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.NET-Based Ransomware Uses Open Source Code

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

New .NET-Based Ransomware Uses Open Source Code

Two newly discovered .NET-based ransomware families are using open source repositories to encrypt files.two ransomware families have been seen in live attacks carried out via spam emails containing malicious URLs. Both of the new malware families are compiled in Microsoft Intermediate Language (MSIL) and have been packed with the ‘Confuser’ packer.   The malware creates a run key that ensures it is executed each time the user logs into the computer. If removable drives are detected, the threat drops a copy of itself on them, with the name “fatura-vencida.pdf.scr.”   The ransomware changes the victim’s desktop background using image files downloaded from “i[.]imgur.com/NpKQ3KZ.jpg.“Be on the lookout for this one!

Breach at PayPal Subsidiary Affects 1.6 Million Customers

PayPal informed customers on Friday that personal information for 1.6 million individuals may have been obtained by hackers who breached the systems of its subsidiary TIO Networks, one of its subsidiaries.The company is based in Canada and it serves some of the largest telecom and utility network operators in North America.

Chrome to Block Apps from Injecting into Its Processes

Google’s Chrome web browser will soon prevent third-party software from injecting code into its processes.The browser will also guide users into how to update or remove the third-party software responsible for the crash.

We’re Heading into the Holidays!

The increase in transactions during the holiday shopping season naturally comes with an increase in fraud.  Be diligent out there on where you are purchasing and from who.  Don’t fall for the scams.

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.

November 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 October through early November 2017 time period.

Massive Hack Hidden by UBER from Consumers

Uber said Tuesday that hackers accessed the personal data of 57 million of its users in a breach that had been covered up by the company for more than a year.

Stolen information included the names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers of customers around the world, while the names and driver’s license numbers of roughly 600,000 of its drivers in the United States were accessed.

macOS Malware Spread By Looking like Symantec Blog

A new variant of the macOS-targeting malware is spreading through a blog that looks like the legitimate security company Symantec. The blog,  symantecblog[dot]com, is a very good imitation of the real Symantec blog, and even has the same content from the original.  If you aren’t sure then don’t download from the site.

Symantec Patches Vulnerability in Management Console

Symantec has released an update to address a directory traversal vulnerability in the Symantec Management Console.  Talk to your security administrators about getting this updated if your company uses Symantec.

Microsoft Manually Patched Office Component

Microsoft engineers appear to have manually patched a 17 year-old vulnerability in Office, instead of altering the source code of the vulnerable component, ACROS Security researchers say.  The vulnerability was addressed with a fixed release on November 14 as part of Microsoft’s “Patch Tuesday” security updates.  If you haven’t done this update, do it now.

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 Nov 12th.

Take a look at the best jobs we have on offer from across the Veracity this week, from UX Developer to Process Lead..

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.

UX/UI Developer

Veracity has a unique opportunity for an UX/UI Developer whose responsibilities will include collaborating with product management and engineering to define and implement innovative solutions for the product direction, visuals and experience.

Process Lead

This position will support the development of business processes related to creating, curating, sharing, utilizing and managing knowledge across a whole company and even across industries.  You will be the go-to contact for our business stakeholders across a number of high availability services and applications, in a role that will see you to manage expectations, prioritise requests, and develop your skills in a highly collaborative team environment. Sound good? Apply!

Security Analyst

This position serving as the key IT security analyst addressing current and future security requirements. Provides security monitoring, vulnerability assessment, and analysis into potential security related events and incidents.

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 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.

With So Many Disasters.. Make Your Donation Count!

First, hurricane Harvey. Then Irma and Maria. Somewhere in there was hurricane Jose. We have floods, earthquakes and California is burning.  Seems like the world is falling apart and that can make everyone feel helpless. In one month, our continent was hammered by five natural disasters. Millions are without power and drinkable water.  There is so much need, sometimes it’s easier to say ” it’s all too much.” Afterall, how do you know that your donations are actually getting there? How can you decide on what and how much? Here are a few tips to help you decipher it all:

Donate with Your Values in Mind

When considering how to give, it’s helpful to start by asking what motivates you.  Animal lovers may want to give to a shelter. Others may want their money directed to certain groups of people, like children, or causes, like clean water.  Remember, it’s your money or time so think with your head while you give your heart.  There is no right or wrong here.

