IntellecTechs President and CEO Jeri Prophet Honored at Still Serving Awards Ceremony

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Flagship and Military Newspaper honored Jeri Prophet at the 2012 Still Serving Military Retiree and Veteran Awards. The event recognized retired military and veterans, who made an impact in the Hampton Roads community.

March 5, 2013 – PRLog — The Flagship and Military Newspaper honored Jeri Prophet along with ten other honorees at the 2nd Annual Still Serving 2012 Military Retiree and Veteran Awards. The event held at Nauticus in Downtown Norfolk recognized eleven individuals, retired military and veterans, who made a significant impact in the Hampton Roads community and the lives of our men and women who have served the Military.

“I am very grateful to be honored as a Still Serving Award recipient because I feel it is my mission to help the veteran community whenever possible,” said Jeri Prophet, President/CEO of IntellecTechs a Virginia Beach based Information Technology company.

Jeri proudly served the U.S. Navy from 1992 to 2002 with numerous accomplishments, earning a reputation as a “top gun” Navy Information Technology and Training Professional. Using her passion and resources, Jeri has developed programs and services to enhance the lives of veteran men and women. She founded NowHiringVeterans.com, an online resource where veterans can search for jobs with top companies that are willing to hire highly qualified, eligible veterans and Wounded Warriors.

Ms. Prophet founded MOVIT (Mentoring Our Veterans Into Tomorrow), a mentorship program which secures suitable employment for Wounded Warriors/People with Significant Disabilities by partnering with state and federal contractors as well as commercial businesses.

Jeri founded IntellecTechs, in 2008, a full-service Information Technology company which specializes in networking, cybersecurity, repairs, custom computer builds, web design, programming and certification training. Their experienced engineers and technicians, provide comprehensive computer services to a variety of government, military, commercial and residential clients.

Read more about Jeri Prophet’s Still Serving 2012 Award at http://www.norfolknavyflagship.com/special_sections/still….

Newsmaker: Teen’s death questions Kik app safety

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YORK COUNTY — Police say a man raped a 14-year-old girl he met through a Smartphone app and they’re checking to see whether he had similar contact with others.

The teen from York Co. met 20-year-old Michael Baigert Jr. through Kik, an app where people communicate and send pictures, said Lt. Dennis Ivey.

Investigators say he told the girl he was 16-years-old.

After nearly two weeks of communication, they met on Dorothy Drive on August 27, Ivey stated, and during a walk, they went into woods and that’s where the attack occurred.

The incident was reported to York-Poquson Sheriff’s Office on October 27.

Authorities say they searched Baigert’s Berrywood Road home the next day and arrested him that night.

Baigert Jr. is in the Va. Beach jail charged with rape, object sexual penetration and use of a communication system to facilitate certain offenses involving children.

The girl was raped in a subdivision called Willow Lakes in the Grafton area of York County. Stacey West lives in the neighborhood and has a 15-year-old daughter.

“That’s a shame. All the social medial websites and everything you never know who you’re talking too, who they could be, what they’re doing what their intentions are,” West said.

She intends to talk to her daughter about the assault when she gets home from school.

“I already intend on talking to her and her friends both,” West said.
Dominic Digangi, a 17-year-old Grafton High School student knows about the KIK app but says he has no use for it and prefers to use twitter and facebook.

“You basically meet random people from around your areas. I’m not looking to meet new people and random. I have friends and stuff so I haven’t downloaded it,” Digangi said.

Mr. Donald R. Frank as Chief Operating Officer

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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – IntellecTechs, Inc., a Virginia Beach based Information Technology Company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Donald R. Frank as Chief Operating Officer.

Mr. Frank’s diverse background brings 23 years of experience in the aerospace, defense, and civilian Government services sectors to IntellecTechs. Having spent his career either directly supporting, leading, or proposing solutions to contracts that support the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and several Department of Defense (DoD) agencies. Prior to joining IntellecTechs, Don spent five years with Sierra Lobo, Inc. and served as Vice President of Business Development, where his teams developed over a half a billion dollars in revenue for the firm.

