PolySwarm launches polyX, a free community for security researchers to access threat intel and test new detection techniques

polyX offers researchers free access to the latest malware, collaboration with top experts, support for developing malware detection ideas into products and the ability to validate those ideas against real-world enterprise traffic.

SAN DIEGO (PRWEB) February 04, 2020
PolySwarm, a threat intelligence marketplace for defending against new and emergent malware, invites security researchers, malware analysts and defenders to join polyX, a free community that gives members the ability to collaborate, access malware samples and test new detection techniques.
Upon joining, polyX members are admitted to a private collaboration group with fellow security experts and granted access to use a number of features in PolySwarm, including increased malware sample downloads, scans, and hash and metadata search tools.
“polyX offers researchers free access to the latest malware, collaboration with top experts, support for developing malware detection ideas into products and the ability to validate those ideas against real-world enterprise traffic,” says PolySwarm CTO and CO-Founder Paul Makowski. “polyX represents a truly unique opportunity for individuals and small companies that want to enter the malware detection space and help shift the balance toward defense.”
polyX members are able to discover new threats first, identify shortcomings in existing detection approaches, and develop ideas for new detection methodology. “What we are seeing is that many of the samples found in PolySwarm have never been seen on VirusTotal or other multiscanners, and are not freely accessible elsewhere,” says Makowski. “polyX will provide researchers with convenient access to samples and serves as a place for niche and experimental scanning and detection engines to thrive.”
Those interested are able to join PolySwarm’s polyX community by filling out the short questionnaire here
ABOUT polyX:polyX is a community of anti-malware researchers united by a common goal of making malware hard. polyX offers a collaborative environment for sharing malware samples, intelligence and novel detection methods that go beyond what is covered by existing solutions. Additionally, polyX provides an avenue to develop innovative-but-unproven ideas into stable and profitable solutions. Via PolySwarm, the polyX community has immediate access to real-world market validation of novel anti-malware ideas with minimal go-to-market cost.
ABOUT PolySwarm:PolySwarm is a threat detection marketplace where anti-malware software, authored by antivirus companies and specialized security experts, compete to detect threats, millions of times per day. With a global force of security experts and antivirus companies combining at a single access point, accuracy and early detection are rewarded. For more information, please visit or try PolySwarm free at

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Every Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) Ninth Grader To Receive Energy Education Experience At Michigan Science Center Thanks To Aramco Americas

Aramco Americas teams with MiSci to launch energy education experience.

“As a company, we value the role of technology in positively affecting society and human development,” said Alma Kombargi, Director of Brand Strategy, Aramco Americas.

DETROIT (PRWEB) February 03, 2020
Energy is critical to our planet and its people. At 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 the Michigan Science Center (MiSci), Aramco Americas and DPSCD will launch a comprehensive energy education experience at MiSci to enhance every DPSCD ninth-grader’s understanding of this important topic. DPSCD Executive Director of K-12 Science Kristie Ford, Aramco Director Ghaithan Muntasheri, and MiSci CEO Christian Greer will share details on the creation of this collaborative project.
The Aramco iExplore: Energy Program, a recognized best outreach program, has a two-part approach:
1) Teachers attend a one-day workshop at MiSci to learn about the field trip program, receive materials for their classrooms and meet Aramco engineers and scientists;
2) Over 4,000 DPSCD ninth graders will visit MiSci on a field trip during February and March 2020, where they will enjoy interactive exhibits and experience live science stage shows designed to get them excited about energy-related ideas, careers, and enhance their in-class learning.
iExplore was developed in partnership with Aramco Americas, DPSCD, and CREATE for STEM Institute at Michigan State University. Joining DPSCD on their 2-year journey to shift classroom instruction toward the Next Generation Science Standards, the partners sought the feedback of the students and teachers in DPSCD to develop this learning experience. This is the first time in MiSci history in which a program is developed and specifically tailored to high school students and their curriculum.
“We are thankful for the opportunity to create a life-changing experience for thousands of students and are thrilled for the chance to collaborate with DPSCD teachers at such a close level,” said Christian Greer, president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center. “Aramco’s support, combined with education from MiSci, will not only make STEM education more accessible, but also shine a light on career pathways for our future workforce.”
The field trips are provided to students and their schools through Aramco’s generous support. Aramco expertise gives educators insight and real-world connections to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Students can explore possible careers as they interact with STEM role models like Aramco scientists and engineers.
“As a company, we value the role of technology in positively affecting society and human development. We are very pleased to be part of giving Detroit schoolchildren the opportunity to experience STEM subjects with the Michigan Science Center,” said Alma Kombargi, Director of Brand Strategy, Aramco Americas.
About the Michigan Science CenterThe Michigan Science Center (MiSci) inspires over 200,000 curious minds of all ages every year through STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) discovery, innovation and interactive education in Detroit and across the state of Michigan. We have an immersive facility in the heart of Midtown Detroit. With the Toyota Engineering 4D Theater, live stage shows, a Planetarium, lab activities, 220+ hands-on exhibits, and more, there are dozens of ways to customize your MiSci visit. As the STEM hub of the state, MiSci focuses on developing and introducing expanded education programs, exhibits, and initiatives that empower and enrich all children and all communities with STEM. Through our Traveling Science Program and distance learning initiative, ECHO, we are also planning to reach all 83 counties of Michigan. For more information, please call 313.577.8400 or visit the website,
About Aramco AmericasAramco Services Company (d/b/a Aramco Americas) is the U.S.-based subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, a world leader in integrated energy and chemicals, and has had a presence in the U.S. for more than 60 years. ASC is a contributor to the U.S. energy sector through research and development, venture fund activities, asset ownership, as well as technology and digital transformation. The company is headquartered in Houston, and maintains offices in New York, Washington D.C., Boston, and Detroit. ASC is committed to being a positive contributor in the communities where its employees live and work, and to making a difference through outreach that benefits the arts, geosciences, education and the environment.

