Posted by: mobilitycloud | September 29, 2017

Glen Benjamin – Candidate for Hire!

Friends and Followers,

In case you hadn’t heard yet, Host.net was acquired by 365 Data Centers earlier this week and my position was eliminated unfortunately. I’m looking for a role in Technical Sales or Business Development for Data Center, Cybersecurity, Cloud, Connectivity, Continuity, Compliance, although certainly not limited in those areas.

I would appreciate any referrals to organizations looking to hire as like the rest of us, I would like to find the right role with the right company as quickly as I can.

In the interim, I’m also focused on helping driving sponsorships for ITPalooza, which is coming up on December 7th at the Broward Convention Center. Additional information on sponsorships and how to register is available at www.itpalooza.org and certainly feel free to reach out to me with any questions.

My contact information is the same, but just in case I’ll list it below and I would appreciate you sharing this message with your organizations and hopefully connect me with the appropriate hiring managers.

Email: Glenbenjamin1@gmail.com

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/glenbenjamin

Twitter and Skype: @glenbenjamin

Office (Follow-Me) 954-974-6262

Mobile/Text 954-560-3974

Thanks in advance for your support! Glen

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Posted by: mobilitycloud | September 28, 2017

Glen Benjamin – Membership with Infragard

Glen Benjamin_Infraguard_Membership Card

I’m proud to be a Member of the South Florida Alliance with Infragard, which is a partnership between the FBI and members of the private sector. The InfraGard program provides a vehicle for seamless public-private collaboration with government that expedites the timely exchange of information and promotes mutual learning opportunities relevant to the protection of Critical Infrastructure. With thousands of vetted members nationally, InfraGard’s membership includes business executives, entrepreneurs, military and government officials, computer professionals, academia and state and local law enforcement; each dedicated to contributing industry specific insight and advancing national security.

Infragard Site:

https://www.infragard.org/

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions regarding Infragard and how we can assist with your Cyber Security efforts. Thanks! Glen

As I wrote this blog, the CEO of Equifax stepped down due to the recent breach of a tremendous amount of data. The comments from their press release include: “”The Board remains deeply concerned about and totally focused on the cybersecurity incident…We are working intensely to support consumers and make the necessary changes to minimize the risk that something like this happens again…”

These are very powerful words from an organization that is now subject to fines in the $20B area as this Cyberattack included personal details including names, Social Security numbers of 143M consumers plus credit card numbers for 209K people and documents for another 182K people. The $20B fine alone could effectively shut Equifax down and I suspect that we are all asking ourselves, “What can we do?”

This is obviously a very complex issue, so I have a couple of items for your consideration. The first option is to download an eBook from Host.net that summaries the latest Cyberattacks including:

  • How the latest wide-spread threats have changed the security landscape
  • How to combat common tactics used by hackers and cybercriminals
  • How to build a multi-layered security strategy (step-by-step guide)
  • How to respond when an attack occurs
  • New and evolving threats
  • The future of the security industry

I’m also co-presenting along with 3 other Boca Chamber Members on October 4th at the Boca Chamber on “Cybersecurity – Prepare, Protect, Defend” where we are going to share what we all can do to protect ourselves and our organizations from these types of attacks.

Please visit the links below to download the Cybersecurity eBook as well as register for the October 4th Cybersecurity discussion and once you have done the, please contact me at Glen@Host.net or 954-974-6262 and follow me on Twitter @glenbenjamin.

Be Safe Out There!

Download eBook from Host.net on Cybersecurity Threats:

https://www.host.net/host-net-launches-new-ebook-covering-best-practices-guard-common-cybersecurity-threats-help-protect-business/

RSVP for Discussion on October 4th at The Boca Chamber on Cybersecurity (I am co-presenting):

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cybersecurity-prepare-protect-defend-tickets-38087309167

 

Cyberterrorism

I’m going to be co-presenting with 3 other Boca Chamber Members on October 4th at the Chamber titled “Cybersecurity, What You Need to Know”. This will be a non-technical presentation and discussion on what we need to do within our community to help insure that we protect ourselves in this somewhat dangerous new world. 

