On February 28, 2017, the President signed the “Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Act” into law. The primary aim of the bill is to compel the director of NASA to encourage women and girls to study within the STEM fields. The purpose of this act is to support NASA and help women to consider and pursue a career in aerospace. NASA will use three initiatives to support the efforts; the NASA GIRLS AND NASA BOYS programs, Aspire to Inspire, and the Summer Institute in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Research.
The INSPIRE Act is one additional step in what needs to be a comprehensive approach to break down the glass ceiling for women in many STEM fields. We currently have a tremendous shortage of US trained personnel to fill the many opportunities in STEM fields. The US is currently losing thousands of jobs overseas, simply because we don’t have trained people to do the work required. While not anywhere near a cure for the problem INSPIRE is a step in the right direction. The fastest fix to this problem is to make sure that women are given every opportunity to go after what are often traditionally male opportunities in the STEM fields.
PS Solutions Foundation is dedicated to helping young girls get exposure to STEM opportunities, particularly software engineering in the hopes that they will be encouraged to pursue the field as they work through their educational path. PS Solutions Foundation has provided scholarships for girls participating in science camps at Penn State Altoona.
Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act
The Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act was signed into law on February 28, 2017. It was one of two bills designed to encourage woman to pursue careers in science and business fields. This Act allows the National Science Foundation to encourage entrepreneurial programs for women. These programs will allow women the opportunity to strive for careers in the STEM fields from the lab to the commercial world.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while women make up 47 percent of the U.S. workforce, they only hold 25.6 percent of computer and mathematical occupations and only 15.4 percent of architecture and engineering occupations. At the college level, women only earn 18 percent of computer science degrees.
Founded in 2012, PS Solutions Foundation focuses local efforts at encouraging young women to develop an interest in software engineering. The Foundation partners with educational providers to engage the young women so they can explore Computer Science and hopefully one day strive for a career within the field. There is a large opportunity for women within the STEM fields and this Act will hopefully be only one step in a comprehensive plan to help grow those opportunities for women.
News on Latest Cyber Attack
The most recent attack on Friday, May 12 affected 200,000 victims across at least 150 countries worldwide. The latest attack comes from ransomware known as WannaCry. Ransomware is software that blocks access by encrypting your data until a ransom is paid. It displays a message that requests money to unlock access. There has been an international search for the perpetrators behind the attack, being led by the Europol, the European Union’s Police Agency. Luckily, there has been no second wave of attacks with many watching to see what the start of the new workweek brings.
The WannaCry Ransomware takes advantage of a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. Microsoft released a security patch in March to correct the problem. However, there are many companies that do not automatically update their systems to incorporate the Windows patches. A prime reason for not wanting to do so, is that often the newer releases or patches cause problems with companies operating legacy software programs. Essentially, these companies have been running the gamble of not upgrading the security patches so they don’t have to spend potentially significant money to upgrade the legacy software.
If you are considering doing a rewrite of your software systems, consider contacting PS Solutions for a quote. Our rural outsourcing program allows you to save thousands of dollars by utilizing our Altoona-based software engineers. You save money, keep jobs in the USA, and avoid the risks of the unknown results of gambling on using overseas development companies.
Call PS Solutions at 814-942-7888 or visit PS Solutions at www.PSSolutions.net.
PS Solutions Makes Recommendations in Light of Latest Cyber Attack
While companies need to make the decision about investing money to upgrade legacy software, everyone should be considering the following steps to reduce the risk of downloading ransomware:
Do not open emails from someone you do not know or trust.
Never open an attachment within an email from a company or person you do not know.
Never click on a link inside of an email.
Never reply to SPAM emails.
Always use a SPAM filter/ Anti- Virus software.
Utilize these tips to protect yourselves and your technology. Cyber attacks are an increasing risk and it is better to be prepared and safe.
PS Solutions continues growth and announces hiring of new Senior Account Manager
Altoona-based PS Solutions is proud to announce the hiring of Robert Fields as the company’s new Senior Account Manager. Fields will be heading up the PS Solutions’ Pittsburgh office on the North Shore. He is responsible for continuing growth of PS Solutions’ mission to help businesses fulfill their software and web development needs while keeping technology jobs in the USA.
Robert Fields joins PS Solutions with more than 25 years’ experience in the Information Technology Consulting industry. Fields brings extensive experience developing innovative product, project and staff augmentation solutions to complex client problems, consulting with Fortune 500 manufacturing firms, insurance companies, and educational and financial institutions, sourcing and retaining key resources.
PS Solutions employs Software Engineers and Web-based developers in its downtown Altoona and Pittsburgh offices to create, design, and re-engineer software for clients throughout the eastern US.
Questions should be addressed to Joe Merilli or Wayne Hippo at PS Solutions 814-942-7888 or visit www.pssolutions.net