Selecting an Organization to Support

Groups like GuideStar and Charity Navigator can help you choose a legitimate organization.  Wise Giving Alliance and Charity Watch are also helpful.  But some of the best ways to get to know a charity is to ask questions, especially with how much experience it has in disaster relief.  You would be surprised how many organizations have too much overhead for the necessary funds to funnel to where they need to go during a disaster.

Give Cash

It seems impersonal, but money is often the most useful form of donation. Again, think about the time and effort it takes to transport hard goods.  Money is a fast and easy way to get what’s needed to those that need it the most.

Keep Giving if You Can

Large donations come in the right after disasters, but recovery takes a while.  Try doing an automatic monthly donation to the charity and follow up with how they are spending it with the disaster efforts.  A small donation like $10 dollars a month can add up for a charity.

Still confused? Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Resources for Aid to Puerto Rico

Resources for Aid to Houston

Resources for Aid to California 

Resources for Aid to Florida

Choose kindness and giving and great things will happen!

At Veracity, we’re striving to build a better community. 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

Here are the hottest jobs for the week ending 9/15

Take a look at the best jobs we have on offer from across the Veracity Group this week, from Project Management to Accounting and Payroll Coordinator…

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.

Accounting and Payroll Coordinator

Veracity has a unique opportunity for an Accounting and Payroll Coordinator to join them on their journey.  What’s amazing about this position is your opportunity to be exposed and working directly with a Senior member of the Veracity team. Interested?  Check out our posting . or just head over to our online application!

Project Manager for our El Dorado Hills, CA Location!

We’re looking for a skilled PM with five to seven years of Project Management experience.   If you have experience with COBOL, Linux, and knowledge of Savvy, you’re our person! This position is in our sunny El Dorado California location, so grab your sunglasses. Sound good? Apply!

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 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.

Equifax Hack: What to do now?

Veracity Consulting’s Vice President of Technology, Amy Krohn delivers the following recommendations for you regarding the Equifax cybersecurity breach.

Equifax is one of the three major consumer credit reporting agencies that together, give you your credit score. Equifax said on Thursday that hackers had gained access to company data that potentially compromised sensitive information for 143 million American consumers, including Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers. For example, the entire U.S. population in July 2016 was roughly 323 million, according to Census Bureau data. There are  more than 249 million people over age 18 — i.e., those most likely to have a credit file.Equifax’s security lapse could be the largest theft involving Social Security numbers, one of the most common methods used to confirm a person’s identity in the U.S.

What can you do to help yourself during this time?

  1. Assume you are affected. Check your existing credit accounts for suspicious transactions and look out for new accounts in your name.
  2. If you use Equifax, change your account information NOW.
  3. Watch out for phishing attacks.
  4. Equifax has established a website, equifaxsecurity2017.com, so you can check to see if your personal information may have been stolen.  If the verification comes back, you will be offered to enroll in their “TrustedPremier” program.  This is Equifax’s credit monitoring service.  Consumers can also call 866-447-7559 for more information, if they are uneasy about giving this information to Equifax over the web. Experian is also offering free credit monitoring to all U.S. consumers for a year.

It’s difficult to tell consumers to check their credit reports since Equifax was one of the three credit reporting agencies breached.  Normally, during a major breach such as this, a consumer would order their reports from each agency to review activity. Since Equifax is one of these three, it’s understandable that your confidence is shaken, but you will need to be diligent in reviewing your files.  Equifax discovered the hack July 29, but waited until Thursday to warn consumers. If you are unease going this route, then consider purchasing a 3rd party agency for identity theft like Lifelock, IdentityGuard, or Credit Sesame.

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.

 

August 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 May through early August 2017 time period.

Android Malware Found on Google Play Abuses Accessibility Service: A dropper discovered by researchers on Google Play abuses accessibility services in a unique way to deliver Android malware. Careful out there on Google Play!

Thousands of IoT Devices Impacted by Published Credentials List: Over 1,700 Internet of Things (IoT) devices worldwide are potentially exposed to hackers after a list containing their IPs and default login credentials emerged on Pastebin.com.  If you haven’t secured your IoT devices do so now!

