News Article | February 15, 2017
SIMI VALLEY, CA--(Marketwired - February 15, 2017) - The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute has announced the appointment of Gary M. Cole as the new Chief Development Officer of The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. Mr. Cole will assume his new role on March 1, 2017. Dr. Cole will be responsible for executing a comprehensive and diversified fundraising plan to provide the Reagan Foundation and Institute with the continued resources it needs to promote President Reagan's legacy far into the future. "Gary will be a tremendous asset to the Foundation and Institute," said John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. "With his dedicated commitment to organized philanthropy and the mission of the Reagan Foundation, alongside his vast experience in public service, philanthropy and corporate affairs, we have full confidence that he will help take the Foundation's development efforts to unprecedented heights." Prior to his appointment at the Reagan Foundation and Institute, Dr. Cole served as the Managing National Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving for the Susan G. Komen Global Headquarters, overseeing national mid-level, major, and planned giving fundraising in conjunction with Komen's 100 affiliates. Dr. Cole was also the Founder and Chief Strategist for Makau, LLC, a national fundraising consultancy with an emphasis on fundraising counsel, fan and constituent engagement, organizational development, and board and staff coaching. Dr. Cole has also held various development positions for the Cook Children's Health Foundation, the University of Texas at Arlington, the Hockaday School, the University of Texas at Dallas, the United Way of Odessa and the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization which sustains the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum located in Simi Valley, CA , the Center for Public Affairs, the Presidential Learning Center, The Air Force One Pavilion and the new Reagan Institute located in Washington, D.C. The Reagan Library houses over 55 million pages of Gubernatorial, Presidential and personal papers and over 40,000 gifts and artifacts chronicling the lives of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. It also serves as the final resting place of President and Mrs. Reagan.
News Article | February 15, 2017
Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST), one of the leading national providers of interventions for children with autism is expanding their services in Illinois to include the AST Learning Center which will provide early intervention to kids ages 18 months to 7 years old beginning February 27, 2017. AST’s head of partnerships, Rob Haupt, summarized the company’s vision this way, “From the very beginning, we have had one objective: to provide individualized programs that meet the needs of each unique client and their family.” AST’s Clinical Director for Illinois, Kelly Namanja shared, “It has been so exciting to bring AST’s high-quality ABA services to Illinois. Now with the opening of our AST Learning Center, we will be able to support kids in gaining many of the necessary skills for entering general education with one to one attention in a fun environment.” The AST Learning Center uses the principles of Verbal Behavior (VB) and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to support kids with goals ranging from communication, social skills and self-help skills to making friends. Center-based services can be supplemented with AST’s home-based services to help with generalization of skills. Both types of services are funded by insurance companies for children with a medical diagnosis of autism. One of the pillars of AST is to individualize programs to meet the needs of each child, family and community. "It means so much to have a nationally known ABA therapy provider we can share with our families that has no waitlist for providing service. We feel confident referring to AST and appreciate their willingness to collaborate with our Speech and Occupational therapists to ensure a continuity of care for the best possible outcomes," said Marlies Gramann, Director of Outpatient Services for JCFS Integrated Pediatric Intervention program. AST began serving the autism community in 2001 in California and has since grown to serve communities in Arizona, Illinois, Washington, Louisiana New Mexico and Michigan. To learn more about the Northshore Learning Center email email@example.com. About Autism Spectrum Therapies: Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST) is committed to helping children succeed in school and in life. Rooted in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), the strongest and broadest evidence-based approach, AST offers the most clinically appropriate and effective services within a family-friendly environment to infants, children and adults. Working in families’ homes, communities, and schools, AST addresses all developmental needs, including language development, social skills, and building independence across the lifespan. Employing the finest clinicians including an unmatched number of Ph.D.’s (10 and growing) and over 90 Board Certified Behavior Analysts, AST continues to grow nationally in applied clinical and research communities. Explore their website, http://www.autismtherapies.com, and discover how Autism Spectrum Therapies is helping individuals with autism achieve their full potential. AST is part of the Learn It family of companies, which also includes Light Street Special Education Services, also in Illinois to help all children succeed in school and life. Learn more about these companies at http://www.learnitsystems.com/family
News Article | February 15, 2017
