When women were in charge

first_imgT. WEED To the Editor: (Re: Rachel Hodes, Hoboken Democratic Committee, on sexual harassment of women, Dec. 10) Remember Time magazine’s annual Man Of The Year? In those days, only men made history. But in 2017 Time has a “Person of the Year”, and that “person”?. women, who are “The Silence Breakers, the Voices that Launched a Movement.” The movement began when a woman, groped and nearly raped by powerful movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, spoke out. Wow shock after her lonely voice, the deluge.Women all over the country began speaking out, naming names, and nearly every day since, some powerful man, his reputation and career ruined, retires in guilty disgrace. Observers of our national scene are wondering if the time isn’t approaching when men, who have made a mess of things, are about to be shouldered aside by women, and Time does report that more women are running for political office about time. When women ruled, the world was a happier place. Women ruled?The two great apes that we humans most resemble, that we share 98% of our genes with, are the chimpanzees and the bonobos. Both these apes live in south central Africa, the chimps north of the Congo River, bonobos to the south. But the difference between them is like night and day. Chimpanzees are violent and warlike and patriarchal, males always fighting for dominance. Female chimps are only ready for sex in estrus, a fact highly frustrating for the testosterone-laden males, who relieve their frustration through aggression and fighting neighboring tribes of chimps.Bonobo females are receptive at any time, and not only receptive, which implies passivity, they are also givers, initiators, in fact all bonobos seem ready for sexual encounters all day long, shocking the missionary wives (habituated to only one, supine, position) who first beheld them in their little Eden. Their society is matriarchal. Females rule the roost. When arguments arise, fighting is avoided by sex and kissing. If that doesn’t work, and if some knucklehead male does get out of hand, several sisters will beat him up. But males in bonobo society are content. Why wouldn’t they be? What else can a sane male desire but enough fruit to eat and sexually active and inventive females all around him?The reason our world is in such a violent, chaotic mess is that those of us who carry chimpanzee genes have become our rulers. There is historical evidence that human society was once matriarchal, ruled by bonobos, but, according to Merlin Stone (When God Was a Woman), there appeared in the Middle East a chimpanzee god who ordered his followers to destroy all the bonobo-inhabited towns in Canaan, to “utterly destroy all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword, you shall save alive nothing that breathes”, and his followers did so, installing patriarchal rule where female sexuality was strictly controlled by males, as it is to this day among Jews, Muslims and Christians.Proof of the difference between warlike chimps and peaceful bonobos is this: When the Brits and Americans were bombing civilians and destroying ancient cities of defenseless Germany in the final days of WW2, the bonobos in the Munich zoo died of heart attacks when bombs fell nearby, the chimps survived.last_img read more

MYSTERY SCIENCE (Mary J. Donohoe)

first_img× MYSTERY SCIENCE — Mary J. Donohoe grade 3 students in Mrs. Mastromonaco’s class completed a Mystery Science lesson and experiment. The students learned the importance of water for plants. They built a Root Viewer to see up close how roots behave. The students watched as a radish seed germinated. They kept track of how much their seed grew over four days. The students enjoyed watching their seeds grow and experience the life cycle of a plant.last_img

Harvard professor a hit on Japanese TV

first_imgOne of the hottest television shows in Japan this spring revolved around Harvard professor Michael Sandel’s recorded classroom lectures about philosophy.NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster, picked up in April the PBS show featuring Sandel’s lecture show, titled “Justice.” Rebranded as “Harvard Hakunetsu Kyoshitu (Harvard’s Heated Discussion Classroom),” the show quickly drew wide notice and topped the list of downloads from “NHK On Demand,” an online pay-per-view service. …Read more here.last_img