We are going to be covering a variety of topics related to Cybercrime, Ransomware, Scams, Identify Theft, Cyber Insurance as well as many others by our esteemed panel below: 

Glen Benjamin, Host.net, Business Alliance Manager – Cybersecurity, Data Backup/Recovery, Glen@host.net

Yvonne Graber, Community Computer Hospital Owner – Don’t be a Victim of “All of a Sudden”, Yvonne@cchpc.com

Nat Steinart, Nat Steinart Associates, LLC – Cyber Insurance, Protecting Your Assets, Nat@steinartassociates.com

Rita Pinder Independent Associate, Regional Manager, LegalShield/IDShield – Preventing Identity Theft, ritahpinder@gmail.com

We are looking to reach Boca Chamber members but certainly welcome others who wish to attend and also want to Thank The Chamber for providing us their facility to have this discussion with the details below:

Venue:  Cybersecurity, Prepare, Protect, Defend!

             Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce             

            1800 N. Dixie Hwy., Boca Raton, FL

            Wednesday, October 4, 2017

            10:00am – 11:30am (Registration (Registration 9:45am)

            Light refreshments provided 

Seating is limited, please RSVP Today at: 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cybersecurity-prepare-protect-defend-tickets-38087309167

We look forward to seeing you all on October 4th at the Boca Chamber!

Let’s see we have had 2 catastrophic Hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, hit the US Mainland with devastating results, leaving nearly $300B worth of damage in its wake, plus losing countless lives in the Caribbean and US, most likely the most costly month in terms of losses in history. Plus as I write this blog, we have Hurricane Jose shifting worse than a drunken sailor, going here, going there, reversing its path worse than a politician and will likely head up the coast and cause issues in the Northeast.  Then lingering in the tropics we have Tropical Storm that was just upgraded to a Hurricane, Maria, hitting the Leeward Islands similar to what Irma did just over a week ago. For those of you who think, “Wow that’s enough weather for me to deal with”, there is Lee, who likely won’t impact our shores, but we can never be too safe nowadays.

If that wasn’t enough to scare us to turn our homes into shelters, we hear about Cyberterrorism virtually everyday with the largest breaches including HBO which has been held hostage by a group demanding about $6M in Ransomware, which HBO has declined so the Hackers released information about scripts for “Game of Thrones” along with highly confidential emails from executives, none of which portrayed HBO in a positive light. On top of this, a hospital in the Buffalo area, Erie County Medical Center, refused to pay a $30K Ransomware attempt, so instead they went to manual record keeping for 6 weeks and has since spent about $10M to fortify its network.

What is now being called the largest hack in recent history, is what occurred at Equifax, which they claim this impacted 143M Consumers which included names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. In addition, credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 U.S. consumers, and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers, were accessed. The sad part is that we may never know the exact impact of this breach as our information is already floating around on the Internet so there is no exact way to pinpoint where this information came from. To find out if your information was exposed by this breach, you can go to https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/ to submit and see if your personal information may have been impacted like your’s truly was and received free credit reporting from Equifax.

To put this in a clearer light according to a recent USA Today article, “There’s been more than 825 million personal records exposed from data breaches in the 10-year period ending in 2016, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center. More than 6,400 breaches occurred in that period. Last year there was a record 15.4 million U.S. victims of identity fraud, according to the 2017 Identity Fraud Study released by Javelin Strategy & Research. Losses attributed to identify theft totaled $16 billion in 2016, Javelin reported.”

By now you are asking why I’m bringing both of these topics up is due to the fact that I work for a Data Center, Host.net, whose role is to help companies manage their mission-critical data and have seen clients cascade upon us as Irma approached as well as when the Hurricane Warnings were lifted and continued to contact us about getting their infrastructure inside of our facilities, which in the grand scheme of things was the right thing to do. We have also seen companies contact us regarding Cybersecurity and what can be put in place to protect their data from the “Bad Guys”, who are out there snooping and trying to steal their data.

From my perspective, this seems to be a mostly reactionary response to what we are all seeing, reading or hearing on the Internet, Social Media or on Broadcast Media. My concern is that these conversations need to be held way in advance of an issue occurring and needs to be included in a well thought out Business Continuity Plan so that all incidents have sections in the plan that specify what action(s) need to be taken, who is the owner and what the next steps are. We have all heard the phase “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” more times than we care to admit and BCP or Disaster Recovery Plans are no exception.

These type of projects also need to start at the highest levels of any organization so that there is support down to operational levels with Key Stakeholders clearly identified and lines of communications are opened so entire teams can collaborate and create solutions that positively impact the company in case of an incident.

In summary if you are looking to protect your assets including your home, your business and your data/digital assets, we need to become much more proactive and not wait for incidents to occur. The “New Normal” says that we must be hyper-vigilant and keenly aware of our surroundings and if something doesn’t seem right in terms of interaction requests, then decline them to insure your safety.

