ITPG Inc. Mitigates System Vulnerabilities for Large Healthcare Service Provider

Complex server and network hardening project meets stringent compliance timeline

Vienna, Virginia, November 3, 2016—ITPG, an information security firm engaged in all phases of security and risk assessments, mitigation and remediation, has completed a large scale, complex project to harden IT configurations for one of the nation’s largest healthcare data processors. Hardening networks eliminates as many security risks as possible from IT systems, making them less vulnerable to attacks.

“Protecting the Electronic Personal Health Information (ePHI) of patients is the number one priority of our healthcare clients. Ensuring they meet and exceed HIPAA’s Security and Privacy requirements is ours,” said ITPG CEO Kevin Ejtemai.

According to a Verizon study, 94% of unauthorized data access comes through compromised servers. Securing configurations for servers and network devices deployed in a typical IT infrastructure goes a long way in mitigating cyber security attacks.

“Most security practitioners are familiar with Critical Security Controls, understand best practices, and appreciate the challenge in achieving compliance with Center for Internet Security (CIS) benchmarks,” said Frank Shirmo, ITPG’s Chief of Technology and Cyber Security. “Our subject matter experts met stringent timeline requirements needed to develop hardening scripts and golden images for Windows and Linux operating systems, IIS and Apache Web Servers, VMware, Cisco/Fortinet switches and firewalls.”

About ITPG
Established in 1999, ITPG is an information security, compliance, risk management, and managed services firm focused on helping organizations protect their information assets from external and internal threats. ITPG provides threat and vulnerability management, security risk assessments, compliance gap analyses, remediation and virtual CISO services. ITPG’s certified master security architects developed the curriculum and continue to teach courses to prepare information systems security professionals to earn their Certified Information Systems Security Professional credential, considered the gold standard for IT security executives

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ITPG Announces New Free Security Resources Available For a Limited Time

Vienna, VA, December 16, 2014—When ITPG created www.FreeSecurityTools.org, the expected duration was only for the month of October which happened to be National Cyber Security Awareness Month. But, after seeing the tremendous response to ITPG’s free tools and other resource offerings, we decided to maintain the website so professionals and non-professionals alike continue to have the opportunity to access free tools and world-class training courses.

ITPG’s new service offerings include: Online Virtualization Bundle; Microsoft MCSA/MCSE: Server Infrastructure; IT Cyber Security Bundle Package; Online Cloud Computing Training; COMPTIA Training Package; COMPTIA A+/Network+/Security+ Training Package; Online CISCO CCNP Training Package; Online CISCO CCNA Training Package

These offerings will be available as a “free trial” for users to get a taste and determine if they are interested in pursuing it further. This will only be available for a limited time.

About ITPG
ITPG, “The Company Behind the Company”, is an internationally recognized leader in assisting certificate and certification issuing bodies around the world expand their professional programs.  Founded in 1998, ITPG has assisted professional credential issuing bodies generate more than $250 million dollars.  Based in Vienna, Virginia, USA, ITPG has offices in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo supporting more than 50 employees speaking 10+ languages on three continents. More information is available at www.ITPG.org.

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Dramatically Grow Your Association Revenue with Your Mission as Your Guide

Vienna, VA, November 19, 2014—Association leaders tasked with achieving growth and sustainability should leverage their organization’s mission as a platform for success and inspiration. To help you put your mission to work, Marc Thompson, Executive Vice President of ITPG, is providing a webinar at 1:30 pm ET on December 4 to give you five ways to leverage your organization’s mission to increase revenue.

During this webinar, Marc will share practical examples from some of the many organization’s ITPG has helped drive revenue growth – more than $250 million over the past 10 years. He will focus on five of the most effective ways you can leverage your mission for growth, covering the following topics: Developing and enhancing certification programs; Optimizing your sales funnel – the ‘Funnelology’ approach; Rolling out and growing education programs; Maximizing conference profitability and Maximizing your strategic partnerships.

To secure your place at this informative event, click here. 

About ITPG
ITPG, “The Company Behind the Company”, is an internationally recognized leader in assisting certificate and certification issuing bodies around the world expand their professional programs.  Founded in 1998, ITPG has assisted professional credential issuing bodies generate more than $250 million dollars.  Based in Vienna, Virginia, USA, ITPG has offices in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo supporting more than 50 employees speaking 10+ languages on three continents. More information is available at www.ITPG.org.