38 honored with Dean’s Distinction

first_imgHarvard may attract its fair share of 4.0 students, but a 4.0 employee is harder to come by. That fact wasn’t lost on Nathan Fry, associate director of athletics, when he read the evaluations submitted by student athletes of James Frazier, director of strength and conditioning for Harvard’s 35 sports teams.Every player on Harvard’s basketball teams had rated their experience with Frazier, who develops and oversees more than 1,000 athletes’ conditioning and strength training, a perfect 4.0. His score among the 110-member football team was an impressive 3.94.“You don’t see that with our best coaches, and I bet you don’t see that with professors on campus,” Fry said of Frazier’s evaluations. “I thought, ‘Holy cow, this guy is doing something really special for our department.’ ”But it wasn’t just the raw numbers that inspired Fry to nominate Frazier for Dean’s Distinction, a Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) award honoring outstanding employees. Frazier, a former football player at Brown University, “has really embraced the Ivy League philosophy of education through sport,” Fry said. “He’s an outstanding teacher and motivator.”And like his fellow 2011 Dean’s Distinction honorees, Frazier’s passion for and dedication to his job can’t be quantified, even with the student surveys.“Everything about the job’s rewarding,” Frazier said. “Every single day I get to interact with student athletes at one of the best universities on the planet.”Frazier was one of 38 FAS employees honored at the second annual Dean’s Distinction awards ceremony and reception on Wednesday (March 2). Dean Michael D. Smith praised the recipients for their service, adding that he had personally read their nomination forms.“You make it possible for Harvard to carry out its mission,” Smith said as the winners nibbled hors d’oeuvres and sipped drinks with their co-workers and families. “Under your care, and thanks to your skills, efforts, and innovations, FAS has thrived.”In many ways, Harvard staff members are the “unsung heroes” of the University community, Smith said. “Thanks to you, our organization of extraordinary breadth functions day in and day out.”Leslie Kirwan, dean for administration and finance, said employee appreciation events such as Dean’s Distinction are a crucial component of “leadership that gets it.” She told the crowd that she hoped the awards would inspire FAS employees to take the time to appreciate one another’s contributions.“It’s such a simple thing to take a few minutes,” Kirwan said. “And yet it seems like it’s all too rare that we actually take the time to say, ‘Thank you.’ ”Charles Marcus, professor of physics, was one of three faculty members who seized the opportunity to nominate Jessica Martin, a sponsored-programs portfolio manager in the Physics Department and one of the evening’s award recipients. It was the least he could do, Marcus said, to thank Martin for her help in securing his research team an $18 million grant that now funds the work of 10 professors on four continents.“I wouldn’t have even applied for it without knowing she could become the financial manager for that grant,” said Marcus, who had worked with Martin in the past when she was his administrative assistant. “She works so well [with faculty] that it really feels to every extent like a partnership.”And while Martin has the daunting task of managing funds for more than 20 professors, she sees her job as more than just a series of financial spreadsheets and federal guidelines. She takes the customer-service, team-oriented nature of her work seriously (and literally), even if that means convincing a bunch of research assistants to ditch the lab and take up Wiffle ball.“I started a league here in the department, trying to get the lab members to go outside on sunny days,” Martin said. “When you form those relationships, people are more open when they come to you, more collaborative.”Little things like that are what make the Dean’s Distinction recipients so impressive, Smith said.“These things are not a part of their job descriptions,” he said. “They care so deeply about the people they’re working for, whether it’s students or faculty. It was greatly inspiring to read about the work they’re doing.”The awardees were chosen from more than 140 nominations representing 23 FAS divisions and units. The nominees were a diverse bunch. Their years of service to Harvard ranged from one year to 31, and a quarter were members of the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers (HUCTW).The recipients are:Jeffrey Berg, Department of EnglishBarbara Bontempo, Department of PsychologyRobert Byrne, Graduate School of Arts and SciencesJay Carter, FAS Information TechnologyManuel Casillas, FAS Physical ResourcesAnn-Marie Costa, Widener LibraryChristina Davis, Houghton LibrarySarah Ann Delude, Center for European StudiesCharlene A. Deming, Department of PsychologyEdythe Ellin, Harvard ForestJames Frazier, Department of AthleticsJeremy Gibson, Department of AthleticsSusan M. Gilroy, Widener LibraryDena Gregory, Office of Undergraduate EducationJoAnn DiSalvo Haas, Leverett HouseCharles E. Hickey, Harvard College ObservatoryJulia Hutchinson, FAS Human ResourcesEvelyn M. Jimenez, FAS Registrar’s OfficePaul Kelley, Department of Earth and Planetary SciencesLarissa S. Kennedy, the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American HistoryJulie Knippa, Department of Visual and Environmental StudiesSusan Lee Laurence, Korea InstituteMargaret A. Mahoney, Division of Continuing EducationJessica Martin, Department of PhysicsKevin McGowan, Instructional Media ServicesDawn Elliott Patton, Research Administration ServicesJoseph D. Peidle, Department of PhysicsClaire Reardon, FAS Center for Systems BiologyMaureen Rekrut, FAS Finance OfficeLinda E. Ross, Department of Molecular and Cellular BiologyAli Saren, the Institute for Quantitative Social ScienceAndrea Shen, Office for Faculty AffairsLaura Gorman Thomas, Department of SociologyGregory Tucci, Department of Chemistry and Chemical BiologyKristen K. Vagliardo, Semitic MuseumKathryn Vidra, Harvard College Admissions and Financial AidMatilda West, Division of Continuing EducationMichelle Wong, Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biologylast_img read more

