<![CDATA[aegisofalaska.com - News]]>Thu, 21 Feb 2019 16:33:01 -0900Weebly<![CDATA[Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Reports Data Breach by Hackers.]]>Fri, 08 Feb 2019 22:13:15 GMThttp://aegisofalaska.com/news/alaska-department-of-health-and-social-services-reports-data-breach-by-hackersPicture
Several Alaska residents received a recent notice from the Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Assistance Programs dated January 7, 2019. This notice advised residents that on or about April 26,2018 (over 8 months ago) "that information in the Division of Public Assistance's eligibility database may have been breached." They further reported that "Information about you may have been compromised due to unauthorized access by unknown cyber attackers from April 26th-30th 2018. Information contained in the database includes: names, social security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, health information, benefit information and other types of related information."

A copy of the notice is attached below.
AKHSS Notice
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For information on how to protect your business or personal data, visit our recommended products section today!
​-Aegis of Alaska
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<![CDATA[DIY Home Security Systems]]>Wed, 30 Jan 2019 01:18:34 GMThttp://aegisofalaska.com/news/diy-home-security-systemsWe are in 2019, with a new administration in place and property crimes are not going away anytime soon.  It is no surprise that we are strong proponents of home security systems with camera capabilities. More specific, live camera streaming capabilities.  When you contact 911 in the Mat-Su Valley for a burglary alarm, the dispatcher is going to request if you can "confirm" this alarm i.e. visually.  If you can not confirm the alarm, troopers WILL NOT respond. They do not have the staffing to respond to possible false alarms.  Being able to tell the dispatcher that you have a visual on the burglar is an absolute must during these challenging times for Alaskans. DIY systems such as Ooma or Ring are our top picks as they meet all of the above requirements, allowing live streaming to your mobile devices. More importantly, they are great choices for renters who want to take their security products when they move. See some information we collected on these two great and affordable products below. When making the final decision, consider what the value of peace of mind for you and your loved ones is worth.

Ooma

Ooma with video review by PC Magazine below.


​Ring

Ring with product video below.
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<![CDATA[Possible data breach at Alaska PFD online filing site]]>Wed, 02 Jan 2019 07:28:52 GMThttp://aegisofalaska.com/news/possible-data-breach-at-alaska-pfd-online-filing-site
A possible data breach leaving several Alaskans information available for others to view resulted in the Alaska Department of Revenue disabling online PFD applications. Alaskans, your personal information may have been compromised! Data breaches are becoming more common. Aegis of Alaska offers several services to protect your information, both personal and business data. Our affiliates can even conduct forensic examinations to identify data beach vulnerabilities. 24/7 protection is offered. Training for businesses and their employees offered on data protection and HIPPA compliance. Contact us for more information or to schedule a consult today!
Services offered:
  • Data Breach Threat Analysis
  • Enterprise Solutions
  • Forensics eDiscovery
  • HIPPA Compliance Program
  • Penetration Testing Services
  • Phishing Services
  • Security Assessments
Contact us today!
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<![CDATA[Now is your time to be fearless!]]>Wed, 05 Dec 2018 23:12:22 GMThttp://aegisofalaska.com/news/now-is-your-time-to-be-fearless
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<![CDATA[Holiday Cyber sales can lead to ID theft.  Protect yourself and your loved ones today!]]>Tue, 27 Nov 2018 20:58:35 GMThttp://aegisofalaska.com/news/holiday-cyber-sales-can-lead-to-id-theft-protect-yourself-and-your-loved-ones-today
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<![CDATA[Veterans in the workplace]]>Tue, 06 Nov 2018 05:22:31 GMThttp://aegisofalaska.com/news/veterans-in-the-workplace
If you are a drilling reservist, you may have run into an employer or supervisor that was more than happy to hire you because of your military experience, but are not a fan of your absence from the workplace when you activate to drill.
​If you have the privilege of employing a U. S. military veteran, then you know you have recruited from one of the best trained, motivated, dedicated professional, candidate pools available.  Veterans have the basics, literally, nailed down for being successful at any organization.  They know how to follow directions, grooming standards, policies and procedures. They know how to be a member of a team. They know the value of showing up to work and working because where they came from prior to their new civilian career, not showing up could literally be a matter of life or death.  If you have a reservist/National Guardsman working for you, then you have someone that is receiving critical training and experience that can be applied to your workplace, free of charge to you the employer!  Military drills consist of readiness training that includes physical fitness, professional development, and critical human resources training such as sexual harassment/hostile workplace environment prevention.  These brave men and women citizen volunteers are working in diverse workplaces with exposure to many cultures (both foreign and domestic), making them even more adaptive to your successful business models. Many have security clearances that exceed anything a civilian employee in the standard U. S. workforce could ever qualify to obtain.  The benefits clearly outweigh any temporary inconvenience while they are absent from your workplace in order to defend your way of life.

