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Green Car by Mina Tocalini for 360 Magazine

Concentric Q×A

In the current age of digital technology, car owners are being forced to consider their vehicle’s susceptibility to ransomware attacks. These malicious cyber-attacks can expose your personal data to online hackers. However, there are certain measures that car owners can take to help prevent security breaches. Proactive car owners are utilizing services like Concentric to safeguard their technology and online identity. 360 Magazine spoke with Laura Hoffner, Chief of Staff at Concentric, and Sam Connour, Concentric Intern, about how to best practice car system security.

What steps can proactive car owners take to protect their vehicles from security threats and hackers?

First, understand that all digital property can be hacked.

Second, as a result, be conscious of what personal technology you connect to or tether with. Understand that if you connect your phone to your car via Bluetooth, someone hacking into your car will then result in vulnerability to your phone (and everything else connected to your phone such as your home Wi-Fi, addresses, credit cards.)

Third, ensure your vehicle’s software is up today. Car makers, like Tesla and Jeep, are known to push out patches for these potential holes hackers can access. Keeping your vehicle up to date will aid in that effort.

Finally, protect that vulnerability by being aware of the modifications you’re making to your vehicle’s software. Don’t let unknown devices connect to your car, and be wary of who has physical access to your vehicle

What makes a car susceptible to ransomware attacks?

Cars are now equal [in terms of susceptibility] to computers as a result of their connectivity capabilities both to the internet and to Bluetooth. If a car is connected to an insecure and unprotected internet connection, hackers are capable of installing malware into a vehicle’s operating or infotainment systems.

What models of cars are the most likely to encounter hacking/privacy issues?

Cars with self-driving capabilities, or features such as lane assist or automatic braking, are particularly at risk. But practically any vehicle made in the past 20 years can be hacked. Generally, vehicles [from] 2007 or newer run a higher risk of personal information being compromised. Car makers, with a warning from the FBI, are taking steps to beef up cybersecurity within their vehicles.

Should customers be weary of certain car brands when buying technology systems for their vehicles? How can consumers find quality retailers with safe car products?

Rather than it being a concern about specific car brands, consumers should instead educate themselves on the risk associated with these vulnerabilities and take proper protocol to mitigate those risks.

Can Concentric offer any services for car owners looking to safeguard their vehicles?

Concentric offers holistic security solutions for our clients. Included in that is a residential risk assessment that can identify specific concerns and vulnerabilities. This is where personal risk associated with property would be assessed, [as well as] physical and behavioral recommendations.

How did your experience as a Naval Intelligence Officer and in the Naval Reserves translate into your current role at Concentric?

Understanding the threat landscape both nationally and internationally– as well as the acknowledgement that we make both micro and macro decisions about risk daily– ultimately prepared me to understand the corporate security landscape. Holistically viewing a problem set and identifying creative solutions are [at] the core of Naval Intelligence, thus it wasn’t a large leap to bring that mindset over with me from the government side.

As Concentrics’ Chief of Staff, what is your best advice regarding car related security?

Car-related security advice is the same as all other security advice we have: educate yourself, your family, and your team to know what risk decisions you are making that have vast implications across your security vulnerability spectrum. Additionally, security is not something to think about when you’re in a crisis. Avoid or better prepare yourself for the crisis beforehand by taking steps to vastly reduce, or eliminate, your vulnerabilities to exploitation.

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Upgrade Your Memorial Day Weekend Party

Preparing For Memorial Day Weekend and The Start of Summer With Party Expert Meredith Staggers

With Memorial Day approaching, it’s finally time to celebrate the unofficial start to summer. From family gatherings and entertaining friends, how are you going to prepare for the long weekend?

Meredith Staggers, founder & owner of Cake & Confetti, shares how she is preparing for MDW get-togethers, along with her affordable home décor picks and best practices on partying inside and outside the home, which includes notable DIY projects and entertaining ideas, to kick off BBQ season in style.

With Memorial Day this weekend, Meredith Staggers has provided some tips below, to create fun and unique looks to spruce up any party.

On Décor

  • Let’s start with an affordable home décor pick, like an easy tablespace idea. You may be tempted to decorate with traditional flag decor, but I challenge you to think outside the box a little bit! Pattern mixing adds interest to the table and definitely doesn’t have to be complicated.
  • Stick to a color scheme. I love choosing two or three colors and mixing patterns within those colors. For holidays like Memorial Day and July 4th, use red, white and blue but instead of flags or stripes, I suggest adding some gingham and other fun patterns!
  • Add in layers. I love the texture the jute placemat adds here and instead of putting the blue plates directly on the placemat, I added a slightly larger white plate between the two. It helps make the patterned plate stand out!
  • Buy disposable utensils, napkins and inexpensive pieces from places like Home Goods or Tuesday Morning. For summer hosting I like to stick to things I can throw away for easy clean up. I picked up these gingham napkins and gold plastic utensils for a few dollars. Inexpensive items like this allow you to mix and match patterns without committing too much!
  • For sustainability purposes, I always have reusable cotton napkins and find that cleaning them with Arm & Hammer Odor Blasters after each party gets the job done and leaves them feeling like new!

