Avoid legal issues reopening offices and return of employees

Bowie & Jensen, LLC presented the HOT Cooler Topic: Avoid legal issues reopening offices and return of employees

Bowie & Jensen reviewed how they have been advising their clients about the latest interpretation of federal government rules, pertaining to:

Liability issues to consider when deciding whether to reopen (after orders are lifted) that affect both your customers and employees

Download presentation here: Bowie & Jensen, LLC, Avoid legal issues reopening offices and return of employees, NMTC Water Cooler, 05.21.2020

SC&H Group, Will the looming PPP Forgiveness become your Nightmare? NMTC Water Cooler

The SC&H Group presented the HOT Cooler Topic: Will the looming PPP Forgiveness become your Nightmare?

The SC&H group (James Eaton and Brian Kirst) expertly touched on:
Calculating your loan forgiveness, the guidelines to prevent confusion—and phone calls to your bank.
What’s best to track allowable expenses – spreadsheets, technology and your accountant.
Tax time – will there be complications with IRS Code Section 265 and deductions for “otherwise allowable expenses that are allowable to exempt income.”
Who will do and how will the audits be, and how to prepare?
What are the mechanisms to report the data required for forgiveness back to the bank.

Download SC&H presentation here: SC&H Group, Government Contractors and the Paycheck Protection Program, NMTC Water Cooler, 5.14.2020

NMTC Water Cooler – Look Professional, virtually – presented by enktesis, llc

Topic this week – How to Look Professional on Zoom (and other virtual platforms)

This weeks water cooler gave tips on how to look professional when video conferencing, Compliments of Marco Ciavolino, author of “Holding Effective Video Meetings”

Download presentations, here

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TechKey Virtual – Slate Enclave presents

Today’s NMTC TechKey Virtual topic– Securing your cyber workplace – home

was presented by Pete Alatzas, C|CISO, CISSP-ISSEP, GPEN, CEHv7
Partner, Slate Enclave, www.slateenclave.com, and Michael Bowen, Praxis Engineering

The duo expertly explained, and at the level and jargon we all understood, on what to know and where to beware of common pitfalls and challenges that we have to deal with, along with ways to mitigate their risk, as we introduce (knowingly but more so, unknowingly) IoT into your daily work and home lives.

The Outline of the Presentation was:

    • Issues and Challenges
    • Results of Weak Security
    • What Can You Do??

Pete has taken his 20years of Cyber and Engineering experience in the DoD, Intelligence Community, Healthcare, Law Firms, Accounting Firms and Private Industry and started Slate to help organizations comply with Information Security requirements while allowing business processes to continue without interruption.

Download his presentation here SLATE_PRAXIS_IOT_Brief_v2

TechKey Now Virtual- CMIT presents

Our monthly, in-person TechKey Cafes have now become TechKey Talks presented virtually.  Still the informal sharing of solutions providing the ‘key’ that eliminates/reduces problems using technology – at work, at home, and personal use. They help you solve the annoying, perplexing ‘speed-bumps’, dead-ends in the use of, or hesitancy to purchase new technology and products.

The TOPIC this week was: Working Remotely & Securely, NOW! (see below to download presentation)NMTC – CMIT Solutions and Cyber Trust Alliance – Tech Talk April 23, 2020

This informative session was presented by the experts at CMIT Solutions on best practices for protecting your networks, information, and communications in the current environment where COVID-19 has changed the way we live our day-to-day lives and heightened the need for enhanced protection as we navigate new IT territory.

Security experts consider signing in to sensitive office networks with public Wi-Fi or unsecured network connections akin to “swimming in shark-infested waters”—it’s only a matter of time before you get bit. Always use private, password-protected Wi-Fi networks to work from home, and talk to a trusted IT provider about setting up a VPN that can minimize the risk to devices and data.


Key questions answered during the presentation

  • Did you send the work laptop home with employee?
  • Was that laptop updated before you sent it home?
  • Does the laptop have full cybersecurity agents running and are they up to date?
  • Do you have remote support for your users?
  • Have you implemented VPN?
  • Have you implemented multi-factor authentication?
  • Are you using cloud services vs having remote access to your servers?
  • If any of the answers is NO, how will you remediate.
  • If you are working remotely and need to collaborate, what tool are you using?

Our Presenters
Combine the best of both worlds: every CMIT office is independently owned and operated, while still being backed by a nationwide network of more than 200 locations and 750 technicians, who come from Fortune 500 backgrounds, quickly, for you, scaling big company support down to your office, user and device.