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ITPG INVITES YOU TO STOP BY BOOTH NO. 26 AT THE 2014 ICE EXCHANGE IN SAN ANTONIO, TX

San Antonio, Texas, November 10, 2014—ITPG is excited to once again be part of the 2014 ICE Exchange, one of the strongest, most targeted and intimate events in the space that offers the best opportunity to both share and learn from the success of credentialing professionals of national and international organizations. The 2014 Ice Exchange will take place on November 11 and will conclude on the 14.

“The annual ICE event is one of my favorite events of the year,” said ITPG Executive Vice President Marc Thompson. “We love to hear others’ experiences with credentialing professionals, and we’re very happy to share what we have done to drive more than $250 million in revenue.”

We invite you to stop by ITPG’s booth, No. 26, to meet Marc, Don Cochran and Mamen Garcia and enjoy a warm bag of freshly-popped San Antonio popcorn and meet the friendliest and knowledgeable credentialing experts you could imagine. At the booth, you will hear some of the secrets to credentialing program success such as education and delivery, event management and even training/exam management.

While you’re there make sure you ask about the golden ticket. This ticket will give you free access to cocktails and light fare on Wednesday evening (November 12) from 6:30-8:30. ITPG looks forward to meeting you!

About ITPG
ITPG, “The Company Behind the Company”, is an internationally recognized leader in assisting certificate and certification issuing bodies around the world expand their professional programs.  Founded in 1998, ITPG has assisted professional credential issuing bodies generate more than $250 million dollars.  Based in Vienna, Virginia, USA, ITPG has offices in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo supporting more than 50 employees speaking 10+ languages on three continents. More information is available at www.ITPG.org.

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ITPG WILL ATTEND PREMIER CYBERMARYLAND EVENT AT THE BALTIMORE CONVENTION CENTER ON OCTOBER 29 & 30

Vienna, Virginia, October 24, 2014 — On October 29 and 30, entrepreneurs, investors, academics, students, enterprises and government officials from across the globe will get together for the event of the year in Maryland—the nation’s epicenter for cybersecurity for the fourth annual CyberMaryland Conference.

ITPG would like to welcome you to attend the conference at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore.

Nationally-known speakers and entrepreneurs will provide a fresh new insight to the world of cybersecurity for these two action-packed days. Admiral Michael S. Rogers, Jason “Jay” Redman, Rob Chandhok and Maria Klawe will be the keynote speakers.

Maryland is recognized as a cybersecurity leader – nationally and internationally. The state has developed cybersecurity experts, education and training programs, technology, products, systems and infrastructure.

With over 10 million cyber hacks a day resulting in an annual worldwide cost of over $100 billion, the United States is at risk. Last year alone, tens of millions of Americans had their identities and their bank accounts threatened or compromised. Ensuring that our nation has the workforce, technology and resources to protect our citizens, businesses, infrastructure, intellectual property and more is of paramount importance.
Maryland continues to be a leader on this front; this is the primary reason why CyberMaryland was created.

CyberMaryland coincides with National Cyber Security Awareness Month. In conjunction with this prestigious month, ITPG has done its fair share by creating www.freesecuritytools.org to give security professionals the opportunity to utilize free instruments that may not be offered to them anywhere else. Secure Web Application Development training is a $250 value being offered for no cost. This is just one of the many great free offerings that will only be available in the month of October.

Also on the website, ITPG is offering discounted world class security certification training.

How are you getting involved with this prestigious month? Come on down to the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore to put your fingerprints on this spectacular month and event.

Come by ITPG’s booth – we look forward to meeting you!

About ITPG
ITPG, “The Company Behind the Company”, is an internationally recognized leader in assisting certificate and certification issuing bodies around the world expand their professional programs.  Founded in 1998, ITPG has assisted professional credential issuing bodies generate more than $200 million dollars.  Based in Vienna, Virginia, USA, ITPG has offices in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo supporting more than 50 employees speaking 10+ languages on three continents.  More information is available at www.ITPG.org.

