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PREVIOUS MEETING SLIDES: A Simple Approach to Security


HDI Capital Area met in Washington DC, on August 17, 2018, for lunch, networking and a presentation on a Simple Approach to Security. 


Community IT/America's Promise Alliance
1110 Vermont Avenue, N.W., Suite 900
Washington, D.C. 20005

About the Program

More and more, we see sophisticated hacking incidents all over the news, but in reality, most attacks are small and not all that complex—and most importantly, could have been prevented with simple practical processes and steps. In this session, we will present you with a strategic approach to security. We will show you how to assess security risk, explain basic level of protections, and ways to build a culture that understands and values security.

Key Takeaways for Attendees:

1. An understating the multi-layered foundation of security.
2. An understanding of different terms: ransomware, malware, hacking, etc.
3. A basic approach to developing policies.

About the Speaker

Saba Gebru joined Community IT in 2007 as an Engineer-in-training, providing direct service to Community IT clients and in 2008, became an Engineer and then Manager. Before Community IT, Saba worked at the Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) and the Enterprise Development Group for over seven years managing, overseeing, and leading both organizations’ IT needs and IT departments, including designing a database for ECDC’s domestic refugee resettlement work. During her time at ECDC, she also served as the liaison between ECDC and the U.S. State Department Refugee Processing Center.

In her current role as the Director of Service Operations at Community IT, Saba manages, leads, and provides guidance to service operations. She is responsible for the operational performance of several teams providing direct customer service, performance of those teams, overall service delivery quality, and continuous improvement of service delivery. Saba has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Strayer University, is a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), and is certified in Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). Saba is fluent in both Amharic and Tygrinia and when not working, she enjoys volunteering at non-profits, spending time with her family, and traveling.

Johanny TorricoJohanny Torrico joined Community IT in December 2006 after serving as Director of Technology for The National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) for nearly four years. Previously, she worked for 11 years at Whole Foods Market, where she was the Facility Leader for their food plant in Landover, MD. While working at these two places, Johanny gained extensive leadership, planning, management, and customer service skills.
During her tenure at Community IT, Johanny mastered every role she took on including network administrator, network engineer, and service manager. She is currently Vice President of Operations, leading the largest team at Community IT. And she still enjoys providing technical support to our clients, participating in our professional services team, and implementing technical solutions.
Johanny holds a B.S. in Computer Information Systems. She is a VMWare Certified Professional and recently became a Microsoft Certified IT Professional for Office 365. When she is outside Community IT, Johanny enjoys to spend time with her family, cooking, going on road trips, playing soccer, or simply playing the guitar with her sons.


12:00 Noon to 12:30 PM – Lunch and Networking
12:30 PM to 1:50 PM – Program
1:50 PM to 2:00 PM – Survey, Prize Drawing
2:00 PM – Meeting Ends