Monday, April 21, 2014

The Heartbleed Bug (CVE-2014-0160): How To Protect Servers From Vulnerability

You've probably heard about the Heartbleed bug by now as there has been a lot of hype around it for a couple of weeks.  In this post and video, we break it down and show you what you need to know, and help you understand how to protect against this nasty hacker's exploit.

Also known as CVE-2014-0160, Heartbleed is a serious security vulnerability in OpenSSL cryptography libraries that are widely used across the internet.  This bug has been used to exploit a countless number of servers worldwide and ultimately leak valuable information such as usernames, passwords, X509 SSL certificates, instant messages, emails and other business critical documents.

Data security is essential for every business, and especially those with sensitive operations.  Matt Haedo, Implementation Specialist at Miles Technologies, warns that businesses should take all necessary measures to protect against Heartbleed as soon as possible by installing patched software updates.

A popular misconception is that Heartbleed is a virus, and this is actually not the case.  Rather, it is a programming error in the OpenSSL library.  The bug exploits the 'heartbeat' feature in OpenSSL, returning a server message with compromised data attached.

Matt Haedo explains more about the exploit in this video, as well as how to check if your website is potentially vulnerable.  By using a test server, penetration testing tool and vulnerable version of an Open VPN access server, he gives a visual demonstration of the bug in action and exposes how easy it is to access data.

Are you concerned about your businesses security?  Has your business been compromised by Heartbleed?  Contact Miles Technologies today and let our experts help make your servers safe.

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Miles Technologies is a 2014 Healthiest Employer!

Miles Technologies is a 2014 Healthiest Employer in the Philadelphia Business Journal’s ranking of top healthiest employers in the Greater Philadelphia region.

The award-winning IT, business software, online marketing and web design firm, which employs more than 130 full-time professionals at its Moorestown headquarters, earned recognition for its progressive efforts to encourage and support workplace wellness, including the company’s employee bikes, free healthy food choices available daily, routine team exercises and progressive wellness support initiatives, including rewards for smoking cessation.

“Wellness is very important to our entire team,” reports Chris Miles, CEO, Miles Technologies. “Our philosophy is that a workforce that is encouraged and supported in healthy choices and activities will be a better, stronger and more cohesive workforce.”

The company earned a spotlight by the Courier-Post last year for its fully stocked kitchen, including an industrial fridge loaded with juices, fruits, cheeses, meats, eggs and vegetables – available to all staff members at all times and at no cost to the workforce.

Additionally, the company supplies bikes to any team members that may want to take a bike break during the work day. The company also motivates its employees to stay fit and active by doing workout breaks during the business day to encourage physical activity – and team spirit.

Chris Miles, CEO
According to the Philadelphia Business Journal, companies recognized as 2014 Healthiest Employers in the Greater Philadelphia region have one thing in common: Progressive thinking. They realize that a healthy workforce is not only more productive, but drives down the cost of health insurance. The 2014 Healthiest Employers will be honored at a special breakfast event on Thursday, June 5, at Thomas Jefferson University. The Philadelphia Business Journal will publish a special section devoted to its 2014 Healthiest Employers on June 6. Companies in small (less than 100 employees) to extra large (1,000 or more employees) will be featured for wellness initiatives, including office gyms, weight loss competitions, smoking cessation initiatives and free screenings.

To join the Miles Technologies team, visit the company’s CAREERS page!

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4 Ways To Crush LinkedIn’s Publishing Platform

Did you hear? LinkedIn announced Friday it has reached 300 million registered users, a boost up from 277 million members at the beginning of this year. LinkedIn announced the 200 million user milestone in January 2013, which means the company has added an average of 6.6 million new users per month over the past 15 months.

With content strategy and brand journalism now the signature core elements for creative marketing and personal branding, the ability to publish your thoughts and expertise on LinkedIn is a massive opportunity.

In recent weeks, LinkedIn made 25,000 content sharers very happy with the announcement it is expanding its publishing platform to eventually allow all users—ALL USERS—the opportunity to write and share posts. Starting immediately, 25,000 English language LinkedIn members have the ability to publish content on LinkedIn. The company will be expanding steadily the capability to all members in multiple languages over the next few months.