Seamus Heaney, set to music

first_imgSeamus Heaney, a Nobel Prize laureate in literature with a long connection to Harvard, will read his 1986 “Villanelle for an Anniversary” at this year’s Commencement ceremonies.The reading — during Morning Exercises May 24 — will cap a yearlong celebration of the 375th anniversary of Harvard College.Heaney wrote and delivered the poem in commemoration of the 350th anniversary.There is an extra touch this year: The reading will be followed by the world premiere of “Villanelle for an Anniversary,” an a cappella work written by Preceptor in Music Richard Beaudoin, an American composer in his fourth year on the faculty of the Department of Music.Set to Heaney’s text, the four and a half-minute piece was commissioned by Harvard President Drew Faust, the first commissioning of a new work during her tenure and the first such commissioning by a Harvard president in decades.“I’ve been here long enough that the poem means something to me personally,” said Beaudoin, who started writing the music immediately after reading the Heaney poem. “It’s probably one of the most joyful pieces I have written.”“I’ve been here long enough that the poem means something to me personally,” said Richard Beaudoin, who started writing the music immediately after reading the Heaney poem. Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe villanelle form, brought to English verse from French poetry in the 19th century, employs the first and third lines of the first stanza as alternate rhyming refrains in the third line of each successive stanza — and as the last two lines in a couplet at the end.The repeating lines are important to the musical work, said Beaudoin, who composed it for a mixed chorus: soprano, alto, bass, and tenor. He called the Heaney poem “visual and honest” and very beautiful — in part because it is not “over-celebratory.”Heaney, an Irish poet, translator, and playwright born in 1939, started at Harvard as a part-time visiting professor in 1979. From 1985 to 1997 he was the University’s Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory. From 1998 to 2006, he was the Ralph Waldo Emerson Poet in Residence at Harvard.Heaney’s last formal visit was in October 2008 when he read to a packed house at Sanders Theatre. The event’s free tickets had “sold out,” in a matter of hours, weeks before. (The poet’s unstoppable fans are called “Heaneyboppers.”)At the Sanders event, Heaney sketched in some of the background for “Villanelle for an Anniversary,” first delivered in Tercentenary Theatre in 1986. The poem, he explained, was an attempt to answer the question: “How do people listen to a poem over a loudspeaker?”The answer turned out to be the villanelle and its repeated rhyming refrains. The strictly formatted 19-line poem was the first villanelle he had written, said Heaney, “and should be the last.”Helen Vendler, Harvard’s Arthur Kingsley Porter University Professor, admired the poem for its evocation of Harvard Yard, she said in 2008, and for what it said about the receptive and absorbing beauty of a university. The poem’s third line reads, “The books stood open and the gates unbarred.”This year’s musical composition inspired by the Heaney villanelle will be the performed by the Commencement Choir, conducted by Andrew Clark.Andrew Clark will conduct Beaudoin’s musical composition. Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe choir will also perform “For the Graduation” by Carson Cooman ’04, which premiered last year. The new works are part of an initiative to create new music for Harvard graduation events.The Morning Exercises will also include traditional works performed for generations at Harvard Commencement ceremonies. One is William Tans’ur’s “Give ear, ye children, to my law,” a metrical version of Psalm 78. Another is “The Harvard Hymn,” by John Knowles Paine. The entire assembly sings it in Latin after honorary degrees are awarded.Other music highlights at Commencement this year:The Baccalaureate Service Music — for students only — at 2 p.m. May 22 in the Memorial Church. (Audio for families and guests will be available at Tercentenary Theatre.) Featured music includes “Felices Ter,” an anthem by Randall Thompson ’20 (1899-1984). It was written in 1953 as a 70th birthday present for Harvard Glee Club choirmaster Archibald T. Davison. This brief a cappella work sets to music the ode by Horace that appears on the Class of 1857 Gate, across from the Holyoke Center.Cooman’s “For the Graduation” will also be sung at the Baccalaureate Service, where it premiered last year. It was commissioned by the Holden Choirs and sets to music a text by American poet Robert Creeley (1926-2005), who attended Harvard College in the 1940s.last_img read more

