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M5 Networks Announces 600th Client, 100 Million Phone Calls and 1,000 Locations

New York, NY (PRWEB) June 13, 2007

M5 Networks, the market leader in delivering phone system functionality as a service, today announced it has achieved three major milestones. M5 has added its 600th client, the West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG), the alumni association of the United States Military Academy (USMA). In addition, M5 now serves over 1,000 client locations throughout the country and has placed more than 100 million phone calls in its seven year history.

The West Point AOG’s staff of 75 employees benefits from M5’s recently-launched, innovative “Voice as a Service” model. In particular, M5’s [Embedded Continuity, which goes beyond basic business continuity, was a major factor in attracting the organization to M5. “It is very comforting to know that we are prepared with a plan in place to redirect our phone calls in case of an emergency situation,” said Tom Mulyca, VP of Information Systems for West Point Association of Graduates. “Non-stop dial tone from M5 ensures that we not only have protection in critical situations, but also allows us to improve overall productivity within the organization.”

Established in 1869, the WPAOG is the alumni association of the USMA. As a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation, the WPAOG engages in philanthropic pursuits and is dedicated to promoting the welfare of the USMA, supporting and serving its graduates.

“Our goal, first and foremost, is to serve West Point’s graduates, who are based all over the country and the world. M5 provides a reliable means of communications, which helps us to provide graduates with effective services and gives us the time and resources to better serve alumni,” said Mulyca. “M5’s client focus and service orientation is by far the best we’ve encountered from a service provider.”

M5 recently pioneered a new paradigm for business communications, “Voice as a Service,” which is driving the company’s explosive growth. Within one year, M5’s staff has nearly doubled, and the customer base has increased by 35 percent. In the first five years of operation, M5 grew its revenues by 4,445 percent.

Counting more than 100 million phone calls and serving over 1,000 locations across the U.S., M5 was recently named by AMI-Partners as one of the largest providers of hosted VoIP in the country and one of the first providers businesses consider for hosted VoIP services. M5 boasts one of the highest average seat numbers per location when compared with other major hosted VoIP providers, while maintaining the strictest SLAs, including 99.99 percent location uptime and a less than five percent annual churn rate.

“For the first seven years in M5’s history, we were the poster child for rock-solid, quality business communications, offering the best hosted VoIP service available on the market,” said Dan Hoffman, president & CEO, M5 Networks. “But that was the beginning. We believe Voice as a Service will transform the way mid-size companies do business, and we are poised to ride the wave of growth over the next seven years.”

About the West Point Association of Graduates

The West Point Association of Graduates is the alumni association of the United States Military Academy. Its mission is to serve West Point and its graduates. The West Point Association of Graduates was founded in 1869 to reunite Academy graduates who found themselves on opposing sides during the American Civil War. Today, the Association continues to strengthen the bonds of the “Long Gray Line” through assistance to graduates, West Point Societies, and USMA Classes worldwide. Located in the recently completed Herbert Hall Alumni Center, the Association is the focal point for returning alumni. As a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation, its philanthropic pursuits maintain a margin of excellence for Cadets attending the Academy. For more information, please visit http://www.aogusma.org/.

About M5 Networks

M5 Networks is the market leader in “Voice as a Service,” a breakthrough solution for business phone communications. Industry experts tell us that in ten years, no business will have a phone system – they will acquire phone system capabilities as an on-demand, managed service over the Internet – in other words, Voice as a Service. M5 pioneered Voice as a Service in 2000. Today we serve a rapidly growing base of mid-sized businesses. Our solution is distinguished by the rich capabilities and unmatched service that you would expect from an industry leader.

M5 Networks has received considerable recognition and was named to the 2006 Inc. 500 (#272) and both the 2006 Deloitte Technlology Fast 500 (#54) and New York Technology Fast 50 (#5). M5 was recognized by CRN as one of the top 15 Key VoIP Players in 2007 and received Frost & Sullivan’s 2004 Entrepreneurial Company Award. M5 has also been included on the Pulver 100 list for five consecutive years and Fierce VoIP’s Fierce 15 list in 2005 in addition to receiving numerous other accolades.

