THE VALLEY BUSINESS JOURNAL 12 www.TheValleyBusinessJournal.com March 2018 Honoring Tomorrow’s Leaders by Steve Liapis Successful, motivated young adults transitioning from foster care to self-sufficiency will soon have an exciting, new opportunity for stable housing and support – “The Honor Home” – a community project of Rancho Damacitas Children & Family Services. Recognizing the need in our community, the non-profit organization with a 35-year history of serving foster children has been offering a unique transitional housing program called Project Independence since 2012. The program serves promising young adults exiting the foster care system and other well-deserving community youth. With land purchased in the fall of 2016, the organization has partnered with long-time supporters, Lennar Homes, De Luz Women’s Club and other dedicated community members, to build a beautiful, new, Lennar Next Gen home in Murrieta, California. The two-story home features 5 individual bedrooms/bathrooms for our young adults and a separate “home within a home” for a Resident Advisor / Mentor who’ll provide guidance, support and bring residents together for family occasions. As construction nears completion, an Open House and Dedication Ceremony are being planned for March 23rd, 2018, with young adults set to begin moving in by late March/early April 2018. Those selected for this special opportunity have earned the right to participate and are being honored for their bravery, resiliency and hard work. They have already demonstrated a measure of success and possess both the attitude and ambition to achieve more. Steadily, day by day, they are rising above their painful pasts and soaring toward a brighter future. Despite limited resources, their potential is limitless, many of them pursuing higher education and/or working full/ part-time jobs. All young adult residents are required to contribute to a monthly cost of living payment and provide for their own food. Help us honor and encourage these inspiring leaders of tomorrow! To learn more about this unique project and/or how you can support them with a college scholarship, please contact Kristi Piatkowski at (951) 302-2317 ext. 238 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com You need to know these... Healthy Living by presented by Tina Steve M. Amante Gottlieb, D.C. Ladies Who Launch www.ladieswholaunch.com connect: www.amanteandassociates.com Chic CEO www.chic-ceo.com The Boss Network www.thebossnetwork.org She Takes on the World www.shetakesontheworld.com Savor the Success join.savorthesuccess.com Founding Moms foundingmoms.com
March 2018 Courtyard Hotel Opens in Murrieta Courtyard by Marriott Temecula Murrieta is now open for business in Murrieta, California. Featuring an innovative lobby space as well as Courtyard’s latest contemporary room design, the new hotel provides flexibility and choices that allow guests to optimize and elevate their travel experience. Located at 25419 Madison Avenue, the 183-room hotel will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned and managed by Advance Management & Investment, LLC of Kingman, Arizona. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, the Courtyard Temecula Murrieta offers guests convenient access to Pechanga Casino, Lake Elsinore Storm Baseball, Santa Rosa Plateau, Wine Country, and Old Town Temecula and Murrieta. Courtyard constantly researches trends and evolves to meet the changing needs of its guests. The latest room design offers hybrid zones for working, sleeping, relaxing and getting ready. Indirect lighting and a neutral, tone-on-tone color palette makes for a soothing and calm environment. “From day one, Courtyard has prided itself as a brand that listens to business travelers,” said Callette Nielsen, vice president and global brand manager, Courtyard. “Today’s technology has changed how people travel. Our guests want a room that has purpose and flexibility that enables a seamless transition between relaxing and working. Courtyard is designed to offer them a relaxing and functional space to work the way they want to, when they want to.” The new room design is intuitive and thoughtful, offering flexible yet comfortable spaces that enable technology. Upon arrival, guests can store bags on the “Luggage Drop” and plug personal devices into the “Tech Drop” ledge for seamless technology integration. Signature furniture and architectural elements replace traditional art in the new guestroom. The “LoungeAround” sofa offers a pop of color and a comfortable area for relaxing or for working. The new design also features a light desk on wheels, allowing guests to work from anywhere in the room. An upgraded, more spacious layout creates an enhanced bathroom experience. A “Shower Nook” THE VALLEY BUSINESS JOURNAL www.TheValleyBusinessJournal.com housing shampoos and towels, makes amenities accessible without having to leave the shower. The Courtyard Temecula Murrieta features the brand’s latest lobby design, where guests can enjoy an open and modern environment outside of their rooms. The newly designed Bistro is the epicenter of the lobby, which fosters social connections and collaboration with more flexible and informal seating options. The Bistro offers guests a wide variety of “made to order” breakfast and dinner items, “grab and go” options, and also features an array of cocktails, beer and wine for guests to unwind at the end of the day. Throughout