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

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.
 

Water Cooler – Covid-19 Navigation

March 26, 2020

NMTC VIRTUAL WATER COOLER
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

WATER COOLER – Introduced

March 26, 2020

NMTC VIRTUAL WATER COOLER
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