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Looking for Volunteer Fire Departments for cyber security & technology program

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  • Looking for Volunteer Fire Departments for cyber security & technology program

    My name is David Simpson, I'm the executive director at a nonprofit research organization here in Alexandria Virginia.
    Starting a 2 years ago we embarked on a initiative named Cyber Safe Communities. The goals of the program were take under funded and small 501C3 organizations and provided them free technical resources in order to study and research the different type of threats and vulnerabilities different type of organizations are effected by.
    Because several associates whom worked at DOD and Quantico had been working at various volunteer fire departments we had elected to start deployment at VFD in the DC metro area.

    As part of our initiative we are looking for 7 more volunteer fire departments looking to participate in the program.
    The program has an extensive number of benefits most, probably, sound to technical or to good to be true.
    Here is the outline of what each department is offered.

    The CNPITH beyond being a cyber research and STEM organization, we currently have deployed a multi tenancy cloud environment backed with an array of IT security based technologies. What that means in short is we have a cloud based solution that is 100% in house run by this nonprofit that provides a cross between Infrastructure As A Service and Security As A Services Solutions.
    What we do for each org is first deploy a series of Active Directory, Exchange, Skype for Business and Sharepoint services with 1 Windows virtual 10 desktop. The first piece of the solution is really just in house Office365.
    From the customer perspective this is 99% of everything personnel will interact with and reconize. What we additional deploy is a series of security layers built around solutions designed in the Department of Defense and FEDRAMP programs. Our collaborations bring's in house, malware, system patching and vulnerability scanning, identification and remediation. The supplied equipment provides boundary security such as Gateway AV monitoring, SPAM monitoring, APT monitoring, and Website reputation monitoring. These systems actively monitor and remediation. We also carry advanced technologies such as Norse dark network monitoring, Symantec end point and manager systems. Everything we monitor for is centralized. Digicert provides roughly $1000.00 in free public SSL certs for each org in the program. Symantec end point protection is provided to all VFD computers.

    So what each organization receives is a fully built enterprise level environment with a variety of security products that are integrated into our central monitoring. Each firehouse also receives a firewall configured for Point to Point VPN communication. This program requires no technical staff from each VFD, thought obviously for maintenance and deployment VFD with a staff member that is someone what technically knowledgeable especially with Exchange 2013/2016 is beneficial.

    What we get out of it is monitoring and identification of the different type of threats and malware that threaten organizations that we use for research purposes. Our Scanners and mitigation systems keep in line with our mission to provide active remediation to organizational systems.

    We are currently reaching out to the community to identify 7 more VFD's on the east coast. Here are some of our base requirements:
    1. Preference is given to to those VFD's closet to Virginia and then working out. Michigan/Metro Detroit area is also a good location,
    2. VFD's must ave some level of high speed internet at their location with preference to organizations that have 1 or more static IP addresses. This is to facilitate the P2P VPN.
    3. A willingness to want to improve cyber security in your organization.
    4. Be whiling to provide feedback on development of organizational policies. What works and doesn't work for your Org?

    I'm happy to provide answers to any questions and provide references to our current VFD deployments. Also happy to supply a overwhelming level of documentation which technically may make no sense.

    Organizations interested can test the system fully virtual without any obligation.
    Thank you

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