ProductCamp and more... OEC is getting more involved in the NEO IT Community

OEC has always been a strong voice in helping NEO IT gain an identity and they are planning on getting even more involved in 2016 and beyond. I had the chance to sit down with Manager of Branding and Culture, Geo Money, to discuss what OEC has been up to and what's next for them.

OEC has always been a strong voice in helping NEO IT gain an identity and they are planning on getting even more involved in 2016 and beyond. I had the chance to sit down with Manager of Branding and Culture, Geo Money, to discuss what OEC has been up to and what's next for them. The conversation was insightful and you can see how much passion OEC has in trying to make NEO the best place to work and live for IT professionals. They are also looking for people to get involved in ProductCamp and many other initiatives! Take a listen here and enjoy!

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  • Next up: Protect Your Business from Coronavirus-related Fraud
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  • Protect Your Business from Coronavirus-related Fraud

    See what FBI Cleveland Supervisory Special Agent Milan R. Kosanovich had to tell us about the new types of fraud emerging during the coronavirus pandemic.

    According to the U.S. Department of Justice, criminals are attempting to exploit COVID-19 worldwide through a variety of scams, including individuals and businesses selling fake cures for COVID-19 online, phishing emails from entities posing as the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, malicious websites and apps that appear to share virus-related information to gain and lock access to your devices until payment is received, and seeking donations fraudulently for illegitimate or non-existent charitable organizations. . . just to name a few.

    We spoke with FBI Cleveland Supervisory Special Agent Milan R. Kosanovich to learn how businesses can protect themselves from the new types of fraud that are emerging during the coronavirus pandemic. See what he had to say:

    What new types of fraud are you seeing that businesses should be aware of?

    Most of the newly reported frauds involve a COVID-19 take on traditional frauds such as business e-mail compromise scams, non-delivery of goods and investment schemes. Knowing what typologies the fraudsters are employing will enables businesses to be on notice to spot and weed out potential scams.

    What can businesses do to protect themselves from this fraud?

    Businesses can protect themselves by ensuring that switching to a work at home environment does not diminish robust checks and balances for the transmission of sensitive messaging or the wiring of funds to pay suppliers, etc. Additionally, providing awareness messaging to employees of the new types of phishing and social engineering methods currently employed by fraudsters will help to minimize the victimization of local businesses. Fraudsters are trying to take advantage of the fact that most workplaces have less in-person contact at the moment and fears for how to operate in the new environment.

    What should business owners do if they suspect they are a victim of fraud?

    If you believe you are the victim of fraud, immediately file a report at the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (ww.ic3.gov).

     

    Want more information about how to protect your business from fraud? Join us April 10 for a webinar with SSA Milan R. Kosanovich, FBI Cleveland, to learn how to protect your business from the new types of fraud that are emerging during the coronavirus pandemic.

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  • Next up: Ransomware Update
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  • Ransomware Update

    Ransomware continues to grow and email is one of the most often used vehicles to infect a computer or a network with ransomware. Cybercriminals that send ransomware emails are expanding their targets to include email addresses such as hr@, hrdept@, info@, sales@ and other similar alias email addresses. They know that an alias address usually forwards to others in the business and in most cases, they forward to many others. As an example, it is not unusual for an email addressed to info@xyzcompany.com to be forwarded to many people in the organization so that the message is not missed.

    When targeting these alias addresses the cybercriminals are playing the numbers game. They send one email to an alias address, it is then forwarded to many people inside the organization in hopes that one person will open the email and then click on the enclosed link or attachment that launches the ransomware virus.

    In particular, they are targeting addresses such as hr@, hrdepart@, hrdepartment@ and similar addresses since HR Departments routinely receive emails from people they do not know and the emails often contain attachments such as resumes and employment applications which are routinely opened. HR staff receive an email from an unknown applicant and the email contains a malicious document disguised as a resume. When they click on the resume, the ransomware virus launches.

    In order to protect the organization, companies must employ data backup that protects valuable company information. However, simple backup is not sufficient. The backup must be configured in a such a manner that it is protected and hidden from the ransomware virus. In addition, companies should deploy high quality business class anti-virus and email spam filtering. Finally, and equally important, they need to educate all their employees to the dangers of ransomware and what to look for prior to opening an email or clicking on an attachment of an imbedded link.