Broadway.com Culturalist Challenge! Which Oscar Winners Would You Like to See on B’way?

first_img View Comments The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank. The countdown is on for the Academy Awards, which take place on February 28. We love when Hollywood actors bring their talent to live theater and with Eclipsed’s Lupita Nyong’o and Hughie’s Forest Whitaker stepping onto a Broadway stage for the first time this month, we can’t help wondering which other golden statuette-bearing actors should grace the boards. So, with Hollywood’s biggest night upon us, we ask you: which other recent Oscar-winning actors would you like to see on (or back on!) Broadway? Broadway.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek kicked off this new challenge with his top 10. Now it’s your turn!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and then click “rearrange list” (or, if you have nothing to rearrange, go right ahead and hit “publish”). STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com!last_img read more

BRO Athletes: John Robinson’s Battle with the Holiday Lake 50k

first_imgand the race was on. Yea! Headlamps, essential for the first several miles, bob-bobbed off into the dawn.I’m slogging along now, alone and looking forward to Aid Station 3 where Hannah and her cheerful cohorts will encourage me with their great smiles, not to mention their candy. My water bladder tube is frozen solid and I haven’t been able to drink from it since pulling it out of my womb-like sleeping bag early this morning. So I carry an inaccessible bag of water on my back, and hydrate at aid stations. Oh well.The Holiday Lake 50k course consists of a 16-mile loop which returns the racers to the starting point where they then reverse the route to arrive back at the same place for the finish. It works very well. By the time I arrive at the turnaround point my wife Marybeth and son Taylor are there to greet me and send me back, “inbound” to the finish now. Race director Horton exclaims that I’m the first “old man,” that is age 50+. But no, that’s not true; my “old man” friend Matt is a few minutes ahead of me at this point. That gap would grow as the race wore on and I wore out. Way to go Matt!So it’s working out to be not my best race, this “easy” 50k. Heehee! Nevertheless I take in the beauty of the course -the orange glow sunrise was amazing- and I make sure to appreciate the folks out there with me, volunteers and racers alike.An out-and-back course like Holiday Lake allows each racer to pass face-to-face everyone else at some point. It is always cool for me to see those fast front-runners on their inbound return trip, and I calculate about how far behind them I am and how that distance will only increase as the miles to the finish unfurl. Holding solid to first place is Shaun Pope, who offers me a hearty, “good job!” as he trots by. In the small, eccentric world of ultra running camaraderie is affirming, and encouragement and inspiration is freely shared by all. I certainly get a further morale boost, along the beautiful Lakeshore Trail part of the course particularly, as I pass friends and we exchange brief words of connection and encouragement, including of course the occasional “Hey loser!”Returning to Aid Station 3 I fuel on banana and what looks like pieces of Milky Way. Good, but actually I’m not that hungry and don’t have my usual mid-race appetite. I head out again feigning competence and optimism and accompanied by another racer…hey! it’s my buddy Jeff. What a nice surprise. He just turned 50 last year and I’ve welcomed him into the Grand Master category. We run together for an hour talking, covering a broad array of topics, before I send him on ahead of me. I’m having trouble shifting into a higher gear and I can’t hang with Jeff; he’s strong and relaxed and now he’s disappearing around the bend up ahead. Go Jeff!The remainder of the race I feel like I’m slowly grinding to a halt. I just hope the finish comes before then. Every few minutes someone passes me. They give me encouragement and rocket on. At least it seems to me that they “rocket on”. I’m not overtaking anyone myself; my machinery is breaking down. A bit of bonus discomfort occurs when only a few miles from the finish I have to succumb to the urge to “go behind a tree,” and not just for a quick leak. I’d hoped I could make it to the finish before that. Oh well.The sun is shining brightly now, the sky brilliant