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May 2020

Ransomware – Tales from the Trenches

May 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

Get prepared for a ransomware attack! About the presentation: Mandiant will discuss the current landscape as it relates to ransomware, present real-world case studies, and provide guidance on incident preparedness for organizations facing this threat. • Ransomware overview• Common infection vectors• Ransomware deployment trends• Recovery from ransomwareParticipants will walk away better prepared to address a potential ransomware attack in the future and will gain a deepened knowledge on how ransomware threat actors operate.About the Presenters: Manny Jean-Georges leads the Boston-based…

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Introduction to Project Management

May 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Tech Collective understands the power of collective collaboration and together, with our Committees, has drafted a plan to support you. Project Management is one of the most important disciplines in business today. Companies run projects all the time, but many projects go over budget; are delivered late; and/or don’t meet customer expectations. Project Management provides processes, tools and techniques which improve how projects are defined, planned and executed so they can achieve their intended goal. Participants will receive a general…

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June 2020

Getting Back to Business – Employee Centric Strategies Summit

June 4 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am EDT
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As the state begins to outline plans to reopen the economy, this summit will address some of the new challenges businesses will face to keep employees healthy and safe as they gradually return to work. Register here for this free virtual summit The next in PBN’s series of COVID-19 Virtual Summits will provide expert advice in the following areas: Behavioral Health  – Maintaining employee well-being and a positive work environment Human Resources – Internal policies for workplace common areas, staggering shifts/scheduling, social…

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A Holistic Data Strategy: Answering Tomorrow’s Questions

June 4 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm EDT

A Holistic Data Strategy: Answering Tomorrow’s Questions It seems we are asking more questions in business than we ever have before. How do I measure employee productivity from home? Which corporate initiatives do I abandon, and which do I spin up to maximize revenue? How do I cut costs without cutting to the bone?Most businesses are content to apply data to answer these questions as they arise. But today’s constantly shifting business landscape requires a more proactive approach. With a…

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COVID Testing Town Hall Meeting

June 4 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

COVID Testing Town Hall Meeting Dr Jake Kurtis and Dr Angela Caliendo lead the Rhode Island's "COVID-19 Testing and Validation Task Force" and have offered to talk about COVID testing and related topics. Check out this “COVID Testing Town Hall Meeting” to learn about;The three types of tests that are available (molecular detection of viral RNA, antigen detection, and serology).Testing impact on return to work.The importance of social distancing, hand washing, wearing masks and cleaning surfaces regularly.Identifying symptomatic patients, testing,…

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Onboarding and Employee Engagement in A Virtual Environment

June 10 @ 1:10 pm - 1:40 pm EDT

We will review current best practices for onboarding and engaging employees within a virtual environment. Given the immense opportunity to use this period of change to capitulate growth, Chris Hughes will provide firsthand accounts of how IT leaders in Southern New England are excelling operationally: including how Agile organizations are finding success and how some organizations have quickly built a positive employee culture while nearly switching overnight to a predominately remote workforce.We will review current best practices for onboarding and…

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Data Ethics related to COVID-19

June 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

This discussion will be centered on the ethical implications of data using examples from the current worldwide pandemic. As we continue our data ethics conversations, we are presented with a pandemic that provides us with rich examples of the ethical challenges that can arise when working with and making important decisions with data. This discussion will be centered on the ethical implications of data using examples from the current worldwide pandemic. We will host a conversation with data experts and…

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Open Source Security Tool Training

June 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT

How to Make a PiHole Are you sick of seeing so many ads on web pages while you surf the internet at home? Worry about malware coming into your home network? Using a PiHole can eliminate a lot of that traffic. A PiHole is built with a Raspberry Pi, a small and inexpensive computer that you can buy from multiple sources for $40 or less. Dan and Dan will walk us through how to build one, install it on our…

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How to “Do-It-All” with WordPress: Advice on Managing Your Website

June 16 @ 10:10 am - 10:40 am EDT

WordPress is much more than just a blogging tool, which explains why it is the most widely used CMS platform out there today. WordPress is much more than just a blogging tool, which explains why it is the most widely used CMS platform out there today. While there are plenty of “out-of-the-box” templates and plugins to use, the amount of choices and customization options can be overwhelming. Learn how you can leverage WordPress with confidence with recommendations for commonly requested…

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Virtual Lean Coffee on Scrum

June 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

From the Lean Coffee website, we learn that “Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. During our meeting in January we learned what a lean coffee was, for this meeting we will focus on Scrum and we will use the technique to drive the conversation. From the Lean Coffee website, we learn that “Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive because the agenda for the…

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Where Do Projects Come From? And How Do They Come Together?