On Food

  • You cannot throw a good party without creative food ideas for you guests. Since I have a lot on my plate (literally), I like to simply dress up store-bought sugar cookies, and cupcakes with fruit and sprinkles! This takes the time out of cooking your own baked goods. However, it adds a little something extra than just using the basic store bought ones. By adding fruit and sprinkles to my deserts it gives it more of a personal touch.
  • Next up is my personal favorite The Dash Popcorn Maker. I suggest making DIY popcorn cones with patriotic paper. It is so fun and easy, and the kids absolutely love it!
  • Finally, I like to put out personal snack boards. I fill them with sweet and savory snacks that kids and adults go crazy for and it changes up from the normal cheese board.
  • We’re doing our best to use this time at home to create new traditions- and by celebrating with family and having your kids cook or set up with you is something that helps my family create these precious moments! My daughter Piper loves to help me in the kitchen, so whenever I let her lend a hand she is always thrilled!

About Meredith Staggers

Blogger, photo stylist, and founder of Cake & Confetti.

After working in the marketing and event planning industry for three years, Meredith decided to launch Cake & Confetti (named after two of her party must-haves) with the support of her amazing second-half, Trent. Since 2013, the business has evolved from party planning to a multi-faceted styling boutique and blog.

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STUFFED PUFFS

Internationally-Acclaimed DJ Marshmello; Mike Tierney, founder of Stuffed Puffs®, Richard Thompson Managing Partner of Factory LLC, and Elected Officials Join in the Celebration.

“The texture and taste are a pure marriage. You can tell that Mike Tierney, CEO of Stuffed Puffs put some time into the conception of these bad boys because they are “MMM MMM good!”Tyler Jacob, 360 MAGAZINE

During a formal ceremony held today, Stuffed Puffs, the chocolate-filled marshmallow that took the summer S’mores season by storm, becomes the Lehigh Valley’s sweetest new employer. Stuffed Puffs Founder and CEO Mike Tierney, Richard Thompson, Managing Partner of Factory LLC, DJ Marshmello and his manager Moe Shalizi joined by Jim Petrucci, Founder and President of J.G Petrucci Co., Inc., Don Cunningham, CEO of Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp, and Dennis M. Davin, Pennsylvania Secretary of Community and Economic Development, cut the 30’ ribbon on a the new 150,000 square foot plant in Bethlehem, PA.

“Stuffed Puffs will be available at retailers across the U.S. in the next year.  The Lehigh Valley offers great incentives for companies to build here,” said Tierney.  “With my partners, Richard Thompson and Marshmello, our plan is to have this new plant up and running quickly to meet demand. Meanwhile, Stuffed Puffs’ existing plant in Wisconsin is running 24/7 to satisfy America’s new-found craving for S’mores Indoors™.”

Stuffed Puffs received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.

“Food processing is one of Pennsylvania’s most robust and vibrant industries, supporting thousands of jobs and generating more than $5 billion in sales annually,” said Dennis M. Davin, Pennsylvania Secretary of Community and Economic Development. “It is only fitting that Stuffed Puffs, a new, innovative food company, would make the Lehigh Valley in our commonwealth its new home, and we are proud to have helped.”

The building, located at 3900 Burgess Place in Hanover Township, Pennsylvania was formerly home to Guardian Life Insurance. J.G. Petrucci, began demolition and construction at the site in Q1 2019.  “We are very excited to welcome Stuffed Puffs to Lehigh Valley Flex Center,” said Petrucci. “Stuffed Puffs is a dynamic innovator in the food industry and perfect fit for this project.”

“The decision of Stuffed Puffs to expand its production operations to the Lehigh Valley is an example of the region becoming a national leader in food and beverage innovation and production,” said Don Cunningham, President & CEO of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation

The Stuffed Puffs brand is part of Factory LLC located in the dynamic southside of Bethlehem, Pa. “At Factory LLC we seek innovation and we know Stuffed Puffs is a big winner and the new plant will support our continued growth, because we can’t make it fast enough.” said Richard Thompson, Managing Partner at Factory LLC. “We are looking for the top100 employees to join our Stuffed Puffs team.”

For more information on the product or for employment opportunities log on to www.stuffedpuffs.com

About Stuffed Puffs

Stuffed Puffs is a confectionery manufacturer that uses a custom designed and highly secretive manufacturing process to make a chocolate-filled marshmallow. The company also has the ability to make multiple shapes and flavors of marshmallows with various fillings. Stuffed Puffs initially launched its product exclusively at Walmart stores and will be expanding to other retailers in 2020.