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ITPG ANNOUNCES BRAND NEW WEBSITE THAT PROVIDES FREE TOOLS to SECURITY PROFESSIONALS

Vienna, VA, Vienna,  Virginia, October 5, 2014 – ITPG has announced a brand new website, Free Security Tools, that provides free tools to security professionals, experienced and non-experienced alike. The website launched on October 1, 2014.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has again designated the month of October as “National Cyber Security Awareness Month” (NCSAM). In support of this mission critical event, ITPG will be offering its two flagship online security products absolutely free for any individual throughout October.

ITPG feels so strongly about NCSAM that it has aligned the launch of “FreeSecurityTools.org,” its new Cyber Security resource site, to coincide with this year’s event. FreeScurityTools.org has been developed to allow security professionals as well as non-security professionals alike to take advantage of free resources such as End User Security Awareness (EUSA) training, Secure Web Application Development Awareness(SWADA) training as well as other helpful security tools. Even special discounts on Officially Authorized professional security certification training will be offered in this special

Free Security Tools was created by ITPG to give security professionals an opportunity to utilize special instruments that may not be offered to them anywhere else. ITPG’s professionals have more than 55 years in the profession, and the tools, courses and documents provided are highly beneficial to any security professional.

About ITPG
ITPG, “The Company Behind the Company”, is an internationally recognized leader in assisting certificate and certification issuing bodies around the world expand their professional programs.  Founded in 1998, ITPG has assisted professional credential issuing bodies generate more than $200 million dollars.  Based in Vienna, Virginia, USA, ITPG has offices in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo supporting more than 50 employees speaking 10+ languages on three continents.  More information is available at www.ITPG.org.

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ITPG AND ACORD Announce New Partnership

Aug. 20, 2014WASHINGTON, D.C.Vienna, VA, USA, August 20, 2014 – ITPG and ACORD (Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development – www.ACORD.org (http://www.ACORD.org)) have agreed to a new partnership where ITPG, positioned as “The Company Behind the Company”, will be providing three new service agreements for ACORD.

The three service agreements are: marketing, sales and event support; computer-based testing, self-proctoring examinations, examination test development maintenance; and developing, enhancing and modifying ACORD’s new curriculum.

This relationship became effective Monday, August 18, 2014.

ITPG President and Chairman Kevin Ejtemai states, “We are pleased to be expanding our relationship with ACORD by way of our newly signed agreement, and we are excited to kick-off what we believe will be a highly beneficial relationship for both sides.”

For media inquiries please contact jwelton@itpg.org.

About ITPG
ITPG, “The Company Behind the Company”, is an internationally recognized leader in assisting certificate and certification issuing bodies around the world expand their professional programs.  Founded in 1998, ITPG has assisted professional credential issuing bodies generate more than $250 million dollars. Based in Vienna, Virginia, USA, ITPG has offices in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo supporting more than 50 employees speaking 10+ languages on three continents.  More information is available at www.ITPG.org.

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ITPG Cyber Security Unit (http://www.itpg.org/cyber_security) announced the award and commencement of work for multinational, fortune 500 client.

Vienna, Virginia,   August 4, 2014 – Kevin Ejtemai, President and Chairman of ITPG states: I am pleased to confirm the achievement of yet another milestone which speaks to our capabilities and quality of service. In my opinion, business process reengineering is as much of an art as it is science. This is all about redesign (sometimes drastic) of core business processes to achieve dramatic improvements in productivity, cycle times and quality. What business will not benefit from that? ITPG looks forward to completing this task and continuing to be of service to this client.

Frank Shirmo, ITPG’s Information technology and security practice chief continues that; this award is a reflection on the result of our superior past performance. When a business is charged with the proper protection of electronic and paper-based sensitive data (PII, PFI, PHI), entrusted to them, while in their custody, every possible conduit resulting in leakage of that data must be identified and associated risks be addressed. Project team has planned for a phased approach and proven methodology of planning, discovery, risk analysis and assessment, followed by findings and recommendations.

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ITPG’s Cyber Security Unit Announces the Award and Commencement of Business Process Reengineering and PII Protection project for Fortune 500 Client.

Vienna, Virginia,   August 4, 2014 – ITPG Cyber Security Unit (http://www.itpg.org/cyber_security) announced the award and commencement of work for multinational fortune 500 client.

