November 2014 Update

Kent State University Ashtabula Student Chapter

KSUA Student Chapter of AITP is sponsoring their annual Adopt-A-Family event next week (Dec. 1st – 4th) which benefits the Catholic Charities of Ashtabula HALO program. Holiday Angels Loving Others (HALO) helps the less fortunate in Ashtabula County during the holiday season.

ksu adopt a family

Please visit the Student Chapter Facebook page to see the details at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ksuaAITP/

RTP December Meeting

rtp december

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Register here: http://rtp-aitp.org

It is that time of year! We hope you will join us for a festive evening of tasty food, networking and catching up with your AITP-RTP friends or meeting new ones!

Members: $15 / Student Chapter Members: $15 / Guests Welcomed $30

Please be sure to register before Monday, December 8 to attend.

* If you are so inclined, we will be collecting

Canned Goods to donate to:  NC Food Bank , Fighting Hunger in 34 counties across NC.
and/or
Your no longer used cell phones to donate to:  Interact of Wake County, Supporting Victims of Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

Pittsburgh November Meeting Recap

The Pittsburgh Chapter held its November meeting on Monday, November 17th. Of note is that this was our annual presentation of the 2015 officers and presentation of the IPA awardees. This being November we also recognized the veterans in the audience with special branch of service pins. This meeting also had a vendor, Bit9+Carbon Black, that not only picked up the cost of the meeting but gave an excellent presentation on security.

Harvey Schoenman, Region 18 President, talked about why it is important to belong to AITP then presented the Pittsburgh Chapter officers for 2015. They are, Stan Hoffman, President; Nancy See, Vice President; Ken Krugh, Treasurer and George Ilkka, Secretary.

Denise Patrizio, chapter award chair, presented Nancy See with an Emerald IPA and Stan Hoffman with a Double Diamond IPA. (See photo).

IPAs for Nancy & Stan
 

 

 

Stan Hoffman, chapter president, recognized all of the American military service veterans in the audience with special branch of service pins. Given out were pins for Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard veterans. Thanks to all of our veterans for their service to our great country.

Bit9+Carbon Black is a security vendor that was generous enough to pick up the total costs for this meeting, including the hall rental and all of the dinners. We wound up with roughly 40 attendees for this meeting, 2-3 times what we’ve been drawing… and bad weather (it was a dark and stormy night…) kept a number of people from attending. Attending from Bit9+Carbon Black were Laura Buchanan, the Pittsburgh representative and Harry Sverdlove, CTO and presenter for tonight’s meeting, who came in from Boston. After the presentation on data breaches, Harry held a drawing for a free gift.

We then all went home to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers wreak havoc on the Tennessee Titans on MNF.

Harvey Schoenman
Region 18 President

Android Flashlight App Warning

I was watching a WordPress TV video on website security a few days ago and the speaker Joseph Herbandson of Sucuri, began his talk asking how many people in the audience had Android smartphones. He warned those in attendance that the top 10 downloaded flashlight apps were actually spyware that would send out personal information that was stored or entered on the phone.

The video can be viewed here: https://wordpress.tv/2014/11/22/joseph-herbrandson-wordpress-security-fundamentals-for-professionals/ and the information is contained in the first few minutes of his presentation.

Also, here is a link to a Snopes article talking about the threat: http://www.snopes.com/computer/internet/flashlight.asp