SiteVision March 2016 News & Tips

2016 Security:  Expect To Be Hacked, Phished, and Scammed

Hacker WAVSWith hacking, phishing and scamming at all-time highs, a good defense is your best offense for the year ahead.
According to ZDNET and other sources, more than one billion personal records were accessed in 2014 alone. 2015 was another banner year for hackers that included the FBI, T-Mobile (15 million customers), ScottTrade (4.6 million customers) Excellus BlueCross BlueShield (10 million), the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) (22 million government workers), and the IRS (last count 724,000 accesses to taxpayer account data) to name but a few.   Read More . . .

Tax ScamsPrepare Yourself:  Tax Scams and Hacks.

Hackers are actively plotting to steal your most personal and valuable information, and get your tax refund to boot.  Quartz has a story to make you weep – a preview of what’s to come for the unlucky. What to do?  Read More . . .

Hosting Spotlight Lawrence Companies WebsiteLawrence Companies
Dedicated Hosting Services

A longtime client of SiteVision, Lawrence recently moved from a shared server to a dedicated server arrangement.  With several sites and applications, a dedicated server became more cost-effective and provided increased security, performance and management features, as well as greater scalability and flexibility unavailable in a shared server environment. Hosting worked closely with Lawrence IT Manager, Mark Carter, to help ensure a smooth transition and to provide an optimal server setup configured to their specific requirements.

“SiteVision has proven a valuable business partner of Lawrence Companies. From our customer-facing websites to our private employee portal, we continue to trust their experience and expertise to keep our internet presence updated and secure. We have worked with many providers over the years, but consider ourselves lucky to have state-of-the-art hosting services with top notch support just down the street!”

Lawrence Companies is an employee-owned company based out of Roanoke, VA, in business since 1932. With six locations in Virginia and North Carolina, Lawrence is a multifaceted company with focuses on full truckload and flatbed transportation, corporate office moving, and is a dealer for CASE Equipment. As one of the founding United Van Lines Agents in the country, Lawrence continues to focus on moving household goods and offers a variety of Relocation Services.

SiteVision provides custom configured dedicated servers for a broad range of customers.  We are a SOC 1 SSAE 16 Type II compliant firm, are VITA (Virginia Information Technology Agency) approved, and are an approved HIPPA resource. We also routinely provide specialized services such as GIS, Cloud, SAAS, ISA, Data-Driven, fail-safe or CDN hosting.

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SiteVision Hosting Services
for Virginia Commonwealth
Agencies and Localities Renewed

Includes ArcGIS for Server, Website Application Vulnerability Scanning, and Other Specialized Hosting Services

VITAlogotypeRoanoke VA February 29, 2016— SiteVision’s Hosting Services and Software as a Service contract has been renewed by the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) for an additional year.  The contact is part of Virginia’s electronic government services program (eGov) and includes all state agencies and local government entities. The firm is also a certified SWaM Micro-business by the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity.  Read More . . .

GIS Hosting Solutions

SiteVision GISNavigating rapidly evolving GIS technology can often be a bit unnerving.  With almost two decades of  GIS application development experience, SiteVision has developed uniquely qualified shared, dedicated and custom hosting solutions for the GIS community.   We offer application-specific hosting such as ESRIArcGIS map applications and database driven applications, as well as basic website hosting on shared or dedicated servers. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have, or offer a solution to meet your exact requirement.  Just contact us!

In The News

MS Office 365:  Lots of updates.

Document pinning, ink jotting and camera integration for Windows tablets and iOS box integration are among a host of new features for Office 365.  Currently available only for Office “insiders,” the new features will presumably go out to standard users soon.  ZDNET

Hybrid Tablets Go Mainstream:

Enterprise use of hybrid tablets is growing fast, according to CIO and IDC.  While PCs and traditional slate tablet sales have shrunk, hybrids with detachable slates appear to be gaining traction with some 8.1 million sold in Q4 2015.

Mobile World Congress:  2,000 Exhibitors – 100,000 Attendees

From self-driving cars to submersible phones, and social robots, MWC proves an exciting showcase for new products and technologies.  Bloomberg    PCMag

Deep Security Flaw
Affects The Entire Internet

According to security researcher Dan Kaminsky, the glibc DNS bug is the latest of several serious flaws found in the backbone of the internet. He’s advising anybody running Linux servers to “patch this bug with extreme prejudice.”  Endgadget.  Dan Kaminsky

Yahoo Approaching Bidders?

In exploring its strategic options, Yahoo may have reached out, or soon will, to corporate and private equity firms seeking bids for its core business.  Verizon, Comcast, AT&T and other private equity firms are among those may be interested.  Bloomberg

Town of Culpeper, VA Launches New Online GIS System By SiteVision, Inc.

Roanoke, VA January 18, 2014: The Town of Culpeper, VA has formally launched its new online GIS System (  SiteVision, Inc. ( is providing the new GIS system as software as a service (SAAS) under a Commonwealth of Virginia Hosting Contract which is available to all public agencies (local, regional, state), and to other states as well.  SiteVision developed the site to be cross-platform compatible and accessible via mobile devices.

Culpeper, VA GIS System by SiteVisionPrior to selecting SiteVision, Inc. as its SaaS/hosting vendor, The Town of Culpeper GIS and IT Department surveyed the needs of its residents and system stakeholders.  The Town then outlined the necessary and most requested mapping functions, layers, data sources, reports, tools, etc. to be required in their new online GIS system.   

SiteVision first began working with the Town to help establish CAD and GIS data interoperability standards, maintenance procedures, and to create and test related Internet map services.  These initial tasks\services were contracted by the Town to SiteVision, Inc. through the Commonwealth of Virginia’s IT Contingent Labor Contract.

The Town of Culpeper’s new system utilizes more than 30 map services from several sources including SiteVision, Inc., the Town of Culpeper, Culpeper County, Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI), and the Commonwealth of Virginia.   The Town maintains all of their own GIS and CAD data and uploads their data updates to the new online GIS system at least once a month. 

CulpepperGIS_system2Users may query and access real estate tax and assessment database record(s) and related tax map parcels, download property cards, and view points of Interest (Police, Fire, Schools, etc.) with notes and links to more information.   The user can draw and measure features on the map, locate GPS points or coordinates, and save, copy or print a custom map.  The system also allows users to download reports and tables in Adobe or MS Excel format. 

Culpeper VA GIS 3“We tried to incorporate the most requested new features into the project,” said GIS coordinator Autumn Fitch. “The biggest thing is that it is cross compatible with so many browsers.”  –Star Exponent, Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 12:15 am | Updated: 6:29 am, Tue Nov 12, 2013. 

The overall project stayed within the existing GIS budget with no additional costs to taxpayers, according to the town. –Star Exponent, Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 12:15 am | Updated: 6:29 am, Tue Nov 12, 2013. 

Daniel Shaffer, Director, Geospatial Division for SiteVision, added “With today’s economy, many public agencies are stuck in legacy online GIS systems with no foreseeable way out.  Our SaaS plans allow public agencies to migrate to the latest systems while spending little to no upfront fees or costs. The agency pays for the SaaS service on a flexible monthly, quarterly or yearly schedule.” 

“It was a privilege working with the Town of Culpeper,” said Patrick Maddox, CEO of SiteVision.  “They did a careful assessment of their needs and were highly professional to work with.  The result is an outstanding GIS system designed with the most recent features available.”  

SiteVision, Inc. ( is an Internet application development, consulting, design and hosting firm providing solutions for a broad spectrum of markets and industries, as well as for state, federal and international entities. Expertise includes custom, back-end dynamic applications, consulting to achieve unique goals, geographic information systems (GIS), content management systems, hosting services including, map and GIS application hosting, as well as custom and dedicated hosting solutions.  

SiteVision, Inc. participates in, or is available through, the following state and federal contracting vehicles: 

 The firm has its home office in Roanoke, VA, with sales offices in Charlottesville, VA and Miami, FL. 


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