blue as I emerge from the trees and onto the hard surface road to gallop the remaining .7 mile of the course. What’s that I feel? A spring in my step! From within my weary body wells up a fount of freshness and I virtually fly down the road and through the finish chute and under the banner to the generous cheers and congratulations of the folks gathered there. I’m forty-ninth place overall out of what turns out to be 236 finishers. My time is 5:04:48. I could pout that I coulda shoulda run faster and stronger and finished higher up in the standings but you know what? It feels so good to be living in the moment, as fully as I can, surrounded by cheery -ok nutty- souls with warm hearts on this chilly gorgeous day that I’m just -above all- feeling super grateful. About 6 miles into the race there’s a creek crossing where feet immersion is mandatory. The air temp is a bracing eighteen degrees, so the ice water is especially invigorating. I splash through the calf-deep pool abreast of Josh, with Matt just behind. We’re feeling good and chatting about this and that, while keeping up what I’d call a respectable pace. Conditions are great; the course is predominantly smooth, rolling single track and it’s dry, occasional creek crossings notwithstanding. Yeah we’re going to cruise this thing.It’s an hour later and I’m not feeling so much that “we” -as in me- will “cruise” the course today. Josh and Matt are slipping away from me—on a good day I can hang with them, and I truly thought that this was going to be one of those days. I’m having a hard time keeping pace. Others also slowly gain on me and pass, often running with me for a few minutes before pulling ahead. They’re all friendly, the camaraderie of ultra trail racing being no exception here at the Holliday Lake 50k.I’m competing in the twentieth running of the event, an ultra held at Virginia’s Holiday Lake State Park. I had arrived last night in time for race check-in and to get my Honda Element situated for its role as camper for the night. The weather forecast was for clear and cold overnight, down to 15 degrees or so, but I would surely be cozy in the car with my assortment of various pads and sleeping bags. I had gotten everything set up just right, laying out race things for today’s early am start. Shoes, socks, shorts with race number pinned on just so, favorite technical race tee, fleece zip neck, Grindstone 100 beanie cap, thin gloves, Gorilla tape for my nipples. And stashed in my hydration pack along with the 1.5-liter water bladder were my super light Hoodini jacket and a few Cliff bars and gels. And some toilet paper of course.Race director David Horton led the shenanigans at the pre-race dinner and briefing at race headquarters, the park’s 4H Center. Lots of excited faces shared anticipation and laughs over voluminous plates of delicious spaghetti and lasagna. Friends old and new caught up with each other, and all looked forward to today’s race. I got to sleep pretty early, hunkered down in the Element, after my requisite few-minutes-at-least of reading, this time from a book on nineteenth century polar exploration.“The Holiday Lake 50k is a relatively easy ultra,” you might hear a veteran say, due to the rolling non-mountainous nature of the terrain of the Virginia piedmont course. Whatever. I’d say don’t fall for that line, because all you’ll hear is the “easy” part, and then you might be getting into a little trouble. The first time I ran the race there was 8 inches of snow on the course, and the nature of said precipitation changed diabolically throughout the day, from hard crust to muddy slop. It was miserable. And even when it’s dry…well it’s not so easy.The race started at 6:30 am in the cold dark, bringing to a close the chaos of the previous hour. I had risen and quickly dressed in the freezing Element with that familiar what-am-I-doing-here feeling. I choked down a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and forced a half liter of water. Then bathroom business. And second guessing my choice of clothing. Stumbling to the starting line, we raised an off-key version of the national anthem Relaxing in my post race reverie I see my friend Michelle approaching the finish line. It’s her first ultra and she’s ecstatic to be finishing it. She made it. I make my way to her to offer a hug and my congratulations, passing on to her what so many have conveyed to me, the bond, that is, of a kindred spirit.last_img read more