June 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Projects do not fall from the sky. They are the result of a process that results in projects that matter to people and companies. Projects do not fall from the sky. They are the result of a process that results in projects that matter to people and companies. During the first part of this session, we will explore how projects come to be and the role project management has in that process.During the second part of the presentation, we will…

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Cybersecurity Failures and Legal Liability

June 23 @ 10:10 am - 10:40 am EDT

This presentation will touch upon the most common types of cyber-attacks This presentation will touch upon the most common types of cyber-attacks that are occurring now. The presentation will also provide examples of the types of legal liability that may result from a failure to adequately protect data.What participants can expect to gain: A more comprehensive understanding of the need to protect data and the legal consequences that may result from a failure to properly protect data.About the Presenter: Attorney…

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Business Continuity: Critical Areas for Designing a Telework Solution

June 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Business Continuity: Critical Areas of Focus for Designing a Teleworker Solution. When business continuity plans are put in place, they are usually a response to unplanned events. In addition to enabling workers during a challenging time, how do we manage, deploy, and secure a new model of remote access? We’ll provide answers about what works (and what does not) when deploying remote solutions for workers.What participants can expect to gain: Candid and real-world perspectives on enabling a remote workforce.Who should…

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Navigating Face Masks and Customer Refusals

June 24 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am EDT

An understanding of how to handle employees or customers who refuse to wear a face mask. This presentation will review different state and local requirements regarding customers and employees wearing face coverings. Accommodation issues under ADA if someone has a medical condition which prevents them from wearing a face covering. Employee safety and OSHA issues at play when customers refuse to wear a face covering. Handling customer refusals in a safe way to minimize risk.About the Presenter: Karyn Rhodes brings…

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Ransomware Relief

June 30 @ 10:10 am - 10:40 am EDT

Tech Collective understands the power of collective collaboration and together, with our Committees, has drafted a plan to support you. Our agenda is below- What exactly is ransomware?- How does it get in?- What are the hacker's motivations?- How can I protect against ransomware?About the presenter:Carl Benevento, cyber security specialist, will be sharing his insight and experience in the realm of physical, social and cyber security concepts. Carl has 30 years of experience in technology and security.Carl’s hands on security…

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July 2020

Open Source Security Tool Training

July 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT

Domain Categorization with DomainCat This will be a virtual, online event. Link will be shared with those who RSVP.Domain Categorization is a useful tactic in helping secure your organization, but what is it, how does it work, and can it stop attacks against your organization? This talk will cover how domain categorization works and how to check categorizations on domains. For those on the red team side, we will look at how to get your domains categorized to bypass your…

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Dodging the Pitfalls of Data Failure

July 16 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm EDT

Data projects are a large investment, in terms of time and budget. Before you start, you want to ensure you are well-positioned to succeed. Data projects are a large investment, both in terms of time and budget. Before you start, you want to ensure you are well-positioned to succeed. But recent studies on the failure rate of data and analytics initiatives paint a grim picture. Depending on whom you ask, 70-90 percent of data projects fail to deliver on their…

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Introduction to Project Management Models

July 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

As part of the Introduction to Project Management series, this presentation provides an overview of project management models. As part of the Introduction to Project Management series, this presentation provides an overview of project management models. Project management models provide a system of practices, techniques, procedures, and rules to complete a project. During this session we will look at what project management models are and why we use them. During this session, I will provide an overview of the most…

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PCI overview – Payment Card Industry, do you take credit cards?

July 28 @ 10:10 am - 10:40 am EDT

An overview of PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) compliance and what you need to be properly prepared to take credit An overview of PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) compliance and what you need to be properly prepared to take credit cards at your business. How do you take credit cards at your business? Do you have a completed Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ)? About the Presenter: Doug Gerth: Doug has 24+ years of security related sales…

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August 2020

Project Management Series: Moving from Concepts to Concrete

August 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

This session will help provide a holistic, “big picture” framework for building successful projects. This will be a virtual, online event. Link will be shared with those who register. Event FocusAs part of the Introduction to Project Management series, this presentation provides an overview of some of the fundamental concepts underlying project management including the project life cycle, understanding the major phases of a project, the major process groups to be addressed and specific knowledge areas that are common to…

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