A TALK Briefing | April 29, 2020
TALK Covid-19 Updates
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Upcoming Virtual Events
Today, April 30. Noon. Mindful Meditation for Caregivers link for meetup. From the U of L Trager Institute. Free.

Today, April 30, 3 PM . GLI COVID-19 Help: Mental Health Resources with the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Free.

Grab something from the refrigerator and snack while discussing remote work and getting some tips from Principal Solutions Architect Shawn Noble of CloudNexus Technologies. Hosted by TALK.

Friday, May 1, 10 AM. " COVID-19 Help: PPP Funding Update" hosted by GLI with MCM CPAs & Advisors. Free.

Friday, May 1, 2 PM. TALK's CyberReadiness Training -- A Free Six Session Virtual Series. Session #2. Join Now & Catch Up for a Microcredential & Badge.

Tuesday, May 5, 2 PM. Addressing COVID-19 Legal Liability Risks For Employers with the KY Chamber. Free..

Thursday, May 7, 2 PM. Reopening the Economy: A Review Of State Responses To COVID-19 with the KY Chamber. Free.

Saturday, May 9, 10 AM. Virtual U of L Graduation Celebration. Free

Governor Beshear has announced that manufacturers who had been designated as non-essential will be allowed to reopen and reboot operations on May 11 provided the following guidelines can be met:
·      Continue telework where possible
·      Phased return to work
·      Onsite temperature/health checks
·      Universal masks and other necessary PPE
·      Close common areas
·      Enforce social distancing
·      Limit face-to-face meetings
·      Sanitizer/hand wash stations
·      Special accommodations
·      Testing plan
Phase I, Reopening is underway in May. Visit healthyatwork.ky.gov for more info.
Kroger continues Covid-19 testing next week in Louisville (Shawnee Park), Lexington, Ashland, & Bowling Green. Must register. krogerhealth.com/covidtesting
TALKing Tech & Tidbits: A Virtual Happy Hour for Networking
TALK, the area tech council in Louisville, KY, has launched a virtual happy hour for you to sound off and contribute to today’s hot topics. So we encourage you to settle in with an appetizer from your kitchen and a bottle of your favorite libation and join the tech council board leaders on a topic of interest each week, every Thursday at 4 PM ET.
Today , April 30, the topic is “What is Healthy Remote Work?” with Principal Solutions Architect Shawn Noble from Cloud Nexus Technologies. He will launch us in the first 10 minutes, then it's time for the participants to chime in. What Works; What Doesn't. Free. The link to join will come in email after registration in Eventbrite . These are online events where participants can stay healthy at home.
In the weeks ahead, a variety of speakers will cover and then topics will be open for discussion:
*Less Headaches with Better Ecommerce Solutions
*Entertaining Children Online—What Are the Best Options
*Entrepreneurial Resources & Guidance Now Accessible Virtually
*What Does Self-Care Look Like During the Pandemic?
*Surveillance in the Time of A Pandemic From COVID-19 Contact Tracing & Beyond—Where’s the Line on Privacy & Sharing?
If you can’t find the event on Eventbrite, then email dawny@talklou.com to get registered and receive the link to join online. This is a free series for networking, debate and conversations on tech trends.  
Tech & Health News You Can Use
TALK, the Area Tech Council, Provides Cybersecurity Training Over the Next Weeks Where All Participants Earn a Microcredential

The Training Curricula Comes from Partnership with the Cyber Readiness Institute, a National Organization

TALK, the Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky, is providing cyber readiness training for small business professionals in the state of Kentucky online at no cost now through the end of May. A three-month online course has been condensed into six weeks for a microcredential and badge to display on your website. This cybersecurity virtual series is done in partnership with the Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI) and is held on Fridays at 2 PM online with the first session being held on April 24.  Registration continues as participants can be added each week, and if they login to the online curricula first and catch up on the material missed, the microcredential is still within reach. The last session of best practices and industry discussion will occur on May 29, 2020.  Registration is on Eventbrite under TALK’s CyberReadiness Training—A Free Six Session Virtual Series.

The damage from a cyber breach can be devastating, so this cyber readiness training takes a two-fold approach: preventative measures, and a review of the actions to be taken when an incident does occur. Each Friday, the TALK presenters assign homework based on course templates and worksheets that will lead to designing a strategy of cyber defense to be put in place for a small business or remote work individual. 

Cyber threats come from external sources, including criminals, and competitors, or insiders, intentionally or unintentionally. Any cyber issue can be mitigated with basic cyber policies and best practices are easy to implement on the front end, before an attack has occurred. 

Presenters for the course include: Dawn Yankeelov, Executive Director of TALK and Founder of Aspectx PR; Jay Rollins, Founder of CloudNexus Technologies, a cybersecurity managed services provider; and Lee Ann Lyle, Founder of LAL Computers.

“Establishing a strong culture of cyber readiness will result in a more secure, resilient organization,” said Ms. Yankeelov, Executive Director of TALK. New national research by BitSight looked at malware infections on home office networks finding malware on 45 percent of home office networks. 

The Cyber Readiness Institute curricula that TALK is presenting in this virtual series focuses on the top issues that pose the greatest risk to small business: (a) authentication and passwords, (b) software updates, (c) phishing, and (d) USB and removable media.

This no-cost course is also available for self-study at www.cyberreadinessinstitute.org . Once you create a username and password, you can return over a series of weeks or months to continue learning and completing assignments.  The TALK virtual series is sponsored by Louisville's Microsoft Future of Work Initiative and Verizon Wireless.