SELECTMEN NEWS New Finance Director Town Accountant Appointed

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — At a meeting last week, the Wilmington Board of Selectmen appointed Bryan Perry, the current City Auditor for Lowell, as the town’s next Finance Director/Town Accountant, by a 4-1 vote.Perry beat out fellow finalist Jennifer Finnegan, the current Town Treasurer/Collector for Tyngsboro. Both were publicly interviewed by Selectmen on May 15.“I think both candidates did an outstanding job and have great resumes,” said Selectman Mike McCoy. “I was impressed by both, but was more impressed by Brian Perry,” said Selectman Kevin Caira. “He has Munis experience and was part of a conversation. He’s also familiar with the Board of Assessors. He’s an auditor. I think either candidate is good. We win with either one of them. For my flavor, I’m partial to Brian Perry.”“Mr. Perry has well-thought out answers to questions he couldn’t have been prepared for in a setting that was not your typical job interview,” added Selectwoman Jomarie O’Mahony. “What really differentiated the two is that Mr. Perry is currently managing a $300 million+ budget for the City of Lowell, which is three times our budget.”“I was partial to Mrs. Finnegan,” said Selectman Jonathan Eaton, who noted Finnegan has nearly 20 years more experience in municipal finance than Perry. “I felt the fraud she uncovered in her prior employment was very impressive. I do feel that she would fit in with the other finance offices here than Mr. Perry might… Experience matters a lot. I’m not going to go home disappointed if Mrs. Finnegan doesn’t get the position. I do think she’s my preference.”“I agree these were two highly qualified candidates. Very educated. Impressive resumes… They’re pretty equal when you look at them side by side. Both did well in the interviews,” said Selectmen Chair Greg Bendel. “I thought Mr. Perry had the edge when it came to interviewing. We can’t wrong with either one.”“Both could perform the job very well. They offer a different set of strengths. Mr. Perry’s municipal accounting experience and as a member of the Board of Assessors gives him a bit of an edge with respect of understanding the Board,” said Town Manager Jeff Hull, when asked for his opinion. “In terms of learning curves, Mr. Perry does not seem to be familiar with the municipal borrowing process, which is certainly something that can be learned… There will be an adjustment for Mr. Perry from going to a city-form government to a Town Meeting/Board of Selectmen… [Mrs. Finnegan] has been a Treasurer/Collector and Town Accountant, which perhaps gives her a greater breadth of experience as Mr. Perry, so there’s pluses and minuses on both sides…. In the end, whichever way the board goes, we’re in a good situation.”On a motion made by Selectman McCoy and a second on Selectwoman O’Mahony, Brian Perry received 4 votes. Selectman Eaton was the lone no vote.Hull told Selectmen he will discuss the terms and conditions for employment with Perry. Perry’s term will expire annually.Current Town Accountant Mike Morris is retiring on July 12.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Board To Interview 2 Finalists For Finance Director/Town Accountant On Wednesday NightIn “Government”5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmington’s New Finance Director Bryan Perry (Part 2)In “5 Quick Questions”5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmington’s New Finance Director Bryan PerryIn “5 Quick Questions”last_img read more

Promoting JK Tourism

first_imgIn an initiative to strengthen tourism and to promote the culture of Jammu and Kashmir, Tourism Department organised a massive road show at Lalit Hotel in the national Capital. North India’s prominent travel trade representatives were invited to witness the impressive presentation from the department which showcased Jammu and Kashmir as one of the best destinations for its natural beauty, landscapes, gushing water streams, adventure tourism, crafts and cuisine, history and heritage, adventure tourism, lake tourism, MiCE and golf tourism. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Farooq Ahmed Shah, Secretary, Tourism  briefed the gathering about the 5500 year old history of Kashmir, the heritage and hospitality of the state for which Jammu and Kashmir is famous all over the world. He assured to provide best and upgraded services to visitors in 2016.RK Verma, Director, Tourism, Jammu; Mahmood A Shah, Director, Tourism, Kashmir and other officials of Tourism, JKTDC and SKICC were present at the road show.last_img read more

