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Member Advocacy Spotlight: Linda Lynch Recognizes Importance of Upcoming D.C. Fly-In

CompTIA’s first D.C. Fly-In is just around the corner, and we hope you will be able to join us in Washington, November 1-3. This event gives you a rare opportunity to meet with your Members of Congress, staff and officials from pertinent government agencies, while also learning about CompTIA’s advocacy efforts.

CompTIA member Linda Lynch understands the importance of getting involved, which is why she will be in Washington, D.C., on November 1st for the CompTIA D.C. Fly-In.

“Without a doubt, decisions made by our lawmakers affect our businesses and frequently frustrate us as we struggle to deal with new regulations,” said Lynch. “As I have learned more about CompTIA’s advocacy efforts, I have discovered that, while my individual voice may go unheard, I can add my voice to those of my colleagues and together we can have a greater impact than any of us can alone.”

Read more about what Lynch thinks about the role of public advocacy in our industry.  If you would like to join Lynch and other CompTIA members for the D.C. Fly-In, register online. We hope to see you in November!

IT SECURITY

Drumbeat for Legislative Reform
Earlier this year the U.S. Secret Service in coordination with Verizon and the Dutch National High Tech Criminal Unit released the 2011 Data Breach Investigations Report. An interesting outcome of the report is that in 2010 cyber attacks decreased significantly from earlier years, but the number of actual breaches was the highest ever. Read more.

Computer Tampering to Be a RICO Crime
Last week the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the reform of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). The CFAA was passed initially in 1986 to impose criminal liability for hacking computers and IT systems owned by the federal government and financial institutions. Since then there have been numerous amendments to the CFAA. Read more

TECH ENTREPRENEURS

Support Key IT Business Measures
As the Joint Select Deficit Reduction Committee begins its important work to develop a deficit reduction plan, we’re urging the Committee to take into consideration the needs of small and mid-size IT companies. In a letter submitted to the Committee, CompTIA outlined several economic priorities. Read more.

Obama’s Job Bill
The President’s $447 billion jobs bill proposals contain provisions that would benefit small businesses, including payroll tax reductions. Read more.

Update on Digital Sales Taxes
The “Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act of 2011” would restrict collection of sales taxes on digital goods and services to the jurisdiction encompassing the buyer’s tax address. Read more.

Capital for Rural SMBs
A new jobs initiative has been announced by the White House intended to help rural small businesses access capital, expand rural job search and training services, and increase rural access to healthcare workers and technology. Read more.

INNOVATION AND COMPETITIVENESS

Cybersecurity Programs Increase across Higher Ed
Training a new generation of highly skilled cybersecurity professionals is higher education’s newest goal. Amid the threat of cyberwarfare, the Department of Homeland Security has doubled its cybersecurity workforce in the last two years, and in May the Pentagon’s declared that cyber attacks will be considered acts of war.

GAO Reviews Americans’ Interest-Level in Cyber Jobs
The Government Accountability Office is conducting a federal audit to assess the draw, or lack thereof, of cybersecurity careers.

Congressional Testimony on Growing Need for Certification
In early September, the House Small Business Committee held a hearing on Innovative Approaches to Meeting the Workforce Needs of Small Businesses. Scott Watkins, the owner of Modern Tech Squad, a CompTIA Authorized Service Center in the Florida panhandle, provided testimony at the hearing regarding the importance of credentials in the IT industry. Read more.

HEALTH IT CORNER

Hospitals Put Out Help Wanted Sign for IT Personnel
While high unemployment continues to drag on the rest of the economy, the healthcare industry can’t seem to find enough qualified people to fill its information technology needs, reports Healthcare IT News.

GRASSROOTS ADVOCACY

Register for the D.C. Fly-In Online Today
Registration for CompTIA’s D.C. Fly-In is open online. The first 20 members to register will receive a $500 stipend to go toward the cost of the event. Go to Capitol Hill and speak directly to Members of Congress and meet with their staff. Hear from CompTIA’s Public Advocacy team about its policy initiatives and give your input. The Fly-In agenda is filled with chances for you to learn and discover how Washington is affecting you. Additional networking opportunities give you the chance to mingle with other CompTIA members and Capitol Hill staffers. All of this and more will take place November 1-3 in Washington, D.C.

COMPTIA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

Strong Revenue Growth Forecasted for the Cloud
Cloud computing is generating significant revenue streams for IT channel companies, who plan to boost their cloud investments in the next year, according to CompTIA research. Among IT channel companies offering cloud computing solutions, 46 percent report deriving 50 percent or more of their annual revenue from cloud-related products and services in the last 12 months. The large majority of these companies (85 percent) expect cloud sales to grow in the next 12 months. Read more.

Teaming Up to Support Minority Students
By the time she had graduated from Stanford University, Stephanie Brown had already completed internships with Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and Deloitte. Getting connected with the Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) in high school put Brown on a learning track that led to a managing stint at Microsoft. Recognizing the importance of BDPA to talented students such as Brown, CompTIA’s Creating IT Futures Foundation recently made a $10,000 gift to the BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF). Read more.

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September 2011, Issue 14
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IN THIS ISSUE
TOP STORY
IT SECURITY
TECH ENTREPRENEURS
HEALTH IT CORNER
GRASSROOTS ADVOCACY
COMPTIA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
LEGISLATION,
REGULATIONS IN THE NEWS

Politico:
Concerns with Cloud Migration

Government Health IT:
DOD and VA Face Challenges in EHR Project

The Hill:
Lawmakers Praise Visa Programs

UPCOMING EVENTS

CompTIA Healthcare IT Channel Training Workshop
September 30
Downers Grove, IL


SMB Nation Fall Conference
September 30 - October 2
Las Vegas, NV


Intro to MSP Partners Trustmark™
October 4 at 1:00 p.m. (CT)
Free CompTIA webinar


Leverage the CompTIA Security Trustmark™
October 18 at 1:00 p.m. (CT)
Free CompTIA Webinar


CompTIA Unified Communications Channel Training Workshop
October 28
Downers Grove, IL


CompTIA Washington D.C. Fly-In
November 1-3
Washington, D.C.


EMEA Member Conference
November 9
London, U.K.


More IT Channel Events

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Key CompTIA Public Policy Contacts

Workforce Education
Elizabeth Hyman
Vice President, Public Advocacy

Tech Entrepreneurs & Health IT
Lamar Whitman
Director, Public Advocacy

IT Security
David Valdez
Senior Director, Public Advocacy

PAC and Grassroots Advocacy
Matthew L. Evans
Manager, Public Advocacy

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