Prior to supporting Business Development, Mr. Frank had responsibility for over 200 workers and provided management oversight for numerous scientific, IT, and Government services contracts at the same agencies. He began his career as a Meteorologist supporting Earth observations and forecasters predicting the weather for the launch and landing of the Space Shuttle at the NASA Johnson Space Center.

In addition, Mr. Frank’s background includes meteorological analysis, satellite remote sensing research, scientific high-performance multiprocessor programming (FORTRAN, C, C++, and various high level languages), systems administration, project and program management, contract management, capture management and proposal writing. Mr. Frank has a Bachelor’s of Science in Meteorology from the State University of New York in Oswego, NY.

IntellecTechs, Inc. was founded in 2008 and is 8(a) Certified by SBA, SDB, SDVOSB, VOSB, EDWOSB, SB, and SWaM certified.

Greenbrier School Website Hack

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CHESAPEAKE — The people responsible for hacking into Greenbrier Christian Academy’s website over the weekend has no ties to Islamic groups, according to school officials.

The FBI joined Virginia State Police in the investigation into the cyber attack.

The malware attack happened during an upload of information to the website, according to a press release from the school.

Superintendent Dr. Ron White told 13News Now the school became aware of the cyber attack Sunday morning.

The hacker left pro-islamic messages on the website, while pop band Maroon 5’s “Payphone” song played in the background.

Although at first glance it appeared an Islamic group took over the domain, White said he tended to believe local teenagers were behind it.

The website was pulled down entirely Monday afternoon, but had been restored Tuesday.

Christina Pullen, a spokeswoman with the FBI, said the bureau is pursuing this and other recent reports involving other Web sites aggressively. She added that it looks like the cases are limited to defacements.

Understanding the motive behind the attack could be key in finding a suspect, said Jeri Prophet, a cyber security expert and head IntellectTech Inc.

“What is it worth to a hacker? What kind of data sits behind the website, how hard is it to get to? Those are the type of things that go through a hacker’s mind,” Prophet said.

Monday, 13News Now reached out to White to find out if personal data was swiped during the breach, but he did not immediately respond for comment.

Dairy Queen Data Breach

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NEWPORT NEWS – A Peninsula Dairy Queen is one of four in Virginia and among hundreds across the country affected by hackers.

Dairy Queen says that its payment systems were breached by hackers who may have gained access to customer names, credit and debit card numbers and expiration dates.

The ice cream and fast food chain says 395 of its stores around the country were affected. The data breach happened between August and September.

The Newport News store is inside Patrick Henry Mall and the breach occurred from August 5 through August 29.

Other Virginia locations are in Salem, Leesburg and Fairfax.

“It’s just getting frightening that someone’s out there trying to steal information all the time–24 hours a day,” customer Phillip Meriritt said.

Dairy Queen says it worked with law enforcement authorities and credit card companies to investigate the breach. It says there’s no evidence Social Security numbers, personal identification numbers or email addresses were accessed. The Edina, Minnesota-based company is offering customers free identity repair services.

A number of retailers, including Home Depot, Target and Michael’s have been the target of cyberattacks in the past year.

Here are five ways to protect yourself:

1. CONSIDER ANOTHER WAY TO PAY

Try newer ways to pay, such as PayPal or Apple Pay. “Any technology that avoids you having your credit card in your hand in a store is safer,” says Craig Young, security researcher for software maker Tripwire. Those services store your credit card information and it’s not given to the retailer when you make a payment. Many big retailers, including Home Depot, accept PayPal at their stores, but many others don’t. Apple Pay, which was only introduced this month, has even more limitations: It is available in just a small number of stores so far and only people with an iPhone 6 can use it.

Stored-value cards or apps, such as the ones used at coffee chains Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts, are also a safer bet, says Gartner security analyst Avivah Litan. That’s because they don’t expose credit card information at the register.

