• Whatcom IT Professionals Meetup 008

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    Presenter 1: Tori Avery - Cyber Security Student Presenter 2: Kayne McGladrey - CISSP, Director of Security and IT for Pensar Development What: "The Anatomy of an Infamous Cyber Attack" - Presentation on a Infamous Cyber Attack & "IoT & Ethical Obligations of Engineers" When: Friday, July 5th, 6:00-8:00pm Sponsor: Whatcom County's premier IT managed service provider Plain English Technology Services located in Bellingham is our primary sponsor covering the food, drinks, and hosting the location for our seventh meetup. TAGNW is helping greatly in promoting our events. Big shout out to them. Here is a list of upcoming local IT events: https://www.tagnw.org/events/ About The Presenter 1: Tori Avery is in her first year of the Cybersecurity program at Whatcom Community College. She is new to the field, but has a passion for finding the "why" behind cyber crime. She currently dedicates her time helping in the IT industry, and wishes to someday work as a cyber security analyst. About the Presenter 2: Kayne McGladrey, CISSP is the director of Security and IT for Pensar Development and a member of the IEEE. In his 20+ year career, he has worked with company leadership at numerous Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies in developing and implementing effective policies to reduce cyber threat. He's also the go-to person for multiple media outlets and a spokesperson for IEEE’s Public Visibility Initiative.

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  • Whatcom IT Professionals Meetup 007

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    Keynote Presenters: Tim Cathersal & Jason Reece - ioCreative Special Guest: Garrett O'Brien for Mayor (Brief talk on the future of Bellingham's IT - Non-Political) What: SEO: Unraveling the Mystery of rel=canonical When: Friday, June 7th, 5:45-7:15pm Sponsor: Whatcom County's premier IT managed service provider Plain English Technology Services located in Bellingham is our primary sponsor covering the food, drinks, and hosting the location for our seventh meetup. TAGNW is helping greatly in promoting our events. Big shout out to them. Here is a list of upcoming local IT events: https://www.tagnw.org/events/ About The Presenter: Jason is an SEO & Web Strategist at ioCreative where they employ an SEO-first strategy to all aspects of their marketing, from print to digital. He has enjoyed great success while employing innovative and effective strategies throughout nearly a decade of experience in the industry. ioCreative is proud to work closely with a broad range of IT professionals during website development to achieve the highest value and successful outcome.

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  • Whatcom IT Professionals Meetup 006

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    Keynote Presenter: Dr. Carl Willis-Ford - General Dynamics Information Technology Social Segment: Tech Share & Tell What: Insider Threat - Malicious or Unintentional When: Friday, May 3rd, 6:00-8:00pm Sponsor: Whatcom County's premier IT managed service provider Plain English Technology Services located in Bellingham is our primary sponsor covering the food, drinks, and hosting the location for our sixth meetup. TAGNW is helping greatly in promoting our events. Big shout out to them. Here is a list of upcoming local IT events: https://www.tagnw.org/events/ About The Presenter: Dr. Willis-Ford is a Solutions Architect for General Dynamics Information Technology in the Federal Health Division. He is an ex-Navy Nuclear Reactor Operator on fast attack submarines. Since leaving the Navy, he has 30+ years in project management, security training, technical architecture, and data security. He has taught technical project management and introductory network security as adjunct faculty at a major state university. Dr. Willis-Ford holds a B.S. in Computer Science, an M.S. in Network Security, an M.S. in Technology Management, and a Doctor of Information Assurance. He is a Senior Member of the Information Systems Security Association.

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  • Whatcom IT Professionals Meetup 005

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    Presenter: Micah Spady - SecureW2 Social Segment: Tech Share & Tell What: Installing and Managing Certificates at Scale for Wi-Fi Authentication; Special Tech Share & Tell Segment When: Friday, April 5th, 6:00-8:00pm Sponsor: Whatcom County's premier IT managed service provider Plain English Technology Services located in Bellingham is our primary sponsor covering the food, drinks, and hosting the location for our fourth meetup. TAGNW is helping greatly in promoting our events. Big shout out to them. Here is a list of upcoming local IT events: https://www.tagnw.org/events/ About The Presenter: Micah Spady is an alumni of Western Washington University and a Technical Marketing Manager at SecureW2, working with vendors and the community to create educational content and product marketing.