For those organizations looking for help in either Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery or for solutions on Cybersecurity, please don’t hesitate to contact me at Glen@Host.net or via Twitter or Skype at @glenbenjamin. Thanks, Glen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: mobilitycloud | September 8, 2017

Mother Nature Fights Back!

3 Hurricanes

As I write this Blog early Friday morning, it is astonishing to see these unprecedented and simultaneous weather activities going on here in the southern end of the Northern Hemisphere with three different hurricanes, Jose, Katia and of course the one that is capturing the attention of Florida and the Southeast, Irma. On top of this, Mexico just experienced an equally devastating event, an Earthquake in 8.1 range which impacted thousands off their Southern Coast. Let’s also not forget what just occurred just two weeks ago, another massive storm, Hurricane Harvey, which flooded Houston and surrounding areas plus Louisiana by dumping over 50 inches of rain over many areas.

I don’t know exactly what we did to make Mother Nature as angry (yes this is a veiled reference to the Mother Nature Commercials from years ago, here is one of them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijVijP-CDVI) as we have, but let’s deal with that after these storms pass, hopefully sooner than later. There is no question that Climate Change and Global Warming are contributing to making it easier for Hurricanes to become more powerful and last much longer than their predecessors, so that will have to be addressed by all of us, again let’s focus on what needs to happen as we ready for Irma to make landfall.

What is absolutely going to have to change is how we deal with Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity as Harvey taught us a very expensive but valuable lesson that we can never be too prepared and what it took as a community to help save and restore as many lives and businesses as possible. The folks in Texas (including Houston), Louisiana along with the nearby States did an amazing job showing their resiliency by helping out and getting people back on their feet, so for that let’s take our (Texas-sized) Hats off for them and hopefully we learned a few things from our great friends out there.

Now to bring this back home for everyone, we are unfortunately hours away from experiencing our own natural disaster and doing our best to keep everything together during this very difficult time. Keep in mind that there is still time to get any last-minute preparations done as very soon we are going to change our operation modes from preparedness to survival. These next few days, weeks, months and years will be difficult, so this is our chance to get our South Florida and nearby communities to collaborate together and restore as much of our personal and businesses assets as well as our infrastructure back to where it once was and who knows, maybe even better with lessons learned.

For those that are not sure what to do, start with this link to http://www.floridadisaster.org/index.asp and then click on “Get a Plan” to help you create plans for your Family and Business plus you can also download on your Smartphone to help you navigate the multiple agencies that you obtain assistance from. It’s not too late, so don’t delay!

Finally I’m hoping to remain connected during the storm but realistically there may be many disruptions that could last for days and beyond, so any good words of encouragement or prayers for our community would be greatly appreciated. I’ll stay tuned to Social Media (assuming that I’ll have access to power and connectivity during this period), so feel free to reach (as many of you have already done, THANK YOU!) out whenever you would like to me below:

Glen@Host.net Corporate Email

glenbenjamin1@gmail.com Personal Email

954-974-6262 Office/Follow-Me Number

954-560-3974 Mobile/Text

@glenbenjamin Twitter and Skype

https://www.facebook.com/glen.benjamin Facebook

www.linkedin.com/in/glenbenjamin LinkedIn

Be Safe Florida, We’ll Talk to You All Soon!

Glen

Posted by: mobilitycloud | August 25, 2017

Glen Benjamin Makes His Radio Debut on Boca Chamber Radio!

Glen Boca Chamber Ratio

I recently sent out a post that I had made my debut on the radio (yes I have the proverbial face for radio) where I was able to discuss a variety of topics for what I do from a business standpoint. As most of you know, I work with Host.net which is a company that is based in Boca Raton, Host.net. We are quite privileged to be able to support local companies and the community for over 20 years. Our approach with our clients is to provide “Technology Humanized” meaning that we truly care about our clients and their specific needs to help our clients keep pace in this constantly evolving technology world. Host.net has always been deeply involved in our local community with a significant emphasis with our home town and is a Trustee with the Greater Boca Raton Chamber (www.bocaratonchamber.com), for which I’m quite active in many of the programs and events that the Boca Chamber offers.