2. SIGN IT, DON’T PIN IT

If you’re planning on paying with a debit card, sign for your purchase instead of typing in your personal identification number at the cash register. You can do this by asking the cashier to process the card as a credit card or select credit card on the display. Not entering you PIN into a keypad will help reduce the chances of a hacker stealing that number too, Young says. Crooks can do more damage with your PIN, possibly printing a copy of the card and taking money out of an ATM, he says. During Target’s breach last year, the discount retailer said hackers gained access to customers’ PINs. Home Depot, however, said there was no indication that PINs were compromised in the breach at its stores.

3. BEWARE OF EMAIL SCAMMERS

After big data breaches are exposed, and get a lot of media attention, scammers come out of the woodwork looking to steal personal information. Some emails may mention Home Depot or offer free credit monitoring, but you should never click on the links. Many are for fake sites that try to steal bank information or passwords. “Avoid these entirely,” Young says. If an email looks credible, go to Home Depot’s site directly instead of clicking on links.

4. KEEP UP WITH STATEMENTS

Scan credit card statements every month for any unauthorized charges. And keep an eye out for smaller charges. Thieves will charge smaller amounts to test to see if you notice and then charge a larger amount later, Litan says. They may also steal a small amount from millions of accounts, scoring a big payday, she says.

And check your credit report for any accounts that crooks may have opened in your name. Credit reports are available for free, from each of the three national credit reporting agencies — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — every 12 months from AnnualCreditReport.com. Home Depot is also offering free credit monitoring and identity protection services to customers. Customers can go to the company’s website for more information or call them at 800-466-3337.

5. GO OLD SCHOOL

Use cash. When possible, the safest bet is to not swipe a card at all. Even if security gets stronger at stores, hackers are likely to figure out a way around it. “It’s always a cat and mouse game,” Young says.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Data Vulnerabilities

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NORFOLK — An internal memo prepared by top IT professionals inside the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says the agency’s computers that hold private information for hundreds of thousands of military veterans are essentially wide open.

A 13News Now investigation obtained a copy of the memo from the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

The memo was prepared in July after a security assessment had been performed on the agency’s data. It doesn’t mince words when talking about the potential for a breach.

‘It is practically unavoidable that a data breach to financial, medical, and personal Veteran and employee protected information may occur within the next 12 to 18 months, with no way of tracking the source of the breach,’ the memo reads.

Despite the dire warning, veterans were faced with a data breach in January of 2014 when personal information for veterans became accessible to other users on the VA’s e-benefits site.

Cybersecurity expert Jeri Prophet said the VA should have used that memo as a call to act.

‘Something was blaringly, obviously wrong with that data network to say if it is like this, you know, there is a definite vulnerability,’ Prophet said. ‘The fact that no one took time to address it or look at it, I mean, that’s negligent.’

Congressman Jeff Miller (R-FL), chair of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, said he’s been voicing concerns over the lack of data security at the agency for the past year.

‘It’s unacceptable that the VA has been very slow to react,’ Miller said. ‘What little reaction they have had has been minimal at best.

January’s security breach is just the latest in a string of incidents that have put veterans’ private information at risk.

The Navy Times reported in 2010 that roughly 3,800 veterans’ personal information was compromised when an unencrypted laptop with confidential data was stolen.

In a statement to 13News Now on Thursday, the VA said the memo provided by the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs was focused only on specific risks and not the agency’s entire data network.

‘VA takes seriously its obligation to properly safeguard any personal information within our possession,’ the statement said. ‘VA has in place a strong, multi-layered defense to combat evolving cybersecurity threats.’

‘VA is committed to protecting Veteran information, continuing its efforts to strengthen information security, and putting in place the technology and processes to ensure Veteran data at VA are secure.’

Prophet, who is a Navy veteran herself, said the string of security breaches could have far-reaching ramifications for veterans whose information is stolen. She suggested veterans and their families begin monitoring their credit for any irregularities.

‘As a fellow veteran it’s upsetting because that’s my data,’ Prophet said.