The Fair Housing Institute Inc is pleased to announce that it has released the newly updated online fair housing course for the property management industry. This attorney authored course is available in English and Spanish language, and can be viewed in the Fair Housing Institute Learning Center or licensed for viewing in corporate learning management systems. With the marked increase in interpretation and enforcement of existing Fair Housing statutes by the private and not for profit sectors, progressive management companies are focused on proactively mitigating potential litigation through “best of breed” training. FHI believes that the long term successful practice of fair housing behaviors is correlated with “a state of mind and a way to be”, not just a “check the box” item on a property management company list of training activities. This “Beyond The Box” course was designed with every generation of learner in mind, and is available for individuals who need a single certificate as well as apartment associations and property management companies that have an enterprise level requirement. Please contact FHI for a detailed description of the course, pricing structures and a preview of the course. About The Fair Housing Institute Inc: In 2005, nationally recognized former HUD attorneys Kathi Williams and Terry Kitay founded The Fair Housing Institute and published “The Basics of Fair Housing”. In 2016, Doug Chasick, CPM, CAPS, CAS joined FHI as President. As an organization, it brings more than 100 years of fair housing experience to the table. Since its inception, the company has been providing fair housing training and legal advice to various segments of the property management industry such as multifamily, student housing, affordable housing, single family and others. The Fair Housing Institute is a member of the National Apartment Association. For more information about this course and the options available to you please contact Doug Chasick - Doug.Chasick(at)FairHousingInstitute(dot)com Phone Number: 1-321-956-2188
News Article | February 15, 2017
Adorama, one of the world’s largest photography, video, audio, imaging and electronics retailers, has just announced the latest cameras from Canon – the Canon EOS M6, the EOS Rebel T7i and the EOS 77D – are all now available for pre-order on the Adorama website. Canon has just announced three new additions to its product lineup: a new mirrorless interchangeable-lens compact digital camera, as well as two new DSLR cameras for prosumers and novices alike. The mid-range Canon EOS M6 is a compact interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera with an optional eye-level electronic viewfinder. Optimized for the avid social media user, it’s perfect for travelers who can’t be weighed down by heavy gear. The EOS Rebel T7i is designed for beginners seeking to make the leap from point-and-shoot and smartphone cameras to DSLRs. Along with the EOS Rebel T7i comes the Canon EOS 77D, the new flagship of Canon’s APS-C sensor-based DSLR line. Canon EOS M6 The new mid-range addition to Canon’s mirrorless digital camera lineup is more sophisticated than the M10 and M3, but not as complex as the M5 – employing the same 24MP APS sensor as the new EOS 77D and EOS Rebel T7i DSLRs. While the M6 does not feature a built-in electronic viewfinder, Canon has introduced the EVF-DC2, an accessory viewfinder with 2.36 million dot resolution that can be purchased separately and added onto the camera. The accessory EVF is also compatible with a number of additional Canon cameras. The Canon EOS M6 features a light, compact design optimized for travelers who want the flexibility of interchangeable lenses. Ideal for millennial photographers looking for a compact, high-quality camera to boost the quality of their carefully curated images. The Canon EOS M6 will be available in April from Adorama for $779, body only, in black and silver bodies, with the 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens kit in black or silver for $899, or with the 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens in black or silver for $1,279. The EVF-DC2 is compatible with the EOS M6, M3, PowerShot G1X Mark II and PowerShot G3 X, and is available in black or silver from Adorama for $209.95. Canon EOS T7i The latest model in the popular Rebel series, the Canon EOS Rebel T7i, is designed with the easiest, most intuitive controls and features available. The T7i is ideal for new parents looking to capture daily milestones, existing Rebel users ready for a new camera, and smartphone photographers looking to transition to a true DSLR. The new T7i also features a full range of manual and automatic exposure controls, making it both user friendly and versatile. The EOS T7i includes an expanded ISO range up to 25,600 (vs. the T6i’s 12,000) and a burst rate that was increased from 5 to 6 frames per second (fps). In addition, the camera also has the ability to capture HDR movies and time-lapse video for greater creative versatility. Users also have the ability to set up creative filters and utilize a feature assistant to help them through the camera’s functions. The Canon EOS Rebel T7i is available from Adorama body only for $749, in a kit with the 18-55mm IS STM lens for $899, and in a kit with the 18-135mm IS STM lens for $1,299. Canon EOS 77D Canon is announcing a new flagship for its APS-C sensor-based DSLR line in the technologically innovative Canon EOS 77D. Optimized for advanced photography enthusiasts seeking greater creative control and more varied artistic options, the 77D is a full-featured camera and touts the title of the most advanced Canon DSLR with an APS-C sensor. Included within the mechanics of the 77D is a new 24MP sensor, improved light sensitivity and improved wireless operation. Canon