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Phishing Attacks: Proven Protections Against the Endless Threat

Everyday we’re bombarded with messages on various platforms, from emails to voicemails and texts. Has someone ever contacted you pretending to be someone else, someone that you know or should know? Maybe they were acting as a potential employer or a current colleague. Maybe they were acting as a car salesman you recently visited, or a clerk at a clothing store where you just shopped. And maybe for a split second the impersonator had you convinced, ready to click a ...

Is Your Search for the Purple Squirrel Really Worth It?

When you diligently search for something, or someone, that you’re persistently unable to find, it hurts. This pain rings true across a score of scenarios, and it’s no different for hiring managers. Is your organization having a tough time finding its desired candidates? You may be on the long, circuitous road of looking for a purple squirrel. But how would you know this is the chase you’re on?

It’s enticing to pursue the purple squirrel. The idea of finding the perfect ...

City of New York’s M/WBE Program Triumphant in Passage of New Participation Laws

Approved by New York State Legislature in mid-June, a package of bills recently signed into law overwhelmingly expands New York’s Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Program. The most celebrated term of these laws includes an ample increase for the City’s M/WBE Noncompetitive Small-Purchase to $500,000 per procurement (previously $150K for NYC agencies). Championed by political leaders such as NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and prominent M/WBE business owners such as QED National President Colleen Molter, the new diversity law ...

Hiring Techniques: Do They Attract or Repel the Talent You Seek?

To adapt to the demands of a tight labor market, it is smart to consider certain adjustments. Organizations lose some of the best talent in their recruiting pool to competitors who move quicker and keep candidates more engaged throughout the entire hiring process.

According to recent studies, the United States industry with the longest delays in their hiring cycle averaged 53 days to select a candidate, whereas the median across industries and countries was 23 days. In the current labor market, ...

QED National Gains Valuable Insight from Check Point’s ‘CPX 360’ Summit in Miami

Last month, cyber security leader Check Point Software Technologies hosted one of its premier conferences in Miami, Fl. As an official Check Point reseller, QED National was pleased to attend the super-yacht affair. CPX 360 (Miami) illuminated threat prevention strategies and best practices, offering pivotal insight into artificial intelligence capabilities, Internet-of-Things vulnerabilities, and Cyber Security Generation V. Brought to dozens of cities across the world each year, CPX 360 connects cyber/information security experts to demystify industry trends and ...

QED National President Colleen Molter Teaches Small Business Owners How to Do Business with Government Agencies

You just started a small business and want to know how to differentiate yourself. Or maybe you’ve been in business for a while and want to expand. The learning curve for all business owners, especially small business owners, is a never-ending exercise of determination, focus and execution. After 26 years as the President of QED National, Colleen Molter knows this all too well.

It’s one reason why she decided to accept the City of New York’s invitation to assist the NYC ...

Effectively Supporting Clients and Candidates in an Increasingly Competitive Job Market

Across the country we are currently experiencing an extremely competitive job market for technical expertise, which can make hiring appropriately skilled resources a challenge. In the recruiting industry, the trend known as “ghosting” describes the occurrence of candidates or recruiters leaving the other at the altar, breaking their various commitments to one another without any communication. Examples include recruiting firms failing to follow up with candidates on job submissions or client feedback, and candidates dismissing confirmed client interviews or project ...

Mayor Bill de Blasio Aims to Raise M/WBE Noncompetitive Small Purchase to $1 Million

New York, NY—On March 21, early in the afternoon, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his plan to convince New York State legislatures to help raise the City’s Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Noncompetitive Small Purchase vehicle to a ceiling of $1 Million. This would substantially eclipse the current vehicle’s spending limit of $150,000 per purchase.

“We’ve made big strides investing in minority and women-owned businesses,” de Blasio says, “We can go even further with Albany’s help.”

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Posted on March 29, 2019 at 10:12 am in Press Releases

QED National’s Colleen Molter participates in NYC DoITT Event to Bridge Communications between M/WBEs and NYC Government Entities

Colleen Molter and Uche Ojeh Represent the M/WBE GovTek Coalition at NYC DoITT M/WBE Event

In the burgeoning landscape of the trillion dollar tech industry, saturated with ambitious venture capital start-ups and aggressive multinational corporations, where is the real-estate for Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE)? The terrain may appear rocky and isolating, but like Founder of QED National Colleen Molter has proven over the last 25 years as the IT consulting firm’s trailblazing President, it’s not ...

COLLEEN MOLTER RECOGNIZED FOR DISTINGUISHED NYC PUBLIC SERVICE!

NEW YORK, January 24, 2018 —Colleen Molter, President of QED National, to be honored as a recipient of City and State’s “50 over 50” award.

The “50 over 50” award recognizes the most distinguished public servants in New York City who have committed decades of their life to making New York City a better place. The award ceremony will be held in Ainsworth Park on Monday, January 29, 2018. Honorees include New York’s most prominent leaders in government, business and media ...

US-CERT Releases Advanced Persistent Threat Activity Targeting Energy and Other Critical Infrastructure Sectors

The entire report, published on October 20, can be found at https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA17-293A

DHS provides an overview:

This joint Technical Alert (TA) is the result of analytic efforts between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This alert provides information on advanced persistent threat (APT) actions targeting government entities and organizations in the energy, nuclear, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors. Working with U.S. and international partners, DHS and FBI identified victims in these sectors. This report ...

QED National Sponsors 2017 NYC Digital Forum

QED National is proud to be a corporate sponsor of this year’s NYC Technology Forum. The Forum takes place at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, and runs from November 1st through November 2nd. Timely key topics of discussion include Cyber Security, Data Analytics, Smart Communities and IoT, Cloud Computing, IT Procurement, and more. Look for QED National at Booth T77. We hope to see you there.

QED National is a ...

QED National Attends NYS MWBE Forum

This year’s forum, entitled Transformation 2017, is the largest statewide business event for minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBE). The event provides attendees with the opportunity to explore new markets and create new relationships that lead to business growth.

In 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo created unprecedented opportunities for the MWBE community. New York State’s small businesses are winning larger contracts, creating more jobs, entering new markets and fueling the New York State economy.

QED National is a trusted IT advisor ...

QED National Joins Women in Transportation as Corporate Partner

QED National has joined the Greater New York Chapter of Women in Transportation as a corporate partner. Founded in 1977, WTS’s mission is to develop relationships that foster professional development, education, mentoring, networking and diversity in order to prepare all its members for leadership success in the 21st century.

QED National is a certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) and a trusted IT advisor to both public and private sector customers. Headquartered in New York City with offices in Albany, NY, QED ...

Albany Lunch and Learn – October 12

QED National looks forward to attending a Lunch and Learn at Angelo’s 677 Prime in Albany on October 12th. The event is hosted by Information Builders, who will provide a brief presentation about their award-winning BI and Data Quality solutions over a scrumptious complimentary lunch.

Attendees will learn how to:

Deliver reports, dashboards, and real-time analytics to a wider group of users Leverage smart algorithms to automatically create useful content and natural language charts See data more clearly, using advanced visualizations Ensure the quality ...