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IT - Email
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5 Reasons Why Email Security Is Becoming A Top Priority For Organizations
Considering the proliferation of online threats in the modern era, email security remains a top concern for businesses.
According to Verizon's 2022 Data Breach Investigations Report, email is still one of the top two delivery methods for malicious payloads. The UK Government Cybersecurity Breaches Survey 2022 indicates that 83% of businesses and charities have been targeted by phishing scams, while another report shows that 81% of organizations around the world have experienced an increase in email phishing attacks since March 2020.

Besides bulk phishing attacks, organizations experience all sorts of scams, to include spear phishing, Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks and email-based ransomware attacks.

Security Boulevard, December 2nd, 2022
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The Evolution Of Business Email Compromise
The simplicity and profitability of these attacks continue to appeal to threat actors a decade later.
In 2012, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began investigating an influx of reported fraud incidents involving threat actors rerouting payments to attacker-controlled accounts. In these incidents, victims received seemingly legitimate emails containing requests to alter scheduled payments. The threat actors typically impersonated executives or finance and payroll personnel and convinced victims to reroute payments to a different bank account.

These first instances of business email compromise (BEC) kicked off a decade of attacks that use this simple yet highly effective scheme. While the threat has evolved, threat actors continue to use phishing attacks to steal credentials and then send fraudulent invoices soliciting payment. Thousands of organizations have lost billions of dollars.

DARKReading, November 30th, 2022
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IT - Marketing
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4 Ways Account-Based Marketing And Technology Leads To Growth During An Economic Downturn
One of the top ways to respond to an economic downturn is to double down on account-based marketing (ABM) with the support of technology.
Everywhere you look, there's another news story or report about forecasts of stagflation and recession. It may not be here yet, but economists expect it to happen in the coming months. Most companies are adapting their go-to-market strategies - often with the help of technology - in search of stability (and, if they get it right, growth).

There's no shortage of ways to do this. For example, according to data from Sapio Research, 46% of respondents said they have emphasized growing existing customers and/or moving them into more profitable products/services.

AiTHORITY, November 29th, 2022
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B2B Marketing Automation Vendors Share Their Vision On Alignment
As part of the Magic Quadrant evaluation process vendors share information with Gartner analysts that is part of the overall scoring but does not necessarily show up in the report.
Marketing and sales alignment is in that category for the B2B marketing automation platform MQ.

We ask vendors to provide their 'vision for supporting customers seeking to align their marketing and sales organizations to improve end-customer engagement along complex, changing journeys.'

Vision Statements

Those vision statements ranged across a continuum from very broad pronouncements about creating a platform 'to accelerate the alignment of all revenue-centric functions' to the very granular agreement on conversion process and definition of marketing qualified leads.

Gartner, November 29th, 2022
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The Looming Sales Talent Crisis
There is a sales talent crisis on the horizon and the decisions CSOs make now will determine their ability to navigate it.
Sales organizations are already grappling with a talent shortage, with 78% of CSOs indicating that it is difficult or somewhat difficult to attract high-quality sales candidates and 54% reporting regrettable seller attrition above target. On average, there are only three available candidates per open B2B sales job posting, and job postings stay open for an average of over two months.

This shortage will only be exacerbated as skill requirements for sales roles continue to grow in light of digital-first buying, economic uncertainty, and persistent inflation and supply chain issues. Among frontline sellers, digital-first recession buying has necessitated more business acumen, technical knowledge and data literacy from sellers.

Gartner, December 2nd, 2022
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Sponsor - SIM
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Society for Information Management (SIM) - South Florida Chapter
Joining SIM connects you with top IT leaders in the industry, including: CIOs, senior IT executives, prominent academicians, consultants, and other top IT professionals
The Chapter strives to strengthen professional communications among members who direct the application of information technology in private and public organizations. Chapter activities include:

  • Meeting to share innovative ideas and real-world experiences which address enterprise information needs. We have excellent speakers from our membership and bring in industry executives or subject matter experts from many sources.
  • Providing presentations by leading national information-management professionals and executives who benefit from management-information systems.
  • Challenging our comfort levels by exchanging ideas with peers and business counterparts.
  • Being a resource for each other, and personal networking.