To learn more about M5, please visit http://www.m5net.com.

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Alvaka Networks’ Executive Kevin McDonald Earns Inaugural AeA, Excellence in Government Advocacy Award

Irvine, Calif. (PRWEB) May 27, 2008

Alvaka Networks’ Executive Vice President Kevin McDonald accepted the 2008 Award for Excellence in Government Advocacy from the AeA Orange County/Inland Empire Council at its 15th annual High-Tech Innovation Awards on April 28, 2008 in front of a sold-out crowd of 400 industry and community leaders. Moving forward, this designation will be known as the Kevin McDonald Excellence in Government Advocacy Award.

“McDonald’s efforts have truly bridged a long-standing gap between industry and legislators at the grassroots level,” said Roxanne Gould, senior vice president, state government affairs, AeA. “The model he created is being replicated across the country. We only wish we could clone him! His passion for political advocacy is obvious to anyone who meets him. He is driven to accomplish impactful action not just talk about it.”

McDonald has spent the past decade striving to achieve a position of influence to protect America’s children. His success as an executive with Alvaka Networks enabled him to gain an audience with some of America’s most influential business, community and government leaders. He is an active officer and member of the nationally prominent boards of AeA and Web Wise Kids, where he has converted that access into positive change and even greater access.

“Kevin’s expertise and absolute commitment to driving positive public policy in the tech sector and in protection of children has led to significant forward thinking and real change,” said Don Hicks, executive director, AeA Orange County/Inland Empire Council. “Kevin has brought a new spark to our political efforts and refocused our imperatives. His energy and strategic abilities are contagious and incredibly positive.”

As part of his efforts, McDonald travels regularly to Washington D.C. and the California state capital, where he works to help frame debates and influence key decisions on technology and child safety issues. A tireless cyber security and Internet safety advocate, McDonald also is the author of the novel, Practically Invisible. McDonald works to balance his advocacy for the interests of the high-tech industry, with his mission to protect America’s children and families from predators.

“I am so completely humbled by this award,” McDonald said. “AeA is a fantastic organization that has been supported by highly dedicated people since 1943. I am driven by a moral imperative and common sense as I simply expand on the efforts of those who make up this incredible organization. Words just can’t describe this amazing honor.”

About Alvaka Networks Inc.

Alvaka Networks Inc., headquartered in Irvine, Calif., is a leading provider of advanced network systems management, monitoring, security and integration services. Alvaka’s core company purpose is to constantly improve the way networks are managed and secured. Visit the company web site at http://www.alvaka.net.

About AeA (formerly the American Electronics Association)

Founded in 1943, AeA, is a nationwide non-profit trade association that represents all segments of the technology industry. We do this in partnership with our small, medium, and large member companies by lobbying governments at the state, federal, and international levels; providing access to capital and business opportunities; and offering select business services and networking programs.

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ShoreGroup Announces Sixth U.S. Patent for Identifying, Diagnosing, and Documenting Problems in Computer Networks

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 2, 2009

ShoreGroup, Inc., a premier converged network and systems management solutions and IT professional services firm, is pleased to announce that the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted the company its sixth in a series of allowed patents for systems management technology. US Patent No. 7,600,160 was issued on October 6, 2009 and is entitled “Method and Apparatus for Identifying Problems in Computer Networks.”

This patent, representing over ten years of research and development, extends upon the first five patents (issued between April 2006 and April 2009) to the heart of the underlying architecture of ShoreGroup’s CaseSentry systems and application availability management solution. This patent addresses how CaseSentry automates the process of identifying, diagnosing, and documenting the current state of the network based on known network or system objects and then detecting deviations from the known state of the network and reporting such discovered deviations as faults requiring a level of human action. The CaseSentry Systems Management solution is available as part of a comprehensive, cost effective management service solution that includes system management consultation, implementation, maintenance and change management.

