Encourage. Energize. Empower.


There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.  – Kofi Annan

In the above quote, Secretary Annan was referring to women in developing nations.  However, it’s just as apt a description of women in technology. 
Encourage. Energize. Empower.  Those are pretty tall orders. The YOU is implied. How about we imply instead that it’s WE? As working women with a voice,  WE need to support each other. WE need to encourage each other to try harder, to reach farther and to stand taller. WE need to energize each other when we’re tired, when we stumble and when we need to rest. 
Where should you start? How about right here?  Here is a great place to start. 
We’ll do it together.


As technology moves forward, there are tech talent shortages in most technical areas and throughout the world. In some cases, people who don’t have degrees or don’t have experience are overlooked for job openings by HR departments. One tech entrepreneur, Jim McKelvey, the founder of Square, decided to do something about the dearth of available programmers in St. Louis by starting a non-profit called LaunchCode. LaunchCode matches qualified people with paid internships that often lead to full-time jobs at companies like MasterCard and Boeing. LaunchCode has since expanded to Miami, Kansas City, and Rhode Island.


Our June webinar speaker, LaShana Lewis, is one of LaunchCode’s first success stories. Be sure to join us to hear how, with the help of LaunchCode and its and its women’s meetup program CoderGirl, she was able to transition from a service job to a career as a systems engineer at MasterCard.

Next Meeting

Tue, Jun 07 2016 11:00 Central Daylight Time

Securing a SQL Server Checklist

RSVP: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3545926473264317188

Securing a SQL Server Checklist

The session will cover DBA's Checklist Compliance 101 - with the examples of the compliance rules of several industries and the logic behind them. We will go over the protection mechanisms available to every DBA - as they relate to the compliance rules. We will introduce initial ten steps for the security and privacy compliance policies, and will do hands-on examples as applicable. 1. install firewall - and what it means for the DBAs. DMZ - or how do you move data across "zones" safely? '2. passwords policies - at the minimum, change vendors defaults here I will give some introduction into WHY, introduce ISO - and show them how to do policies and how to protect password to different security levels. 3. protect data on disk here I will explain the encryption and masking and what protects against whom, again - will do some examples - basic ones. This section will also talk about how to identify sensitive data - and what to encrypt and how, and what to mask and how. HIPAA's safe harbor as part of privacy rule, and HIPAA's security rule, PCI DSS removal of card numbers, cv2, etc. Here also I will cover password encryption in SQL. Examples will follow - as simple as how to create keys and encrypt the column to the level of complexity you require. 4. protect data in- transit ( this is not a db task, will just mention it) 5. anti-virus software - this is not per se db task, but often might interrupt database operations - it happened before. Will just let them know to check it. 6. develop secure systems - this is where sql injection and use of stored procedures comes in place. I can talk about diff sql injections - a little bit of hands -on 7. identity management as extension of #3 and #6 8. monitor access to network and database activities ( for Fraud detection) 9. preparedness tests of security - Create "false alarms" 10.Make the above a policy with document and mandatory class.

Virginia Mushkatblat has 20 years of development and architectural experience with critical data-intensive applications. She has worked in companies ranging from start-ups to international conglomerates with the range of requirements, including those of 24/7 and batch processing, and lead teams of DB developers, architects and administrators. She has worked in entertainment, technology and financial industries.

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