Kevin Ejtemai, President and Chairman of ITPG states: I am pleased to confirm the achievement of yet another milestone which speaks to our capabilities and quality of service. In my opinion, business process reengineering is as much of an art as it is science. This is all about redesign (sometimes drastic) of core business processes to achieve dramatic improvements in productivity, cycle times and quality. What business will not benefit from that? ITPG looks forward to completing this task and continuing to be of service to this client.

Frank Shirmo, ITPG’s Information technology and security practice chief continues that; this award is a reflection on the result of our superior past performance. When a business is charged with the proper protection of electronic and paper-based sensitive data (PII, PFI, PHI), entrusted to them, while in their custody, every possible conduit resulting in leakage of that data must be identified and associated risks be addressed. Project team has planned for a phased approach and proven methodology of planning, discovery, risk analysis and assessment, followed by findings and recommendations.

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ITPG’s Cyber Security Unit announces the award and commencement of intricate Information Security project for Fortune 500 client

Vienna, Virginia, June 9, 2014

ITPG Cyber Security Unit (http://www.itpg.org/cyber_security) announced the award and commencement of work for multinational, fortune 500 client.

Kevin Ejtemai, President and Chairman of ITPG states: As part of our organizational strategies, I envision an increase in focus and market capture efforts towards private sector. Long-term goal is to achieve a healthy and balanced portfolio of government and commercial clients. Our agility and structure should help us address the needs of large, medium, and small organizations equally well.

Frank Shirmo, ITPG’s Information technology and security practice chief adds: It is an absolute pleasure to be selected as vendor of choice by a Fortune 500 conglomerate for delivery of information security services. We continue to engage our best of the breed Cyber Security Consultants to assist our clients achieve their missions and objectives while addressing their information security requirements.

For Media inquiries, please contact: mgarcia@itpg.org

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ITPG’s Cyber Security Unit commences Information Technology Risk Assessment and Mitigation work for government client. 

Vienna, Virginia,  June 2, 2014 – ITPG Cyber Security Unit (http://www.itpg.org/cyber_security) announced the award of multi-faceted project and commencement of work to assess and mitigate risks to client’s information technology infrastructure.

Kevin Ejtemai, President and Chairman of ITPG stated: Our customer-focused approach and professional delivery teams continue to reflect on our core organizational values. ITPG continues to enjoy the accelerated growth and establishment of its brand name in the information security industry. We look forward to adding one more satisfied client to our ever-growing list of returning customers.

Frank Shirmo, ITPG’s Information technology and security practice chief adds: Our approach and methodology along with the abilities of our technical staff continue to bring us the trust of our business partners and expand our customer base. Within the scope of the current engagement, we anticipate to perform internal and external assessment of the IT infrastructure, including those of the network and Web applications, wireless, firewalls and routers, VPNs, hosts’ configurations, Active Directory, and VoIP. Given the multi-faceted nature of this project,  team members will also conduct ISO 27001/27002 audit and compliance analysis reflecting on applicable regulatory requirements and industry standards.

For Media inquiries, please contact: mgarcia@itpg.org

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ITPG CHIEF EXECUTIVE KEVIN EJTEMAI HONORED AND RECOGNIZED FOR YEARS OF SERVICE AND CONSTRIBUTIONS TO THE INFORMATION SECURITY COMMUNITY

VIENNA, Virginia, USA, May 1, 2014 – ITPG President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kevin Ejtemai, was recently recognized as one of Towson State University’s “distinguished alumnus” in the school’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences 30th Anniversary Celebration newsletter. Ejtemai graduated from the university in 1993 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Sciences, and has since made his mark in the Information Security community.

For the past 15 years, Ejtemai has developed ITPG, “The Company Behind the Company”, into an award-winning global company that provides world-class education and certification programs, cyber security, and Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) services for organizations throughout the world. With offices in the Washington, DC Metro Area, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo, ITPG brings in an estimated $24 million in annual revenue.

“Some of my fondest memories were made at Towson State University,” said Ejtemai during a recent speech at the school’s graduation ceremony. “Many of my professors left a very strong impression on me. “

It was that same very impression that helped guided him to where he is today, and it’s that impression that will carry with him for the rest of his life.

On how the future of ITPG looks, Ejtemai believes that they are only scratching the surface because of the high demand of security in today’s world. “The next wave of Information Technology will be here, and security will be intertwined through it all. It will be cloud security, big data security, mobile security, IPhone application security; the list could go on and on,” said Ejtemai. “The demand for Information Technologist has never been greater. ITPG is standing ready and prepared to seize the next window of opportunity.”

