Category Archives: QED National News

MGC GovTek Event: Mayoral Candidates Vow Support for NYC M/WBEs

Elections for the next Mayor of the City of New York are quickly approaching, with the primaries set for June 22. Recently, at an event jointly organized by MGC GovTek and City & State, several Mayoral candidates expressed their strong support for the City of New York’s M/WBE program and diversity initiatives in the field of information technology. President of QED National Colleen Molter assisted in interviewing candidates along with the President of UAO Consulting Uche Ojeh, and City & ...

Preparing for a Virtual Interview

 

Over the last year, organizations have become more reliant than ever on teleconferencing as their primary way to conduct job interviews. According to Gartner, 86 percent of entities used video interviews, many of whom no longer rely on phone interviews whatsoever.. If you are a professional searching for new employment opportunities, it’s undeniably in your best interest to become comfortable using video conferencing software. Becoming fluent in the use of today’s most used video conferencing tools is a simple step ...

Recognizing and Celebrating Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month is personal to QED National. President and Founder of QED National Colleen Molter has led the firm as a certified Women-owned Business Enterprise (“WBE”) for nearly 28 years. Colleen’s career as an information technology leader has led the firm to earning significant contracts with Fortune 500 companies and State and Local Government agencies. Colleen’s passion for advocacy work positions her on a number of respected boards and councils. Most recently Colleen has focused her efforts on the ...

QED National President Earns NYC DOE Award for IT Commission

QED National is proud to announce that its President and Founder Colleen Molter was presented the “NYC CTE Champion of the Year” award by the New York City Department of Education CTE Program and the United Federation of Teachers for her trailblazing work as the chair of NYC Career and Technology Education’s (“NYC CTE”) IT Commission.

“This makes me smile,” Molter said, “I’m proud to be a part of the work that we’re doing in the program and believe we’re making ...

Basic Computer Security Helps Against Cyber Criminals

 

 

Knowing the basics goes a long way, especially when protecting your home network. Basic computer security is a practice of good cyber hygiene that addresses vulnerabilities where experienced cybercriminals continuously prey. Cybercriminals are relentless in their pursuit of accessing networks, systems and personal credentials. It’s been widely reported that the number of cyber-attacks in the public and private sectors have been on the rise for some time, reaching newer heights in 2021.

The Federal Trade Commission and Center for Internet Security ...

CISA Updates – Threat Activity in Microsoft Cloud

 

CISA has reported seeing post-compromise threat activity in Microsoft Cloud/Azure environments, identifying three key components of this advanced persistent threat:

Compromise / bypassing of federated identity solutions Use of forged authentication tokens to move laterally to Microsoft cloud environments Use of privileged access to a victim’s cloud environment to establish difficult-to-detect persistence mechanisms for Application Programming Interface (API)-based access.

In response, CISA is providing guidance on use of open-source tools, including a tool developed by CISA named Sparrow. This tool helps in the analysis ...

CISA Updates on SolarWinds Orion Cyber Incident

 

Over the last month, a largescale cyber incident affected over 18,000 federal government and private industry systems who utilize SolarWinds Orion technology. It has been confirmed that this Advanced Persistent Threat is primarily used for information-gathering activity.

The Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Administration (“CISA”) recently issued an update on their remediation progress, which includes a joint task force Cyber Unified Coordination Group (“UCG”) between CISA, ODNI and the FBI. The FBI operates as the investigation lead for the group.

CISA shared the following ...

Remote Networking Essential for Businesses and Individuals

 

 

For professionals, businesses, and job seekers alike, learning how to network remotely can be a major asset, especially during a time when in-person interactions are less feasible. There are a variety of reasons for, and avenues to, connecting virtually with fellow professionals or interacting with chosen organizations, without the need for a face-to-face interaction. Some may argue that nothing compares to face-to-face interactions when meeting someone or building a relationship, while others do not necessarily see the need for in-person ...

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Protection Against Cybercrime

This month marks the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (“CISA”) 17th annual cybersecurity awareness month, with each year proving more and more necessary to properly protect yourself and your organization from cyber threats.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigations, cybercrime totaled more than $3.5 billion in losses in 2019. Alarming statistics like this might leave you thinking, how did we get here?

With the rapid expansion of technology has come increased opportunity for cybercriminals to target and access a broad range ...

SBS Mentor Colleen Molter Details Doing Business with NYC

Whether you’ve recently started your small business or have an established practice, learning to do business with the City of New York is crucial. Despite the challenges presented to all by the pandemic, the City has pushed forward, continuing to offer beneficial resources and mentorship to these firms through the New York City’s Department of Small Business Services (“SBS”). QED National’s President and Founder Colleen Molter has collaborated with NYC SBS on many occasions, and most recently participated in a ...

MTA Commits to MWBE Community with Discretionary Spending

The MTA recently announced its continued commitment to the Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise (“M/WBE”) community, citing its $736 Million spend with M/WBE businesses during the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The MTA surpassed Governor Cuomo’s 30% discretionary spend goal for State contracts during this period, with a significant amount being in support of their IT initiatives. As a longstanding vendor of the MTA, the MTA’s press release cites QED National’s 64 assignments and $12.4 Million in awards since the start ...

NIST Phish Scale Prevents Potential Phishing Attacks

 

In today’s world, nearly everyone is aware of the potential dangers of unsafe emails, website scripts, and text/SMS messages which attempt to compromise your personal information via a multitude of tactics. One of the most common and effective methods used by today’s cybercriminals to steal your confidential information is phishing. Cybercriminals often employ phishing tactics by impersonating known entities –  pretending to be a person or entity you are most likely to provide sensitive information. Cybercriminals will provide links to ...

Enabling Environments for Greatness to Prosper

Whether you’re at home or at work, it’s important to be surrounded by people who push you to be your best and motivate you towards greatness. As much as greatness can be a singular pursuit, powered by the actions of an extremely determined individual, greatness often requires a conducive environment and a support system to cultivate and nurture it. At QED National, we firmly believe that, “team work makes the dream work.”

When you surround yourself with people who push you ...

Helpful Activities for IT Professionals During a Pandemic

You’re a technology professional and your current role has ended. Or maybe you’ve been looking for work for some time. Over three million unemployment claims have been filed since the onset of COVID-19 in the United States. How should you differentiate yourself if you’re an IT professional looking for a new role during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what should you expect in the search process?

According to recruiting experts, some good first steps to consider are listed below:

Be flexible, don’t limit ...

“Do” versus “Try” – Impacting Mentality and Success

Recently, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera shared one of his major tenets for becoming successful at this craft.

“The word “try” cannot be in our vocabulary. When we try at something we are giving ourselves an excuse to fail or fall short.”

At QED National, we have a similar philosophy championed by our President and Founder Colleen Molter.

“You’re either doing something or you’re going to do something. There’s no ‘trying’ involved,” she often says.

This may appear to be a ...