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  • Next up: Reduce Your Interest Rate on Energy Projects
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  • Reduce Your Interest Rate on Energy Projects

    Financing your energy efficiency project just got a lot easier. The Greater Cleveland Partnership and Council of Smaller Enterprises have created an Interest Rate Reduction Program for efficiency and renewable energy initiatives, working directly with KeyBank. The program allows businesses to reduce the interest rate on these projects by up to 4.25%.

    Financing your energy efficiency project just got a lot easier.

    The Greater Cleveland Partnership and Council of Smaller Enterprises have created an Interest Rate Reduction Program for efficiency and renewable energy initiatives, working directly with KeyBank. The program allows businesses to reduce the interest rate on these projects by up to 4.25%. 

    Rate reduction details

    How does it work? Businesses can obtain a minimum 1% rate reduction from projects that yield 15% in annual energy savings. The opportunity exists for further rate reduction from greater energy savings:

    • 15% to 20%: A 1% reduction applied to the loan (total of 2%)
    • 21% to 30%: A 1.5% reduction applied to the loan (total of 2.5%)
    • 31% to 50%: A 2% reduction applied to the loan (total of 3%)

    Businesses that implement more than one energy conservation measure are eligible to receive an additional 0.5% rate reduction. Also, use of a COSE Energy Contractor means the business can shave another 0.5% off the rate. And lastly, if green lease principles are integrated, another 0.25% will be taken off the rate.

    To qualify for a rate reduction, you must be a FirstEnergy customer and you must also be a GCP/COSE member for the term of the loan. Loan terms are 24, 36, 48, 60 and 72 months. The final interest rate on the loan will not be lower than 2%. Terms are subject to change.

    Project examples

    A myriad of projects are eligible for the Interest Rate Reduction Program, including:

    • Mechanical systems and components, including HVAC
    • HVAC controls/advanced thermostats
    • Lighting and lighting controls
    • Doors and windows
    • Refrigeration upgrades
    • Advanced energy projects

    How to apply

    Applying for a reduction in your interest rate can be done in five easy steps.

    STEP 1: Go to cose.org/energyloanapp.

    STEP 2: Complete the Interest Rate Reduction application, where you provide information about your project.

    STEP 3: A referral is made to KeyBank for the loan application.

    STEP 4: Loan approval and rate reduction is confirmed by KeyBank within two or three days.

    STEP 5: Get started on your project and begin saving on energy costs. The loan is paid back via your energy savings earned each month.

    Learn about additional opportunities to bring energy savings to your business through rebates and incentives, energy assessments and a network of local, vetted contractors. Questions? Contact the GCP/COSE Energy Team at 216-592-2205 or via email at energy@gcpartnership.com.

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  • Next up: COVID-19 Recovery: Re-imagining workplaces and workplace strategy
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  • COVID-19 Recovery: Re-imagining workplaces and workplace strategy

    In a recent GCP webinar, experts from Vocon explored re-imagining the workplace for health, safety and productivity in the "new normal."

    As Ohio returns to work, businesses are grappling with social distancing and sanitization and keeping workers safe and healthy.

    What does that mean for workplaces, both in the immediate aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis and in the future? How do you rethink workplace strategy? Watch the webinar for answers to these questions and more! 


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  • Next up: Reopening Strategies from Northeast Ohio's Top Hospitals
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  • Reopening Strategies from Northeast Ohio's Top Hospitals

    Explore reopening strategies that will ensure the health and safety of your employees, customers, and their families.

    In a recent webinar, we were joined by experts from Northeast Ohio’s leading medical institutions who discussed testing, safety for employees, and epidemiology. They discussed how health systems are working together to provide services and support to the business community.

    Watch the webinar below:

     

    LEGAL DISCLAIMER: This presentation was intended for informational and educational purposes only. This information should not be used as a replacement for medical or legal advice. Schools and employers are solely responsible for complying with all applicable legal requirements and making decisions regarding their operations, students, and employees based on their individual circumstances. Although this content was reviewed and approved by healthcare professionals, UH, Cleveland Clinic and MetroHealth do not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any of this information or that it represents the most up-to-date information and UH, Cleveland Clinic and MetroHealth are not responsible for any errors or omissions or actions taken in reliance or from use of such information.

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