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  • Whatcom IT Professionals Meetup 004

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    Presenter 1: Brian Bunke - Janicki Industries Presenter 2: Lightning Talk Rounds - Current Events - SIGN UP START OF MEET! (Keep talks under 5 mins please) What: Automated Documentation; Lighting Talks - Current Events When: Friday, March 1st, 6:00-8:00pm Sponsor: Whatcom County's premier IT managed service provider Plain English Technology Services located in Bellingham is our primary sponsor covering the food, drinks, and hosting the location for our fourth meetup. TAGNW is helping greatly in promoting our events. Big shout out to them. Here is a list of upcoming local IT events: https://www.tagnw.org/events/ About Presenter 1: Brian is an IT lead at Janicki Industries. Brian is well respected by many IT professionals within the industry.

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  • Whatcom IT Professionals Meetup 003

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    Presenter 1: Erik Mcfrazier - Pacific IT Support Presenters 2: David Eguia & Garth Johnson - DIS Corp What: MSP Management & Operations; Docker-Based Pico-Cluster When: Friday, February 1st, 6:00-8:00pm Sponsor: Whatcom County's premier IT managed service provider Plain English Technology Services located in Bellingham is our primary sponsor covering the food, drinks, and hosting the location for our third meetup. About Presenter 1: Erik started out as a printing press operator, however, after a fairly rocky few years of off and on employment, he went back to school for digital audio. After purchasing his first computer at the age of 25, Erik took an A+ certification class, and started his pro career as a help desk technician. Erik and his young family then moved to Maui and he soon moved up quickly through the ranks of the Hotel & Resort technology field, eventually to Assistant Director of Four Seasons Resort Maui, then eventually on to start Computer Hale, a computer repair and IT support business, that has now become Pacific IT Support with locations in Maui and Bellingham. About Presenters 2: David is certified many areas and has been in the technology industry for 15 years. He enjoys PC gaming, building virtual networks and hacking them, and helping educate others as he learns himself. Garth began interest in electronics at 6 years old and would routinely steal his father's Heathkit courses and materials throughout his childhood (he kept ordering them for some reason). Garth's first "actual" computer was a TRS-80, at 10 years old. I learned machine code and assembly for the Z80 on that system and then migrated through just about every commercially available computing device and language that came along for the next 2 decades.

  • Whatcom IT Professionals Meetup 002

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    Presenter 1: Tessa Mero, Developer Evangelist for Cisco DevNet. "From Zero to Chatbots using a Collaboration API" Presenter 2: Patrick Rogers and Kyle Vanek, co-founders of HeartbeatRM. "Simple remote management and monitoring in the cloud" What: Creating a Chatbot, Remote Management & Monitoring, and post presenter career advice. When: December 7th, 6:00-8:00pm Sponsor: Whatcom County's premier IT services provider Plain English Technology Services in Bellingham is our primary sponsor covering the food, drinks, and hosting the location for our second meetup. About Presenter 1: Tessa Mero is a Developer Evangelist for Cisco DevNet. She enjoys organizing an API meetup and conference in Seattle. In the past, she has contributed to a leadership team for the open source Joomla! Project for 5 years, including the board of directors, leading the production team, as well as evangelizing Joomla as a public speaker. About Presenter 2: Patrick Rogers and Kyle Vanek are the developers of HeartbeatRM, a cloud service designed to help IT administrators remotely track and manage distributed computers directly from a web browser. Leveraging their backgrounds in software and IT, Pat and Kyle built the platform to address some of the frustrations they faced managing IT in a SMB environment. Recently launched in June 2018, HeartbeatRM is now used to support thousands of endpoints around the world in a variety of use cases.

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  • Whatcom IT Professionals Meetup 001

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    Who: Presenters cancelled last minute. We have back up presenter(s) and first meet topics ready to go! What: Meet & greet, IT business in Whatcom County When: November 2nd, 6:00-8:00pm Plain English Technology Services here in Bellingham will be sponsoring the food, drinks, prize giveaways and hosting the location for our first meetup.