Dan Shapero testified before House Committee on how small businesses are affected by cyber attacks

From a press release

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) announced that Laguna Beach resident Dan Shapero, founder of ClikCloud, testified last week before the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology on cyber security and its impact on small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in the innovation-driven IT sector.

Shapero, who brings 25 years in the IT sector as an executive and entrepreneur, highlighted two policy issues that have a significant and ongoing impact on the IT SMB: national data breach notification reform and workforce development.

In his testimony, Shapero stated, “The majority of cyber attacks create exposure across state lines and are an area of serious concern.  There are currently 47 state data breach notification (DBN) laws in place, imposing duplicative costs and an undue burden on SMBs. These issues are compounded in the context of the cloud due to the mobility of data. In a cloud environment, data travels across multiple jurisdictions adding more uncertainty for SMBs who may not have the resources to understand their DBN compliance obligations.”  Shapero stated that a national framework for DBN is called for to ensure good practices and encourage expansion of IT services across state lines.

He also addressed the importance of workforce development to meet cyber security threats. “Another issue that we face as small and medium-sized businesses is the ability to recruit and retain in-house talent to help protect ourselves from cyber attacks.  However, there is a skills-gap issue that is affecting the IT community as a whole. There are approximately 250,000 open IT jobs in the U.S. at any given time. As the SMB community, not only are we competing with the rest of the world for this talent, we are competing against other larger U.S. companies with big names.”

Elizabeth Hyman, Vice President Public Advocacy for CompTIA added that, “Certifications play an important role in this conversation. It is a way for employers to validate an applicant’s knowledge and skill set.”  She continued, “Having access to a plentiful and skilled workforce will help companies protect themselves from cyber attacks.”

Soroptimist International of LB receives grant funding Healthy Girls Festival April 27 on Festival Grounds

The Arbonne Charitable Foundation presented Soroptimist International of Laguna Beach with funds to support the first annual Healthy Girls Festival, which will take place on Saturday, April 27, at the Festival of Arts grounds. Kay Napier of Laguna Beach, CEO of Arbonne presented Mary Sausen, president of SILB with the check on February 26 in Irvine.

Arbonne Charitable Foundation CEO Kay Napier (left), Soroptimist LB President Mary Sausen, Sheree Wiener, Courtney Janes and Lisa Wolter with the check.

“This is shaping up to be the mother-daughter event of the year in Laguna Beach,” said Courtney Janes, Executive Director of the Arbonne Charitable Foundation. “We are pleased to partner with Soroptimist International and excited to be a part of this educational and inspiring event, especially since the organization’s mission is so closely aligned with our own. The Arbonne Charitable Foundation supports activities that boost the confidence and self-esteem of teens so this is a great opportunity for everyone involved,” said Janes.

The SILB Healthy Girl Festival has been created to help girls recognize and explore the many resources around them to stay healthy in mind, body and spirit.

Mothers and Daughters will have the opportunity to view the film, “Miss Representation.” The event will feature a performance by the high school girls band Yours Truly, dance, interactive Zumba, healthy cooking demonstrations and much more. Many local organizations and businesses will display their products and services in the Expo area of the festival grounds. All event exhibitors are required to be engaged in some aspect of helping girls make healthy choices.

For information about how Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls, visit www.silagunabeach.org.

Soul Surf Laguna’s Grand Opening this Saturday

After 10 years of providing surf skate adventures and programs throughout Southern California, Soul Surf is pleased to announce the opening of their new retail store at 763 S. Coast Highway in Laguna Beach from noon to 5 p.m.

Joining the fun at the Soul Shop will be the crew from Hamboards - whose longboard and fish skateboard designs have become a worldwide phenomenon for their authentic and silky surfing feel.

Custom Hamboards will be available for purchase at the event.

Food, Drink and Music will be offered, as well as demo boards for folks to try.

Soul Surf offers Surf Programs, Surf Fitness training, overnight surf camps, private coaching, Skateboarding and Surf Contest Series.

“The Way That it Used to Be”

In Laguna Beach

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Laguna Pier

1927 – Laguna’s fishing pier was at Rockpile Beach off Heisler Park and a popular meeting spot for visitors. Many fished off the pier that was built shortly before the turn of the century. The pier was knocked down during the famous 1939 hurricane that made landfall further north but produced high surf here.

Seagulls with Chicks at Aliso Beach

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Sage Hill School welcomes all to 12th Annual Multicultural Fair with international food booths and children’s activities

Sage Hill School will open its campus to the community for a day of food and festivity at the 12th Annual Multicultural Fair on Saturday, March 23. Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., the Newport Coast hillside will transform into a global village as an expected 1,000+ visitors enjoy two dozen authentic international food booths, lively cultural entertainment, an ethnic bazaar, service learning, live craftwork by local artisans, and hands-on children’s activities.

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Multicultural Fair - 2012

Parent organizers Risa Groux and Anu Worah noted the Kids’ Zone will nearly double in size this year to include fun activities for a wide age range, from renowned candy artist Shan the Candy Man, to a Passport that kids can fill with collectible stickers as they tour the various food and exhibit booths.

The ever-popular henna tattoos and face painting will add to the colorful scene.

Also emerging this year is the new Artisans’ Village, where visitors can see cultural artifacts spring to life in real time at the hands of local experts.  A vibrant ethnic bazaar will beckon with bargain-priced souvenirs of the day’s journey.

A Feast for the Senses — Travel the world without leaving OC

The sights, smells, sounds, and tastes of the continents will delight the senses. The event will feature a continual lineup of entertainment that celebrates music and movement from around the globe as well as America’s own cultural heritage.

Student and faculty performers will be joined by professional artists from the extended community for a lineup that includes:

• Dancers and music from Aztec, Chinese, Flamenco, Hip Hop, Indian, Korean, and Persian traditions

• Culturally authentic instrumental arrangements from Africa, the Andes, and the Middle East

• Vocalists ranging from American folk, jazz and Motown to classical arias and more

Visitors can stroll along the plaza of international food booths, where freshly prepared tastings from India, Japan, Korea, and Persia will tempt fair-goers alongside delicacies from France, Greece, Israel, Italy, and Spain. Save room for a treat from the “Desserts Around the World” booth, inspired by faraway lands such as Ghana and New Zealand. Among the delicious food options will be specialties from the restaurant kitchens of Romeo Cucina, Sapphire Laguna, and Sweet and Saucy Shop.

Admission to the fair is $7 at the door with children 5 and under admitted free.  Food tickets, sold on site, are $1. A portion of the proceeds benefits Sage Hill’s Financial Aid Endowment Fund.

Sage Hill School is Orange County’s only not-for-profit independent, nonsectarian, coed college preparatory high school, located on thirty acres in Newport Coast. Founded in 2000, the school provides a premier education for its 460-plus students through small class sizes averaging 15 students per teacher, world-class educators, an outstanding program of curricular and co-curricular offerings, highly personalized college counseling, and a public purpose. Sage Hill aims to transform the lives of its students by inspiring a love of knowledge and the ability to use that knowledge creatively, compassionately and courageously throughout their lives.


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