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NASA accountant ‘extremely proud’ of work at Stennis Space Center

E.J. Toomey is understandably excited to be working at Stennis Space Center as the site tests the rocket engines and core stage that will return humans to the Moon through NASA’s Artemis Program. The lunar return will serve as a matching bookend for the lifelong Gulf Coast resident. Toomey’s earliest space-related memory was watching the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. ...

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Technological advances in electronic security systems growing exponentially

By NASH NUNNERY While the world waits out the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the business of protecting Mississippians and their property proceeds without interruption. By the time you finish reading this paragraph, at least one home in the U.S. has been burglarized. According to statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a home burglary occurs every 13 seconds. Approximately 2.3 to ...

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CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS — How to protect yourself, your co-workers, and your patients

By BECKY GILLETTE Healthcare data breaches reached record levels in April 2019, with 44 attacks affecting nearly 687,000 people. Security breaches can lead to serious consequences, including complete system or network shutdown and life-and-death situations. Much like we encourage patients to practice good personal hygiene to promote health and well-being, healthcare organizations and nurses must practice good cyber hygiene. Cybersecurity ...

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Hackers and phishers haven’t taken a COVID-19 break and continue to be a major threat

By BECKY GILLETTE The past couple months have seen a huge shift towards people working remotely in order to stem the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Despite widespread business disruption, hackers, spammers and phishers have not let up on efforts to wreak havoc on businesses. “A hacker’s job is to hack,” said Marti Jordan, Ph.D., FNP-BC, a visiting assistant ...

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MSU shares tips for a cyber security conscious workforce

By BECKY GILLETTE Mississippi State University (MSU) was already prepared in many ways for the pandemic with a cyber security conscious workforce and a significant number of faculty and staff who travel and work remotely.  “This was something that has not happened overnight, but rather is a security awareness culture we have tried to cultivate at Mississippi State University over ...

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NASA takes preliminary steps to resume SLS core stage testing

NASA resumed Green Run testing activities this week on the first flight stage of its Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, with the return of limited crews to perform work at the agency’s Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis. “This is an important step toward resuming the critical work to support NASA’s Artemis program that will land the first woman ...

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SHAD WHITE — Using big data and AI to find fraud

The Office of the State Auditor is using new technology to look at more government transactions for fraud than ever before. The techniques we are using today were not available ten or, in some cases, even five years ago. Criminals should be more worried about the Auditor’s office than ever. To understand the power of this technology, let’s compare it ...

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HU MEENA — Pandemic offers resilient Mississippi a chance to embrace a brighter future

EDITOR’S NOTE: The column is the first in a series of Mississippi CEOs writing how Mississippi businesses are responding to the COVID-10 crisis.     My favorite streaming video program during the COVID-19 virus stay-at-home lockdown has not been about tigers and their crazy trainer, Joe Exotic, from the wildly popular Netflix docuseries. Nor has it been about Scottie Pippin ...

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For Engineer, work at Stennis Space Center ‘one of the coolest things’

Thom Rich is too young to remember when the first humans walked on the Moon in July 1969, but he does remember the space-related toys he played with as a child. He also remembers the launch of the first space shuttle – Columbia – in April 1981. “I was in the sixth grade, and they brought in televisions for us ...

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For U.S. Navy employee, Stennis Space Center experience put world in perspective

Steve Faber is a New York native through and through. He was born in Brooklyn, lived a short while in Islip on Long Island, grew up and lived his college years in Queens. Although he has worked for the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, for almost 34 years, he still remembers ...

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