SIM South Florida Membership Dues

Practitioners

  • For-profit organization: $250/year
  • Not-for-profit, educational or Government organization: $150/year

Non-Practitioner

  • For-profit organization: $500/year
  • Not-for-profit, educational or Government organization: $250/year

Joint membership with Tech Hub South Florida (SFTH)

  • Joint membership with Tech Hub South Florida
  • Joint membership for a Practitioner from a Not-for-profit, educational or Government organization: $215/year

The geographical scope of the South Florida Chapter is Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County. Subscribe to receive emails from the chapter to get notified of all relevant events in the area. If you are already subscribed, you will be sent a link to update your preferences.

Connects the Area's Premier IT leaders - for Business Solution Exchange, Professional Development, and Timely Education
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Sponsor - ISACA
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ISACA South Florida Chapter
A diverse group of innovative thought leaders partnering with the community to serve as the first choice for professional development and a global role model for ISACA Chapters by 2024
SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM

  • ISACA South Florida Chapter outreach to more than 1,000 professionals, and partner organizations which represent a range of Corporate IT Audit, IT Compliance, IT Governance & IT Security responsibilities in a cross section of industries and business sizes
  • Extensive networking opportunities, face-to-face contact and one-on-one meetings
  • Display of your latest products and services to all attendees
  • Traffic flow throughout the exhibition area
  • Display of your logo and link to your home page on our ISACA South Florida Chapter web site

Find out more! Contact us at president@isacasfl.org

Corporate IT Audit, IT Compliance, IT Governance & IT Security Professionals
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Sponsor - ISSA
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South Florida Chapter of the ISSA
The ISSA South Florida Chapter (SFISSA) is a not-for-profit organization of information security professionals and practitioners
ISSA provides educational forums and peer interaction opportunities that enhance the knowledge, skill and professional growth of its members. Members include practitioners at all levels of the security field in a broad range of industries, such as communications, education, healthcare, manufacturing, financial and government. SFISSA is an excellent vehicle for those who need to acquire CPE credits for certification needs. We need your support, so we hope that you will consider becoming a sponsor to support our chapter.

Sponsorship Options: Chapter sponsorship

Platinum sponsors $1,500/meeting benefits include:

  • Non-marketing presentation at one SFISSA meeting (including attendee/sign-in list)
  • Higher priority in speaker selection for SFISSA Annual Conference
  • Logo signage displayed at meetings*
  • Logo, name and company URL on SFISSA website for event
  • Materials distributed at SFISSA meetings*
  • 5 minute presentation at 1 SFISSA meetings per year

Program sponsors $1,000/meeting benefits include:

  • Non-marketing presentation at one SFISSA meeting
  • Logo signage displayed at meetings*
  • Logo, name and company URL on SFISSA website for event
  • Materials distributed at SFISSA meetings*
  • 5 minute presentation at 1 SFISSA meetings per year

Conference sponsorship opportunities coming soon.

Not-for-profit Organization of Information Security Professionals and Practitioners
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Sponsor - Refresh Miami
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Refresh Miami: Educate, Inspire, Connect and Grow South Florida's Tech and Startup Ecosystem
Be front and center at all our monthly speaker events, get training on the latest technologies, break bread with our distinguished speakers, and find qualified candidates via our sponsored job listings
Be front and center at all our monthly speaker events, get training on the latest technologies, break bread with our distinguished speakers, and find qualified candidates via our sponsored job listings.