has updated the 70D’s 20MP sensor with a 24MP version, and improved wireless connectivity by adding Bluetooth and NFC. The addition of Anti-Flicker shooting has increased the number of autofocus points from 19 to 45, while the metering system has been redesigned by switching to a 7560-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor. The Canon EOS 77D is compatible with iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. The Canon EOS 77D is available from Adorama body only for $899.00, in a kit with the 18-55mm EF-S IS STM lens for $1,049, and in a kit with the 18-135mm EF-S IS USM lens for $1,499. It can be pre-ordered now and is expected to ship at the beginning of April. For press inquiries, please contact Canon’s public relations department directly at pr(at)cusa(dot)canon(dot)com or visit the Canon press page. Adorama is more than a camera store – it’s one of the world’s largest photography, video, audio and computer retailers. Serving customers for more than 40 years, Adorama has grown from its flagship NYC store to include the leading online destination for imaging and consumer electronics. Adorama’s vast product offerings encompass home entertainment, mobile computing, and professional video and audio, while its services include an in-house photo lab, AdoramaPix; resources and gear for photographers, filmmakers, production studios, broadcasting and post houses, and recording artists through Adorama Pro; pro equipment rental at Adorama Rental Company; and the award-winning Adorama Learning Center, which offers free creative education in online channels such as the popular Adorama TV. Adorama is listed as one of the top five electronics retailers by Consumer Reports, “Best of the Web” by Forbes.com, Internet Retailers Top 100, and is the official Electronics Retailer of the NY Giants. Visit ADORAMA at http://www.adorama.com.
News Article | February 22, 2017
For the millions of employees at US companies who have equity compensation and shares of their companies' stock, every tax-return season raises worries about errors that can lead to overpaid tax, underreported income, IRS penalties, or even an IRS audit. The 2017 tax season presents more than the usual potential for confusion, uncertainty, and expensive mistakes in IRS filings for taxpayers who have sold shares acquired from the following types of equity compensation: To help these employees and their tax advisors, the Tax Center at myStockOptions.com (https://www.mystockoptions.com) offers clear, reliable information, guidance, and illustrations explaining how to report 2016 stock sales on federal tax returns filed in 2017. (Although tax reform is likely to occur during 2017, it will not affect tax-return reporting of 2016 income.) Tax Center At myStockOptions.com: All The Tax-Return Answers Anyone who received income from equity compensation or sold shares in 2016 must understand the related reporting on IRS tax forms to avoid costly errors on tax returns. In the articles and FAQs of its Tax Center, myStockOptions.com provides trustworthy, easily understandable guidance that can help taxpayers and their tax-return preparers file accurate and error-free IRS tax returns. Examples and annotated forms in plain English show taxpayers and their advisors exactly how to report stock compensation and stock sales on tax returns. In a testament to its excellence and broad appeal, this award-winning content is not only used by individual taxpayers but also licensed as an educational resource by major financial institutions. The Tax Center has all the answers on the filing and reporting of tax returns that involve stock options, restricted stock, restricted stock units, performance shares, stock appreciation rights, and employee stock purchase plans. "The tax reporting for stock compensation is complex," emphasizes Bruce Brumberg, Editor-in-Chief of myStockOptions.com. "Even accountants and tax advisors sometimes make mistakes. Our goal is to help employees and their financial or tax advisors realize the full potential of equity compensation by educating them about tax rules and helping them prevent costly errors. The last thing taxpayers want is to pay too much tax or incur IRS penalties that take yet more money out of their pockets." Taxpayers Must Understand The Potentially Confusing Cost-Basis Reporting On IRS Form 1099-B In January or February, each brokerage firm sends IRS Form 1099-B, or the firm's equivalent substitute statement, to clients who sold shares during the tax year. The information on Form 1099-B is also reported to the IRS. The required stock-sale information on Form 1099-B was recently expanded and now includes not only the gross proceeds from stock sales but also their cost basis (sometimes called the tax basis), the date when the shares were acquired, and whether gains or losses were short-term or long-term. In general, cost-basis reporting is now more complex and vulnerable to errors. A diverse set of content at myStockOptions.com relates the background issues, explains how to understand Form 1099-B after selling shares from stock compensation or an ESPP, and shows how to avoid mistakes with the cost basis that can lead to the overpayment of taxes: Form 1099-B is essential for completing IRS Form 8949 and Schedule D, which taxpayers who sold shares during the tax year must submit with their IRS Form 1040 tax return. Form 8949 is where taxpayers list the details of each stock sale, using the information on Form 1099-B. Schedule D aggregates the column totals from Form 8949 to report total long-term and short-term capital gains and losses. "However," points out Mr. Brumberg, "the cost-basis information in Box 1e of Form 1099-B may be too low, or the box may be blank. This is because the rules for cost-basis reporting are