TechKey – CMMC Update

June 17, 2020
Ready for CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification)?

June 17 TechKey was an informative session presented by the experts at Cyber Trust Alliance and CMIT Solutions on the latest details and updates on the evolving CMMC – Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification as it affects ALL DoD contractors, their subs and others doing business with the federal government. They transmitted what is coming out of DoD, and translated it for you to know expectations for compliance.

Quick review of CMMC
It builds upon existing guidance ( DFARS 252.204-7012, “Safeguarding Covered Defense Information and Cyber Incident Reporting,” and NIST SP 800-171, “Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations.”) by introducing additional standards (Five levels of increasing complexity) that transition away from the current self-reporting approach, to a new paradigm involving an independent verification process with defined risk considerations based on scope and requirements of specific DoD contracts (primes and their sub-contractors)

Our Presenters
CMIT Solutions support services provides solid IT support to small and medium-sized businesses, specializing in delivering enterprise-level support worthy of a Fortune 500 company – at a price a small to medium-sized business can appreciate.  With each office backed by a nationwide network of more than 200 locations and 750 technicians – from Fortune 500 backgrounds, they quickly scale big company support down to your business, user and device.

TechKey Talks, now virtually, focus monthly on the latest things the NMTC Tech Team are learning that will help you to succeed no matter where you work, even working remotely.

DOWNLOAD presentations here:

Copy of CMMC NIST SP800-171 Comparison Template CMMC_ModelMain_V1.02_20200318CMMC_ModelMain_V1.02_20200318CMMC updatesCMMC NIST SP800-171 Comparison Template

NMTC/Bravura Scholarship Winners Announced

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NMTC/ Bravura Awards $40,000 Scholarships to Women In STEM

The Northeastern Maryland Technology Council (NMTC), through the generosity and commitment of Bravura Information Technology Systems, and their founder Claudine Adams, awarded eight recipients NMTC/Bravura Women in STEM Scholarships for 2020; the program now in its third year.

This unique annual program of eight $5000 scholarships, was open to women graduating from Harford and Cecil County Maryland public schools, pursuing a four-year degree in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) based on a rigorous eligibility process, they were awarded as follows:

  • Scholarships to graduating women from the Harford County public schools.
  • Scholarships to graduating women from Cecil County public schools.
  • Scholarships to graduating women whose parent is an NMTC member.

The scholarship program will again accept nominees, Jan 2021 at
https://nmtc.org/bravura-nmtc-scholarship/

 

 

Water Cooler – Avoid legal issues reopening offices and return of employees

May 21, 2020
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

Water Cooler – Will the looming PPP Forgiveness become your Nightmare? NMTC Water Cooler

May 14, 2020

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

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

April 30, 2020

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

ENKT-Online Meetings Supplement-v05

ENKT-Online Meetings Presentation-NMTC-v06

TechKey Virtual – Securing Your (New) Cyber Workplace Home

April 30, 2020

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

Water Cooler – Working Remotely and Securely in Covid

April 23, 2020

TOPIC: Working Remotely & Securely, NOW!

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. Encourage your employees to help with cybersecurity by being vigilant for phishing attempts and taking extra measures to protect their computers, their digital identities, and their information.

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.

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. (see below CMIT Solutions description)

Key questions answered were:

  • 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
In today’s fast-paced digital world, every business relies on solid IT support. CMIT Solutions support services provides this solid IT support to small and medium-sized businesses, specializing in delivering enterprise-level support worthy of a Fortune 500 company – at a price a small to medium-sized business can appreciate.

Even better, they 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.

TechKey Now Virtual- Working Remotely and Securly

April 23, 2020
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

Water Cooler – Mindgrub Explains New MD Relief Wizard

April 16, 2020
SPECIAL THIS WEEK – Todd Marks, founder, CEO Mindgrub Technologies updated 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.
 
The Water Cooler, where NMTC members and guests focus on specific topics of urgent importance, asking/answering questions and contributing to the ‘cooler’. We use Zoom Conference.
 
Click HERE for business help from federal, state and counties and what NMTC members are doing to archive results from previous Virtual Water Coolers, and more
 
NMTC VIRTUAL WATER COOLER
The Water Cooler, an historical symbol of camaraderie and communication is now virtual with the intent for its participants to:
  • Ask questions, get answers, solve problems
  • Become/stay connected
  • Contribute to the challenges at hand
Additional business survival resources at https://nmtc.org/cooler/

For the next few weeks, we will focus on “Mastering A Virtual Workforce”, and providing information on available resources and funding options brought about by COVID-19 restrictions. These facilitated sessions we’ll collaborate to share/solve challenges and become stronger organizations. Areas covered will include:

People side
Policies working for you
Monitoring performance
Technology side
Communication tools
Virtual work Observations
Financial side
Unexpected costs/benefits
Process side
Collaboration tools that help
Maintaining accountability
Motivation in a virtual environment
Other