CaseSentry’s architecture provides a powerful foundation from which a variety of systems and application management capabilities are performed, including end-to-end monitoring, diagnosing and documenting problems that impact systems and processes within a complex network environment. This newest patent joins together the intellectual property claims of all previous patents extended to CaseSentry to provide unparalleled real-time end-to-end visibility into the health of networked systems and applications.

From a single platform, CaseSentry utilizes periodic polling and collection of object-generated trap data, without agents or other intrusive means that can impact system and network performance, to monitor the status of objects in a networked environment, and specifically to the technique of verifying the abnormal state of an object before opening a case in its case management system and generating notification alerts. CaseSentry’s patented architecture substantially reduces the number of non-root cause error reports within a network hierarchy by verifying abnormal status reports from networked objects and separately identifying the highest object in any parent/child dependency relationship that has an abnormal status. These advanced processes automate the root cause problem determination, thereby streamlining the support process, reducing down time, and increasing the level of service that IT delivers to the business.

ShoreGroup’s CaseSentry systems management patent portfolio extends to include management of large-scale enterprise environments that span multiple network technologies and network events (faults, performance, security, etc.) through use of virtual state machines, which run from persistent storage to increase their availability and performance while providing real-time information collection and assessment of network performance and service indicators. CaseSentry’s state machines contain agent-less system and application-specific management instruction logic that provide both the speed and flexibility to adapt to changing network conditions and to supplement the discovery and validation process for managed objects to quickly detect and validate events that are impacting critical business processes.

Commenting on the patent, Robert Bojanek said, “With our sixth U.S. patent for the advanced methodology that our CaseSentry management solution employs, ShoreGroup and CaseSentry are again recognized for pioneering technology that streamlines system and application monitoring into one process, and reduces the time and cost of network operations management. Our patented technology and innovation are derived from meeting our customers’ demand for accuracy, speed and reliability in system and application monitoring, protection and optimization.”

“CaseSentry’s layer model representation for different applications and network devices enables accurate correlation of complex events across disparate platforms and devices, providing secure and robust monitoring and troubleshooting capabilities,” said Jason Kaplan, ShoreGroup’s Director of Development. “The CaseSentry solution is easily deployed, non-intrusive, highly scalable, and has continually proven to be the glue that manages and monitors resources that are transparent to users, while providing the quickest possible time-to-remediation through identification of the root cause of problems that frequently arise across large, complex, multi-vendor integrated networks.”

About ShoreGroup, Inc.:

ShoreGroup delivers a complete portfolio of industry-leading management applications, maintenance solutions, professional services and products for unified communications networks. ShoreGroup develops innovative management applications on its dynamic CaseSentry

Reduce Identity Theft Risk Through Social Networks

Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) May 12, 2010

Social networks are more popular than ever, including with identity thieves. Once they retrieve ones information, its easy and fast to access everyone in a network, resulting in a lot of damage in a short amount of time. Europ Assistance USA offers the following tips to help consumers keep themselves and their networks safe from criminals.

1. Make sure your screen name and profile information do not provide information that could potentially make you vulnerable. While any one piece of information is harmless, the combination of key pieces of information about you can make it easy for a criminal to do damage (e.g. name, hometown, age, phone number).

2. When reviewing and opening links that are masked by URL shorteners, use a short URL decoder to see the actual URL, and always be sure to have the most updated browser and antivirus protection. This gives you the power to see where the short URL is linking to so you dont unwillingly click on a spoofed or malicious link.

3. Do not accept the default privacy settings on social networks. These networks objective is to grow usage and traffic so they often have default settings that allow much of your information to be available outside of your network and in online searches. Its critical to take the time to learn the ins and outs of a sites privacy settings and how to adjust yours to protect yourself.

4. Remember that once you post information online, you cant take it back. Even if you delete the information from a site, older versions exist on other computers. Post with the thought that it will live online forever and ask yourself if youre willing to have this information available to potentially anyone, forever. If not, dont post it.

5. Beware of accepting friend requests from someone you dont know personally, such as a friend of a friend. Criminals are posing as friends of your friends hoping to gain access to your network. Once they are in your network, they can learn a lot about you, which they can then use to do damage (e.g. they then send links to you which are harmful, post pictures with malicious malware in them, etc.).

