Third Brigade, Intrusion Prevention System Provider, Partners With Watchfire

Third Brigade, Intrusion Prevention System Provider, Partners With Watchfire










Ottawa, ON, Reston, VA and InfoSecurity, NY (PRWEB) December 7, 2005

Third Brigade, Inc. (http://www.thirdbrigade.com), a provider of advanced intrusion prevention systems, today announced an alliance with Watchfire (http://www.watchfire.com), a leading provider of software and services to automate web application security testing. Third Brigade will offer customers Watchfire® AppScan® to perform vulnerability assessments along with its Deep Security to protect exposed applications discovered during the assessment. The partnership presents customers the broadest solution for protecting vulnerable web applications and serves as a comprehensive remedial approach to IT security.

“We provide very complementary capabilities for enterprises looking to stay ahead of the latest security threats,” said Brian O’Higgins, Chief Technology Officer of Third Brigade. “Using Watchfire’s AppScan, we can identify software vulnerabilities in customers’ custom and commercial web applications that could be exploited by attackers, and assess compliance with a myriad of regulatory requirements. Then, Third Brigade’s intrusion prevention system can be used to shield and stop the possible exploitation of application vulnerabilities,” he added.

Third Brigade Deep Security is an advanced, host intrusion prevention system (HIPS) that allows organizations to create and enforce comprehensive security policies that proactively stop damaging attacks before they impact the host.

AppScan® is the industry’s first and leading web application security testing solution, and the only solution to provide comprehensive remediation tasks at every level of the application. AppScan scans web applications within an organization’s infrastructure, tests for security issues and provides actionable reports and recommendations.

“It’s critical for organizations to regularly assess the vulnerabilities and risks associated with their web applications,” said Michael Weider, Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Watchfire. “Third Brigade’s advanced intrusion prevention system is a logical complement to our risk assessment product and to a layered, defense-in-depth strategy. We look forward to working closely with Third Brigade.”

About Third Brigade

Third Brigade provides host-based intrusion prevention systems to financial services, government, health care, telecommunications and other organizations that need to implement security best practices as part of a defense-in-depth strategy. Our Deep Security solutions give you greater control of your business. They stop network attacks before they impact hosts and web applications, help ensure compliance with regulations and policies, and maximize the performance of your people, processes and hosts. Unlike others, Third Brigade provides an innovative hybrid approach, a positive security model, proactive defense, and a powerful administrative platform.

Third Brigade’ corporate headquarters is in Ottawa, Canada, and its US headquarters is in Reston, Virginia. For more information, visit http://www.thirdbrigade.com.

About Watchfire

Watchfire provides software and services to manage online risk. More than 300 enterprise organizations and government agencies, including AXA Financial, SunTrust, Boots PLC, Health and Human Services, Social Security Administration and Dell rely on Watchfire to monitor, manage, improve and secure all aspects of the online business including security, privacy, quality, accessibility, corporate standards and regulatory compliance. Watchfire’s alliance and technology partners include IBM Global Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers, TRUSTe, Microsoft, Interwoven, EMC Documentum and Mercury. Watchfire is headquartered in Waltham, MA. For more information, please visit http://www.watchfire.com.

For more information, or to arrange a product demonstration, contact:

Kathryn Schwab

Media and Analyst Relations

Third Brigade, Inc.

(T) 613-599-4505 x3001

(M) 613-858-4407

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Health Insurance Provider Florida Health Care Plans Launches One of a Kind Wellness Solution

Health Insurance Provider Florida Health Care Plans Launches One of a Kind Wellness Solution













National Start Walking Day FHCP Employee Wellness Event


Daytona Beach, FL (PRWEB) July 19, 2011

As a leader in healthcare delivery and wellness in Volusia and Flagler Counties of East Central Florida since 1974, Florida Health Care Plans (FHCP) is pleased to announce the launch and state approval of its new wellness rider.

“We are a local company with the goal of improving the health of our members and our community by promoting an employee/employer culture of wellness education, focusing on healthy habits, preventive care, easier access to wellness programs and educational resources,” says Dr. Wendy Myers, CEO of Florida Health Care Plans.

This new approach is a collaborative effort between employers, employees and FHCP, to team together and work with health data to assist employees in addressing unhealthy habits with the goal of a healthier lifestyle. This employee/employer collaboration can also help control the zooming costs of healthcare, and create a healthier, happier and more productive workforce.

The rider has an attractive price tag, costing only 1%-2% of the group plan premium, for increased focus on employees’ health habits that could see a healthy return on investment (ROI). According to the National Business Group on Health, a non-profit industry advisory group, “Employers can realize as much as $ 3.27 in financial benefits for every $ 1.00 invested in workplace wellness programs.”