According to LinkedIn, its rollout of its definitive professional publishing platform is opening new doors for its members, allowing pros to establish thought leadership and boost social influencer rankings. LinkedIn is even tagging its content publishing initiative Unlocking The Experts — all 277 million of them currently leveraging LinkedIn for professional networking and outreach.

Miles Technologies shared its views on how to crush LinkedIn's publishing platform with the Philadelphia Business Journal!

See 4 Ways To Crush LinkedIn’s Publishing Platform!

Powering headlines, keeping brevity in mind and engaging your audience are just some of the strategies to optimize when it comes to making the most of publishing on LinkedIn! Check out the full article for detailed tips and strategies! Then, get publishing!

Are you crushing your content? If you are not publishing, you are not content marketing! Miles Technologies actively publishes not only its own blog (thanks for reading!) but also targeted pieces on a diverse grouping of business news and tech platforms, including Small Business Trends, SteamFeed and The VAR Guy! Need help getting your publishing in shape so you can crush content too? We can help! The online marketing team at Miles Technologies knows just how to craft content to power marketing!
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Business News Daily: Chris Miles Shares Tech Start-Up Tips

Technology seems to be the industry of choice for many of today's aspiring business owners. It's a broad, fast-growing field that attracts investors and venture capitalists, and if you succeed, the payout potential is enormous.

The allure of launching a tech start-up is easy to understand, but some entrepreneurs fail to consider the unique risks they'll face being in the competitive world of technology.

In an article by Nicole Fallon of Business News Daily, Chris Miles, CEO, Miles Technologies, shares his views on mitigating risks, partnering smart and making decisions for longevity.

Miles founded Miles Technologies in 1997 and today the business, employing more than 140 full-time professionals, is an award-winning technology firm - recognized as the First Place Winner in the Philadelphia Business Journal's 2013 BEST PLACES TO WORK.

Recently, the company was officially recognized as a 2014 Philadelphia Business Journal Healthiest Employer. With four divisions - IT, business software, online marketing and web design - the company is growing strong, serving thousands of clients throughout the United States and internationally.

Chris Miles, CEO, Miles Technologies
What is one bit of advice from Chris Miles on positioning your tech start-up for greatness? "When it comes to choosing which companies to do business with, having clear policies in place regarding this issue can help you make the best decisions for your start-up," Miles advises.

See more from Chris Miles at Business News Daily today!

5 Challenges Your Tech Startup Will Face (and How to Overcome Them)

While tech start-ups may face steeper competition than start-ups in other industries, the level of dedication to the new business ultimately determines its chances of success.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

4 Reasons IBM’s $500 Million Private Cloud Hartford Deal Is Symbolic

IBM recently landed a huge deal – a $500 million, six-year private cloud whopper with insurance colossus, The Hartford. The Hartford will move to a private cloud-based infrastructure on IBM’s PureFlex System. Under the $500 million agreement, IBM will also provide a number of other services related to mainframe, storage, backup and resiliency.

The Hartford will define the services it requires, and IBM will be responsible for the solution and delivery of those services. The partnership supports The Hartford’s strategy to drive profitable growth and increase operational effectiveness as it continues to focus on its property and casualty, group benefits and mutual funds businesses.

Why is this symbolic? 

How does this signal opportunity for a business not quite as massive as The Hartford?

The $500 million directive, according to Philip Guido, general manager, IBM Global Technology Services, North America, is an example of how leading organizations are utilizing cloud technology to gain competitive advantage. Clients today are looking for IT partners who can understand and help drive their business with a focus on innovation and delivering business outcomes – not just IT efficiency.

To delve deeper into the symbolism of the IBM announcement, see the latest by Chris Miles, CEO, Miles Technologies, featured prominently on Small Business Trends - a leading online business news resource!