Board of Governors balloting underway

first_img Board of Governors balloting underway Board of Governors balloting underway March 15, 2004 Regular Newscenter_img Ballots have been mailed to Bar members in five circuits who are choosing among 22 candidates for six Board of Governors’ seats. Ballots have also gone to Young Lawyer Division members who are choosing between four candidates for two seats on the YLD Board of Governors.Bar members will again have the option of voting by paper ballot, or via the Internet using the Bar’s election company, Election Services Corporation. Instructions for voting by either method are included with the ballots.Whichever method is chosen, all ballots must be received by Election Services Corporation by midnight March 22. Platform statements for the Bar Board of Governors candidates appeared in the February 15 News. Those statements, along with those of the YLD candidates, are also posted on the Bar’s Web site, flabar.org, and Election Services Corporation’s Web site, electionservicescorp.com.Ballots for any runoffs will be mailed in April.Candidates for the Board of Governors are:• For the First Circuit, Seat 1, Ross M. Goodman and Stuart C. Poage of Pensacola and Woodburn S. Wesley of Ft. Walton Beach.• For the Sixth Circuit, Seat 1, J.D. Hadsall of Treasure Island, Catherine Day Hult of Largo, and Andrew B. Sasso of Clearwater.• For the 11th Circuit, Seat 5, incumbent Don L. Horn of Miami and Henry T. Courtney of South Miami.• For the 11th Circuit, Seat 7, William Aaron, Jeffrey Michael Cohen, and Benedict P. Kuehne of Miami, Guillermo K. Mascaro of Coral Gables, John A. Moore of Miami, Sheri Eva Nott of Coral Gables, Brian Patchen and Philip Reilly of Miami, Iver Miles Starr of Miami Beach, and Joel R. Wolpe of Miami.• For the 17th Circuit, Seat 1, incumbent Alan C. (Peter) Brandt of Ft. Lauderdale and Bradley Winston of Plantation.• For the 18th Circuit, Seat 1, Thomas G. Freeman of Altamonte Springs and incumbent Clifton A. McClelland, Jr., of Melbourne. Winning candidates will be sworn in at the Bar’s Annual Meeting in June.last_img read more