Another study, done by Sarasota County says, “A review of 32 studies of corporate wellness programs found claims costs were reduced by 27.8%,” and there were also significant declines shown in the number of physician visits, hospital admissions and incidence of injury.

Top of the line technology makes FHCP’s wellness plans accessible and user friendly. The company provides a 24 hour nurse advice line, a self-paced program for those who want to quit smoking, a weight management program and many other educational programs to encourage preventive healthy habits in addition to regular preventive care. Members also have access to an exclusive member portal, providing an easy way to make appointments with FHCP staff physicians, refill prescriptions at FHCP pharmacies and access “Welcome to Wellness” a state of the art health risk assessment with access to articles and multimedia content personalized for each member. There are also programs for members who have heart disease, asthma, high blood pressure and COPD for no extra charge. All of these programs focus on preventive treatment that helps to ward off serious health problems before they happen.

Dr. Mikelle Streicher PhD, RN Chief Marketing and Sales Officer says, “Workplace Wellness programs are not a passing trend. It is about investing in people and in good health so that good business and a healthy bottom line are all the more possible to obtain.”

For more information about FHCP’s health and wellness plans please visit http://www.fhcp.com.

About Florida Health Care Plans:

FHCP is a health maintenance organization in East Central Florida. Being an HMO, the company brings a strong emphasis on preventive care and health and wellness resources and education. As a local organization, they have been living among their clients for thirty years, working to bring better health care to the residents of Florida. Approximately 2,000 employers have trusted FHCP to take care of their employees with a wide selection of services and health solution products. In January 2009, they joined Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida as an independent licensee, which provides FHCP members with nationwide and global access to Blue Cross Blue Shield’s highly regarded and accessible Blue Card network. Their latest response to the needs of the community was in 2011, with the development of an Individual Health Plan product.

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The Utility Company

The Utility Company® Creates Utility Service Provider “Triple-Digit Club” of Top Performing Franchisees










Ottawa, Canada (PRWEB) December 23, 2009

The Utility Company, a leading provider of virtual IT service and support, today recognized its Utility Service Provider (USP) Triple-Digit Club of top performing franchisees for both financial performance and exceptional customer service. 20% of Utility Service Providers made the 2009 Triple-digit Club, which is calculated by annualized monthly profit divided by total investment in the business.

“The attraction of the managed services business model is building monthly recurring revenue. Unfortunately the cost and time to get there has traditionally been exorbitant,” stated Mark Scott, president and founder of The Utility Company. “In the new economy any investment an entrepreneur makes should be measurable and ultimately profitable. Our USP Triple-Digit Club focuses on what’s important – ROI.”

Many of the USP Triple-Digit Club contributed to The Utility Company’s growing list of customer success stories over the past two years – http://www.theutilitycompany.com/success. Key success factors of those franchisees that made the list include:

•Dedication to customer service by playing Virtual CIO trusted advisor role.

•Investment in sales and marketing activity including ongoing top of mind awareness.

•Leverage referrals and partnerships.

•Knowledge-based vertical focus.

“As franchise #1 (December 2006) its great to see The Utility Company continue to evolve our managed services business and look to the future of cloud computing,” stated Mark McIntyre of Greater Toronto Area Southwest. “Being recognized in the Triple-Digit Club is great, but even better is the quality of service we deliver to our customers. This ultimately determines the success of any business.”

USP Triple-Digit Club Webinar Series

The Utility Company will be hosting a monthly USP Triple-Digit Club member to discuss the secrets to their success. This webinar series will mainly focus on managed services sales and marketing strategies and techniques.

To register for an upcoming webinar please visit http://www.theutilitycompany.com/3D.

About The Utility Company®

The Utility Company® is a leading provider of virtual IT service and support for small and medium-sized businesses, delivering the required hardware, software and service for a monthly fixed fee per user. Our Connected Office® service program provides a single point of contact to deliver and manage technology, communications and vertical line of business applications – 95% Remote; 100% Proactive. Customers are supported by local Utility Service Providers delivering on-site service and business-technology consulting to reduce spending and increase utilization – our Beyond Managed Services® franchise opportunity is available by prospectus only. Learn how to make technology work for your business today at http://www.theutilitycompany.com.

For more information contact:

Aaron Bradley

Director of Marketing

1-866-My-Utility ext.7675

abradley (at) theutilitycompany (dot) com

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The Utility Company? Adds Franchise in its Home Base of Ottawa – Former Employee Mike Knol Becomes Utility Service Provider

The Utility Company™ Adds Franchise in its Home Base of Ottawa – Former Employee Mike Knol Becomes Utility Service Provider










Ottawa, Canada (PRWEB) March 7, 2007

The Utility Company, the leading provider of information technology as a utility to small and medium-sized businesses (SMB), today announced its latest Utility Service Provider (USP) franchise in the Ottawa West region of Ontario. Mike Knol, a former Utility franchise development representative, purchased the rights to the Ottawa West franchise based out of Kanata.

