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Maury Wills honored by RedHawks as his museum will close after …

Each item had a story attached for the former Los Angeles Dodgers great. Wills pointed out the banjo he got during his playing days from the co-pilot of the Dodgers team plane. The Most Valuable Player trophy he won at one of the 1962 All-Star games, playing for the National League in his hometown. That brought back memories of when the security guard wouldn’t allow Wills into the stadium prior to the game in Washington, D.C. The guard didn’t think Wills was big enough to be a baseball player.

“Knowing that it’s been here at Newman Outdoor Field in Fargo, I always felt that I had a treasure somewhere stashed away,” Wills said. That treasure will be getting moved closer to home. The Maury Wills Museum, which opened in 2001, is closing down after this season. Wills was honored at Friday’s American Association game between the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks and Gary SouthShore RailCats, throwing out a ceremonial first pitch. Gary earned a 6-2 victory before an announced crowd of 3,792 fans.

“I’ll will always feel connected with Fargo, North Dakota,” said Wills, who lives in Sedona, Ariz.

The 84-year-old Wills has been associated with the RedHawks since before the 1997 season, serving as a coach and radio commentator for the team.

“Fargo reached out with open arms and just loved Maury,” said Carla Wills, Maury’s wife. This series with Gary is officially Maury’s last three games with the RedHawks as a broadcaster. Wills said it’s bittersweet to see his museum close in Fargo because “this is like home for me.”

“We’ll make a nice home for it somewhere closer to the Los Angeles Dodgers,” Carla said of the items from the museum. In recent years, Maury was a part-time commentator on radio broadcasts. In 1998, he started in the radio booth with Jack Michaels in closer to a full-time role. He is also known for his Maury Wills Knothole Gang youth baseball camps.

“He’s really taken this as a second home,” said Brad Thom, president and chief executive officer for the RedHawks. “He’s grown a connection.”

Maury thanked the Thoms, including team chairman Bruce Thom, the RedHawks and the Fargo area and region for making him feel welcomed for two decades.

“The relationships that I’ve had with all those factions have been wonderful,” Maury said. Wills was recently honored in the 2017 “Hall of Game” class for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum along with Lee Smith, Al Oliver and Tony Perez. Carla said Maury is in good health with lots of energy and still enjoys golfing. However, she added travel puts some wear on him. That is part of the reason for relocating the items from his museum at Newman.

Maury said he’s been sober for 27 years and his two-decade association with Fargo and the RedHawks has helped him stay clean.

“That’s very meaningful to me,” he said. “I came here years ago when I thought I was at the end of my blessings. … I was able to turn my life around and it’s wonderful today. It has been for a long time.”

Maury was a seven-time Major League Baseball All-Star and a three-time World Series champion. He was the National League MVP in 1962, stealing a then-record 104 bases. He played 14 seasons in the Major Leagues primarily with the Dodgers.

“He’s amazing,” Carla said.

Valley company embraces ‘Take Your Dog to Work Day’

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) – Today’s a great day, not only because it’s Friday, but it’s also “Take Your Dog to Work Day” and we found a company in Phoenix that celebrates it every day.

As Lina knows, it’s important to be productive at the workplace. She gives her all every day and knows that hard work will be rewarded. This is the environment every day at Bloguettes, a local company that teaches their clients online blogging techniques. It’s fueled by a trendy office filled with women that make it all happen and two dogs, who are official staff members and provide joy to everyone.

“The beginning, we had a tiny, small office, just the two of us and Winston and Lina have been a part of the last three years,” said Lorena Garcia, co-founder of Bloguettes. Lorena and her dog, Linda, founded the company with Sakura and her dog, Winston. Their dogs relieve stress for everyone, which if you believe in many studies, is no surprise.

Pets in the workplace can make you more productive and even more creative, but still the Society of Human Resource Management says only about 7 percent of employers allow pets full time.

“Maybe having them every day might be tough, but at least on a Friday or something it just makes it fun and different and I think it just really improves the company culture, so just give it a try,” Sakura Considine said.

If you have a dog like Winston, you don’t even have to hire a security guard! It’s one of many perks to having your pet at work.

Employee ‘Phishing’ Expeditions Among States’ Tools for Cybersecurity Awareness

Phishing and spear-phishing two simplistic examples of cyberattacks well-known in the public sector may remain popular indefinitely, but state cybersecurity personnel are battling the bad actors with strategies aimed at the same soft target: the human mind. Neither form of email attack the more generic phishing, which seeks personal financial information, or spearphishing, which is more targeted and frequently carries attached malware is new. But this spring, authors of the Symantec 2017 Internet Security Threat Report[1] found email attacks increased 68 percent in 2016, while phishing attacks climbed nearly 41 percent.