There Is a Creepy Side to Those Smart Toys and Appliances On

first_imgDecember 19, 2017 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. As holiday shoppers attempt to “wow” their friends, families and coworkers with the top presents of the season — think Amazon Echos, smart TVs and internet-enabled toys — they could be inadvertently exposing their giftees to a world of cybersecurity pain. Unfortunately, hackers looking to expand their attacks beyond networks and emails have set their sights on devices that are connected to our home networks.Despite the recent security issues with IoT devices (i.e. smart teddy bear flaw), a recent survey found that 65 percent of millennials are unaware of IoT risks and the same percentage don’t take this type of security seriously. However, with stockings already being hung by the chimney with care, it’s important to raise awareness about the types of threats plaguing these devices. Before making those final purchases, let’s explore which popular items are most at-risk and ways in which owners can secure their new toys.Related: Government Agencies and Hospitals Face Increasing Risk of IoT-Powered CyberattacksHo-Ho-Hold the Phone — Consider These Potential RisksThe newest, hottest devices are obviously high on holiday wish lists, and for good reason! Many of them are not only fun additions to the home, but also add a significant convenience factor when it comes to day-to-day activities like switching lights on and off, controlling music, locking doors and entertaining children. However, before bringing these items into the home, it’s important for consumers to weigh the pros and cons.One of the biggest risks associated with installing IoT devices revolves around the loss of privacy. As IoT evolves, devices that have video cameras in them should be avoided at all costs. We’ve seen vulnerabilities appear within connected cameras time and time again — see examples here and here. While using IoT cameras externally for security purposes makes sense, bringing them into the home can be, and has been, an issue.Besides security cameras, we are seeing video capabilities in TVs, toys and even appliances such as vacuum cleaners. Before purchasing and gifting these items, shoppers need to think long and hard about the potential implications.Related: 3 Reasons Why IT Security Must Be a Top Concern for Tech StartupsSo, Which Devices are on Santa’s Naughty List?Over the last year, there have been a number of toys designed for children that pose serious risks — the Cayla doll is a prime example. Unfortunately, as manufacturers continue to develop and release connected toys, security is not always top of mind when installing components like remote audio and/or video capabilities. Combined with the fact that children can easily be preyed-upon, shoppers should take great caution when selecting any internet-embedded technology device for a child.From a connected home perspective, smart speakers are a perfect example of a risky addition to the household. While these items will be all the rage this year, it’s important to evaluate the security implications. We saw just last month the BlueBorne vulnerability that left prominent devices within this category vulnerable to hackers via just a Bluetooth connection — through this, malicious actors could feed smart speaker owners false information (i.e. traffic reports and inaccurate schedules) and even spy on victims. And the scariest part? If a hacker gained control of the connected device, they could potentially spread to other networked devices or eavesdrop on network traffic communication.Additionally, smart systems that are used to control door locks and garage-door openers are being exposed by hackers. Apple’s HomeKit is the most recent example. As usual though, Apple was able to fix the issue quickly via a server-side patch.Related: Why Millennials Don’t Worry That Much About Online SecurityDoes This Mean IoT Devices Should be Taken Off Our Wish Lists?Let’s be realistic — the entire holiday shopping population isn’t going to abandon purchasing IoT devices as gifts due to the chance that they might be hacked. And, to be honest, a number of items still make great gifts — for example, ones that add convenience and entertainment like automation for lighting and switched outlets.With that said, consumers still need to do their due diligence for securing these items and be especially cautious with devices that contain video cameras. A few questions to ask before purchasing an IoT device include:Who is the manufacturer? Is it someone reputable, or a suspicious knock-off that may save you a few bucks? Look for products issued by companies like Amazon, Apple, Bose and Google this holiday season. Many of these companies — like Amazon and Google — have patching solutions already in place, so in the event that a vulnerability does arise, they can quickly mitigate the issue. It may cost more up-front, but the savings from a potential security breach are greater by leaps and bounds.What are the known vulnerabilities? Before completing your purchase, do a quick search to see if any security vulnerabilities have been discovered previously in your gift. Is the first Google search result on that product you’ve been eyeing a vulnerability exploit/issue? If so, you might want to stay away from that one and consider another gift.Will the device update automatically? Ensuring that the latest firmware is installed on any internet-connected device is of utmost important. Old firmware equals new entry points for malicious actors. One of the easiest ways to ensure this is the case is to buy devices that update automatically and don’t require manual firmware installations.IoT is Coming to TownWhether we like it or not, these devices are in our homes. Fear not, though, if you’ve already purchased and wrapped these gifts for your loved ones and coworkers. Give the gift of security this year and pass along these helpful tips with your connected purchase:Use the tech as it was intended: Make sure the device is deployed properly and used the way it was designed. Follow installation directions completely and double check that the latest firmware is installed.Change default password: Never stick with what’s given! Also, when selecting a new password, follow the same procedures you would when selecting one for your online bank account. Don’t use any of your personal information — that includes Fido’s name — and avoid passwords that contain words/phrases that can be associated with you, your business and/or personal life. In addition, don’t reuse passwords across multiple devices/accounts.We have enough to worry about this holiday season with 10s of family members running around the house fueled by eggnog and candy. Don’t let cybersecurity add yet another thing to your checklist. Follow these simple IoT security tips to ensure a carefree holiday for you and your loved ones.last_img read more