The Utility Company was founded to address the two major problems plaguing businesses today:


    Over-spending – the fact the average SMB spends $ 360 per user per month on technology for an industry total of $ 400 billion annually.

    Under-utilization – the fact that only 15% of this investment in technology is actually utilized by these businesses.

Small and medium-sized businesses tend to look at their information technology (IT) spending as simply a “cost of doing business” or a distraction to their main area of focus and expertise. To help businesses better understand IT, The Utility Company recently launched a free business-technology online assessment service called the Utility Meter Reading. This provides businesses a 360o view on spending and utilization in the five major areas of technology: network/desktop, business applications, Web/Internet, copier/printer and telecommunications.

“I enjoyed working at The Utility Company – and believed in the business so strongly, that I decided to open my own franchise,” said Mike Knol. “Coming from an entrepreneurial family – living and breathing the life of a small business owner for as long as I can remember – I saw this as my opportunity to become an owner-operator and address a growing need for businesses from 5 to 100 employees. I am excited about being able to demonstrate the value that IT can really bring to the small business owner when approached in a new way.”

“Mike has the benefit of having worked for us supporting our franchisees across North America so he understands the value of the Utility model and we are obviously delighted with his decision. His entrepreneurial background and technical expertise gives him the ability to truly understand the needs of the small business owner,” stated Mark Scott, President of The Utility Company. “Our goal with Utility Ottawa West is to provide a consumption-based alternative for computer power-users in the high-technology community, such as start-ups, professional services firms and financial services. In addition, with Ottawa West and the Valley being the fastest growing area in the region, education, non-profit and health care are also key vertical markets we will focus on helping.”

“Utility’s offering is a perfect fit for any business that relies on technology and corporate data,” stated Randy Woods, co-founder of non-linear creations – a Canadian web development company with headquarters in Ottawa. “We recently completed the Utility Meter Reading and started engaging The Utility Company. It’s hard to believe we spend more on technology per employee then we do on rent and occupancy costs. The Utility model addresses this while helping us to better utilize the technology we have.”

The Utility Company Ottawa West launches today at the OCRI Technology Showcase at Scotiabank Place in Kanata, booth #416. Our Connected Office program provides technology service and support for business starting from $ 1 per end user per day. For further information contact Mike Knol directly at 613-963-0044.

About The Utility Company™

The Utility Company is the leading provider of information technology as a utility to small and medium-sized businesses, delivering the required hardware, software and service for a monthly fee per user. Our Connected Office™ service suite empowers people to properly leverage technology to operate, communicate and manage their business more effectively to increase productivity, performance and ultimately profit. Our customers are supported by the Utility Service Network delivering on-site service and business-technology consulting across North America – technology sales, professionals and service organizations can review the Beyond Managed Services™ franchise opportunity on our website. Learn how to make technology work for your business today at http://www.theutilitycompany.com.

For more information contact:

Aaron Bradley

Marketing Manager

1-866-My-Utility ext.26

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Hwy 7 Self Storage a Leading Provider of Self Storage and Mini Storage Launches New Website

Hwy 7 Self Storage a Leading Provider of Self Storage and Mini Storage Launches New Website










Ottawa (PRWEB) February 23, 2006

Hwy 7 Self Storage, a self storage and mini storage facility located in Perth Ontario in the Ottawa, Carleton, Stittsville area, announced today that it has officially launched its new self storage website, http://www.hwy7selfstorage.com.

The new site features an improved layout and design with an intuitive interface that showcases Hwy 7 Self Storage’s long and short term self storage / mini storage facility that include:

•Climate controlled self storage units as well as regular self storage units

•High security

•24 hour Availability

•Dust-to Dawn lighting

•16 foot cube van for free pick up within 40km for 3 months terms or longer

•Furniture pads to protect furniture and appliances

•Discounted moving out packages

•Packing of household items by a professional packer

•Outdoor Storage

The site also allows visitors to submit reservation requests directly from the website in order to reduce administrative time for customers.

“We anticipate that the new Hwy 7 self storage site will attract new clients looking for a self storage and mini storage in the Perth, Ottawa, Stittsville and Carleton Place area.” explains Brian Bowes. “We also hope that this new resource will prove useful to our existing customer base.”

If you would like to contact Hwy 7 self storage to enquire about reserving self storage space or if you have any questions about Hwy 7 self storage please visit http://www.Hwy7selfstorage.com or call toll free at (866) 644-7528

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