TEDxAugusta seeks speakers for event
Oct. 11 is the last day to apply to speak at TEDxAugusta 2018.
Now in its fourth year, TEDxAugusta has announced a call for speakers for its next event, set for Feb. 3. Anyone with an idea to share is eligible to apply. Past speakers have included artists, musicians, doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, techies, innovators, writers, reporters, politicians and more.
This year’s talks should speak to TEDxAugusta’s 2018 theme: Venture – Dare to be Audacious. The goal is to inspire more people to venture out of their comfort zones by sharing stories and lessons from thought and action leaders.
Organizers will work with speakers to help them practice and rehearse before the event. For specific guidelines on how to be an effective TEDx speaker, as well as videos of past TEDxAugusta talks, visit tedxaugusta.com.
The online application is available at tedxaugusta.com/speakers.
EDTS Cyber named to elite trade list
An Augusta-based information technology and network security firm has been named one of the country’s top 100 managed security service providers.
EDTS Cyber LLC was named in an annual MSSP Alert report, which lists the top 100 MSSPs based on aggregated data from six sources. Released on Sept. 28, the list features 100 companies that proactively monitor, manage and mitigate cyber threats for businesses, government agencies, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations.
To be considered for placement on the list, a company must specialize in at least one of the cybersecurity services listed in the definition of an MSSP, as laid out by the research and advisory company Gartner Inc. EDTS Cyber offers all nine services listed:
• monitored or managed firewalls and multifunction firewalls, or unified threat management technology;
• monitored or managed intrusion detection and intrusion prevention systems;
• managed or monitored security gateways for web and email traffic;
• monitoring and/or management of advanced threat defense technologies, or the provision of those capabilities;
• security analysis and reporting of events collected from IT infrastructure logs;
• reporting associated with monitored/managed devices and incident response;
• managed vulnerability scanning of networks, servers, databases or applications;
• monitoring or management of customer-deployed security information and event management technologies;
• distributed denial of service mitigation via a remotely managed service.
EDTS Cyber is one of eight Southeastern companies listed that serve clients across the United States.
Nuclear group will hold costume ball
The local nonprofit nuclear advocacy group Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness is playing host to a costume party to help engage the public with its mission.
The Halloween Costume Ball will take place at the Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St., from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 13. The event will include music, dancing and raffles.
Sunny Lunka, CNTA member and event chair, said the CNTA Costume Ball will help kick off Nuclear Science Week, which begins Oct. 16.
“The costume ball will be a fun, new way to engage people in the CSRA and spread awareness of the benefits of nuclear technology,” Lunka said. “We hope this event will encourage people to learn more about CNTA and get involved.”
The CNTA Young Professionals Committee is leading the event, but it is open to all ages. Primary sponsors are Stoller Newport News Nuclear, ch2m and Honeywell. Other sponsors include Charlie and Lyddie Hansen, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Savannah River Remediation, Savannah River National Laboratory, Centerra, Atkins Global, USC Aiken, AECOM, Parsons and The Hearing Center.
Tickets cost $35 at c-n-t-a.com, and include drink tickets.
CNTA is an Aiken-based charitable educational organization dedicated to providing factual information about nuclear topics and educating the public on nuclear issues.
Training is offered for QuickBooks
An Augusta accounting firm is playing host to an event for professionals to test out the accounting software QuickBooks Desktop 2017.
The event will begin at 9 a.m. Oct. 18 at Elliott Davis Decosimo LLC, 1 10th St., Suite 400, in Augusta.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops and are expected to have a basic knowledge of QuickBooks. The intermediate-level event will count as about seven hours of continuing professional education.
Admission costs $95. To RSVP, contact Susan Giannelli at (706) 826-7704 or firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Aug. 18 to reserve a seat. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.