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Los Angeles County honors Brand Orbit for 50-plus years of community service and job creation

Brand Orbit, one of the longest and most successful boutique marketing agencies in Southern California, has been officially recognized for its more than 50 years of achievements by the County of Los Angeles with an official scroll presented by Supervisor Kathryn Barger.(PRWeb February 03, 2020)Read the full story at

Northern Virginia Community College’s Ribbon Cutting of the Institution’s State of the Art Fabrication Laboratory “Fab Lab” Starts with a Week-Long Set of Community

[Left to Right] Zuzanna Steen, Ann Wheeler, Dr. Chad Knights, Dr. Molly Lynch, Dr. Anne Kress, Tom Rust, Tom Murtha, Mayor Hal Parrish, and Vice Mayor Preston Banks

“What we are celebrating is more than a cool learning space. What we really show are industry aligned and industry required training labs. The facility represents our dedication at NOVA for industry pathways that drive our region economies.”

MANASSAS, Va. (PRWEB) January 30, 2020
On January 13, 2020, Northern Virginia Community College opened the doors of a state-of-the-art engineering technology Fabrication Laboratory with a prestigious ribbon cutting event to thank members of the institution’s partners in the business and legislative community for the support of engineering technology programs. The “Fab Lab” for short, will serve as a hub to connect industry to the developing technology workforce, and support NOVA’s industry-aligned Engineering Technology program. It will also be leveraged by NOVA’s STEM outreach program, NOVA SySTEMic, to inspire K-12 interest and encourage future generations to pursue careers in engineering technology. The ribbon-cutting was followed by a week-long series of community events.
The creation of such a project was in response to the many expanding technology companies in the Northern Virginia region. Such companies that have spearheaded tech partnerships with NOVA like Micron Technology Inc., one of the largest semiconductor manufacturers in the world, will invest $3 billion to expand memory chip production capabilities at its Manassas plant, with plans to create 1,100 new jobs by 2030. The project was a joint collaboration with GoVirginia, Micron, U.S. Army’s Night Vision and Sensors Directorate and BAE Systems.
The “Fab Lab” would let interested innovators have access to a space to lay the educational base for fulfilling these future job opportunities. “The space is about letting everyone know that this is the career path for them. More often than naught, people may not see themselves in this capacity. ‘WE DO STEM’ – it’s about moving the region forward,” said, NOVA’s new President, Dr. Anne Kress. “What we are celebrating is more than a cool learning space. What we really show are industry aligned and industry required training labs. The facility represents our dedication at NOVA for industry pathways that drive our region economies.”
The spaces offered through the “Fab Lab” such as a ‘Woodshop’, ‘Maker’s Space’, ‘Computer Control & Computer Design Center’ and ‘3-D Printing Workshop’ — will create the building blocks for careers in engineering technology. It is an open-access and inclusive multi-nodal innovator space with the mission to apply STEM principles and integrating it into easy and applicable concepts for all levels of interested students. From K-12 participants, college ready students, industry professionals looking for the latest and greatest session to build their repertoire and for teacher development in advanced machinery training – the space will provide it all.
