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CTSI & Ecfirst Cyber Security Certification Training & Testing

CTSI, an IT Services company, announced today that they will host partner Uday Ali Pabrai, a world class cyber security expert, to provide the Certified Cyber Security Architect (CCSA) certification course in Albany, GA. The training and certification exam will be offered on November 17th at the Bridge House.

Ali Pabrai, MSEE, CISSP (ISSP, ISSMP), CCSFP (HITRUST), Security+, a cybersecurity & compliance expert, is the chairman & chief executive of ecfirst. He has successfully delivered solutions to U.S. government agencies, IT firms, healthcare systems, legal & other organizations worldwide. Mr. Pabrai served as an Interim CISO for a health system with 40+ locations in the USA. He has led numerous engagements worldwide for ISO 27001, PCI DSS, NIST & HIPAA/HITECH security assessments. ecfirst is an approved HITRUST CSF assessor & a PCI Qualified Security Assessor. Mr. Pabrai is the co-creator of the Security Certified Program (SCP) – a program approved by the U.S. Department of Defense Directive 8570.1M and one of the industry’s most comprehensive hands-on information security certification programs.

Mr. Pabrai has presented passionate briefs to tens of thousands of professionals globally, including the USA, United Kingdom, France, Taiwan, Singapore, Canada, India, UAE, Africa, Saudi Arabia, Philippines, Japan & others. Conferences where he has been featured include HCCA, ISACA CSX, HIMSS, InfraGuard (FBI), ISSA, HIPAA Summit, Google Privacy & Security Summit, Microsoft Tech Summit, Internet World, DCI Expo, & dozens of others. Mr. Ali Pabrai was appointed and serves as a member of the select HITRUST CSF Assessor Council and is a proud member of the U.S. InfraGard (FBI).

Tammy McCrary, CEO of CTSI, feels this is a critical time for businesses throughout SW Georgia to be informed on issues surrounding Cyber Security. The size of the company is not important to cyber criminals, evidenced by the recent attacks on Equifax, Deloitte, and Augusta University Medical Center. While we hear about the attacks on large companies most often, plenty of small companies are attacked as well. It is CTSI’s goal to be the number one resource on cyber security in SW Georgia.

The CCSA focuses on the Cyber Security Framework, Security Incident Management, Vulnerability Assessment & Penetration Testing, Essential Cyber Policies, Encryption, Establishing a Cyber Security Program. This information is invaluable for compliance professionals and managers, security officers, security practitioners, privacy officers and senior IT professionals and anyone else involved in the overall security of an organization impacted by compliance regulations.

This special opportunity is brought to you by CTSI. For more information, contact Beth Brown, CHP, at 229-446-9641 or

Amerigroup October Events

October 27

Dating Violence College Maze


Presented by Liberty House Domestic Violence Shelter

ASU East Campus


October 28

14th Annual Women’s Health Conference

8 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Featured Speaker Evelyn Braxton of The Braxton Family Values TV Show)

Albany State University – Student Center

Healthcare Career Fairs

Health Care career fairs hosted by Georgia Department of Labor.

The first is set for October 27, 2017, from 9 a.m. – noon at Georgia DOL Albany Career Center. The second is set for November 1, 2017, from 9 a.m. – noon at Georgia DOL Bainbridge Career Center.

Albany Technical College Holds Fall NTHS Induction

Albany Technical College Holds Fall National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) Induction Ceremony on Tuesday Evening

Albany, Georgia – Albany Technical College will hold the annual Fall National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the George Kirkland Conference Center. Sixteen Albany Tech students will be inducted this fall. In order to qualify for induction into the NTHS, students must meet the following requirements: be enrolled at Albany Tech; have completed two consecutive semesters of course work, a minimum of 18 credit hours; hold at least a 3.5 Grade Point Average (GPA) overall; exemplify the personal qualities of an honor student (safety conscious, works well with others, dependable, trustworthy, responsible, honest, takes pride in work, exhibits good citizenship, and make a neat and clean appearance); and maintain the required grade average to remain a member of the organization.

Keynote speaker for the evening will be Dr. Anthony O. Parker, Albany Technical College President. Serving as the college president since 1995, Parker is the former Vice President of Student Services for Aiken Technical College in Aiken, South Carolina and Southeastern Technical College in Vidalia, Georgia. In July 2005, he assumed the duties of interim Assistant Commissioner of Adult Literacy for the Technical College System of Georgia in Atlanta, serving from July 1, 2005 through April 1, 2006.

Since Parker’s arrival, Albany Tech has completed a capital campaign, doubled enrollment, and taken responsibility for adult literacy. New facilities have also been constructed or renovated on the Dougherty County campus and a learning center built in Randolph County. Parker holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance from South Carolina State University. He received a specialist in education degree in Educational Administration from Augusta College and a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. He is also a graduate of the Institute of Educational Management at the Harvard University Graduate School. He graduated from the Executive Leadership Institute at the League for Innovation in the Community College and also served as a faculty member on four occasions.

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Albany Tech NTHS President, Hattie Ford, will provide opening remarks and Albany Tech Alumni and member of the NTHS Board of Directors, James L. Shaw, Jr., will provide the pledge/charge to the new inductees. Five Albany Tech NTHS members will officiate for the Candlelight Ceremony, a tradition of NTHS induction.


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