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The Importance of Human Element in Fighting Cyber Crime


In Today’s PICNIC episode, we are pleased to welcome Joy Beland, President at Pink Hat Technology Management.

Since starting her consulting practice in 1997, Joy’s ability to develop solid and creative technology solutions has brought efficiency and affordability to small and medium businesses alike. Joy began her consulting practice with Hebrew Union College (HUC), for eight years. In her first role as Network Administrator (1997-2004), Joy single-handedly supported five servers and 105 computers. As Joy added more technicians to her team, it enabled her to focus on securing more small business clients, obtain Microsoft Certifications, and align LA IT Girl with the industry’s most notable vendor partners. Her extensive experience in implementing business plans, setting and achieving project goals, and developing workflow processes while utilizing the most efficient technology has resulted in bringing far more to the table than just creative technology solutions.

Picking up momentum in early 2015, Joy’s focus shifted to cyber security. Her philosophy is that offering protection and peace of mind to her clients is paramount, and continues LA IT Girl’s tradition of secure and reliable network support. Joy obtained her Security + certification and trained with the FBI on Ethical Hacking, as well as testing and implementing layers of cyber protection for her own business and her clients.

To address the cybersecurity needs of the community, Joy created Pink Hat Technology Management, a division of LA IT Girl, Inc., to offer security solutions to small and medium business owners in 2016. Joy has gained national attention for her thought leadership in cyber security solutions for small and medium-sized businesses, as she focuses intently on accident response, proactive training, and the best way to communicate gaps in vulnerability with her clients. Joy’s individualized network planning, strict attention to detail, concise communication, and service loyalty make her a well-respected and sought-after IT partner.

In today’s episode, we will discuss:
• Security awareness
• Staff training
• Employees skills
• Network health
• Reputation and Dollar saving

Has your company turned you into a social engineering lab rat?




In this PICNIC episode, we welcome Arun Vishwanath to talk about The Psychology of Users Falling for Social Engineering Tactics.  The host is Greg Mooney.

Arun Vishwanath, Ph.D., MBA, is Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo and Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. 

Arun’s research focuses on the “people problems” of cyber security. His particular interest is in understanding why organizational insiders willingly exfiltrate sensitive organizational data, why people become unintentional insiders by falling prey to social engineering attacks, and on ways we can harness this understanding to secure cyber space 

His research has been presented at leading outlets from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab to the U.S. Army Cyber Institute at West Point and BlackHat.

Arun has authored more than two-dozen peer reviewed research papers on the science of cyber security and is a frequent CNN opinion contributor. His work has been cited in leading outlets from Scientific American to Wired Magazine

During today’s episode, we will discuss topics such as election hacking, social engineering and so much more.

Join us on Thursday November 9 at 3:00 pm ET!

PowerShell, what and why?



In Today’s PICNIC episode, our host Greg Mooney welcomes Adam Bertram and his guests Jeffrey Hicks and Michael Greene. We'll be having a discussion, in a roundtable format, on the "whats" and "whys" of this popular scripting language.

A little bit about our guests:

Adam Bertram is Chief Automator at Adam the Automator LLC. He is an automation engineer, blogger, independent consultant, freelance writer, author, trainer, and presenter. Adam focuses on DevOps, system management, and automation technologies as well as various cloud platforms. He is a Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP, a passionate learner and efficiency nerd that enjoys teaching others a better way to leverage automation. You can find Adam at is adamtheautomator.com blog, LinkedIn or on Twitter at @adbertram.

Jeffery Hicks is an IT veteran with over 25 years of experience, much of it spent as an IT infrastructure consultant specializing in Microsoft server technologies with an emphasis in automation and efficiency. He is a multi-year recipient of the Microsoft MVP Award. He works today as an independent author, teacher and consultant. Jeff has taught and presented on PowerShell and the benefits of automation to IT Pros worldwide. Jeff has authored and co-authored a number of books, writes for numerous online sites and print publications, is a contributing editor at Petri.com, a Pluralsight author, and a frequent speaker at technology conferences and user groups.

Michael Greene is a Principal Program Manager at Microsoft and is lead program manager for the Desired State Configuration (DSC) product. Michael is also co-lead for Azure DSC, and community manager for Azure Security & Operations Management Services.

During today’s roundtable, our host and guests will cover questions every IT pro has:

  • Top three reasons to why someone would want to learn PowerShell
  • The biggest blocker that prevents more people from using PowerShell
  • The most rewarding story heard from an IT professional that had adopted PowerShell
  • Microsoft action plan to work with the community