PoS Flaws Allow Hackers to Steal Card Data, Change Prices: Point-of-sale (PoS) systems developed by SAP and other vendors have serious vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers to steal payment card data from the targeted organization’s network and change the price of items they want to purchase. An attacker can also change the data displayed on a receipt, including to display the customer’s full payment card number, not just the last 4 digits as required.  SAP retail solutions has 80 percent of retailers.  SAP was informed about the vulnerabilities in April and released a patch in July as part of its regular security updates. The company released another update on August 18 after researchers discovered that the initial fix could be bypassed via a new flaw. The weaknesses were addressed with the release of the 2476601 and 2520064 security notes. Get your PoS systems updated!

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 JOB! ACCOUNTING SPECIALIST and PAYROLL COORDINATOR

Veracity Consulting, Inc. is an Information Technology solutions provider. We offer our clients value-added expertise in the development and use of information technology to expand and improve their organization’s business processes. We are a growing Kansas City-based organization that takes great pride in providing our customers with exceptionally personalized and unique services. Currently, we are searching for a Accounting Specialist and Payroll Coordinator to join our team.

What sets us apart?  Our people. Our CEO believes Veracity’s success is built from the inside out by cultivating the idea that our employees are just as valuable as our clients. This tenet orients Veracity’s leaders as they strive to sustain an environment of trust, communication, and productivity through clear and open communication, honesty, and transparency.

Our philosophy is that if we do the right thing for our clients and our employees on a daily basis, then we will achieve our desired business objectives over time. We invest in learning about our clients, their challenges, and their environments; and when we do, we develop a greater appreciation for what they need. Veracity measures success by how well our customers are able to build and implement solutions according to their business objectives. We are equally proud of our culture and the opportunities we provide for our team members. Because of our diversity, we are looking for smart, dynamic and intuitive people to join our growing team.

Job Summary

  • Primary Accounting Support to Controller
  • Compile and maintain accounts payable records
  • General Ledger entries
  • Perform wide variety of tasks related to set-up, processing, preparation and direct deposit of payroll checks

General Responsibilities

  • Enter vendor invoices for payment daily
  • Answer vendor inquiries and review vendor accounts
  • Process accounts payable checks and ACHs
  • Prepare accounting reports as needed
  • Maintain accounts payable files
  • Enter data for on-line processing of payroll
  • Process incoming payroll/personnel documents
  • Process benefit enrollments, changes and terminations
  • Data and general journal entry
  • Perform other related duties in support of the Controller
  • Maintain end of month journal entries and account analysis

Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years of Accounting experience
  • Minimum of 5 years of payroll and benefits experience

Skills

  • Proficient with QuickBooks and Excel
  • Advanced payroll experience; preferably with ADP

Behavior Standards

  • Works well as a part of a team
  • Provides high levels of customer service
  • Displays professional image of self and company
  • Exhibits regular and predictable attendance

 

To be considered an applicant for a position, you must: (1) complete the application in full; (2) apply for a specific, available position; and (3) meet all stated minimum qualifications.  Applications that are incomplete or are submitted for “any” position will not be considered.   Applicants are good for 90 days.  If you are not selected within 90 days of submission, and remain interested in a position, you must submit a new application

Veracity Consulting provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Veracity Consulting complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

 

 

Hot Jobs at Veracity for the Week of Aug 25th!

Take a look at the best jobs we have on offer from across the Veracity Group this week, from Knowledge Management to Accounting and Payroll Coordinator…

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.

Accounting and Payroll Coordinator

Veracity has a unique opportunity for an Accounting and Payroll Coordinator to join them on their journey.  What’s amazing about this position is your opportunity to be exposed and working directly with a Senior member of the Veracity team. Interested?  Check out our posting . or just head over to our online application!

Knowledge Management

Knowledge management is the process of creating, curating, sharing, utilizing and managing knowledge across a whole company and even across industries. Should know JIRA and Confluence.  It’s the hottest job out there today! You will be the go-to contact for our business stakeholders across a number of high availability services and applications, in a role that will see you to manage expectations, prioritise requests, and develop your skills in a highly collaborative team environment. Sound good? Apply!

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 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.

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.