• TAG IT - October 2020 "Welcome!"

    Online event

    Join us for the launch of TAG IT, a new TAG Community Group. For our inaugural session we will be digging into the state of IT in Whatcom County as well as seeking input from you, our community, to help guide this IT professional collective. Join Garth Johnson and Kevin Burkeland for a digital socially distanced look at what IT has been and what it is quickly becoming -- both locally and globally. Also included is "Video Presentations Tips and Tricks": Learn how to create a simple video presentation to participate in events and communities encouraging both recorded and live presentations, such as TAG Community Group events, TAG Summit, and LinuxFest Northwest. About TAGNW: Technology Alliance Group for Northwest Washington (TAGNW) is a nonprofit organization located in Bellingham, WA. Our mission: Advocate for technology education, foster innovation, assist business and workforce development, and provide community for students, professionals, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and local government in Northwest Washington. We provide events, programs, and services to Strengthen Our Technology Community. Foremost, we build relationships and infrastructure in our community to do the things we do better together. Learn more about TAGNW at our website: tagnw.org. For inquiries, please contact Michael Gan, TAGNW Executive Director at [masked] or[masked]. Join us at the TAG Community Hub for open discussion. All are welcome. References: TAGNW: https://www.tagnw.org TAG IT on Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/tag-it/ TAG Community Groups: https://www.tagnw.org/community-groups/ TAG Summit: https://summit.tagnw.org LinuxFest Northwest: https://www.linuxfestnorthwest.org TAG Community Hub: https://www.tagnw.org/community-hub

  • Whatcom IT Professionals Meetup 013

    601 W Holly St

    In March, we will be joined by Jennifer Roberts of Juniper Legal, PLLC. Jennifer will explore how machine learning and AI may transform our legal system. Jennifer will be followed by Brad Williams with the continuation of our Multi-Part Series, "Essentials of Computer Networks". This month, Brad will focus on Routing and Layer 3 of the OSI. Feel free to come on by at 5:30pm for some social networking and enjoy some of the great beverages Chuckanut has to offer. We will be officially starting at 6pm sharp. “AI v. the Law: How Artificial Intelligence Will Challenge Our Legal System” The relationship between the law and technology has always been an uneasy one. Courts are daily called upon to make decisions about technologies that are changing at lightning speed. At the same time, the legal profession is grounded in the idea of precedent, and it remains one of the slowest industries to adopt change. Microsoft Word and email are still the dominant technologies in many firms! But machine learning and AI have the potential to transform daily life - and the law will be forced to change along with it. Jennifer will explore how AI may impact substantive law, as well as how it might impact the way lawyers and judges make decisions. From practical questions of products liability to philosophical issues such as legal personhood, AI stands to both challenge and transform our legal institutions in the coming years. "Essentials of Computer Networks" This multi-part series provides a walk-through of basic networking design principals over several sessions. The topic is valuable to a wide range of IT professionals including: - People just getting into networking; - Network and server administrators, or cyber security specialists, seeking to understand or review underlying network technologies more clearly; - Managers and stakeholders who would like to better understand their investments and business challenges. So far, we’ve covered the OSI model, basic cabling, and switching. This month we’ll dive into Layer 3 of the OSI and discuss IP addressing and routing. We’ll discuss what a router/gateway is, and how it does its job. This includes how and when to use static vs. dynamic routing, routing protocols in general, and some practical applications. Sponsors: Whatcom County's premier business IT service provider, Whatcom IT, Inc. is located in Lynden and is our primary sponsor. https://whatcomit.com/ TAGNW is the driving force behind many local IT events and helps in many different ways behind the scenes. Here is a list of upcoming local IT events: https://www.tagnw.org/events/ Chuckanut Brewery is hosting our visit free of charge to help promote community building! Big shout out to them as well! http://chuckanutbreweryandkitchen.com/