somewhat counterintuitive. Also, no basis is reported for restricted stock or restricted stock units." Sound confusing? It is. Fortunately, myStockOptions.com is always here to help. In the Tax Center, the special section Reporting Company Stock Sales presents FAQs with clearly annotated diagrams of Form 8949 and Schedule D. Each FAQ explains and illustrates a different reporting situation involving stock options, restricted stock, restricted stock units, performance shares, employee stock purchase plans, or stock appreciation rights. Clear instructions and diagrams show how to complete the forms, whether the cost-basis information in Box 1e of Form 1099-B is accurate, too low, or omitted. In the Tax Center, articles on general tax-return topics include: Elsewhere on myStockOptions.com, a pair of articles explains IRS Form 3922 for employee stock purchase plans and IRS Form 3921 for incentive stock options. With annotated examples of the forms that translate IRS jargon into understandable language, these articles, along with detailed FAQs (for both ESPPs and ISOs), clarify what taxpayers need to understand about the information provided by the forms, which can help them better understand the complexities of ESPP or ISO taxation. The forms can help with tax-return reporting. 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With exclusive articles, 800+ FAQs, podcasts, videos, the Tax Center, interactive quizzes, the Learning Center with courses for CE credit, the Global Tax Guide, an extensive glossary, a smartphone app for iOS and Android devices, and dynamic patented tools, myStockOptions.com is the premier online resource of educational content and tools on stock options, restricted stock, restricted stock units, performance shares, stock appreciation rights, and employee stock purchase plans. myStockOptions.com is written and managed by leading experts in equity compensation, and is produced by a company with a long history of successful publications explaining complex legal and financial subjects in plain English. The accounting journal CPA Wealth Provider selected myStockOptions.com among companies "that have taken the lead through innovation, efficiency, initiative, or growth in the financial-planning area." The Specialized Information Publishers' Foundation honored MSO Pro with one of its Editorial Excellence Awards in the category of Best Interactive Content among niche publishers. The influential consumer magazine PC World has ranked myStockOptions.com among "the most useful sites ever" that "deliver top-notch information, support, and services." myStockOptions.com has also received extensive favorable coverage in the media, including BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Boston Globe, and on CNN, National Public Radio, PBS, Money.com, and MarketWatch.com. myStockOptions.com has a related site on nonqualified deferred compensation at http://www.myNQDC.com. The staff also created the successful insider trading prevention video series Think Twice, available at http://www.insidertradingvideos.com.
News Article | February 28, 2017
Clarion Safety Systems, a leading designer and manufacturer of safety signs and safety labels, is pleased to announce that its founder and CEO, Geoffrey Peckham, has been confirmed as the chair-elect of the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) Technical Committee 145 (ISO/TC 145). ISO/TC 145 is one of the most influential standards-writing committees in the world. This committee standardizes the symbols that appear on products and for use in built environments. This includes everything from symbols that indicate controls in cars to the location of baggage claim areas at airports. Most importantly, this is the international committee responsible for the standardization of graphical symbols used on safety signs, where the purpose is to save lives from tragedy. “I consider it a great honor to serve in this position. I'll do my best to ensure the committee's work is successful in every respect,” says Peckham. ISO’s Technical Management Board (TMB) officially confirmed Peckham’s nomination to the position of chair-elect in mid-February. According to the succession plan, Peckham will replace Barry Gray as chair of ISO/TC 145 in the beginning of January 2018, after Gray’s term ends. The chair position is a two-year term and allows the potential to serve successive terms, with a maximum 9-year cap. ISO/TC 145 currently has 19 countries as participating members and 32 countries as observing members. ISO/TC chairs are responsible for the overall management of the committee, including its sub-committees and working groups. They also play a direct role in the committee's day-to-day work, helping to manage projects effectively and leading the committee in reaching consensus. Peckham’s selection criteria was based on his sector knowledge, leadership skills, and relevant experience. His ability to “lead and inspire delegates and experts from the sector towards consensus,” and to “develop solutions through innovative and creative thinking in a consensus environment” were cited by ISO’s TMB during the voting process. In addition, the Board cited Peckham’s “professional experience with previous experience of chairmanship” as a factor in confirming his selection by the British Standards Institute for the committee’s highest leadership position. Clarion has represented the United States as a member of ISO/TC 145 for twenty years, and Peckham currently serves as chairman of both the ANSI Z535 Committee for Safety Signs and Colors and of ANSI’s U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO/TC 145. “The international standardization of graphical symbols is key to the communication of information in so many aspects of people's daily lives. To a large