the hotel, guests can connect with ample electrical outlets. The business library features several computer terminals, along with a printer and separate computer stations dedicated solely to printing airline boarding passes and checking flight status. Green has been Courtyard’s signature color since Marriott launched the brand 30 years ago. Now it is even greener with the introduction of a guest recycling program for the environment. Receptacles for paper, glass, plastic and metal are conveniently located by side exits. The four-story hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, a rooftop lounge area, fitness center and guest laundry, and offers 2,679 square feet of meeting space to accommodate functions of up to 150 people. About Courtyard by Marriott Courtyard by Marriott offers a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced. Intuitive services and design accommodate guests’ needs for choice and control. With more than 1,100 locations in nearly 50 countries and territories, Courtyard is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®. Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. For more information or reservations, visit courtyard.marriott. com, become a fan on Facebook or follow @Courtyard Hotels on Twitter and Instagram. 13 Social Engineering: More than Just Phishing TECHNOLOGY by by Stefani Steve Fillingim Laszko You are probably tired of reading about email security with constant chatter about phishing attacks. I get it, I’ve written 3 other articles on the topic. This month I’d like to go a step further and discuss other ways that criminals gain you or your client’s information through different types of social engineering. Social engineering is the act of manipulating people by appealing to some angle of their human psyche. Phishing is the most talked about one but other top tactics include: pretexting, baiting, quid pro quo and tailgating. Pretexting involves a scammer who has a presented some sort of back story or pretense for speaking to you that sounds believable. Scammers will use this tactic to gain account information, names of contacts, etc. to use to their benefit. Pretexting is often just one component of a multi-layer scam. With each bit of information they gain, their next interaction with yourself or a co-worker becomes even more believable as they work in the new details they’ve gained into their story. Baiting involves a scammer offering something up in exchange for information from you. These types of scams are often seen with free music or software downloads. Though it may not be apparent to you, the scammer has gained access to your computer through the download. These types of scams can go undetected “ as the scammer is collecting information from your computer. Unlike baiting that provides some form of good, quid pro quo offers up some form of service. A popular scam is random calls made offering to fix your computer or the like. Victims are tricked into thinking they are speaking to someone from their software company and allow access to their system. Tailgating (or piggybacking) involves someone following you into a secure area. This happens constantly in apartment complexes, where one car just follows another one in. Larger corporations are usually protected from these types of scams as they often require door badges; but mid-sized companies are often used to outside clients, consultants, etc. visiting and may be more likely to allow someone to follow them in. Though these may be the four most popular social engineering tactics after phishing, this is nowhere near an exhaustive list. Tactics are only restricted to the level of creativity of a scammer. Some things to consider when trying to protect yourself and your business include: do not open emails from an untrusted source, do not give strangers the benefit of the doubt, slow down, reject requests of help from people you don’t know and take the time to research if something just feels “off”. These scams are not going anywhere, rather they are growing and evolving every day so you must remain diligent to protect yourself and your clients. Mythos Technology is an IT consulting and management firm that provides Managed Services including hosted cloud solutions. For more information, please visit www.mythostech.com or call (951) 813-2672. mythostech.com Pretexting involves a scammer who has presented some sort of back story or pretense for speaking to you that sounds believable. Scammers will use this tactic to gain account information, names of contacts, etc. to use to their benefit. How Frankenstein’s Monster Came to Life Come celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with two English professors from Mt. San Jacinto College, Susan Winslow and Audrey Holod, on Thursday, March 15th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Ronald H. Roberts Temecula Public Library. Discover how a haunted summer in Switzerland with five of the Romantic Period’s greatest writers culminated in a contest to write the best ghost story. From that summer a masterpiece was born. Explore the theme and symbolism of this classic while learning how they related to the author’s life and their relevance today. Join us for an evening all about Frankenstein’s creation. This Adult Program is sponsored by the Friends of the Temecula Libraries. Space is limited and carpooling is encouraged. For additional information, please call (951) 693-8900.