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…

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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…

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Basic Computer Cyber Security Helps Against Cyber Criminals

    Knowing the basics goes a long way, especially when protecting your home network. Basic computer cyber 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…

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CISA Cyber Security News – 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…

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Cyber Security News: CISA Updates SolarWinds Orion Incident

  Over the last month, a largescale cyber incident affected over 18,000 federal government and private industry information technology systems reliant on 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…

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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…

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Cyber Security Awareness Month: Guarding Against Cybercrime

This month marks the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (“CISA”) 17th annual Cyber Security 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…

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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 government jobs, beneficial resources and mentorship to these firms through the New York City’s…

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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 information…

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Cyber Security: NIST Phish Scale Prevents Phishing

  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…

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Enabling Greatness at Information Technology Entities

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…

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Strategies for IT Consultants During a Pandemic

You’re an information 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 consultant looking for new IT jobs during the…

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“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…

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Cyber Security Safeguards for 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 cyber security posture. Connecting to organizational networks from personal…

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Cyber Security Tips 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…

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