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Pro Bono Week, October 23-29, 2016

Pro Bono Week 2016

The American Bar Association is encouraging everyone to join in the celebration of their eighth annual National Pro Bono Week, October 23-29, 2016. The event was created in 2009 to commemorate the efforts of volunteer lawyers and other social workers advocating for low-income citizens, and encourage the creation of events throughout the week to improve community justice efforts.

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CSR Spotlight: Expedia is Helping Cancer Patients See the World

Expedia Dream Adventures

Between treatment, hospitalization, pain and fear, children battling cancer often have fewer opportunities to travel and go on adventures in the outside world. Additionally, as escapism serves as a comfort to many cancer patients, the inability to go on outdoors adventures can be disheartening.

Recently, Expedia has joined forces with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to bring global adventures to young cancer patients through Expedia's Dream Adventures program. After learning of a child's greatest travel dreams, Expedia volunteers travel to these locations to make these dreams a reality. Using 360° cameras and live-streaming technology, the volunteers film these adventures while the child sits in a room with the real-time footage projected on the walls. Children can interact with the volunteers and play an active role in their adventures.

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4 Keys for Integrating ITIL and the Cloud

ITIL & the Cloud

As businesses move to the cloud, IT Service Management (ITSM) tools within the cloud are becoming increasingly common. The IT Information Library (ITIL) best practice approach to ITSM does not currently target the cloud, but its best practice approach to service management has resonated throughout the cloud-based application industry. This approach allows organizations to use IT to realize business change, transformation, and growth. ITIL's principles have been implemented in efficient and cost effective cloud-based analytical software applications today, however, further updates are required to target the following specific areas:

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Why Succumbing to Cyber Extortion is Dangerous

Cyber Crime, Ransomware & Data Security

On February 5, 2016, the use of ransomware on Los Angeles' Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center caused a shutdown of their systems and served as a reminder of the increasingly pressing issue of cyber extortion. The hospital released a statement reassuring that neither patient care nor employee or patient information were compromised during the attack. The statement also clarified that initial reports that the hospital paid $3.4 million to the hackers were mistaken, but the hackers walked away with just short of $18K, as it was deemed the "quickest and most efficient way" to obtain the decryption key so they could regain access to their systems. The issue with this statement is that paying the ransom does not guarantee the return of data. In fact, most IT and security resources agree that paying is confirmation to cyber attackers that they should return in the future.

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Giva Salutes: Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services

At Giva we search for organizations, large and small, that are doing a great job of changing the world around them for the better; and we are pleased to salute them here!

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services is a nonprofit organization that serves communities impacted by mental illnesses. Their clients come from all walks of life, representing all ethnicities, ages, and communities as they face life-long battles with mental disorders, mental disability, and the crippling stigmas behind these personal health issues. Clients who have also experienced drug abuse and psychiatric stress are welcomed with open arms and understanding hearts.

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Applying Today’s Technological Landscape to ITIL

ITIL & Today's Technology

The technologies available to consumers and businesses are, undoubtedly, developing at a rapid pace. People have new demands when it comes to their technological needs. ITIL, the Information Technology Infrastructure Library, provides guidance for IT service providers on how to bring IT best practices and business needs together, giving companies the tools to approach many kinds of IT challenges. The capability of applying it to a variety of situations and vendors makes it a go-to resource for many service providers when looking towards solutions for complex business problems in both customer service and IT support. The last time that ITIL was updated, however, was in 2011. While it may not seem that long ago, the last five years have brought many changes in the technological landscape, and ITIL alone may not be the most effective way to find an answer.

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3 Ways Companies Can Combat Phishing

Combating Malware & Phishing

Despite the advanced technology and insight into data breaches, many companies still find themselves victims of silent attacks conducted by hacking professionals. While there are few ways to prevent these attacks, there are multiple precautions you can take to protect your company and your customers.

Data breaches can occur when malware is downloaded onto a device. Malware consist of different viruses and software that collect private information without the target ever knowing. Most commonly, data breaches are performed using phishing, which occurs when one is sent emails or texts containing links to malware. They are cleverly disguised as normal emails that do not always look suspicious to the unsuspecting eye, or even appear "friendly," which are why many people fall victim.

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Giva Salutes: Humble Design

Humble Design

At Giva we search for organizations, large and small, that are doing a great job of changing the world around them for the better; and we are pleased to salute them here!

For families coming out of homeless and abuse shelters, finding a house is only the first step to restoring a sense of normalcy. After all, it isn't four walls and a roof that make a place a home. As Humble Design co-founder Treger Strasberg says, "Home is where your family is, and where you're comfortable, and where you can rest... and rebuild."

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CIO Healthcare Exchange 2016

CIO Healthcare Exchange 2016

Mark your calendars for the CIO Healthcare Exchange, taking place September 25th through the 27th, 2016 in Irving, Texas. At this event, there will be a multitude of discussions focusing on Electronic Health Records (EHR) and how various health organizations have employed EHR through a myriad of models.

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The Benefits of Ethical Hacking

Ethical Hacking

Can you imagine a world where hacking was no longer a threat and security was stronger than ever? This is potentially the future of technology if efforts strive to invest time and money into a new generation of so-called "white hat' hackers.

In a recent article on Medical Economics' website, Giva proposes a 5-to-1 ratio of software developers to ethical hackers. This article calls for hefty fees that should be paid to registered ethical hackers for finding weaknesses or gaps in a company's system. Due to the good money opportunity by taking this path, it would persuade those with hacking skills to use their skills to improve technology instead of attacking it. A better future starts with the decision to work for it, and the development of an ethical hacking field is a crucial first step towards a brighter one.

 

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