Mary BarkleyCHARLOTTE, N.C. – Enterprise IT Solutions recently hired Mary Barkley as the new account manager, effective February 11, 2019. Barkley is an experienced sales manager with an extensive background in public health and years of experience in strategic management and process improvement.

Barkley’s new role as account manager will consist of developing, managing and strengthening client relationships at EITS in order to drive business growth and increase market share. She will serve as a liaison for ensuring positive client experiences with healthcare enterprises by making sure that we scope, propose and deliver high quality services that fit our client’s needs.

“Mary’s background in strategy and healthcare provides a unique perspective when tailoring solutions that enable business leaders and leveraging our expertise to keep businesses sustainably secure. We are thrilled to have Mary join our team as we expand,” says director of sales, Greg Poynter.

Barkley’s passion for people and progress is proven through her background in internal consulting and public health. She previously served as a management associate in the Strategic Services Group at Atrium Health where she supported system-wide strategy development and implementation. Barkley received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of North Carolina Charlotte and her Master of Health Administration from the University of South Carolina.

“I could not be more excited to join EITS! I truly believe in surrounding yourself with people that inspire you and environments that challenge you, and that is exactly what I’ve found at EITS. I’m excited to learn, grow and play a role in reaching new heights,” says Mary Barkley.

About EITS

EITS helps businesses and government agencies build and maintain robust IT environments through strategic, comprehensive and tailor-made security solutions. We aid agencies and businesses who have suffered data breaches to remediate their issues and lower the risk of future cyber-attacks. The EITS blueprint provides a scalable, adaptable and agile architecture that is hardened to DOD-level security standards. Our holistic approach addresses the architectural, operational and organizational components necessary to achieve and maintain sustainable security. For more information, visit us online at www.eits.com

For more information contact:

Shayna Frey
Director of Marketing
Enterprise IT Solutions

A Look at Meltdown and Spectre

Meltdown and Spectre have been predictably making waves in the industry, and the vendor responses have been scattered and, in some cases, haphazard. The latest patches from Intel cause increased system reboots; Microsoft had to halt patches for AMD systems, as systems were rendered unbootable. Ubuntu Linux has also had a patch reverted due to systems being unbootable. The overall fix is changing the processor architecture, which likely won’t happen for a number of years.

As a brief introduction to these vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre are two different attacks leveraged against the intended functionality of modern processors. Meltdown can be used broadly against a wide range of processors from different vendors, and its main functionality is to potentially read kernel memory from userspace. Spectre is much more targeted, and focuses on leaking data between or within processes. The key point to understand about these vulnerabilities is that they are information disclosure vulnerabilities that can enable processes and applications to access information they otherwise shouldn’t be able to: user-mode applications can access privileged information in the kernel and throughout the operating system.

As a Palo Alto Networks partner, EITS has been closely following their response to the bugs. As with most vendors, the main recommendation has been to focus on patching your servers and endpoints as you can, and if there are any specific attacks that can be mitigated, they will provide security content to address this as they can. Palo Alto Networks' Traps endpoint product has also been noted, like other AV solutions, to not be capable of stopping these attacks, as these are kernel memory reading vulnerabilities that do not cause code execution. That being said, Traps is one of the most well-equipped products at mitigating attacks in general, and Meltdown/Spectre still rely on local privilege and deployment mechanisms such as malware.

Microsoft has made a significant change in their patching process moving forward in relation to AV compatibility. Historically, Microsoft has called out any vendors that caused issues with patches they deployed, and, as is expected in this industry, vendors have been quick to point out issues with Microsoft. As of the January 3rd patch, however, Microsoft deemed it important enough to require A/V vendors evaluate their products for compatibility, and then set a registry key on impacted endpoints.

If a machine does not have this registry key, they will no longer receive security updates from Microsoft through Automatic Updates. For organizations leveraging deployment solutions to deliver their patches, there should not be any impact. What makes this a bit more complicated for everyone else is that many vendors have chosen to not automatically set this registry key, including Palo Alto Networks Traps (note: Palo Alto Networks is working on an update to do this and is expected soon.)

EITS recommends evaluating any patches relevant to your systems thoroughly due to these documented concerns. You can find more information at the below links:


Customer Advisory from Palo Alto Networks


The Register: Meltdown/Spectre Week Three


Overview of Impact by Intel

Happy Streams - Paul's Security Weekly #543

Diana Kelley and Ed Moyle of Security Curve join us for an interview! Jake Williams, founder of Rendition Infosec and Senior Instructor at the SANS Institute joins us for another interview! In the news, fingerprinting digital documents, Skype finally getting end-to-end encryption, Apple set to patch yet another macOS password security flaw, and more on this episode of Paul's Security Weekly!

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We Rock This Thing - Enterprise Security Weekly #75

This week, Matt Alderman joins Paul to interview Marci McCarthy, CEO and President of T.E.N. & CEO and Chairman of ISE®! Marci has over 20 years of business management and entrepreneurial experience! In the news, we have updates from Bitglass, WhiteHat, and Twistlock! Matt Alderman talks container security with Paul, and more on this episode of Enterprise Security Weekly!


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