organizati­ons – Terpomuloj Tue, 27 Apr 2021 06:48:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 organizati­ons – Terpomuloj 32 32 Organizations can no longer afford to ignore encrypted traffic Tue, 27 Apr 2021 05:20:59 +0000

Whether you are a small business operating from a single office or a global enterprise with a huge, distributed corporate network, not inspecting inbound and outbound encrypted traffic can be a costly mistake as cybercriminals increasingly use plus TLS (Transport Layer Security) in their attacks.

Case in point: In Q1 2020, 23% of malware detected by Sophos used TLS to mask malicious communications. Barely a year later, this percentage has almost doubled (45%)!

TLS encryption: for better or for worse

The widespread use of TLS encryption prevents criminals from stealing or tampering with sensitive data and impersonating legitimate organizations online. Unfortunately, it can also allow malware to slip under the radar and hide from company IT security teams and the tools they use.

“Much of the growth in the overall use of TLS by malware may be linked in part to the increased use of legitimate TLS-protected web and cloud services, such as Discord, Pastebin, Github, and the cloud services of Google, as repositories of malicious components, as destinations for stolen data, and even to send commands to botnets and other malware, ” Noted Sean Gallagher, Senior Threat Researcher at Sophos.

“It’s also related to the increased use of Tor and other TLS-based network proxies to encapsulate malicious communications between malware and the actors who deploy it.”

The company has also seen an increase in the use of TLS in manually deployed ransomware attacks, in part because attackers use modular offensive tools (eg, Metasploit, Cobalt Strike) that exploit HTTPS.

In general, however, the majority of malicious encrypted communications detected came from droppers, loaders, and other malware whose function is to download additional malware onto the infected system, which means decryption, inspection and Early recognition of the nature of this traffic is essential to ensure the security of corporate systems and networks.

But despite the obvious benefits, many organizations are reluctant to perform deep packet inspection of their inbound and outbound network traffic. They have privacy concerns, fear this practice will lead to a degraded user experience, and think it is too complex to manage. Most of the time, however, they’re worried that their firewall just can’t handle it.

For these, Sophos offers a solution that has been developed over many years: a new series of firewall appliances that offer TLS inspection capabilities up to five times the speed of other models currently on the market. . The new appliances accelerate trusted traffic that doesn’t need to be scanned and focus its deep inspection of high-speed streaming packets on the rest.

Meet the needs for speed, precision and flexibility

the recently unveiled Sophos XGS family of firewall appliances can inspect TLS traffic on all protocols and ports, as various malware are known to use non-standard IP ports for communication.

As Gallagher noted, “TLS can be implemented on any assignable IP port, and after the initial negotiation, it looks like any other TCP application traffic.”

The XGS series also includes native support for TLS 1.3 and new Xstream stream processors to accelerate trusted traffic and improve the overall performance of important business applications. These are also programmable by software.

“We wanted to make sure that the processing unit wasn’t something that can only be coded once. This means that you can get firmware updates from us that can change the way the chip scans and looks for certain types of packets (and therefore, it can speed up those packets based on new changes) or, alternatively, you can schedule some policies yourself to take advantage of the offload, ”Daniel Cole, senior director of product management at Sophos, told Help Net Security.

Another advantage of these new firewall appliances is their modularity: you can combine the ports and the number of interfaces to adapt the connectivity preferences through the Flexi Port expansion arrays.

“You are a customer and your network is growing. Maybe you had a switch and 20 users, and now you have a hundred users and five switches, and some of them are 10 Gigabit switches with interfaces for your VLAN aggregation. Or maybe you want to do a 4G LTE backup. Either way, Flexi Port modules allow you to upgrade your current hardware model and, in fact, protect your initial investment, ”Cole pointed out.

ignore encrypted traffic

The XGS series appliances are FIPS compliant, easy to configure and manage through the Sophos Central cloud management platform. They can also be platform independent, for example when used by institutions that are required to keep their networks open. These appliances can be updated with regularly uploaded signatures manually or via script.

But most Sophos customers prefer to bring their firewalls online and connect them to Sophos Central, says Cole, for better visibility, management and reporting.

Last but not least – the XGS Series appliances offer exceptional protection against zero-day threats, identifying and stopping known and potential advanced threats (including ransomware).

Capacity is powered by the device’s Xstream architecture, Sophos threat intelligence and ML-based logic (via SophosLabs Intelix) and threat data (via SophosLabs).

“Many network security companies do not have access to the level and extent of data Sophos can collect from endpoints around the world – and we have collected and analyzed different types of malware, from different landscapes, petabytes and petabytes. data for the past 30 years, ”noted Cole.

By combining this wealth of threat intelligence with the quick results Intelix delivers after blasting suspicious files in a sandbox, he’s convinced the XGS series of devices are best-in-class for zero protection. -day.

