companies, Ford Bacon & Davis, LLC (FB&D) and S&B Engineers and
Constructors, Ltd. (S&B) held their quarterly "IT Summit” on October 31,
2018. Those in attendance were Rick Moore, FB&D President; Dean Butler, FB&D Director of
Information Technology; John Mizell, S&B Vice President, Manager of IT
Operations; and Casey Teague, S&B IT Senior Systems Administrator.
of the summit is to continue open communication between the enterprises
regarding IT systems, and software, that are in place at each company. The
summit also focuses on what could be improved when it comes to security of both
companies, from an IT standpoint.
off the summit by hosting a teambuilding dinner held at The National World War
II Museum on October 30, 2018. The summit
continued the next day in FB&D’s New Orleans office.
to meet, working together to improve our collective world,” remarked Rick.
"Some projects we are working on are major, with a long term focus; some
projects are near term, like federating our Outlook calendars.”
Summits we have are a great avenue to collaborate on new ideas, challenges we
face, and ways to advance technologies across our enterprises”, said Dean.
focus of this meeting was on assessing cybersecurity, because of the increasing
pressure businesses are having to face due to cyberattacks. "We continue to
share research, ensuring that across our business enterprise we are running the
latest technology to control cybersecurity issues,” exclaimed Rick.
trend discussed between the sister companies was regarding fraudulent emails or
"phishing”. They realized users within
the companies are very aware of phishing scams, leading them to contact their respective
IT departments before clicking a link. Rick stated that the companies have been
testing phishing software and may roll out phishing training to employees.
cybersecurity being a main focus of the meeting, we discussed ways to collectively
improve our systems, as well as ways to help train our employee base. We are always appreciative when they contact
us with concerns about emails,” said Dean.
He continued, "This truly is a
team effort, and this tells us our employees are in the fight with us. We are all in this together and when asked
how many people IT has on its security team, I like to reply "every
FB&D employee is on our security team.”
companies have a culture of safety, we are working hard to shape our
corporations into a cybersecurity culture as well,” said Rick.
Dean Butler, FB&D Director of Information Technology; John Mizell, S&B Vice President, Manager of IT Operations; Rick Moore, FB&D President, Casey Teague, S&B IT Senior System Administrator; and Andy Klenck, Project Manager in FB&D's New Orleans office.