degree, I believe we all take it for granted that this global language of visual symbols is something that just exists,” says Peckham. “The fact that this is the case is, itself, a tribute to the last two decades of hard work on the part of ISO/TC 145’s experts and administrators. I look forward to continuing and building on this legacy.” On top of its ANSI and ISO standards committees work, Clarion has actively participated in leadership roles in standards-related initiatives headed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI), the Association of Aquatic Professionals, and the Laser Institute of America. Clarion offers a variety of online resources to share its safety sign and label standards expertise, available through its comprehensive Learning Center. This includes a video library focusing on topics related to product safety, workplace safety, water safety, risk reduction, the legal implications of warnings, and standards-related issues. Its video, “The Case for the Standardization of Graphical Symbols,” describes how ISO is creating a global language for safety. ABOUT CLARION SAFETY SYSTEMS Clarion Safety Systems, LLC, is the leading designer and manufacturer of visual safety solutions that help customers in more than 180 industries worldwide to make their products and premises safer. Clarion offers a full range of standard and custom products including machinery safety labels, environmental and facility safety signs, pipe and valve identification markings, lockout/tagout products, and safety-grade photoluminescent egress path-marking escape systems. Founded in 1990, the company continues to play a leading role in the development and writing of international and national standards for safety signs, labels, and markings. Clarion is headquartered at 190 Old Milford Road in Milford, PA, 18337, and online at http://www.clarionsafety.com. ABOUT ISO ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 161 national standards bodies. Through its members, it brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market-relevant international standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges. The formation of ISO/TC 145 dates back to 1970. The standards body has three subcommittees: Public Information Symbols (SC1), Safety (SC2), and Equipment and Control Symbols (SC3). To learn more, visit http://www.iso.org.
News Article | February 16, 2017
NEW YORK, Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Stephen Gaynor School, a New York City-based independent Pre-K, Lower and Middle School for bright students with learning differences, announced its Community Learning Center is now in its tenth year. The Community Learning Center has offered free r...
News Article | February 27, 2017
FARMINGTON, N.M.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--New Mexico Virtual Academy (NMVA), a full-time online public school, is currently accepting enrollment applications for the 2017-18 school year. A program of the Farmington Municipal School District, NMVA is open to students across the state in grades 6-12. NMVA incorporates online lessons and instruction from New Mexico-licensed teachers who monitor student progress and provide professional insight, working in partnership with parents. Teachers communicate with students and parents via phone, email and the online classroom technology in order to provide an individualized approach that helps prepare students for post-graduation career or college success. Students, who are required to successfully complete credits in the areas of English, math, science, social studies, fine arts and physical education, can choose from a diverse middle school and high school catalog of courses provided by K12 Inc. NMVA offers students in grades 6-8 a robust Advanced Learner Program, and high school students have access to honors and Advanced Placement® courses, as well as a variety of electives such as world languages and career and technical education (CTE) courses. For students who need extra assistance, NMVA also offers a blended learning facility, the Farmington Learning Center, where students can receive in-person tutoring and instruction. The school also offers a unique ELL program for non-native English speakers. “Education is not one-size-fits-all – every student is different,” said head of school Lynn Barr. “At New Mexico Virtual Academy, we provide students with an alternative to the traditional brick-and-mortar school, and we strive to meet the needs of our diverse student population.” Rising sophomore students who are college-bound can receive dual credit through one of NMVA’s innovative partnerships with six of the post-secondary institutions around the state. Over a dozen students took advantage of the opportunity in the spring of 2017. NMVA also provides students with opportunities to give back to their community, as well as clubs and monthly social outings throughout the state, such as field trips and dances. In the coming months, NMVA will host in-person events in several communities across the state, as well as monthly online information sessions. Families who are interested in learning more about the school are encouraged to attend one of these events or visit the school website at http://nmva.k12.com. New Mexico Virtual Academy (NMVA) is an accredited full-time online public school program of the Farmington Municipal School District that serves students in grades 6-12 across the state. As part of the New Mexico public school system, NMVA is tuition-free, giving parents and families the choice to access the curriculum provide by K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), the nation’s leading provider of K-12 proprietary curriculum and online education programs. For more information about NMVA, visit http://nmva.k12.com.