Before “The Company Behind the Company” could exist, there had to be “The Person Behind the Company” and that person is the newly distinguished Towson State University alumnus, Kevin Ejtemai.

About ITPG
ITPG, “The Company Behind the Company”, is an internationally recognized leader in assisting certificate and certification issuing bodies around the world expand their professional programs.  Founded in 1998, ITPG has assisted professional credential issuing bodies generate more than $200 million dollars.  Based in Vienna, Virginia, USA, ITPG has offices in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo supporting more than 50 employees speaking 10+ languages on three continents.  More information is available at www.ITPG.org.

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ITPG PARTNERS WITH ACORD TO EXPAND ACE PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIAL

Insurance Industry Standards Body and ITPG to Conduct a
Top-to-Bottom Analysis of the ACORD Certified Expert (ACE) Professional Credential

VIENNA, Virginia, USA, June 22, 2012ITPG, Inc., the “Company Behind the Company” for some of the most successful certificate and certification issuing bodies in the world, today announced that ACORD (Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development – www.ACORD.org and ITPG have entered into an agreement for ITPG to conduct an ITPG Quicklook™ analyses of the ACORD Certified Expert (ACE) professional credential for insurance industry standards implementation professionals.

QuickLook is a short-term professional consulting engagement for association certificate and certification programs designed to analyze the current business operations of professional certificate and certification programs in ten (10) critical areas (i.e., affiliate/channel/partner management, awareness/training/education offerings, certificant/member benefits, communications methods, continuing education programs, internationalization capabilities, marketing programs, revenue generation, stakeholder management, and website operations) and deliver specific, prioritized recommendations to generate rapid, dramatic growth in several areas (i.e., certificate/certification holders, membership, and annual revenue).

“We are very excited to begin what I hope will be a very long partnership with ACORD to enhance the ACE professional credential and grow the number of ACE credential holders around the world,” said Dow A. Williamson, chief operating officer of ITPG.  “ACORD has developed a first-class professional credential for insurance industry standards implementation professionals.  Over the next several months, we will work together to find innovative ways to expand the offerings of the ACE program and generate hundreds, if not thousands, of ACE credential holders around the world.” Information regarding ACORD’s ACE professional credential program can be found at www.ACORD.org.

About ITPG
ITPG, the “Company Behind the Company”, is an internationally recognized leader in assisting certificate and certification issuing bodies around the world expand their professional programs.  Founded in 1998, ITPG has assisted professional credential issuing bodies generate more than $200 million dollars.  Based in Vienna, Virginia, USA, ITPG has offices in London, Hong Kong, and Tokyo supporting more than 50 employees, speaking 10+ languages on 3 continents.  More information is available at www.ITPG.org.

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ITPG CYBER SECURITY UNIT SUCCESSFULY COMPLETES SECURITY POSTURE ASSESSMENT OF CLIENT’S HUGE NETOWRK AND 1000+ WEB APPLICATIONS

Vienna, Virginia, September 12, 2013
ITPG’s Cyber Security Unit announced the successful completion of large scale security posture assessment of client’s computing infrastructure.

Kevin Ejtemai, President and Chairman of ITPG stated: as with every engagement, as a prime or subcontractor, we strive to achieve and exceed clients’ expectations. From a contractual basis, this includes total client satisfaction with our products and services, support, methodologies, and project staff including project management and subject matter experts.

Frank Shirmo, ITPG’s Director of Technology and Cyber Security Practice adds: Completion of a project of this magnitude represents a milestone in our business unit’s history. Frank adds that benefits of a proper security posture assessment conducted by independent parties are numerous.

Organizations can expect to reduce the risk of intentional or accidental compromise in confidentiality, integrity or destruction of their information assets. Validation of safeguards and countermeasures, allocation of valuable corporate resources based on priorities, compliance with internal security policies and applicable external regulations are just a few others to mention.

Although a point-in-time scan of the computing infrastructure is the first step in the right direction, given the increase in frequency and sophistication of cyber attacks, organizations in virtually every industry need to engage in frequent internal and external scan of their networks and Web applications.

For Media inquiries, please contact Mamen Garcia – mgarciga@itpg.org