The series of events offered after the commemorative ‘ribbon-cutting’ allowed for demonstrations in the ‘Fab Lab’ such as; STEM field trips and introductions to the lab’s CNC Router (48” x 48”) was provided for a handful of participants. ‘Lunch & Learn’ opportunities for faculty and staff were held Tuesday and Thursday in the lab. The capabilities of the ‘Fab Lab’ and trends in additive manufacturing and robotics were discussed. On Thursday night the ‘Fab Lab’ hosted a Robotics Night Open House where sixty-six attendees of all ages had the opportunity to use and learn about five different robotic systems. Two training sessions were held on the VEX IQ robots in which participants learned how to program and manipulate the robots. On Friday, the weeklong series of events closed with a ‘College Open House’ with 90 attendees able to learn and use equipment to build molds and use a plastic thermoforming machine, make an LED Monster with sewable circuitry, play with electronic circuits and sensors, try their hand at robotic challenges, laser cut fabric, practice CAD drawing, and observe some wood working demos. Due to weather conditions, the Saturday (January 18th) ‘Community Fab Lab Open House’ is to be rescheduled for March 14, 2020 from 10am to 4pm.
In fall of 2018, NOVA was approved for a historic first round of project grants to create the “Fab Lab” at the college’s Manassas Campus. The “Fab Lab” will provide resources needed to grow and strengthen the current and future engineering technology workforce in Northern Virginia. The GO Virginia Board of Directors, which is comprised of members of the Governor’s cabinet, the General Assembly, the business community, and others, approved more than $2.2 million in GO Virginia Per Capita grant funding for five projects throughout the Commonwealth.
Following such a prestigious event, NOVA SySTEMic, Northern Virginia Community College’s STEM Outreach program will hold a premier signature event called ‘Night at the Museum’. The event is a two-day VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) signature event at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA on January 30, 2020 and on January 31, 2020.
For more questions about the programs and future events, please contact Josh Labrie at For media questions, please contact Hoang Nguyen at Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America’s largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College’s website,
Legislative Attendees List:Andrea Bailey – Prince William County Board of SupervisorsDavid Choi – Office of John BellDonald Shuemaker, Manassas City CouncilIan Lovejoy – Manassas City CouncilKaren Klotz Jeffers – Office of Congressman Ron WhitmanKenny Boddye – Prince William County Board of SupervisorsLaszlo Palko – City Manager for Manassas City ParkMichelle Davis-Younger, Manassas City CouncilMiriam Machado — Manassas City CouncilPreston Banks – Vice Mayor, City of Manassas ParkRalph Smith – Manassas City CouncilTheresa Coates Ellis, Manassas City CouncilVictor Angrry – Prince William County Board of SupervisorsWilliam Patrick Pete – City Manager, Manassas
Sponsors List:Lockheed MartinUS – Fort Belvoir Night Vision LabsBAEMicronArconic FoundationPwC Service Authority

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Four Arizona Community Colleges Named Bellwether Finalists