If you are a drilling reservist, you may have run into an employer or supervisor that was more than happy to hire you because of your military experience, but are not a fan of your absence from the workplace when you activate to drill.  These short sighted individuals have lost the “big picture” of the benefits attached to your drills and active duty deployments.  Worse, many are not aware of your rights under The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). USERRA is a follow up to the Veterans Reemployment Rights (VRR). The Soldier and Sailors Civil Relief Act (SSCRA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) go further to protect our service members and is used in conjunction with USERRA. Congress provided clear protection for all members of the uniformed services (including non-career National Guard and Reserve members, as well as active duty personnel). On October 13, 1994, Congress enacted Pub. Law 103-353, The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), Chapter 43 of Title 38, U.S. code.

It is FEDERAL LAW.  No law, policy, practices, etc. that would diminish the rights established in USERRA will take precedence over the provisions of USERRA. In contrast, USERRA does not supersede, nullify, or diminish any federal or state law, or company policy, union agreement, practice or contract that provides greater rights or benefits to service members.

Some of the most common violations by employers against these heroes as of late pertain to:
·         An employee no longer requests permission to be absent for military leave but rather provides notification of pending military service.
·         There is no longer any differentiation between voluntary and involuntary service.
·         An employee cannot be required to use earned vacation or similar leave days for military leave of absence.
·         Military service will not be counted as time away from the employer for retirement purposes (Federal employees should review the Code of Federal Regulations, series 5 CFR 353.201-210 for details related to their employment).
 
The Department of Labor is the enforcement authority for USERRA, and it processes all formal complaints of violations of the law.
If you are an employer and have questions about these regulations, we have a helpful link from the U. S. Department of Justice for your review.  If you need guidance or compliance assistance, please visit https://www.dol.gov/vets/programs/userra/index.htm
If you are a drilling reservist/guardsmen that has been discriminated against, visit https://www.dol.gov/vets/programs/userra/index.htm to file your complaint and to learn more about your rights.

Employers, thank you for giving these heroes another opportunity to serve.

Veterans, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE! 

-Aegis of Alaska
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<![CDATA[Helping to prevent violence against your church]]>Wed, 31 Oct 2018 01:12:23 GMThttp://aegisofalaska.com/news/helping-to-prevent-violence-against-your-church
Evil, cowardly individuals target churches because of the unique vulnerabilities they present.
The reasons churches are being targeted can be summed up with one word, “hate”.  Evil, cowardly individuals target churches because of the unique vulnerabilities they present.
  • They have regularly scheduled events/services where large groups are known to gather.
  • The primary entrance to a church is at the rear of the congregation. 
  • All in attendance are focusing on the message being spoken from the pulpit/stage, all eyes forward. No one is looking back to see who is entering the church.
  • They represent a high visibility target for the evil/cowardly attacker.

Prevention of these heinous events requires vigilance, preparedness, and faith that your community will support you as a good/vigilant neighbor.
  • Report all suspicious activity/to include hateful or violence inspiring social media postings to local law enforcement and church leadership.
  • Train for the worst scenario.
  • Utilize overt security systems such as cameras and well trained “greeters” who are actively assessing threats while welcoming visitors.

For more information or tips, feel free to contact us!


-Aegis of Alaska
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<![CDATA[Protecting yourself in a post SB 91 Alaska]]>Mon, 22 Oct 2018 23:11:44 GMThttp://aegisofalaska.com/news/protecting-yourself-in-a-post-sb-91-alaska
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If you have been watching the local news or reading frustrating posts on social media, you will know by now that Alaska now ranks in the top 10 most dangerous states to live. Many link this upward tick in criminal activity to the enactment of Senate Bill 91, "Omnibus Criminal Law & Procedure; Corrections Act," and the current budget crisis.

For the record, had the State of Alaska implemented the rehabilitation facilities and programs FIRST, this bill, designed to lower recidivism and prison populations, would have seen more success.  Instead we find criminals are committing more crimes due to the lower bails or no bails, reduced pre-trial incarceration, and lack of rehabilitative programs designed to correct/treat the root cause of their criminal activities. Now add the factor of lower law enforcement presence, and you have the perfect environment to nurture progressive criminal activity. 

Criminals break in to your mail boxes, steal your vehicles, burglarize your homes, and much worse, as the message is sent “do as you wish, there is NO consequence.”

Alaska lawmakers that have listened to the voices of victims at townhall meetings, etc., are undoubtedly going to consider the complete repeal of this bill and take actions to increase recruitment and retention of public safety personnel, mental health professionals, and educators, if they wish to seek reelection.

Until then you must consider taking precautions to protect yourself and family members. If you wish to prevent yourself or loved ones from being the next victim, you have to take action today!

Firearms: If you are considering the purchase of a firearm for home protection, do your research first! The most important question you MUST ask yourself before purchasing a firearm, “are you willing to use it on a fellow human being?”  If the answer is “no” then consider another option as a firearm in the hands of someone not committed or respectful of its use, will potentially just end up putting it in the hands of the criminal.  There are several respected firearms instructors in Alaska.  Seek them out and ask questions.

