You’ve probably heard about the Equifax data breach. And you’ve probably noticed an uptick in the conversation about cybersecurity. There’s a really simple reason why stories like this are happening more and more frequently; we simply aren’t taking cybersecurity seriously.
Target. Yahoo. eBay. Netflix. JP Morgan Chase. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Sony. Ashley Madison. The Democratic National Committee. LinkedIn. Home Depot.
What do all of those companies have in common? They all have been the victim of cybersecurity breaches.
Imagine how attractive a law firm that specializes in medical malpractice or personal injury is to a hacker. Or what about a defense firm with terabytes of business emails, trade secrets and financial information?
Back in the Internet’s salad days, when it was green in content and cold in multimedia support, designers were extremely limited in what they could do. For the most part, the Internet was designed to deliver academic papers, and while image support was available by the 90’s, there was no way to show video or animation. It was all just images and text. (If you’re too young to remember or just want a flashback, check out Space Jam’s website, it literally hasn’t changed since 1996)
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Last week we had our July Advantage Lunch on Cybersecurity Fundamentals. But as we’ve expanded our offices to Morgantown and Shepherdstown, it’s become important to be able to reach far beyond our Charleston headquarters. With that in mind, we set the ambitious goal of simulcasting the Advantage Lunch to the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown and via webinar.
Even though last year’s big day was in the office, I’m still counting it as a company picnic. And that makes July 22nd our third company picnic. This one was held at Coonskin Park with a big playground and lots of room for the kids to play. We’ve got some new faces since our first picnic, and lots of familiar ones.
On July 19th, we held our July Advantage Lunch live from Edgewood Country Club where it was simulcast to Shepherdstown and via webinar. (If you haven’t heard about our Advantage Lunch, learn more at advantagelunch.com) In addition to the pictures and video below, be sure to check out our Facebook photo album!
With all the recent news involving ransomware, Bitcoin has been getting more attention than ever before. It’s to the point where it’s become almost synonymous with cybercrime, but few people really understand why or even what Bitcoin is.
From June 19th to 23rd, Advantage Technology’s Cody Clay and Hunter Prather taught game design at BridgeValley CTC’s STEAM Academy in South Charleston. STEAM Academy is a week-long day camp for children going into the 5th through 10th grades hosted at the Advanced Technology Center at BridgeValley CTC. STEAM focuses on science and math education with the addition of the arts to help round out the student’s educational palette.
Advantage Technology was pleased to have almost all of our incredible women attend the Charleston Area Alliance Elevations Professional Women’s Luncheon on June 26th at Embassy Suites, as part of the greater Women & Technology conference hosted by TechConnectWV. As the room was filling, I reflected upon the solid representation of women at our company and the contrast with industry standards. We all have a unique history and serve vastly different, but crucial roles at Advantage Technology.