Officials in Missouri and Washington state acknowledged the sustained threat that each of the attacks presents to the tens of thousands of state employees who may be vulnerable[2]. Washington Chief Information Security Officer Agnes Kirk[3] pointed out that following the success of the May 12 WannaCry[4] ransomware attack, dark Web entrepreneurs launched a subscription service offering would-be hackers access to a virus or hacking tool of the month.

I think as long as you have that kind of business model on the dark Web I don t see anything declining, Kirk said. At Government Technology’s Missouri Digital Government Summit[5] earlier this month, state CISO Michael Roling said so-called fast thinking continues to expose his state s roughly 40,000 vulnerable government employees to phishing attacks.

Phishing is really no different than any other classic swindle. They re trying to misguide the user into doing something they wouldn t normally do, Roling said at the event. It s that knee-jerk reaction, it s that gut instinct when we see something. A lot of times they use fear to evoke that thinking.

But both CISOs said their agencies continue to warn staffers of the dangers of fast thinking with education, humor and assessments modeled after classic phishing expeditions to test staff members resolve. In Missouri, Roling said the Cybersecurity Awareness Program features multiple activities and subprograms, but two key elements are monthly awareness lessons of 10 to 15 minutes each, and ongoing participation charts ranking agencies on which has the most educated employees. Staffers earn points for completing lessons and they earn more points for finishing them soon after their monthly release and contribute to their agency s overall ranking. The Information Technology Services Division is currently barely edging out the second-place agency, Roling joked, in a friendly rivalry that has seen the two agencies exchange rankings before.

Agencies with lower scores are sent detailed information, the CISO said, about which employees haven t completed lessons. But perhaps ITSD s signature cybersecurity training activity is its end-user awareness assessments, which happen every four to six weeks and during which security folk have phished employees with emails designed to be just as irresistible as the genuine article. In place for about a year, this component of the program generated strong reactions among those who clicked, ranging from feeling ashamed to being angry, Roling said, emphasizing ITSD s goal was only to boost awareness of what actual attacks look like.

One real-world strategy Missouri ITSD hasn t employed yet is phishing via telephone call occasionally a precursor to an online hacking campaign. But about a year ago, in an assessment with genuine parallels to successful hacks, the agency left several pocket-size USB sticks outside its primary building in Jefferson City, labeled to suggest they might contain interesting or sensitive data.

What s amazing about it was when we did, every single USB storage device came right back to us. We were very impressed, Roling said. In Washington, Kirk said her agency spearheaded a similar assessment around USB drives left in random places, but around 95 percent of employees who were phished simply returned the devices to Information Technology.

Her agency emails daily tips on how to avoid being compromised or hacked, distributes informational cybersecurity awareness reports and holds face-to-face sessions featuring anonymized, real-life examples to remind staffers they need to practice safe Internet use at home and at work. Anecdotes are what people remember, Kirk said, indicating that if employees are safer at home, they ll be safer at work. It isn t all or nothing. For Cyberawareness Month in October, the CISO said the state gamified an awareness program in which employees who answered questions testing their security best practices were entered into a weekly prize pool. Feedback from staffers indicated they enjoyed comparing answers and the event may be repeated.

The state has mandatory end-user security awareness training, but arguably a more dramatic educational component is its use of phishing telephone calls, a strategy used to test employees at one of the state s smaller but more public-facing agencies, Kirk said. The calls, a targeted event, came at the suggestion of people within the agency who requested cybersecurity officials conduct the test following a security assessment.

I think we don t have the bandwidth to do a significant amount of it, but training a few key people that are first in line to get the calls can be really critical. These people can train others, Kirk said. That will be something we ll look at again. Kirk, whose state pioneered SecureAccess Washington[6], a single sign-on public gateway to secured applications in 2004, said phishing trends up and down, with the state somewhat insulated by its ability to track and block questionable emails.

She and Roling agreed change and humans innate curiosity are among the only constants on the cybersecurity landscape, and emphasized that top-down buy-in and manageability are key to implementing a successful awareness program.

I would say don t try to boil the ocean. Start with a small campaign,” Kirk said. “When you demonstrate value it makes it way easier to get others on-board.”

During the first year of Missouri s program, Roling said officials did get some pushback, but because of that top-down buy-in, which is so critical for any awareness program, they all understood the value of the mission we were trying to carry out.

That, he added, was absolutely vital.

References

  1. ^ Symantec 2017 Internet Security Threat Report (www.symantec.com)
  2. ^ vulnerable (www.govtech.com)
  3. ^ Agnes Kirk (www.govtech.com)
  4. ^ WannaCry (www.govtech.com)
  5. ^ Missouri Digital Government Summit (www.govtech.com)
  6. ^ SecureAccess Washington (www.govtech.com)