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Water Cooler March 4, 2021: Three Magic Things of Cybersecurity

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On March 04, 2021, Brian Dykstra, CEO of Atlantic Data Forensics, Inc., with over 25 years’ experience in investigations, computer forensics, incident response, and secure network architecture and his company, an internationally recognized company handling hundreds of forensic investigations and data breaches each year for clients in the US, presented the most valuable tips for us to stay safe in the cyber world.

The basis for his presentation centered around Cyber Crime- one of the greatest threats to every business, and the pandemic has increased the threat 400% as noted recently by the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center- IC(3). The impacts to the financial health of the company, reputation, and ability to operate can be catastrophic if not handled well from the time of the incident identification. Brian reviewed some recent cases during the pandemic that employers have faced and how they handled the situation.

His solution is: “Be Proactive, Prepare For The New Threats”

  • Ransomware is an Evolving Threat that Now Exploits the New Normal Brought on by the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Organizations with Newly Remote Workers are at Heightened Risk
  • Enterprises can Deploy “Three Magic Things,” which will Significantly Reduce Their Risk of a Cyber Incident at Little to No Cost

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The event was sold out, a combination of topic and speaker

With all the news about foreign actors hacking into our most secure corporate networks, and spying on us through other media, we must up our game working at home to stay safe. Fortunately, the National Security Agency because of all these threats, recently released guidance on how to secure your work at home office from cyber threats.

Many of the helpful guide are listed below to download/

We thank our speaker:
Michael O’Leary, Ph.D., Professor & Chair, Math Dept at Towson University, and author, Cyber Operations: Building, Defending, and Attacking Modern Computer Networks, who explained what the NSA recommends, how to apply them to your work-at-home-office, and why they are so critical to you, and your employer, even if your employer has already secured your office

Securing a Home Network

Updating and Upgrading Software

Collaboration and Video Conferencing Solutions

Securing your web browser

Multi-Factor Authentication

Want more? Do you have questions about mobile devices, social media, location data exposure, or identity theft?

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Our Presenters
Basalmo, Stewart, Lutters and Ruth CPA’s in Bel Air MD are Certified Public Accountants and Consultants serving Harford County, Cecil County, and central Maryland, and specifically, many in our local defense and private industry. Presenting with be two of the firm’s principles; Margaret Ruth and Brian Lutters.


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Computer fraud
This Water Cooler’s ‘Hot Cooler Topic”, warned us on how vulnerable we are to the ever changing mix of the prominent, eight intrusions into our computing system, and while some are annoying when caught early, others become catastrophic if not.

This was a non-technical, data-driven discussion with topics including:

  1. 32,002 security incidents from 74 security firms (Akamai to US Secret Service)
  2. Quick and inexpensive security wins
  3. Finding your organization’s security comfort level
  4. Security priorities by industry focusing on known risks
  5. Helping top management make security decisions
  6. A quick overview County and State training grants for Maryland businesses

The host used their GoToWebinar platform to share the presentation available for download, after your sign in to their platform, at .

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The  Presenter was Maury Weinstein, System Source Co-Founder, who is always passionate about avoiding $ losses, as he shared the wisdom acquired from his 38 years managing thousands of workstations and servers.

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Information, intelligence, and concepts that will position a company for long term success as the Covid-19 turmoil plays out.  Highly educational in nature, but more importantly, well-thought out, with their client proven concepts, highly actionable.

DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION  – pdfPositioning-To-Win.pdf

Thanks Gant Global for your support

Presented By:
Michael Augerinos
Regional Director of Business Development, Cogent Analytics

Michael is a Regional Director for Cogent Analytics, helping hundreds Gantof small business owners become more efficient, profitable, and most importantly, improving their quality of life! He will share their concept of the 4 pillar, a tailored solution that has supported growth and empowered owners to make informed business decisions. 

Stuart Wilkins
A fellow Marylander, with years in both the MD Department of the Environment, overseeing all business operations, and the MD Transit Administration overseeing business operations for the Purple Line, he now focuses on educating small business owners on how to improve operations, sales, personnel, measurements, which all impacts profits.

resized SPONSOR BANNER 3X5 10.20 300x180The 13th Annual NMTC Tournament supporting the Northeastern Maryland Tech Council, its Women In Stem Scholarships, Technology for Kids, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford & Cecil Counties was finally held Nov 02, after three postponements  – two COVID regulations related and one rain-out. Finally, almost 80 players turned out for sunny, but very windy day, making it well attended event. See Foursome 

NEW this year was a Barrow of Cheer (Wine & Spirits) Raffle, won by Randy Rippin, RTR Technologies, who kindly donated the majority of his winnings back to NMTC for  inclusion in our June 07, 2021 GOLF4STEM Tournament, basket.

The Winning team, with a low net of 61, was Team NextGen Federal Systems, also our tournament sponsor.
Additional contest winners were:
Closet to the pin – men, was Clark Dutterer, SURVICE Engineering
Longest Drive – men, was Don Hutchins, on Randy Siler’s team
Longest Drive – women was, Kelly Koemer, Harford Community College

Thanks to our sponsors who make this tournament a great fundraiser for our Women in STEM programs

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