  • Whatcom IT Professionals Meetup 012

    601 W Holly St

    For the second Meetup of 2020, we will explore "Building APIs the Serverless Way" with Tessa Mero. This will be followed by the continuation of our Multi-Part Series, "Essentials of Computer Networks" with Brad Williams. Agenda 5:45-6:10 - Social/Networking 6:10-6:20 - Introduction 6:20-6:50 - Building APIs the Serverless Way - Tessa Mero 6:50-7:00 - Quick Break 7:00-8:00 - Multi-Part Series: Essentials of Computer Networks, Part 2 - LAN Switching - Brad Williams. 8:00-8:30 - After Meet Social In Building APIs the Serverless Way, Tessa will dive into using Amazon AWS IAM, DynamoDB, API Gateway, Serverless Framework, and Postman to build and launch an API to demonstrate how simple it really is. Demo code will be available so you can test it on your own in a few simple steps. Tessa Mero is a Developer Advocate for Cloudinary. She runs the Seattle API, Vue.js, DevRel meetups and the JAMStack SF meetup. She also organizes the Seattle API City Conference. "Essentials of Computer Networks" This multi-part series provides a walk-through of basic networking design principals over several sessions. The topic is valuable to a wide range of IT professionals including: - People just getting into networking; - Network and server administrators, or cyber security specialists, seeking to understand or review underlying network technologies more clearly; - Managers and stakeholders who would like to better understand their investments and business challenges. Last month was the OSI model and basic cabling. This month we’ll dive into Layer 2 of the OSI and discuss LAN switching. How do switches actually work? We’ll also explore VLANs and spanning tree to give you a better understanding of what is going on in your switched network. Sponsors: Whatcom County's premier business IT service provider, Whatcom IT, Inc. is located in Lynden and is our primary sponsor. https://whatcomit.com/ TAGNW is the driving force behind many local IT events and helps in many different ways behind the scenes. Here is a list of upcoming local IT events: https://www.tagnw.org/events/ Chuckanut Brewery is hosting our visit free of charge to help promote community building! Big shout out to them as well! http://chuckanutbreweryandkitchen.com/

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  • Whatcom IT Professionals Meetup 011

    601 W Holly St

    New look and a new venue for 2020! Whatcom IT Professionals will host this meetup at Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen in Bellingham. Agenda 6:00-6:30 - Social/Networking 6:30-6:50 - Trivia (Introduction) 6:50-7:00 - Quick Break 7:00-8:00 - Multi-Part Series: Essentials of Computer Networks, Part 1 - The OSI Model and Cabling. Presented by Brad Williams 8:00-8:30 - After Meet Social 2020 kicks off the start of our first Multi-Part Series, "Essentials of Computer Networks" that will be ongoing for the 2nd half of each meet. "Essentials of Computer Networks" is a multi-part series that provides a walk-through of basic networking design principals over several sessions. The topic is valuable to a wide range of IT professionals including: - People just getting into networking; - Network and server administrators, or cyber security specialists, seeking to understand or review underlying network technologies more clearly; - Managers and stakeholders who would like to better understand their investments and business challenges. This month we'll explore the OSI model in detail and learn how to apply it to troubleshooting and practical applications. If you are unable to describe what happens at each layer of the OSI and how it relates to networking, this talk is for you. Sponsors: Whatcom County's premier business IT service provider, Whatcom IT, Inc. is located in Lynden and is our primary sponsor. https://whatcomit.com/ TAGNW is the driving force behind many local IT events and helps in many different ways behind the scenes. Here is a list of upcoming local IT events: https://www.tagnw.org/events/ Chuckanut Brewery is hosting our visit free of charge to help promote community building! Big shout out to them as well! http://chuckanutbreweryandkitchen.com/

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  • Whatcom IT Professionals Meetup 010

    1000 F St

    Talk Title: Helping Small Businesses Navigate IT Security Issues What: Diving into how to help your clients comply with their security responsibilities and understanding their obligations while examining common weaknesses. When: Friday, October 4th, 6:00-8:00pm Sponsor: Whatcom County's premier Business IT service provider Whatcom IT, Inc. located in Lynden will be our primary sponsor for all expenditures. TAGNW is also helping greatly in promoting our events. Here is a list of upcoming local IT events: https://www.tagnw.org/events/ About Presenter Brad Williams: Director of Professional Services for Skyline Advanced Technology Services. Former Cisco Systems Instructor with over 20 years of field work as a network engineer and consultant. About Presenter Jennifer Roberts: Small business owner/operator with 18 years experience as a trial attorney. Experience in political and charitable work on the local and state level. Volunteer with the LAW Advocates of Whatcom County while advisory to multiple small businesses.

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  • Whatcom IT Professionals Meetup 009

    Plain English Technology Services

    Presenter 1: David Hirsch - CISSP Assoc., CCNA | Security Engineer - 3D / NPI - Business and IT Consultants What: Mass-updating MSP passwords in client systems with ITGlue and RMM tools When: Friday, September 6th, 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 Ninth 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: David (Associate CISSP, Ph.D.) is a security engineer at 3D Computer Corp. (an NPI company), where he has worked since 2016, having been the first graduate of the WCC/WWU cybersecurity program. When not tackling other client IT problems, he works on issues of compliance and remediation, as well as network and endpoint security and user training.

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  • Whatcom IT Professionals Meetup 008

    Plain English Technology Services

    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

    Plain English Technology Services

    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

    Plain English Technology Services

    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

    Plain English Technology Services

    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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