Vaccination of rural PAs | Eyewitness News Thu, 22 Apr 2021 10:05:27 +0000

SHAMOKIN, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY (WBRE / WYOU) – It’s a team effort in rural central and northeastern Pennsylvania to help bring PA closer to collective immunity.

Complaints and concerns have been brought to light and different organizations are stepping in to help get vaccines and appointments for people in less populated areas.

This week, United Way of the Greater Susquehanna Valley is collaborating with Custom Care Pharmacy, the Northumberland Region Agency on Aging, and Central Susquehanna Opportunities.

About 150 first doses of the Moderna vaccine were given in Sunbury on Tuesday. The goal is 350 more in Shamokin, but as United Way’s Joanne Troutman says, it won’t come without a challenge.

“Fortunately, we are starting to see that there is a lot more availability and appointments are becoming available in our area. The challenge is still, I think, that people still don’t know how to get a date.

These organizations take inspiration from the best practices of neighboring counties and are really up for grabs when it comes to reaching out to those who are having difficulty navigating the nomination process.

Check-in was closed on Wednesday evening, but residents of the Shamokin area could register for a waiting list on their website.

A reasonable number of no-shows are expected and these partner organizations aren’t trying to let any of these Moderna vaccines go to waste.

For more information on where you can get a vaccine, visit our Vaccinate NEPA page.

Coronavirus Live Updates: 4 South Florida Organizations Team Up To Vaccinate Hundreds Of At-Risk Homeless Residents Thu, 22 Apr 2021 09:43:00 +0000

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4 South Florida organizations team up to immunize hundreds of at-risk homeless people

Updated Thursday at 5:40 a.m.

Despite the easing of restrictions on the COVID-19 vaccine and a growing number of inoculation sites available to Floridians, some underserved communities still struggle with inequities in vaccine deployment.

To combat this problem, four organizations in South Florida have teamed up to increase immunizations among the homeless and most vulnerable residents of Miami-Dade County.

Starting Thursday at 10 a.m., hundreds of residents, staff and families will receive COVID-19 vaccinations at Chapman Partnership, which works with homeless people and operates two assistance centers to help those people. .

– By Devoun Cetoute / The Miami Herald

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Herd Immunity Express: Health officials ready to bring vaccines to the population

Updated Thursday at 5:36 a.m.

With its first Mass Coronavirus Vaccination Clinic set to scale back operations on Thursday, the Palm Beach County Health Care District will travel to Riviera Beach as it embarks on a tour that could be dubbed the Herd Immunity. Express.

The mobile units, which are now central to efforts to get vaccines to the arms of the 50% of eligible county residents who have not requested vaccines, will visit St. George’s Center on Friday and St. James Missionary Baptist Saturday.

The homeless clinics, which have recently been held in other locations, offer an overview of the district’s new flexible program. Greater efforts will be possible once mass vaccination sites are closed at the end of May, officials said.

– By Jane Musgrave / The Palm Beach Post

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Saco & Biddeford Savings donates $ 80,000 to support local organizations Thu, 22 Apr 2021 08:00:55 +0000

The Reverend Shirley Bowen, executive director of the Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center, left, and Julie Villemaire, director of the Biddeford branch at SBSI are pictured. Seeds of Hope received a donation from SBSI. Courtesy photo

CESO – As the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing economic recession continue to affect communities in southern Maine, the Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution continues its efforts to give back to local organizations. The bank recently donated $ 80,000 to dozens of charities and nonprofits in York and Cumberland counties, providing support for food insecurity programs, home heating assistance, mental health services and personal protective equipment.

Pictured left are Melanie Lee, Scarborough Branch Manager at SBSI, and Bert Follansbee, Chairman of the Board of Project Grace. Project Grace received a donation from SBSI. Courtesy photo

“As a mutual institution, we believe we have a responsibility to give back to our communities,” said Bob Quentin, President and CEO of SBSI. “In a year that has presented countless challenges, we have decided that it is more important than ever to support organizations whose services have become even more critical as a result of the pandemic.

As part of its COVID-19 relief efforts in December, the bank donated $ 35,000 to local pantries as well as an additional $ 17,500 to programs focused on youth nutrition. SBSI also donated $ 10,000 for mental health services, $ 5,000 for heating assistance programs and $ 2,500 to provide PPE.

Pictured left, Carolyn Lamontagne, manager of the Old Orchard Beach branch at SBSI, Major Daniel Brunelle, corps officer / pastor at the Salvation Army at Old Orchard Beach, and Michael Rague, deputy manager of the Old Orchard Beach branch of SBSI. The Salvation Army received a donation from SBSI. Courtesy photo

The bank also asked its companies to vote on a list of seven nonprofits. First and second places, My Place Teen Center and Good Shepherd Food Bank, received $ 3,000 and $ 2,000 respectively. The other five nonprofits each received $ 1,000, bringing the bank’s total COVID-19 relief donations for the month to $ 80,000.