4 Reasons IBM’s $500 Million Private Cloud Hartford Deal Is Symbolic

With more businesses of all sizes researching and adopting cloud technologies to empower business functionality and improve client engagement, a new directive for smart business is rapidly unfolding...grow your business with the cloud – or do not grow at all.

Do you follow Chris Miles on Small Business Trends? If you don't visit Small Business Trends daily - you should. A leading online resource for trends, technologies, issues and news impacting the business community, Small Business Trends features and expansive and impressive array of guest columnists, including Chris Miles, CEO of Miles Technologies. Catch up on what Chris has been writing about by visiting his articles here! Chris has shared pieces on inbound marketing, responsive web design trends, technology trends and issues, that latest directives of today's competitive CIOs and the importance of the project champion! Chris is a regular contributor to Small Business Trends - visit frequently to see his latest insights!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Twitter Tips: Graduate To Twitter Champ In 7 Steps

You have a Twitter account. Congratulations! You have followers that are not just family members and friends from college. Great! You embrace the reality that Twitter is actually good for your personal branding, career connections and for business marketing. Smart!

Now, it’s time to graduate to Twitter champion!

For starters, embrace Twitter’s new profile pages. Earlier this month, Twitter announced its enhanced profile pages.

Yes, change is difficult. You just got used to the look of your profile page, and now Twitter is throwing all that up in the air. Your enhanced Twitter profile page is an opportunity to brand yourself, or your business, with extreme creativity.

In fact, one of the key reasons Twitter rolled out its more vibrant profile page design is to make it a more compelling destination for brand marketing - maximize it!

Develop an expanded tagline that fits your niche and expertise — and use the new feature of highlighting key tweets to promote your most important messages. Twitter is thrilled about its new enhanced profile pages, and with opportunities to add more colors, logos and targeted posts, even emoji symbols and direct feed videos, you should be too! Go ahead, jump on the enhanced profile page bandwagon, and take it full speed ahead!

For more tips, see Twitter Tips: Graduate To Twitter Champ In 7 Steps in the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Marie Alonso, content strategist and online marketing specialist at Miles Technologies, shares tips to making Twitter work for you!

Ready to Tweet? Miles Technologies has a full team of social media experts ready to launch your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and more into champion territories! To speak with an online marketing expert, Contact Us! Remember to tweet us @milestech!

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The Personal Cloud Is Trending Up – Way, Way Up!

Personal clouds are going to control your world. Well, that may be overkill—or is it? According to a new report, the personal cloud is trending high, with Apple, Dropbox, Google and Microsoft dominating the rapidly advancing landscape of personal cloud cornerstones.

Personal cloud services are fast becoming the core of doing business in an escalating mobile landscape. What is the personal cloud? A personal cloud is a cloud-based platform utilized as a repository for data and applications. It is ideal for business and personal utilization, including document-sharing. Most critical, it is built for the 24/7 mobile professional.

Recently, The VAR Guy turned to Miles Technologies for an overview of a new report by Pyramid Research on the ever-increasing rise of the personal cloud. See the full article here:

The Personal Cloud Is Trending Up – Way, Way Up!

In The Personal Cloud: A Strategic Imperative for Operators by Pyramid Research, perspectives of top operators are shared along with an analysis of the personal cloud market today. Insights, gathered by operator online surveys, demonstrate a view of today’s personal cloud environment and assessments of how today’s leading operators are positioning their personal cloud services for greatness.

What trends were revealed?
  • The number of global personal cloud accounts has increased 60 percent over the past two years, and Pyramid Research expects it to grow a CAGR of 25 percent from 2013 to 2018.
  • Apple, Dropbox, Google and Microsoft dominate the market, together having more than 85 percent of personal cloud accounts.
  • By the end of 2014, more than half of all operators around the world will have launched a personal cloud service.
It’s safe to say the trend toward optimizing the personal cloud is only just taking off!

Cloud Watcher? Want to learn more about how cloud solutions can benefit your mobile workforce? Turn to the cloud computing experts at Miles Technologies - and check out business by Miles, a comprehensive, cloud-based, business management software solution that can house information about your customers, vendors, subcontractors, employees and job applicants. Contact Us!

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