6. Teach your children to use all of the same steps and tricks you do to protect yourself. Children are much more trusting online and much more open about sharing personal information. Criminals can target you through your child so limit your child’s online friends to people your child actually knows and is friendly with in real life.

7. Make sure requests you receive from people you really do know are actually from those people. Social media identity theft is growing with criminals posing as others to gain access to that persons network and information. When you get a request from a real friend, verify it. Call or email that person to confirm. Check the profile information to make sure it matches what you know about the person. Be suspicious of profiles from friends that are bare-bones with basic information.

About Europ Assistance USA

Europ Assistance USA takes care of corporate customers and employees when the unexpected happens, anywhere in the world, providing immediate support and assistance to individuals in times of emergency and distress. Leveraging its worldwide network of 38 always-open multilingual assistance centers and 410,000 partners in 208 countries, EA USA offers personalized medical travel assistance, identity theft resolution, data breach response and beneficiary assistance services to insurance companies, financial institutions, corporations and government organizations. Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, EA USA is owned by Generali and part of the Europ Assistance Group.


IronGate Security Networks Adds Investor Relations Component to Corporate Website

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) May 31, 2012

Emerging growth company, IronGate Security Networks, the industrys first security as a service provider for the home, today announced the expansion of its website, http://www.IronGateSecurity.net, to include a dedicated investor relations section. The IR addition is designed to provide investors with greater understanding of corporate objectives, market dynamics, and additional resources relating to company transparency and communications.

According to the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, there are approximately 119.5 million households in the United States. Of these, 78 percent are broadband-enabled with children 6-17. This equates to a primary target market of 93.2 million households for IronGate Security Networks.

There is nothing for the consumer to buy. Instead, IronGate Security Networks charges a monthly security service fee for its wireless family firewall, which also includes a myriad of management, security and reporting capabilities. At $ 29.95/mo., the revenue potential of the target market is $ 33.5 billion. With 5 percent market penetration, IronGate Security Networks expects to surpass $ 1.68 billion in revenue; at 3 percent, the Company reaches its target of $ 1 billion in revenue.

IronGate Security Networks solution iHomeDefender has no direct competitor. It is a complete, zero-touch wireless family firewall security solution, which means a parent has nothing to install; the company does it all system configuration, user set-up and home installation. Unlike traditional software security suites, there are no per client license limits, there is nothing to take up disk space and nothing to slow computers down. It protects all web-enabled devices in the home network.

Parents who are tired of yelling at their kids to get off the internet or stop playing online games will appreciate the automatic network control features that can limit individual web access time, and also specific web applications, regardless of what device their child uses. For example, a parent can have Facebook turn off at 9:00 p.m., but have the Internet say on until 10:00 p.m. so that a child can get homework done.

Additional content filtering and website blocking features give parents the ability to block not just porn, but an unlimited number of undesirable websites, as well as prevent access to 70+ categories of web content, ranging from alcohol and tobacco to weapons on a per child basis.

About IronGate Security Networks, Inc.

IronGate Security Networks provides internet security for consumers who want business-class protection against hackers, identity thieves, and other sources of malware, spyware, viruses for all the devices in their home network, as well as in-depth parental controls for how their kids access the web, use social media, online games, chat and more, via the companys iHomeDefender managed security solution.

IronGate Security Networks and iHomeDefender are trademarks of IronGate Security Networks, Inc. All other marks are property of their respective owners.

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McGruff Take A Bite Out of Crime

Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) September 04, 2012

As teens and tweens spend more and more time online on Facebook and other social networks, parents have lost their ability to stay on top of their childrens online activities. Parents need to be aware of their teens online life to keep them safe from cyberbullying, Internet predators and other online dangers. Today, McGruff SafeGuard announced a new release of McGruff SafeGuard for PCs that enables parents to monitor what their tweens and teens do on dozens of popular social networks.

