored by Oak Hill Capital Partners, the company continues to expand organically and through strategic acquisitions across the country. For additional information, please visit https://www.epicbrokers.com/.

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Valentis Security Welcomes New Northwest Regional Manager in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Valentis Security is proud to announce and welcome Dan Ries as its new Northwest Regional Manager. Ries will be responsible managing Valentis operations, personnel, and assisting with business development in northwest Pennsylvania, mid Pennsylvania, and Ohio markets.

Ries spent 19 years as a sworn Law Enforcement Officer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including the last 13 years as the Chief of Police in Albion, PA. His law enforcement career also includes service as a Park Ranger with the Pennsylvania Dept of Conservation and National Resources (DCNR) at Presque Isle State Park in Erie, Pa.

Prior to his LE career Dan served in the United States Air Force for 7 years. His military service included work as a Weapons Load Member and instructor to other load crews on how to load, arm, and unarm conventional and unconventional weapon systems for fighter bombers. During his military service he also attended professional supervisor training that helped him lead a law enforcement department.

Marnie Sutch, CEO of Valentis, stated, "We are very excited to have Dan as part of our team. Dan's military and law enforcement background helps to reinforce our renewed commitment to professionalism and quality."

About Valentis:

We are a fully operational security logistics solution for a variety of clients and security concerns. We are growing domestically, and envision global ventures, in risk management and security logistics with services and products under development to create a network of global affiliates, lead through branding, and expand our clients; financial institutions, governments, religious facilities, maritime, cybersecurity, combined with specially-developed training, software and telecommunication consultancy, and more. We are mindful and committed and care about our clients, team, and shareholders.

Learn more at: https://valentissecurity.com/

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Treadstone 71 Releases Comprehensive Knowledgebase for Cyber and Threat Intelligence: CyberIntellipedia

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. -- Treadstone 71, the highly focused and standards-driven cyber and threat intelligence tradecraft company, today announced the beta release of CyberIntellipedia. The extremely detailed, expansive wiki includes knowledge gained over years of cyber and threat intelligence program builds, targeted adversary research, and intelligence community-driven cyber intelligence training courses.

CyberIntellipedia consists of documents defining (non-inclusively):
* Cyber Intelligence (CI) Strategic Planning, CI Team Capabilities, Job Descriptions, Organization Charts, Training Plans, Team Accountabilities and Competency Levels
* Threat Matrices with Mitre ATT&CK inclusion
* Collection Management and Planning Methods
* CI Capability Maturity Model and Measuring Tools
* Cyber and Threat Intelligence Production Procedures
* Stakeholder Analysis, Checklists, Activities, and Tracking Modules
* Intelligence Requirements, Priority Intelligence Requirements, Indicators, and Specific Information Requirements
* Structured Analytic Techniques Methods
* Types of Analysis Policies, Procedures, and Templates
* Complete end-to-end Cyber and Threat Intelligence Lifecycle with Iterative Feedback Loops
* Open Source Intelligence Tools and Methods
* Reporting and Dissemination Types Procedures and Templates
* Warning, Estimative, Baseline, Advisory and other report examples
* Threat Intelligence Platform (TIP) RFP Templates, Project Schedule and Selection Process
* TIP Rollout Schedule, Scrum Process, Deployment Methods, Use Cases, Questionnaires, Data Feed Selection
* Targeted Adversary Knowledgebase with Campaigns
* Online OPSEC Tools and Methods
* Evidence Validation Methods and Scoring
* Communities of Interest and Information Sharing

"CyberIntellipedia combines knowledge with the tools necessary to rapidly, effectively and efficiently build a cyber and threat intelligence program," said Jeff Bardin, chief intelligence officer for Treadstone 71. "The unprecedented level of detail and depth of content in this offering helps companies achieve program maturity in record time."

CyberIntellipedia follows the intelligence lifecycle with customizable documents. Treadstone 71 offers levels of access to fit customer budgets. The knowledgebase consolidates intelligence requirements into a valuable cyber and threat intelligence ecosystem enabling greater intelligence integration and sharing.

"The CyberIntellipedia wiki provides the intelligence workforce with discovery and access to information based on mission needs empowering timely, tailored, and actionable information," continued Bardin. "We hope to nurture a culture of innovation that advocates for the sharing of ideas and resources."

Combining CyberIntellipedia with the Treadstone 71 Cyber and Threat Intelligence Program Build, the Intelligence Roadmap, and the Cyber Intelligence Lifecycle Solution is a recipe for speed to maturity and action for clients.

Treadstone 71 is making the CyberIntellipedia available for selective public sale beginning as a beta (December 2019) to work through any issues.

Treadstone 71's Certified Threat Intelligence and CounterIntelligence Analyst training and the Intelligence Roadmap are the gold standards in the industry today derived from both academia, the intelligence community, and from Treadstone 71's experience in building cyber and threat intelligence programs at Fortune 500 organizations worldwide. Treadstone 71 is delivering the only complete cyber threat intelligence lifecycle management solution enabling information sharing, internal intelligence communities of interest while empowering lifecycle management with an iterative feedback loop now combined with CyberIntellipedia.

More information; https://www.treadstone71.com/

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