About Factory LLC

Factory is a team of experienced operators with $250M of investable capital who acquire meaningful equity stakes in high potential food, beverage and pet health companies, and partner with them to rapidly build value. Factory’s 31 team members have expertise in sales, marketing, product development, food science, manufacturing, distribution, supply chain, logistics, package engineering, food safety, consumer insights, social media, finance, and legal. Factory is based in a one-of-a kind, custom-built, 40,000 sq. ft. innovation and scale-up facility in Bethlehem PA, where the team is able to provide partner companies with support and resources so invested capital can be used for growth, not SG&A.

About J.G Petrucci

J.G. Petrucci is a privately held development and design/build construction firm with offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Founded in 1987, the firm has completed over 600 design/build projects for a diverse group of local, regional, and national corporations. The company’s design/build portfolio includes commercial, industrial, healthcare, mixed-use, residential, urban revitalization, and brownfield redevelopment projects.

About LVEDC

The mission of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation is to market the economic assets of the Lehigh Valley and to create partnerships to lead the recruitment, growth and retention of employers. Our vision is of a diverse Lehigh Valley economy that provides economic growth and opportunity for people of all skills and education and strengthens all our cities, boroughs and townships.

About DCED

The Department of Community and Economic Development’s mission is to encourage the shared prosperity of all Pennsylvanians by supporting good stewardship and sustainable development initiatives across our commonwealth. With a keen eye toward diversity and inclusiveness, we act as advisors and advocates, providing strategic technical assistance, training, and financial resources to help our communities and industries flourish.

Michael Tierney CEO/Founder of Stuffed Puffs
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360 MAGAZINE’s Tyler Jacob × Richard Thompson

G. Love

G. LOVE RELEASES NEW HOLIDAY ALBUM
COMING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS TODAY

Today, Platinum-certified critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist G. Love uncovers his first-ever holiday album, Coming Home For Christmas—available now via Brushfire/Republic Records. Check out the full tracklisting below.  Get it HERE.

The record boasts ten original Christmas anthems penned by G. Love earlier this year. Forever inspired by everlasting and eternal holiday memories from his childhood, he holed up in Orleans, Massachusetts for six days in November and wrote one song per day. Within two days, he tracked the entire album alongside producer Jon Evans at Brickhill Studios with Jon handling upright bass and Mathias Bossi on drums. The resulting body of work captures the season’s spirit with a twist of the artist’s classic bounce, rustic harmonica, vivid lyrics, and lithe, lively acoustic guitars.

About the album, he says, “We’ve always had a strong tradition of caroling and sharing songs on Christmas. My Uncle Bob and I used to lead the family through all of the traditional carols as well as rock ‘n’ roll hits like ‘Summertime Blues’ and ‘Steamroller Blues’. After Uncle Bob passed, my brother-in-law Juan and I have continued the tradition. There was one of those Christmases back in the day when I got the flu or something and missed the family gathering, so I was home alone and wrote a couple of Christmas carols. ‘Christmas Blues’ and ‘Christmas Cookies’. It was then that I decided I would like to complete a full album of homegrown Christmas carols.”

The first single “Christmas Change” paints a different picture of the Christmas spirit in action! G. Love comments, “Much of the holidays are about giving and coming together. ‘Christmas Change’ is about what I feel should be the true essence of Christmas—sharing, giving, and coming together in peace and love.

Coming Home For Christmas TRACKLISTING:

1.   “Christmas Morning”

2.   “Christmas Change”

3.   “Cape Cod Winter Blues”

4.   “Merry Christmas”

5.   “So Blessed”

6.   “Christmas Baby”

7.   “Christmas Rock”

8.   “Christmas Blues”

9.   “Christmas Cookies”
10.   “Christmas Boogie”

G. Love Coming Home For Christmas

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ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Aminé, Black Sabbath, DNCE, Florence + the Machine, Gotye, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Jordan Smith, Julia Michaels, Keith Richards, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Marian Hill, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers, Towkio), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Casablanca Records (Giorgio Moroder, KUNGS, Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (The Weeknd), Roc Nation (Belly, Justine Skye, The Dream), Tuff Gong (Damian Marley), Victor Victor Records (D Savage, Ski Mask The Slump God), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records (Taylor Swift), and Universal Music Latin Entertainment (Luis Fonsi, J Balvin). In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels’ STAR), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.

NEW MUNK PACK COOKIES

A delicious alternative to the typical protein bar, the NEW Munk Pack Protein Cookies feature 18G of plant-protein per cookie from nut butters and grains!

Soft baked and healthy, these Protein Cookies are gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO and fueled with 6G of fiber per cookie.

Combining fab flavor like Oatmeal Raisin Spice, Coconut White Chocolate Macadamia, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip and Double Dark Chocolate, they contain no sugar alcohols, no trans fats, no dairy, no soy, and no eggs.

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Available on Amazon today!

Munk Pack Protein Cookies
⦁    18G Plant-Protein Per Cookie
⦁    Vegan
⦁    Non-GMO
⦁    Gluten Free
⦁    OU-D Kosher
⦁    6G of Fiber
⦁    No Sugar Alcohols
⦁    No Trans Fats, Soy, Dairy or Eggs
⦁    Ready-To-Eat