Founded in 1827, Saco & Biddeford Savings is Maine’s oldest bank with locations in Saco, Biddeford, Old Orchard Beach, Portland, Scarborough, South Portland or Westbrook.


Entrepreneurs and Farm Workers’ Organizations Agree Farm Workforce Modernization Act is the right step forward | New Thu, 22 Apr 2021 07:01:08 +0000
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Entrepreneurs and farm workers’ organizations agree that the Farm Workforce Modernization Act is the right step forward


Alexandra Allen, owner of Main Street Products and Freshway Farms, has been running her Santa Maria-based businesses alongside her husband since the 1970s. But it wasn’t until the last few years that they started using the H-2A program, which allows foreign agricultural workers to work in the United States on a temporary visa.

“The H-2A program has been around for a long time, but we, like many growers, didn’t pay much attention to it because it seemed so overpriced,” Allen told the Sun.

The Agricultural Workforce Modernization Law was passed by the House of Representatives with bipartisan support, but has yet to be passed in the Senate.

Those bringing in H-2A labor are required to feed and house their guest workers, and employers are required to pay them what is called an “adverse effect wage rate.”

“The philosophy behind this makes perfect sense,” Allen said. “They are forcing you to pay this higher salary because our government wants to make sure that we do not hire foreign workers if there are domestic workers available.”

But the overwhelming reality, especially in recent years, is that there aren’t enough domestic workers to cover farm labor needs in Santa Maria, according to Allen. His company started out employing a dozen H-2A workers three years ago. It’s more expensive, but Allen said they had no other choice. This season, they will bring in around 250 workers.

“Here in the Santa Maria Valley, we produce food that nourishes the country and many parts of the world, and this demand continues to grow. … It’s a good thing, ”Allen said. “But the workforce is not increasing in proportion to the demands. As immigration has tightened, as the Mexican economy has improved, we no longer have the number of people who want to come to this country and work in agriculture that we used to do. .

This is why Allen supports the Agricultural Workforce Modernization Act, a bill recently reintroduced by U.S. Representative Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) and a group of bipartisan members of the House that aims to streamline the H-2A program and provide a path to legal status for farm workers . The law was passed in the House on March 18, presented to the Senate a few days later, and then referred to the Judicial Committee for study.

Once the committee releases the bill, it will go to the Senate for a vote.

“Essentially, we are creating a modern guest worker program that would allow employers to address some of the challenges they face with the existing H-2A program,” Carbajal told the Sun. He said these challenges include recruiting, the filing process, reducing costs associated with the visa process, and reforming H-2A salaries.

The bill also creates a new type of temporary status called a “certified agricultural worker,” Carbajal said. Applicants who show they have worked 180 days of agricultural employment in the past two years and who pass a background check may be granted temporary renewable status.

Those who gain the status and continue to work in agriculture for another four to eight years (depending on how long they worked before the law was enacted) can then apply for a green card, if they wish. Obtaining that legal permanent residence then allows them to obtain citizenship, just like anyone else with a green card, Carbajal said.

“We have been hearing about this for a long time and are hopeful that the Senate can do that job this time around,” Allen said of the bill. “I think we saw during COVID how important it is to have a safe and reliable food supply. Never in my life had I had the opportunity to walk into a grocery store and see empty shelves. “

the United Central Coast Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE), an advocacy organization for agricultural workers, also supports the legislation.

“It really has an impact on the economy of Santa Maria,” said Rebeca Garcia, political lawyer for CAUSE. “It would create a stable workforce for our agriculture industry, while providing that necessary ease for our community of agricultural workers to feel comfortable in their jobs. This opens the door for them to become more included in the community.

Certified farm worker status “would take away the worry and fear with which many of our farm workers exist,” Garcia said.

“The majority of agricultural workers in the country are undocumented. This represents 2.4 million agricultural workers… living with this constant fear of deportation, ”she continued. “By giving them the [certified agricultural worker] status would bring a lot of relief that way, and then having that path to citizenship on top of that is a new conversation for our farm workers.

Garcia said CAUSE would like to see the H-2A reform legislation go further in housing protection and regulation.

“Given the pandemic, Santa Maria has specifically seen the consequences of not providing safe H-2A housing that allows people to move away socially,” she said.

CAUSE warned early in the pandemic that the harsh living conditions of H-2A workers could increase the risk of infection and spread. A COVID-19 outbreak in July 2020 among Alco Harvesting workers living in H-2A housing confirmed this fear, when 95 workers were infected and a man died.

Garcia said the national E-Verify system proposed by the bill was a step in the right direction to regulate the guest worker program. It would be phased in after the legalization and implementation of the H-2A reforms, Carbajal said.