McGruff SafeGuard intelligently monitors and records what teens post, chat or message about on Facebook, Twitter and many other top social networks. Once installed on a teens PC, McGruff SafeGuard sends a text or email to the parent if it detects potentially dangerous activity.

McGruff SafeGuard is designed to show a parent not just where a teen goes on social networks, but what they do there and with whom they interact. It records all of the teens online activities such as chats on Facebook, Google Talk, Skype and other social networks, as well as their email interactions on Gmail, Yahoo, Microsoft Live and others. Parents can visit the secure, parents-only, password-protected McGruff SafeGuard website to see what their child has been doing and restrict what they can do, if they so desire.

Monitoring for behaviors such as cyberbullying, loneliness, violence, sexuality, alcohol/drug usage or references, dangerous acronyms or being befriended by unknown individuals, McGruff SafeGuard analyzes a teens online behavior and warns parents of suspect activity. It can even translate teen chat-speak lingo, such as acronyms like LMIRL (lets meet in real life).

Parents can also view the websites their teen has visited, and control the types of websites they can visit. Block or allow content by topic, age or by creating a customized list of sites to block. Over 100 topics can be blocked including pornography, dating, violence, sex education, alcohol, drugs, gambling and many others.

McGruff SafeGuard provides these parental control features:



Steadfast Networks Partners with Supplies for Dreams to Help College Students

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) March 05, 2012

Steadfast Networks, a provider of Chicago dedicated server hosting, colocation hosting, and cloud hosting service provider is teaming up with Supplies For Dreams, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the educational experience for Chicago Public Schools students. Through both financial and material support, Steadfast Networks will be working to mentor, equip and empower hundreds of students in Supplies for Dreams’ programs.

“Our web-based platforms are extremely important in connecting with our donors, our partner communities, and advocates of education reform. Without these platforms, we would face considerable fundraising and marketing challenges. We are grateful for Steadfast’s support of our organization and endeavors,” said Executive Director for Supplies for Dreams Hiro Kawashima.

The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the 3rd largest public school system in the country and caters to more than 400,000 students in 675 schools. 21,320 teachers serve students from all racial backgrounds including 45% African-American, 41% Latino, 9% White, and 3.6% Asian or Pacific Islander. Leveraging their already existing clients such as The Museum of Science and Industry, the Museum of Broadcast Communications, WBEZ, and Chicago Public Radio Steadfast Networks will be able to expose Chicago Public School students to industries, career options and resources that may have previously been unattainable or unknown.

45% of all CPS students will fail to graduate from high school. That means that 45% of students will drop out and fail to earn a diploma. CPS has been unable to provide most of its students with a realistic path to securing a college education. Currently, 94 out of every 100 students who enroll in CPS will never graduate from a 2-year or 4-year college by the time they are 25. Supplies for Dreams, with the help of Steadfast Networks works to battle these odds and provide hope and real-world experiences for kids to give them opportunities to better their lives.

“Supplies For Dreams represents one step in our ongoing focus on the local Chicagoland tech community. Empowering youth is a great way to ensure Chicago’s foothold in the national technology landscape,” said Karl Zimmerman, CEO of Steadfast Networks, “we’re very excited to help in any way we can and look forward to seeing the good that can come of this and many programs like it.”

More about Steadfast Networks: Founded in 1998, Steadfast Networks is a provider of Chicago dedicated server hosting, colocation hosting, and cloud hosting service provider that focus on security, reliability, and flexibility. Find Steadfast Networks online at http://www.steadfast.net

More about Supplies For Dreams: Supplies for Dreams is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides Chicago Public Schools students with critical resources and extra-curricular opportunities ranging from basic school supplies to field trips and one-on-one mentoring. Supplies For Dreams can be found at http://www.suppliesfordreams.org.

Symmetricom Announces High Performance GPS Network Time Servers for Next Generation Networks: SyncServer S300/S350 NTP Time Servers Add Enhanced Security, Time Source Redundancy and Gigabit Ethernet to Award-Winning SyncServer Series

SAN JOSE, Calif. (PRWEB) August 14, 2007