PHOENIX (PRWEB) January 30, 2020
Four Arizona Community Colleges have been named finalists in the rigorous Bellwether College Consortium annual awards, representing all three categories:
Pima Community College (Instructional Programs & Services)o    “Developmental Education Restructuring” – For several years, Pima Community College worked to comprehensively improve its Developmental Education program. In 2014 the college hired a Dean of Developmental Education who was tasked with creating teams to revise placement processes, improve curriculum and student support, and undertake other initiatives to improve gateway access and completion.
Pima Community College (Planning, Governance & Finance)o    “Earn to Learn” – Pima is the first community college in the U.S. to partner with Earn to Learn, a non-profit which offers need-based scholarships designed to reduce student reliance on loans and educational debt. The matching-funds program rewards current and future Pima students who save at least $500 with scholarships up to $4,000 per academic year. Scholarship recipients receive $8 for every $1 they save, as well as training on how to budget, set up a savings account, and make smart financial decisions. The first PCC cohort has 54 students. Beginning Fall Semester 2020, the Earn to Learn program will require future applicants to be Pima Community College students before transferring to a university.
Arizona Western College (Planning, Governance & Finance)o    “Strategic Planning: Creating a College-Going Culture for First Generation Students” – Nearly 7 in 10 AWC students are the first in their family to attend college. AWC has collaborated with the community to develop a sweeping Strategic Plan that addresses how First Gen students enter college, persist, and succeed. Emerging objectives that address this need include Open Educational Resources (No and low-cost course materials), Guided Pathways, Centralized Scheduling, and Guiding Principles of Learning.
South Mountain Community College (Planning, Governance & Finance)o    “Creating a Legacy of Educational Success” – South Mountain Community College recognized that a comprehensive plan was necessary to address a growing default rate and to provide critical debt management and personal finance skills that would enhance the success of students while in school and after graduation. As a result of implementing the comprehensive plan, the college’s student loan cohort default rate has dropped precipitously.
Central Arizona College (Workforce Development)o    “Education at the Speed of Industry” – The partnership between Sundt Construction and Central Arizona College began in the spring of 2016, when Sundt Construction approached CAC to explore apprenticeship opportunities to meet the growing needs of commercial construction. CAC administrators worked with this global construction partner to develop wildly successful apprenticeship programs that drew 104 students in 2017-2018 and 196 in 2018-2019. This fall, the program reported 328 students enrolled. This is the fastest growing program at CAC.
Teams from each of the four colleges will be among the 30 presentations the first week in February at a meeting in San Antonio during the 26th annual event.
The Bellwether Award recognizes innovation and results-driven, cutting-edge community college programs that are worthy of replication. More information is available at
About The Arizona Community Colleges:With 10 college districts and nearly 300,000 students, the Arizona Community Colleges are the backbone of Arizona’s higher educational system, driving the economic engine and delivering an educated citizenry to meet the most in-demand jobs of today and the complexities of tomorrow. Connected through shared goals of access and completion, Arizona community colleges deliver a high quality education at a low cost, prepare students of all ages across the state to be career-ready and prepare students for pathways to universities.

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FirstService Residential to Manage Myers Meadow Community

We are excited to make a difference in this 20-year-old community and help increase property values

DALLAS (PRWEB) January 29, 2020
FirstService Residential, Texas’ leading property management company, was awarded the management contract of Myers Meadow in Southlake. FirstService Residential Texas will assume management on March 1, 2020.
Located in the heart of one of Texas’ most desirable zip codes and acclaimed Southlake Carroll ISD, the Georgian-style community broke ground in the mid-90s and has nearly 270 homes, most of which include 3-car garages and backyard pools.
The community offers amenities from walking trails and tennis courts to a large catch and release pond and two playgrounds. Myers Meadow is also minutes from the Southlake Town Square shopping center, kid-friendly Bicentennial Park and Historic Downtown Grapevine.
“Myers Meadow is a great addition to our Fort Worth market,” said Shannon Elder, business development director at FirstService Residential Texas. “It’s definitely a community centered around family values and an active lifestyle. We are excited to make a difference in this 20-year-old community and help increase property values.”
About FirstService ResidentialFirstService Residential Texas is the property management leader and the preferred partner of HOAs, condos and community associations that rely on their extensive experience, resources and local expertise to maximize property values and enhance residents’ lifestyles. Dedicated to making a difference, every day, we set the standard for service and professionalism in our industry. Let’s start the conversation. Visit today!

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CutisCare Announces Two Distinguished Members in the Wound-Healing Community, Dr. Juan Bravo and Dr. Louis Pilati, to Join New CutisCare Medical Advisory Board

CutisCare is a leader in providing next-level resources and technologies to hospital outpatient wound care centers. With the addition and expertise of Dr. Juan Bravo and Dr. Louis Pilati, the newly formed CutisCare Medical Advisory Board looks toward an exciting and transformative future in the advanced wound-healing industry.
Press Release – updated: Jan 29, 2020 10:00 EST