“The farmers will have a system whereby they control the people who are here,” Carbajal said. “It was part of the compromise reached.”

All but one of the House Democrats voted to pass the bill on March 18, and 30 Republicans also voted in favor.

“This has been a great bipartisan effort, and I think it provides a model for how we can work together on our ongoing immigration efforts that we will no doubt be working on,” Carbajal said.

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Local organizations welcome “Smoke Weed in front of the police station” on 04/20 Thu, 22 Apr 2021 05:25:11 +0000
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Many attendees were rolling joints to celebrate New York State’s legalization of marijuana.

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On April 20, an informative and festive event titled ‘Smoke Weed Outside Police Station’ was held outside Binghamton Police Station at 38 Hawley Street by local organizations following the legalization of recreational use. of marijuana in New York.

The event was hosted by Progressive Leaders of Tomorrow (PLOT), Truth Pharm, Broome County 100 Black Men, North Side Mutual Aid, Divestment, Accountability, Reinvestment in Our Community (DAROC) Broome County, Justice and Unity for the southern part (JUST) and Citizen Action of New York. The event was intended to celebrate the legalization of marijuana in New York State and to serve as a briefing on the implications of the new legislation for New York residents.

On March 31, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in all places where tobacco can be smoked. The new legislation legally authorizes the recreational use of marijuana and creates an automatic expungement of previous marijuana convictions. This means that anyone with a marijuana charge on their record that is now legal under the new law can have it withdrawn entirely.

Organizers discussed the impact of this legislation on people of color in relation to racial injustice in local and state police departments. About 300 people attended the event on Hawley Street, including students and community members.

According to Khamesi Black, a community organizer for Truth Pharm, the event was meant to bring the community together, celebrate the legalization of marijuana and remind people that the fight for racial justice is far from over.

Black noted that police brutality and killings targeting blacks and Maroons are still an issue that deserves attention. Black cited the recent deaths of Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old boy who was killed by the Chicago Police Department at the end of March, and Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old black man who was killed. last week by a Minnesota police officer. .

On the same day as the event, Derek Chauvin, the police officer responsible for George Floyd’s death in 2020, was convicted of all three counts he faced, including unintentional second degree murder, murder third degree and second degree manslaughter.

“There’s still no justice here,” Black said, “We had 13-year-old Adam Toledo. We have Daunte Wright, less than 10 miles from where Chauvin’s trial was taking place.

In addition, Truth Pharm aims to de-stigmatize drug use and advocates for harm reduction programs.

“What we’re seeing in opioid users, and even in people who inject, is that cannabis can be a very healthy alternative as they transition into it. [recovery] lifestyle, ”Black said.

Alexis Pleus, executive director of Truth Pharm, added that she hopes this event will help people continue to fight the stigma that often accompanies marijuana use.

“We’re really excited to release this process,” Pleus said. “We know a lot of people smoke, and now they can do it legally. We hope that by hosting this event we will reduce the stigma of substance use. “

Dominic Micalizzi, a local community advocate and sophomore social work student, noted that legalizing marijuana is likely to prove to be a positive law, especially for minority communities.

“I don’t even really smoke weed, but I’m so happy to be here because now the cops can’t use weed as a probable cause to continue policing and imprisoning black people and Brunes, ”Micalizzi said.

According to Salka Valerio, one of the event organizers, it takes a community to get results.

“When they fuck with us, we have to apply pressure,” Valerio said. “And it takes community to do it. Because I can’t go out there and do this on my own, I can’t go and show up with three people, we have to show up with an army, every time something happens. Because this is how we get victory, this is how we get righteousness and this is how we keep our peace.

Waterville organizations to co-host leadership lunch on April 29 Thu, 22 Apr 2021 04:00:59 +0000

WATERVILLE – Dr. Melik Peter Khoury, President and CEO of Unity College, will share his vision for the future of the college, his remarkable leadership journey and his lifelong experiences that have prepared him for his role current at a leadership luncheon on April 29.

The Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce and KV Connect will co-host the lunch, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Amici’s Cucina, 137 Main St.

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Khoury holds a BA from the University of Maine Fort Kent, an MBA from the University of Maine and a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Under his leadership, Unity College successfully launched The Enterprise Model, which provides traditional and adult students with training opportunities through distance education; Hybrid learning; and sustainable businesses. In the process, Khoury began to break down traditional barriers associated with higher education, making it more affordable, accessible, flexible, and relevant to students locally and around the world.

To register for this event, send an email [email protected], visit or call 207-873-3315.

Lunch costs $ 20 per person for members and $ 25 at the door and for non-members. Lunch is included in the reservation.

Sponsors of the Leadership Luncheon are the Kennebec Savings Bank and the Central Maine Growth Council.

“ We are a legitimate organization ” – CBS Denver Thu, 22 Apr 2021 03:59:00 +0000