Home security systems: There are two primary choices, aside from the four-legged “man’s best friend”.  You have the DYI systems that are monitored solely by the homeowner, such as the Ring system (see our Recommended Products section), or the professionally installed systems such as ADT, Vivint, etc.  Due to the current workload already placed on law enforcement, you must consider the fact that officers/troopers will not respond immediately (if at all) to an activated burglary alarm “that is not verified.”  You can reach out to your local law enforcement leadership to get a definition on this issue, however, the only valid solution, aside from good neighbors willing to be eyewitnesses, is a camera system.  Video surveillance confirmation of a burglary will almost certainly guarantee a response from any agency.

Identity theft prevention products/services: If your personal information or that of your ever-trusting elderly family member (or your kid sharing too much on their online gaming network) is stolen, you may not even know until that moment you log into your bank account and see it’s been drained.  Services currently are offered which provide 24 hour/7 days a week protection of your personal information.  The services we recommend don’t just alert you that something happened, they take action in preventing it from happening in the first place using some of the most advanced AI software tools available.  See our Recommended Products section for more information.

Conduct a home assessment today to see where you are lacking.  We have provided a free checklist for download below.  Make sure you take inventory of your personal items, to include serial numbers, photographs (if you have time to take a selfie, you have time to take a picture of your valuable belongings), etc.  In the event the worst happens, law enforcement have a stronger chance of recovering your items with this information.

Join a Neighborhood Watch and participate/support your local Crimestoppers Program! Thanks to social media, it has never been easier to relay suspicious activity to your friends and neighbors in real time. 

REMEMBER TO REPORT ALL SUSPICOUS ACTIVITY TO YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCMENT OR TROOPERS.

Stay safe and please leave comments below on other recommended safety tips for others to read.

-Aegis of Alaska
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<![CDATA[Featured Identity Theft Protection Product]]>Wed, 17 Oct 2018 03:31:59 GMThttp://aegisofalaska.com/news/featured-identity-theft-protection-product
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<![CDATA[Why Alaska's Governors Fail or Succeed]]>Tue, 09 Oct 2018 22:42:25 GMThttp://aegisofalaska.com/news/why-alaskas-governors-fail-or-succeed
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There is a big difference between leaders and managers.
If you are looking for an article that is going to bash individual politicians, their families, or political parties, this is not the article for you.  There is plenty of that occurring on the national stage.

We applaud those that have “put themselves out there” to take an office such as the Governor of the largest state in the union.  Their success or failure at the end of their terms is typically measured by whether they balanced the budget and reduced crime/increased public safety.  There are other metrics, but these two seem to be the major bullet points during the political campaign season.

Being a successful Alaska Governor requires the ability to lead 14 politically appointed Department Commissioners to act as one team to fight one fight.  A list of the current Commissioner’s and their contact information is located here.  14 individuals with multiple politically appointed Division Directors below them.  These cabinet members are responsible to provide the Governor with the best advice/information available for decisions such as the usage of funding sources like the PFD or legal loopholes in laws such as SB91.

An example to explain the dynamics of Alaska Department Commissioners in action:

Department of Public Safety (DPS), Division of Alaska State Troopers has a need to select and put into service new patrol vehicles that can be used statewide in various road conditions.  Public Safety has the budget to make the purchase, but not the sole authority.  They must approach the Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT) to approve the bid, selection, and placing into operation of the vehicle (with DPS’ money) in accordance with the Department of Administration’s (DOA) purchasing guidelines. 

This is the same for employee housing, patrol facilities, administrative support, etc.  For example, if the DPS needed to add or move a civilian support position to a particular posting, in order to provide relief in administrative duties (allowing a Trooper to spend more time out on patrol instead of at the post processing evidence or other inventory requests), they would need approval from DOA.

Now imagine if DPS needs to build or add a new Trooper Post to a location in dire need of public safety services?

The above examples demonstrates great accountability on behalf of the residents of Alaska.  Issues of delays and lapses in services, or ability to get an employee and his/her family to occupy rural housing units, depends ultimately on these separate departments, operating under different department leadership, to communicate effectively and “get along”.

Successful Governors and their administrations have solved these issues by having a solid leader reigning in this group of individuals and converting them into a team.  That leader is the unsung hero known as the Chief of Staff.  This leader is able to lead, mentor, organize, motivate all 14 of these individuals, converting them to an effective team!  A team that is focused on making Alaska safer while being fiscally responsible.  NO EASY FEAT.

Ultimately when a Governor is successful, it is because his/her cabinet is a “leadership team” NOT a “management team”.  For those that have been assigned to successful military units or other organizations, you know there is a significant difference between a manager and a LEADER!

We wish success for the next Governor of Alaska, whomever that ends up being.  If they wish to be truly successful, he/she needs to surround themselves with the right leaders in place…leaders that are mission and team oriented!  One Team, One Fight!

-Aegis of Alaska

Some recommended reading on successful leadership practices in links below
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