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Smart Talk: Vulnerable to Heartbleed bug? Milton Hershey students get certified for careers

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Apr 16, 2014 3:04 PM


Smart Talk Thursday, April 17, 2014:

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Is the personal information like passwords, user name or credit cards on your computer safe from the Heartbleed bug?

Depending on the websites you view, they very well could be in jeopardy.

Earlier this month, Google and other engineers discovered the bug in the code running on the servers of millions of websites.  It leaves open a hole that could allow hackers to gain access to encrypted information.

In various ways, Heartbleed has been called one of the greatest threats to internet security since it began.


On Thursday's Smart Talk, we'll answer questions to help you keep your information safe.  Joining us will be Chuck Davis, who teaches Ethical Hacking and Computer Forensics classes for Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. Chuck is a Senior Security Architect at a Fortune 500 Company and previously worked as a Security Operations Manager for IBM.

Chuck Davis' website:    Follow him on twitter: @ckdiii

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Chuck Davis, Harrisburg University

Milton Hershey Certified for Careers

Also, at a time when many high school graduates require remedial classes if they go on to college and may not have practical real world work experience, the Milton Hershey School is offering certificates in 11 different career categories, including journalism, business, financial management and accounting, health sciences, and law, public safety, and security.

All members of the 2013 Milton Hershey class of 2013 received at least one certificate that may give them an advantage over the students they're competing with for jobs.

MHS teachers David Curry and Linda Rudy Davis appear on Thursday's program to explain.


David Curry and Linda Rudy Davis

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  • Jim Gawn img 2014-04-17 08:22

    The bug is caused by one of the most basic coding errors there is. Every programmer and software tester knows to check for it. I'm shaking my head in disbelief.

    On the other hand, programming is a humbling profession. No matter how smart you are, it's so easy to make mistakes that you miss or that leave you baffled. So my heartbleeds for the guy who did this.


  • raise.a.pint img 2014-04-17 08:33

    perhaps a good time to remind casual computer user to make sure their wireless internet connection is password protected

  • Robert D Colgan img 2014-04-17 09:01

    I got an email as though I had sent it to myself ("me)," so I changed my email (Gmail) password and felt safer.

    A week later, I received another mail to "me" and again I reported it to Gmail as a phishing attack------but can I assume that my gmail account is safe? Compromised?
    Must I continue to change my password in an effort to safeguard my mail?
    I have not yet contacted Google, but am doing so after this comment/question.

    What would you do, Chuck?

  • Scott LaMar img 2014-04-17 09:10

    Warren asked a very timely question...
    How does the Milton Hershey Certification program work with the Common Core Standards?

  • MiltonHersheySchool img 2014-04-17 20:04

    Hi Warren,
    Milton Hershey School has been utilizing the PA Core Standards to prepare students since their inception. PA Core Standards do not operate in a vacuum, CTE teachers, not just the core subject area teachers, are all responsible for assuring our students meet literacy and math standards. Speaking for our career technology education department, CTE teachers have embraced key literacy and math standards (previously known as PSSA anchors) by working to implement the academic standards for writing and reading in science and technology subjects in 11 CTE program areas. Students at MHS are assessed using the Keystone exams which are based on the standards, just as the public schools are doing.
    Please let us know if you have any other questions! Or, email: