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December 21, 2009

Message from Barry on Intense School

For everyone following the Intense School / Vigilar story. Wanted to make sure you saw this comment from Barry:

Barry Kaufman commented on Are the Vigilar / Intense School instructors getting paid? - The Ashimmy Blog:
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
There are a lot of you and so I am writing this to you all at once. On Wednesday I was cut off of email at Vigilar, and then laid off on Friday. Vigilar is shutting its doors, the senior management pursued several different avenues to save the whole business, but was unsuccessful. As I understand it there were many factors that led to the company’s demise but ultimately the combination of a very tight (capricious even) credit market along problems in our other business units led to this outcome. When a merger agreement fell apart several weeks ago the senior (controlling) creditors of Vigilar elected to shut the business down. They closed Vigilar's product business 2 weeks ago, and then decided this past Friday to shut down the Intense School, instead of continuing with a solution to keep Intense School alive. I am very sorry that this has happened; Intense School, although just a brand of Vigilar for the last 4.5 years, has been a very important part of many of our lives; while we fought hard to keep it alive, what has happened has been beyond my control.
As I am no longer an employee of Vigilar, I cannot advise you on AP issues, but suggest that if you have AP remaining, contact AP@vigilar.com.
We who have been laid off at Vigilar are exploring options to reconstitute Intense School or something similar, and hope to be back in business delivering training in January.
I am sorry to deliver this message before the holidays. The affect this has on all the loyal and talented folks involved in Intense School pains me far worse than my own predicament. I can only hope that we all speedily recover, and find a strong path to follow in the New Year.
Barry Kaufman, CISSP, MCSE, QSA, ITIL


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