Refresh Corporate: $2000/Year

  • Guaranteed ticket to all speaker events
  • Complimentary ticket to three (3) Refresh Miami workshops ($150 value!)
  • 40% discount on all other Refresh Miami workshops ($160 value!)
  • Preferred Access to VIP/Speaker Dinners
  • Discounts on Community Events
  • Partner Discounts
  • Refresh Miami T-Shirt
  • Ability to post relevant events to Community Calendar
  • Ability to post jobs to Refresh Job Board
  • Ability to post business to Refresh Miami Tech Map

$2000/Year

Join today and experience some great benefits, like guaranteed tickets to all Refresh Miami speaker events, access to VIP / Speaker dinners, discounts on Refresh Miami workshops and more!
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Sponsor - Palm Beach Tech
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South Florida Tech Hub (SFTH)
Check our Membership options and help build the South Florida into a Tech Hub!
SFTH Memberships are based on Exposure, Talent, & Business

  • STARTUP and nonprofit - $1,000/year
  • Ambassador - $2,500/year
  • Premier - $5,000/year
  • Executive - $10,000/year

Individual membership is just $100 per year.

In partnership with SIM South Florida, SFTH is happy to offer a special rate on a joint membership for $295/year.

You will get access to SIM's local and national leadership content and opportunities, plus South Florida Tech Hub's tech and startup content. You must be an IT leader to qualify for this membership (i.e. no sales or recruiters)

South Florida Tech Hub is a 501(c)6 nonprofit Building South Florida's Tech Hub

A Nonprofit Membership Association Building South Florida into a Tech Hub
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Sponsor - SFHIMA
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South Florida Health Information Management Association (SFHIMA)
We are the SMEs in health information! So whether you are a student, a recent graduate, seasoned professional or profession partner, your local chapter is here for you.
South Florida Health Information Management Association.

The theme from FHIMA for this year is 'Smooth Sailing Ahead'.

SFHIMA is ready to set sail with more great informational sessions, networking and continuing education opportunities. Sessions this year will be offered in person and via remote web connections.

Create and Encourage an Environment Conducive to Promoting HIM Practices and Emerging HIM Occupations
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Sponsor - PMI
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PMI: Advance the PM Profession Through the Promotion of Certification Training
To be a conduit of innovation, networking and support for the next evolution of Project Managers through strategic focus, customer centricity and operation agility
Mission

  • Advance the PM profession through the promotion of PMI certification training and project excellence acknowledgement.

  • Provide members and volunteers with networking, leadership roles and superior development and education events and activities,

  • Ensure alignment with PMIs talent triangle, compliance with PMIs core values and contribution to the improvement of the PM body of knowledge.

We are only one of over 270 Chapters serving Project Management Institute (PMI) members and communities in more than 70 countries around the world. These local communities help spread awareness of the profession and PMI by reaching out to local governments and organizations, hosting events or seminars for local practitioners and providing opportunities to learn, network and earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) toward maintaining credentials.

PMI South Florida Chapter
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Sponsor - IIBA
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IIBA: Premier World-Wide Professional Association for Business Analysts
We are the local representative of the International Institution of Business Analysis (IIBA), the premier world-wide professional association for business analyst
Sponsorships are available.

The objectives of the Chapter are to:

  • Promote and advance the profession of Business Analysis
  • Provide opportunities to our members to gain knowledge and network with experienced professionals across various industries and government agencies
  • Provide access for members to a formal "knowledge base" as well as forums for sharing expertise, expressing professional opinions and building a reputation within the industry
  • Provide pathways to learn about business analysis best practices
  • Create corporate support for the IIBA within the local market by superior marketing/awareness programs that demonstrate the value of business analysis and the IIBA
  • Liaise with industry and association partners to increase awareness and benefit of IIBA Chapter members
  • Encourage and provide opportunities for our members to become Business Analysis certified professionals

As our events calendar and past events reflect, we have a mix of day time symposiums for professional development, after work meetings focused on a topic of particular concern to business analysts, and online meetings and webinars to develop your technical skills and analytical competencies, as well as one to two premiere dinner events per year with at least one distinguished guest speaker.

International Institution of Business Analysis (IIBA)
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