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Securing Remote Work Access

As the world continues adjusting to life in the age of COVID-19, many organizations that are able to perform work remotely have enabled their workforces to do so. With this dramatic increase in “remote” workers, it’s important for organizations and their employees to maintain a proactive security posture. Connecting to organizational networks from personal devices such as laptops, tablets and smart phones can introduce a variety of risks. Cyber criminals are well-aware of the mass migration to remote work and ...

Increase in Cyber-Attacks during the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic continues to intensify across the globe, criminals are ramping up their phishing and fraud efforts, often masked as COVID-19 updates, donation platforms, and related phone apps. Especially in times of crisis, cyber-attackers latch their messaging onto the latest news or media sensation and pretend to be a valid source of information or outreach. Once engaged with these fraudulent means (emails, phone calls, texts, or social media/internet links), criminals aim to steal your money, by deploying malware ...

QED National Helps NYC CTE Prepare Students for their IT Job Search

The NYC Department of Education’s Career and Technology Education (CTE) IT Commission recently hosted a panel discussion to inform educators and CTE administrators about IT hiring trends and recruiting practices. The purpose of the panel was to provide educators with this relevant knowledge, enabling them to best assist students in their pursuit to standout as emerging IT professionals. Panel members were represented by a variety of industry perspectives, from start-up leaders and higher education scholars, to QED National’s very own ...

Increase to $500K for NYC M/WBE Noncompetitive Small-Purchase Now Active!

After a rigorous approval process, the City of New York’s renewed and significantly expanded diversity participation law is now active. City agencies have started using a portion of this law which increased the City’s Noncompetitive Small-Purchase amount from a limit of $150,000 per contract to $500,000 per contract. This significant increase enables City certified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) to more efficiently transact business with the City of New York, bringing the City closer to its diversity goals ...

QED National Annual Kick-Off Recap

At the beginning of each year, after the excitement of the holidays finally subsides and regular work schedules resume, QED National organizes a New Year’s Kick-Off event for all its consultants and corporate staff. This important event invites everyone who works under the QED National banner an opportunity to come together and celebrate. And with all the accomplishments of 2019 – successful engagements and partnerships, diverse expansion of critical projects and solutions – there’s been a lot to celebrate.

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Automation: How Will It Affect the IT Labor Market?

Technology today is advancing at an unprecedented rate, pushing newer technologies and more efficient hardware, software and technical services into the marketplace faster than ever, revolutionizing the operation of major industries and the way we live on a daily basis. When artificial intelligence, machine learning, automation, and robotics are mentioned in public or private discourse, there’s often uncertainty, and sometimes fear. Fear of job replacement which can snowball into eventual unemployment or worse. Fear that your career and life could ...

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 ...