White hat hackers can help in the fight against cyber attacks

first_imgIn today’s complex digital world, so often subject to fraud and security breaches, it can be fairly said that “It takes a hacker to catch a hacker.” In this case, a hacker wearing a white hat.“White hat hackers” or “ethical hackers” are technology good guys, who, according to www. techopedia.com, “Use their skills to improve security by exposing vulnerabilities before malicious hackers (known as black hat hackers) can detect and exploit them.”Before we go any further about white hat hackers, though, why are there so many black hat hackers? According to a July 30, 2016, story on MSN.com, a San Francisco-based white hat hacker named Billy Rios said there were three reasons for malicious hacking:It’s easier than ever to hack into networks, especially smaller companies and institutions with limited security resources, and added to that the habit of many to put their personal information on their social media sites.There are more ways than ever to make money off of pilfered data.Hackers often operate “off source,” far away from the reach of authorities, and so it is very difficult to caught them.This backdrop makes arguments in favor of using a white hat hacker all the more compelling.White hat hackers can be valuable as consultants to a credit union CIO or CTO in planning effective security strategies and methodologies, identifying and eliminating vulnerabilities, and lending knowledgeable input during vendor selection. They can function as advisors to credit union Boards of Directors, to help them understand the climate and issues of cyber security today.Hackers can offer you a competitive advantage, by providing a unique perspective on technology. The nature of their profession gives them thorough understanding of computer networks. In addition, hackers have a working knowledge of the “darknet,” where much of the hacker mayhem is created and distributed. But it is also a place where ethical hackers can find information that helps them and their clients create state-of-the-art system security.As reported by Bloomberg, the work of white hat hackers has “Led to some of the most significant advances in securing the online world. Their findings have reshaped the way e-mail accounts, credit card numbers, and even ATMs and medical devices are protected from cyber-criminals.”Interview With the HackerAn interesting story on this topic appeared last year in Credit Union Times (“Ethical Hacking and Credit Unions”). Reporter Candice Reed interviewed Elliott Frantz, Founder and CEO of Virtue Security, New York, N.Y. The story quoted the Federal Financial Institution Examination Council (FFIEC) Examination Handbook: “High-risk systems should be subject to an independent diagnostic test at least once per year. Additionally, firewall policies and other policies addressing access control between the financial institution’s network and other networks should be audited and verified.”In other words, put your security system under stress testing.Frantz, who said he has worked with a number of east coast credit unions, stated “We do penetration testing of applications and network infrastructure. We assume the role of an attacker in many different situations, whether it is a remote attacker or an insider threat. While this testing is done in a controlled manner, our goal is always to gain…information that we shouldn’t.”He added: “Credit unions have a slightly different risk profile than most financial organizations. Smaller credit unions often have to rely heavily on vendors to provide online services to customers. While this makes it easy to provide customers with online banking applications, it can be difficult to obtain security assurance when dealing with third parties….Some of the biggest threats to credit unions are only themselves. Many operate with very limited budgets for security.”Finding an Ethical HackerWhere do you find an ethical hacker?As with any search for special knowledge and/or expertise, speak to your data security colleagues who have had prior experience with an ethical hacker. Seek out recommendations from those you know and trust.And, there is a way to do due diligence to confirm personal recommendations.Believe it or not, there are professional organizations dedicated to credentialing this type of service. One such organization is the EC-Council (International Council of E-Commerce Consultants), a leading cyber security certification body. EC-Council’s training programs include Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (C|HFI), Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), and License Penetration Testing (Practical).Another example is (ISC)2, an international nonprofit membership association focused on a safe and secure cyber world. It is best known for its Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification, and includes a membership of more than 115,000 certified cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals.Although this might sound overly simple, make sure your white hat candidate can translate hacker tech lingo into clear English that everyone from top management down will understand – the essential skill of any consultant. This, in combination with their technical skills, can make an (ethical) hacker a key resource in protecting yourself against the most determined cyberattacks. 35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Terrence Griffin Terrence Griffin is Chief Information Officer of CO-OP Financial Services, a financial technology provider to credit unions based in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (www.co-opfs.org). He can be reached at … Web: www.co-opfs.org Detailslast_img read more

East Norwich Woman Killed, Man Arrested

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police arrested a man for in connection with the death of a woman who investigators believe was a victim of a homicide in her East Norwich home over the weekend, authorities said.Officers responded to a 911 call reporting a medical emergency at an apartment on Pine Hollow Road, where the victim was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:40 p.m. Sunday, police said.A man in the apartment was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.Homicide Squad detectives did not release the names of the suspect or the victim, but said they lived together. The investigation is continuing.last_img