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Online tool lets small and medium businesses assess cybersecurity - Houston Chronicle

Posted: 27 Feb 2019 02:51 PM PST

When attackers want to gain access to the network of a big target online, they typically target smaller companies that provide services to the larger business. Once inside the supporting player's computers, they can use that as a pipeline to break into the the bigger prize.

To help small and medium businesses in Houston prevent such an attack, a group of cybersecurity leaders on Wednesday unveiled a free, web-based tool that lets any company assess its cyber readiness.

Available at, the tool was the result of a year's worth of work by Cyber Houston, a coalition of local cybersecurity experts and corporate officers, said Umesh Verma, group's founder and the chief executive of Blue Lance, a Houston-based cybersecurity company.

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The interactive tool was unveiled during a panel at the Houston Cyber Summit, a cybersecurity conference held Wednesday at the George R. Brown Convention Center. It walks users through 11 categories of cybersecurity readiness, including security policies and compliance, physical security, incident response, business continuity and disaster recovery and vendor management.

The latter has become an increasingly important part of so-called "cyber hygiene", panelists said, because vendors are often granted access to a company's network to streamline their contributions. But if that vendor is compromised, then the client is also at risk, said panelist Andy Sawyer, director of security at the law firm of Locke Lord.

"You need to determine first what is the thing you need to protect the most," Sawyer said. "You don't know what to protect if you don't know what you've got."

For now, the tool only provides users with a score. Future iterations will make recommendations for actions to improve that score, and may offer a list of security firms who can help.

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The panelists urged companies to make sure they know that vendors with access to their network have cybersecurity practices that are as strong as those of the host business. Attacks happen all the time, they stressed, and complacency is often a business' downfall.

"As we know, it's not just a matter of if, but when," said panelist Gary Spurger, who heads up the High Tech Crime Office at the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

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Online Business Tools for Chefs Launched -

Posted: 28 Feb 2019 01:38 AM PST

Fáilte Ireland, in conjunction with Chef Network, has launched the first in a series of online business tools, the Chef Action Plan, designed to help chefs become more commercially efficient without compromising on food quality.

The suite of tools was launched at Catex, Ireland's largest foodservice and hospitality show, at the RDS, Dublin. The Chef Action Plan was created by input from chefs across Ireland and is a practical guide in the areas of purchasing, controlling food costs, managing employees and eliminating waste.

The plan features downloadable business tools to help chefs streamline their operations, freeing up resources for investment in the business leading to benefits such as the ability to source the best local and seasonal ingredients, providing additional training and professional development, hiring an extra member of the team, or purchasing the latest must-have equipment.

The four step Action Plan will be shared online over the coming months, demonstrating how to achieve savings in the kitchen through smart purchasing, effective control of food costs, management of labour, and waste reduction.

The series has been produced with input from chefs across Ireland, including Tom Flavin, The Limerick Strand Hotel; Domini Kemp, ITSA; Carmel McGirr, MacNean Restaurant; and Niall McKenna of James St and Co.

Speaking at the announcement, Tracey Coughlan, Food Strategy and Programmes Manager, Fáilte Ireland, said: "This four step How to Achieve Efficiency - Chef Business Toolkit has been developed to do just that. By providing practical advice, top tips and a suite of downloadable business tools the new Chef Action Plan will help chefs raise profit margins without compromising on food quality.

"The guide will be released on in stages over the next four months, beginning with today's release of Purchase Smarter followed by the next three stages, Control Food Costs in March, Manage Labour in April and Eliminate Waste in May."

Ruth Hegarty, Head of Community, Chef Network, said: "Chefs require such a broad skillset as they progress through their careers and understanding how to run a business efficiently is essential. Chef Network emphasises peer-learning, chefs sharing their expertise and skills with other chefs, so we are delighted that Fáilte Ireland commissioned Chef Network to deliver this business efficiency series which harnesses the knowledge of experienced industry chefs."

Niall Hill of Niall Hill Foods, who created the action plans and business tools for the online Chef Action Plan, added: "This practical toolkit equips chefs with the know how to protect margins without compromising on quality of offering. It is not about buying cheap, it's about buying smart and improving how you do things. If your business is successful and profitable, you can invest back into it."

Lewis County businesses learn about successful online marketing -

Posted: 27 Feb 2019 03:27 PM PST

WESTON, W.Va. - Businesses in Lewis County were learning more about how to market themselves online Wednesday afternoon.

The Lewis County Chamber of Commerce hosted representatives from Nexstar Digital to learn more about online opportunities through Google.

Presenters said there are many services provided by Google designed to help small business, and they can do a lot for entrepreneurs.

"So what consumers in this marketplace are finding is the larger businesses, your major companies like Amazon or things like that, they're the ones that are actually filling those listings, and those local businesses are losing out," said Chad Cooper, who presented on behalf of Nexstar Digital.

"If we can raise our awareness on Google by Google apps and Google Maps, then we are going to be more successful.  It's just an additional tool in our toolbox to find success in our businesses," said Chamber Director Sherry Rogers

The chamber hosts luncheons each month to offer the latest information to member businesses around the county.

Kellogg partners with ed-tech company 2U, Inc to offer online business courses - The Daily Northwestern

Posted: 26 Feb 2019 07:28 PM PST

Inside the Kellogg Global Hub. 2U, Inc. will team up with the University to provide online courses on business and leadership skills.

Inside the Kellogg Global Hub. 2U, Inc. will team up with the University to provide online courses on business and leadership skills.

Brain Meng/Daily Senior Staffer

Inside the Kellogg Global Hub. 2U, Inc. will team up with the University to provide online courses on business and leadership skills.

Brain Meng/Daily Senior Staffer

Brain Meng/Daily Senior Staffer

Inside the Kellogg Global Hub. 2U, Inc. will team up with the University to provide online courses on business and leadership skills.

Adrian Wan, Reporter

The Kellogg School of Management will be providing new development programs to business, government and nonprofit leaders through a partnership with 2U, Inc., a global education technology company, according to a recent news release.

By collaborating with 2U, Kellogg will deliver two short business-focused courses to "provide executives with in-demand career skills," according to the release. The online programs are designed for anyone who is not currently enrolled in any Kellogg degree-granting programs but seeks to "improve their performance as a business manager and organizational leader," Paul Christensen, Kellogg's associate dean for executive education, said in an email to The Daily.

While Kellogg is still working with 2U to determine the specific topics for the online programs, the first course is expected to launch in October 2019.

As part of its continuous efforts to expand its non-degree executive education programming worldwide, the partnership with 2U will benefit business leaders by providing them an opportunity to "learn from top professors at Kellogg on important business topics," Christensen said.

"Because these programs are online, Kellogg can reach those who may not otherwise have access to our more traditional face-to-face executive programming," he said.

Christensen added that Kellogg became familiar with 2U through its current partnership in powering an online Master of Arts in Counseling program called Counseling@Northwestern. As an active participant in online learning since 2016, when its first certificate program in marketing essentials was launched, Kellogg partnered with 2U — "one of the leading online education partners in the world" — to deliver online education, he said.

"2U was a good fit for Kellogg to extend its reach by engaging in a partnership to design and deliver new programs to business and organizational leaders around the world," Christensen said in the email.

2U is "excited" to further its partnership with Northwestern by collaborating with Kellogg in providing online short courses in business, the company's president of university partnerships and services Andrew Hermalyn said in the release.

"Kellogg is known for its focus on global experiential learning that cuts across geographic boundaries and cultures. This mission and their commitment to student outcomes made Kellogg an ideal partner for 2U," Hermalyn said.

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