PITON - Professional IT Occupational Networking - Toronto

October 2020 Meeting Agenda

October 2020 Meeting Agenda

Date: Thursday, October 29th, 2020

Time: 6:00PM TO 8:00PM EDT

Professional IT Occupational Network (PITON) is a registered non-profit organization that empowers IT professionals for maximum performance and achievement through networking, creating synergy and supporting one another through mentor ship and knowledge sharing.

What differentiates us from similar organizations is that we have the support of certified coaches that help us through the challenges we may face in our progress in professional advancement.

We do this through encouraging members to present on professional topics of their choice, networking and sharing success stories. We have two presentations in each meeting.

The speeches fall under following categories:

– IT and Cyber Security

– Professional Development and Leadership for advancing in business or career

Visit our website at www.piton.ca for more information and get the meeting agenda.

Register at following URL to become a premium member: https://www.piton.ca/join

Premium members are encouraged to speak on any technology topic of their choice.

One voice has very limited impact. Together we become a stronger voice in our society.

PITON Mission Statement:
Empowering IT professionals to reach their next step or their path to dream career resulting in sense of fulfillment and professional growth.Follow us on Instagram: @piton_group

Please note that the event will be online over ZOOM platform. We will be sharing the link to participate.

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Meeting report – July 2019

July meeting started at 6:00 pm as scheduled.

Mehrdad, PITON’s president, provided an introduction on PITON and its mission. He explained how PITON creates an environment in which people become empowerd by assisting each other.

As a regular practice in PITON, all the attendees are given time to introduce themselves in a professional way to stand up and be noticed.

The first presentation was performed by Fatima Omar, Leadership and Business Consultant, and the topic was “3 Steps to Success”. The three pillars of success can be summarized as “CUBS”:

Commitment: Declare your ultimate goals and remain focused on it.

Un-Learn: Find your barriers. Put aside your logical brain, listen to your curiosity and expand your abilities, move on.

Believe in yourself: Be kind to yourself

It leads to “Success”.

Second presentation was on Phishing scams that was delivered by Mehrdad.

He introduced Phishingfree.com that has a free browser add-on that can help detecting suspicious URLs. You can install it on Chrome and IE browsers for free.

This free add-on is provided by Safetoopen.com company based on Auckland, New Zealand.

Safetoopen provides phishing detection and protection solutions.

Meeting report – February 2019

We had two guest speakers:
Hard skills (technology) track guest speaker was Masih Omid who talked about micro services. Summary of key points:
Micro-service architecture characteristics

  • Componentization via Services
  • Self-contain
  • Deployable independently
  • Cloud-native
  • Organized around business capabilities
  • Smart endpoints and dumb pipes
  • Decentralized Data Management
  • Design for failure
  • Infrastructure Automation

The Soft Skill track guest speaker was Fatima Omar who talked about 3 Steps To Writing A Book:

  • What’s your why?
  • Provide a SOLUTION for your ideal client.
  • Open KDP Account, Enter Book Details and Upload your Book

Meeting report – December 2018

Meeting started with 30 minutes delay due to the traffic issue.

We extended the networking session at the beginning followed by two presentations:
Elham talked about secure online shopping since we are approaching to holidays and people tend to buy online.
Few things to remember from this presentation are as follows:

  • Make sure the entire traffic is encrypted using https
  • Verify the URL and ensure the spelling is correct. Sometimes fake websites use a very similar URL to fool people
  • Use a strong password for online accounts
  • When possible use PayPal rather than credit card
  • Don't trust public WiFi

The second presentation was about Emotions and Subconscious mind by Dr. Alireza Sharifi. In his presentation, Alireza mentioned that the 4 steps to learning:

  1. Unconscious Incompetence which is when we are exposed to something we don't know,
  2. Conscious Incompetence, which is when we start learning something new
  3. Conscious Competence which is a level in which we are getting better at something we learn,
  4. and finally, Unconscious Competence which is the level we do things automatically.

After the formal speeches, Mehrdad provided an update on community project about January 12th seminar on raising security awareness for the general public.

It was an enjoyable and informational session.
On behalf of PITON board members, we thank our participants who made it.

PITON is a networking group of IT professionals for IT professionals to advance in their business, career or professional life.

Meeting report – November 2018

The meeting started on-time at 5:30 pm and ended at 7:30.

Elham talked about IoT and security concerns around it. She provided some useful tips for everyone based on the question during Q/A after her presentation, I noticed the interest among participants on this topic. Thank you, Elham for preparing and presenting on such an interesting and useful topic.

Our next speaker was Dr. Alireza Sharifi, one 9f our sponsors and the founder of Alta Training and Coaching. His speech was the fist section of a series on emotional mastery and strategies to manage our emotions that stem in our subconscious mind. We look forward to its second part in our next meeting.
We all need to master the techniques to control our emotions to our benefit. I personally love this topic and based on the feedback, I realized everyone was also interested in this topic. Thank you so much Alireza for enlighting us with your presentations.

We had a special guest that considering snow and bad road conditions made to attend our meeting. Ms.Vahideh Hashemi is a business coach and consultant. It was so nice having her in our meeting and hope she can support our network in the future.
I would like to personally thank everyone who made it to attend the Nov meeting despite the weather condition and busy schedule.

Also, special thanks to Mahmood, Payman, and Masih for their support.

Meeting report

October 18th meeting was hosted at GoSecure office in downtown Toronto.

Special thanks to GoSecure for their terrific support. Meeting theme was Cyber Security Awareness. The meeting started with reciting the mission statement, followed by a quick introduction of GoSecure provided with Moni.

Then we had a 15 minutes time introducing new guests by highlighting three areas of expertise for each person.

We also had the presentations as follows: 1- 2019 - filling in your enterprise's Cyber Security Gap (Presented by GoSecure) 2- Cyber Security Awareness (by Mehrdad Janbeglou) 3- Rapport Building (by Amirpouyan Harandi).

Thank you, everyone, for making this event happen.

Monthly Gathering – October 2018

Join PITON Occupational Network October networking event on Thursday October 18, 2018.
Professional IT Occupational Network (PITON) is a registered nonprofit organization to empower IT professionals to network, create synergy and support one another in achieving professional or career goals.
We do this through encouraging members to deliver speech on a professional topic of their choice, networking and supporting eachother by coaching, mentoring, connecting to helpful resources or simply listening and brainstorming.
The speeches are in the following categories:
– All IT domains
– Cyber Security
– Professional Development for advancing in business or achieving career goals
Visit our website at www.piton.ca for more information.
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Event Sponsor: Gosecure.net

Date and Time: Thursday, October 18, 2018. 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT

Location: 120 Adelaide Street West, #2015, Gosecure.net, Toronto, ON M5H 1P9.

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