BOCA RATON, Fla., January 29, 2020 ( – CutisCare is continuously evolving to navigate the ever-changing, wound-healing and hyperbaric medicine terrain. This is why the company is excited to announce the creation of the CutisCare Medical Advisory Board and its two newest members: Dr. Juan Bravo and Dr. Louis Pilati. With more than 60 years of combined management experience, CutisCare continues its legacy being a cutting-edge resource for flexible healthcare solutions for wound care and hyperbaric medicine service lines across the country.
The CutisCare Medical Advisory Board will provide input, feedback, and guidance on CutisCare’s clinical strategies and will focus on emerging new technologies, future clinical trends in advanced wound care, and communicative education on state-of-the-art wound care practices for its affiliates and provider-clients.
The first board member, Dr. Juan Bravo is a Florida-licensed physician with numerous board certifications including in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine by the American Board of Preventative Medicine and 22 years of experience in wound-healing practices. He currently serves as the Medical Director of RegenQuest, a leader in hyperbaric therapy and advanced wound care in South Florida.
Dr. Louis Pilati, the second member on the board, is an Ohio-licensed physician who specializes in hyperbaric medicine and emergency medicine. He holds multiple board certifications, including Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine. Dr. Pilati currently serves as the Medical Director of the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center and Beavercreek Health Park, part of the Kettering Medical Center Network in Dayton, Ohio. He brings with him nearly 30 years of wound-healing knowledge.
Dr. Bravo and Dr. Pilati bring expertise that is invaluable to CutisCare, and CEO Jim Patrick couldn’t be more optimistic about the company’s future.
“At the heart of CutisCare’s mission is a commitment to be a resource to hospitals and patients, by providing the highest quality wound care services available throughout our network of clinics,” says Jim Patrick, CEO of CutisCare. “We’re focused on improving patient care and supporting healthy patient outcomes through a multisite, medical and clinical practice model that leads through ongoing education and shared wisdom. Creating the Medical Advisory Board and adding Dr. Bravo and Dr. Pilati as members solidifies our commitment to that goal.”
The board will play a pivotal role in improving communications among providers in the CutisCare clinic network, expanding the company’s collective knowledge base for medical and technological advances in the field and increasing educational offerings.
CutisCareTM operates as an extension of your healthcare administration and hospital patient care team. For more information on how we can help you establish a wound care center in your hospital, visit
Source: CutisCare

Drucker + Falk Awarded Management of Newport News Apartment Community

Kingstowne Apartments & Townhomes in Newport News, VA – Managed by Drucker + Falk

“We are thrilled to add to the company’s growing Mid-Atlantic portfolio, having already seen tremendous improvements with the communities we manage, and having successfully seen through upgrades, in the surrounding area,” said Deidre Brown, Director of Multifamily Management for Drucker + Falk.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (PRWEB) January 29, 2020
DF Multifamily, a division of Drucker + Falk, one of the nation’s most prominent multifamily management companies, recently assumed management of Kingstowne Apartments and Townhomes in Newport News, VA. Located in the heart of Oyster Point and minutes from Marketplace at Tech Center and City Center, Kingstowne joins other DF Multifamily managed communities including Waterman’s Crossing, Chesapeake Bay Apartment Homes, Compass at City Center, and Mariner’s Green Apartments.
While some of the 384 apartments & townhomes have recently undergone renovations, the community’s ownership group, is currently finalizing capital plans for additional renovations to include the addition of a resident clubhouse, upgrading existing amenities, as well as interior and exterior renovations.
The addition of Kingstowne Apartments & Townhomes brings Drucker + Falk’s management portfolio to over 24,500 apartment homes in the Mid-Atlantic and the company’s overall portfolio to nearly 40,000 apartment homes across twelve states. Deidre Brown, Director of Multifamily Management for Drucker + Falk, commented, “We are thrilled to add to the company’s growing Mid-Atlantic portfolio, having already seen tremendous improvements with the communities we manage, and having successfully seen through upgrades, in the surrounding area.”
Drucker + Falk was one of several companies being considered for management. Wendy Drucker, Managing Director for Drucker + Falk added, “It was an honor to learn that we were selected because of our responsiveness, attention to detail and superior customer service from both our corporate and our onsite management teams. We look forward to working with the Owners and are excited to begin the renovations on the community.”
ABOUT DRUCKER + FALKFounded in 1938, Drucker + Falk is a full service real estate and investment firm managing a diverse portfolio of nearly 40,000 apartment homes and approximately 3,000,000 square feet of office, retail and industrial space in 12 states. In addition to managing a broad range of properties, including class A+ to affordable apartment communities, mixed-use and all types of commercial properties, Drucker + Falk partners with clients on developing new properties, renovating and repositioning assets, converting historic properties to unique, upscale apartment homes and offers commercial leasing and sales services. For more information visit

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