Download the presentation, NMTC – CMIT Solutions and Cyber Trust Alliance – Tech Talk April 23, 2020

NMTC Water Cooler – New Direction

The Water Cooler took on a new direction, adding a specific topic of high interest to the already urgent topics.
SPECIAL THIS WEEK – Todd Marks, founder, CEO Mindgrub Technologies updates us on his organization’s creation of Maryland’s RELIEF WIZARD, the go to place for COVID-19 business help, helping you understand which options are relevant for your organization, streamlining the process your particular business.


To assist NMTC members in the unanticipated directive to work remotely, almost entirely, from home, we created this virtual meeting space to share what works best. We chose the Water Cooler name, as it’s an historical metaphor of camaraderie and communication.  Now, it’s virtual with the intent for its participants to focus on specific topics of urgent importance, asking/answering questions and contributing to the ‘cooler’, by

  • Asking questions, getting answers, solving problems
  • Becoming/staying connected
  • Contributing to conquering the challenges at hand

These facilitated sessions we’ll collaborate to share/solve challenges and become stronger organizations.

Dates for NMTC Virtual Water Cooler, Thursday’s, 2:00-3:15PM (EST), sign on to EACH NMTC VIRTUAL WATER COOLER at:
March 26, 2020 Click HERE
April 02, 2020 Click HERE
April 09, 2020 Click HERE
April 16, 2020 Click HERE
April 16, Special  update on Maryland’s RELIEF WIZARD for business
April 23, 2020 Click HERE
April 30, 2020 Click HERE
May 07, 2020 Click HERE
May 14, 2020 Click HERE


NMTC 9th Annual Visionary Awards Honors 11

Northeastern Maryland Technology Council (NMTC) Honors Visionary Awardees for 2020

Front row: L to R: Cyrus Etemad-Moghadam, Innovator, RPM Tech; Jill Orsini, Innovator, Bel Air Middle School; Mikale Brutus, Rising Star, US Army CCDC; Cathy Perkins, Mentor, US Army ATEC; Lyle Sheldon, Visionary, UM Upper Chesapeake Heath

Back row: L to R: Tami Imbierowicz, Leader, Harford Community College; Dr. Richard Becker, Mentor, US Army ARL (retired); Mark Mortenson, Leader, Clene Nanomedicine; Brian Leftridge, Rising Star, US Army CCDC; Dr. Timothy Kluchinsky, Mentor, US Army Public Health Center; Davlyn Williams, Mentor, DSA, Inc

 A select group of Marylander’s received the prestigious Visionary Award on February 27, 2020, for their contributions in building our Workforce for The Future and advancing technology and innovation to grow our economy and protect national security. The ceremony is the largest of its kind in Maryland, held at the Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood, MD, now in its 9th year. Attending were leaders in industry, government, and education.

“We honor remarkable people who continue to play key roles in moving our region forward in the areas of STEM education and technology,” said NMTC Board Chair, Claudine Adams, President/Founder, Bravura Information Technology Systems. “These are individuals who selflessly donate their time and talents to make a difference in our community.”

We also thank our sponsors who gave tremendous support in making this our most successful awards gala to date, especially our top level sponsors ($3,000 +): Harford Community College (9 years supporting), Bravura (4 years supporting) and DSA, INC.(2 years supporting), and University of MD Upper Chesapeake Health















Pulling it all together is yet another creative summary yearbook in our series of many, with some saying, the more creative to date. An anaglyphic cover showcasing the new Aberdeen location for the University of MD Upper Chesapeake Heath buildings. Perfectly viewed with 3D glasses. Creative by Marco Ciavolino, enktesis








NMTC Visionary Awards Theme Announced – The Future In Focus

Join us in re-making history at the 9th annual Visionary Awards, 27Feb2020, as we again use interesting technology, this time anaglyphic techniques, in our Awards ceremony, for the collectable Yearbook containing honoree bio’s and photos.

UM Upper Chesapeake Health Care is the sponsor.

Anaglyph 3D is the stereoscopic 3D effect achieved by means of encoding each eye’s image using filters of different (usually chromatically opposite) colors, typically red and cyan. Anaglyph 3D images contain two differently filtered colored images, one for each eye. When viewed through the “color-coded” “anaglyph glasses”, each of the two images reaches the eye it’s intended for, revealing an integrated stereoscopic image. The visual cortex of the brain fuses this into the perception of a three-dimensional scene or composition.

Created by enktesis