News Article | February 21, 2017
Engenius Learning Centers have opened four Tutoring locations in Silicon Valley, all feature instruction in their unique 5 Keys to College program. To celebrate the opening of their new centers, Engenius Learning are offering a no obligation 3-Day Free Tutoring Trial at any one of their four locations. Engenius Learning Centers offers tutoring for all ages in all academic subjects. All of Engenius Learning Centers curriculum is aligned with the Common Core State Standards as well as the current ACT, SAT and PSAT. All students are given a preliminary assessment in the core subjects. In addition to the core assessment, Engenius Learning also evaluate students’ learning styles and differences, and customize the curriculum and instruction to best serve their needs. Students begin tutoring to either remediate or advance their skills after the initial first session assessment. Besides Common Core tutoring, Engenius Learning Centers offers academic tutoring in all subjects, ranging from basic math, reading and writing up to all Advanced Placement (AP) level subjects including Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Calculus. In addition, Mike Flynn, President/CEO, said that “all Engenius students are also instructed in the 5 Keys to College,” a program created by Flynn, a 30-year education industry veteran who has developed curriculum, large national tutoring and test prep companies. Engenius Learning Center students also have available a free 24/7 Learning forum and content library, with access to all relevant articles, data, and research as well as expert opinion on the biggest questions in education. Flynn also stated that “As classrooms go digital, we need to keep up with the times and create a blend of the classic paper and pencil learning along with the use of digital devices. We find that delivering content electronically matches the way students are being taught, yet we still require thinking and work to be done out in the open on paper. Our blended learning approach gives kids exactly what they need to be successful, our students have the comfort of a familiar learning environment yet we still have access to fix problems” More information about Engenius Learning and details of their 3-Day Free Tutoring Trial can be found by visiting: http://engeniuslearning.com or by calling Mike Flynn at (408) 446-4956 For more information, please visit http://engeniuslearning.com
News Article | February 28, 2017
The encryption codes that safeguard internet data today won't be secure forever. Future quantum computers may have the processing power and algorithms to crack them. Nathan Hamlin, instructor and director of the WSU Math Learning Center, is helping to prepare for this eventuality. He is the author of a new paper in the Open Journal of Discrete Mathematics that explains how a code he wrote for a doctoral thesis, the Generalized Knapsack Code, could thwart hackers armed with next generation quantum computers. The paper clarifies misunderstandings about the complex field of public key cryptography and provides a common basis of understanding for the technical experts who will eventually be tasked with designing new internet security systems for the quantum computing age. "Designing security systems to protect data involves experts from many different fields who all work with numbers differently," Hamlin said. "You are going to have pure and applied mathematicians, computer programmers and engineers all involved in the process at some point. For it to work in real life, all of these people need to have a common language to communicate so that they can make important decisions about how to safeguard online transactions and personal communications in the future." Quantum computers operate on the subatomic level and theoretically provide processing power that is millions, if not billions of time faster than silicon-based computers. A hacker armed with a next generation quantum computer could in theory decrypt any internet communication that was sent today, Hamlin said. In order to create an online security system better prepared for future demands, Hamlin and retired mathematics professor William Webb created the Generalized Knapsack Code in 2015 by retrofitting a previous version of the code with alternative number representations that go beyond the standard binary and base 10 sequences today's computer use to operate. In his paper, Hamlin breaks down how the generalized knapsack code works in terms that computer scientists, engineers and other experts outside the field of pure mathematics can understand. He explains that by disguising data with number strings more complex than the 0s and 1s conventional computers use to operate, the generalized knapsack offers a viable security method for defending against quantum computing hacks. "The Generalized Knapsack Code expands upon the binary representations today's computers use to operate by using a variety of representations other than 0s and 1," Hamlin said. "This lets it block a greater array of cyberattacks, including those using basis reduction, one of the decoding methods used to break the original knapsack code." Hamlin said his hope is that his paper, Number in Mathematical Cryptography, clears up misunderstandings he has run into professionally so that the generalized knapsack code can be developed for future use. "Quantum computing will change how we handle data and we, as a society, are going to have to make some important decisions about how to prepare for it," Hamlin said. "A code like this can be implemented on conventional hardware and yet it would also be secure from a hacker with a quantum computer. I think it is time for us to consider this code very seriously for adapting commerce and perhaps communication in light of the possibility of quantum computing."