As part of that commitment, I have gotten involved with another platform to collaborate with other members within the Chamber, Boca Chamber Radio (www.bocachamberradio.com). To support our efforts I was able to record a Business Spotlight to provide a short and concise summary of what Host.net offers to clients in the area. Amongst several topics, I discussed how customers need to understand the heightened importance of Cyber Security and how Host.net “Connects and Protects” your mission-critical data. I also work with the National Weather Service as I’m considered a “Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador” and I work with the Association of Continuity Professionals, whose role is to communicate the latest news and information about potential weather impacting events to help insure that our community understands Business Resiliency, to help protect lives and safeguard businesses.

Host.net is also a member of two volunteer, non-profit organizations that I’m a Board Member of, The South Florida Technology Alliance (www.southfloridatech.org), a forum to help grow technology in the area and ITPalooza (www.itpalooza.org) who will have the largest technology event of the year on December 7th at the Broward Convention Center.

To listen to my Business Spotlight from Boca Chamber Radio, go to the two Links (two different segments were recorded) below to understand a bit more of what Host.net offers from a solution standpoint and connect back with me to conduct an assessment of your business security needs. Since this is radio, your comments and feedback are always welcome, so connect with me at Glen@host.net or on Twitter @glenbenjamin

Link to Host.net Business Spotlight – Go to Bottom of Page Under Host.net Logo, 2 Segments:
https://www.bocachamberradio.com/podcasts

1st Segment – 1A

2nd Segment – 1B

 

 

 

Posted by: mobilitycloud | July 28, 2017

Is Your Child Achieving in School?

As most of you know by now, I recently joined Host.net in a Business Alliance role and one of the strategic practices (and now one of my passions) that I’m helping manage is our K-12 School program. Host.net works with schools when it comes to their data infrastructure as well as their bandwidth requirements, which is where this blog will focus on.

The topic today is a federally funded program called E-Rate, which provides discounted Internet and Telecommunications services to Public and Private K-12 Schools along with Libraries, which all falls under the “No Child Left Behind Act of 2001”. The general purpose is to insure that students at K-12 Schools have access to latest technologies including Internet, WiFi and supporting infrastructure so that they can study and conduct testing on their Tablets, E-Readers, Laptops along with a whole host of devices that are proliferating schools today. E-Rate can provide K-12 Schools and Libraries discounts up to 90% for these types of services so that our children can be successful in their overall studies.

Being that E-Rate is a Federal Program, there are policies and procedures that need to be completed in order for schools to qualify, and in the few months that i have been involved in the program, I have seen varying degrees of success in qualifying, but have definitely seen many school administrators confused and perplexed by E-Rate and how to make this work. So if you are one of schools who is considering utilizing E-Rate to insure that your children are able to compete in this new digital world, please contact me here at Host.net as we are a Certified E-Rate Provider and can assist you in getting the connectivity your students need to meet and exceed the standards needed for their success in the classroom and beyond.

I’m including two links below from our Host.net Website and Blog summarizing how E-Rate works along with a Data Sheet that you can download on the program. Feel free to reach out to me directly for additional information at Glen@Host.net or 954-974-6262. Thanks!

Host.net E-Rate Website:

https://www.host.net/e-rate

Link to Host.net Blog:

https://www.host.net/k-12-school-library-taking-advantage-reduced-costs-telecommunications-internet-access

Erate Kids

By now I would expect that the other South Floridians out there have heard the big secret out there that it’s now…dramatic background music…hitting the crescendo…wait one more beat…now let it out…it’s Hurricane Season! Generally speaking, Hurricane Season occurs between June 1st and November 30th, but as well know, Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate when it comes to strict windows of time and thus comes the realization that we need to be prepared at virtually anytime and anywhere.

So I have run across a product that offers something quite unique when it comes to being prepared against weather, in this case it’s for protecting against water as this product  can help businesses as well as residences and has multiple use cases as part of its specialized design. What we are talking about are “Sandless” Sandbags, which are much like their cousins made out of sand, but in this case these products are made from a very light fabric and literally weigh just a few ounces until they come in contact with water and “Bam” (or use your own sound effect) these items start absorbing water at ridiculous rates and form a barrier much like a traditional sandbag.

Basically what you need to understand is that these products start at the ultra-light weight and have the capability to absorb about 5.5 gallons of water, which at capacity weighs about 45 pounds so by stacking multiple layers of these bags together, you get the same effect as other sandbags without having to order significant quantities of sand and the water itself causes the bag to expand and become rigid, thus forming a barrier to prevent further flooding.

This becomes a much better alternative to Emergency Managers, First Responders, Hospitals, Government Facilities and of course Data Centers, where all of those gadgets are housed that can’t afford to get wet. These can be easily placed in areas where potential flooding can be expected and have them laid out in a matter of minutes in preparation for water to arrive and help keep the area as dry as possible.

Since this is such an easy product to deploy, this is not limited to businesses but also to you the general consumer as the home uses are also nearly endless as well. Yes we all hate when the sink leaks, the washing machine spews water and I won’t mention the object in the bathroom that decides to overflow (we’ll leave it there) and the mad scramble for towels, sponges and anything else that will absorb water to stop the spreading. Well now in this case you could utilize your “Sandless” Sandbag immediately to start absorbing the water and once the incident is finished, take the bag outside to let it drain and trash it when you are done. According the document attached, this is for a single use and frankly you don’t want to keep this around too long after it’s wet so it doesn’t spread germs collected by the bag, which will last 5 years in storage before it is used.

Needless to say that the “Sandless” Sandbag is the ultimate game-changer when it comes to protecting your commercial or residential property against  flooding and I would highly recommend evaluating the product to see if this would meet your needs. For additional information including ordering the product, please visit http://latamxport.com (see Sandless Sandbag Video on the website) or contact Amalia.Kissel@Latamxport.com or call her at 786-356-6047.

I’m including a document as well as some pictures supplied by Amalia below to further demonstrate the viability for Sandless Sandbags for your office or home.

Lets be safe out there this Hurricane Season!

Download Information on Sandless Sandbags:

LatamXport Sandless Sandbags

 

Pictures of Sandless Sandbags (Top Left – In Dry Storage Bag, Varying Uses in Remaining Pictures)

 

 

 

Posted by: mobilitycloud | June 15, 2017

Are You Ready for The New Weather Technology?

For those Floridians that have not been following the latest weather reports (how could you have not noticed the deluge of rain over the past week or so), we are now officially in Hurricane Season. As part of Host.net and the SE FL Chapter (there is that Florida reference again) of the Association of Continuity Professionals, we had the privilege of having the National Weather Center (NWS) present to us the latest in weather technology that helps NWS and NOAA predict the direction of hurricanes as well as provide better ideas as to when these storms will make land and watch for storm surge.

What will also make this even more interesting is that the NWS is making this technology tools available on their website so that we will have access to this information at our fingertips as well. The NWS can now estimate a reasonable worst-case scenario (with a 10% chance of those predictions being exceeded at any individual location. The use of this information was invaluable last October when Hurricane Matthew headed towards South Florida and barely missed us but did significant damage to Northern Florida, Coastal Georgia and the Carolinas and I’ll show the metrics on Matthew a bit further down this page.

Key Points about Hurricane Season 2017

  • 42 Hurricane Eye Center’s have passed within 65 miles of Ft. Lauderdale since 1865
  • 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook – By Category (Not a Projection)
    • Named Storms 11-17
    • Hurricanes 5-9
    • Major Hurricanes 2-4

Additional Key Points about Hurricane Matthew and how close it came to impacting South Florida

  • Hurricane Matthew Key Metrics (October 2016)
    • Center of Matthew passed 60 miles east of West Palm Beach
    • Sustained hurricane force winds only 10 miles east of West Palm Beach and 60 miles east of Miami
    • Decision to issue Hurricane Warning was made 36 hours in advance
  • Storm Surge – Wind Pushing Water
    • Storm Surge is Produced by Water Being Pushed Toward the Shore by Storm Winds
    • #1 Cause of Deaths in Hurricanes

Finally the NWS has announced a program that Host.net and myself has joined, called the Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador Initiative. The purpose of the program is to have WRN Ambassadors serve as change agents and leaders in their community.  They will inspire others to be better informed and prepared, thus helping to minimize, mitigate, or avoid the impacts of natural disasters. It is very easy to apply to become a WRN Ambassador, which will provide you access to tool-kits of information that you can share (which I’m obviously doing here via this blog) with your organization, community along with friends and family to ensure that we are “Weather-Ready”!

To Sign Up to be a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation

Now is a great time to sign up with all of the links on this page so we can be alerted and be ready should a storm be identified by the NWS but let’s not wait for that to occur and let’s get our initial preparations started today by becoming a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador. Please don’t hesitate to contact myself at Glen@Host.net our team at Info@Host.net if we can be of any assistance. Thanks Future WRN Ambassors!

Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador

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