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CMMC 2.0 maintains the goal of safeguarding sensitive information

On November 04, 2021, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced CMMC 2.0 as the updated strategic direction of the CMMC program, based on an internal assessment by senior DoD leaders. CMMC 2.0 is described as an enhanced program that maintains the goal of safeguarding sensitive information while simplifying the standard and improving the clarity of […]

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Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) Apprenticeship Program

Did you know that there is a 3-5 million worker shortfall in manufacturing? Did you also know that Catalyst Connection’s Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) Apprenticeship Program can help to address this concern? The state registered IMT Apprenticeship Program helps entry-level workers in manufacturing quickly enhance their skills and advance with their current employer. The program […]

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Looking for Entry-Level Welders? We have trained candidates!

Trainees that have graduated from our Operation Next welding training are looking for placement at regional manufacturing companies! These trainees are either graduating from programs that took place at CCAC West Hills or Pittsburgh Technical College.  Trainees had 140 hours in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) hands-on training including safe use of Oxy-fuel cutting and […]

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U.S. Army Pittsburgh Technology Hub: Why Regional Manufacturers Should Stay Tuned

On August 5 the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) hosted an event in conjunction with AIM Higher partners Carnegie Mellon University, the ARM Institute, and Catalyst Connection to connect with the regional Department of Defense (DoD) supply chain.  The focus of the event was to better understand the Army, namely the Artificial Intelligence […]

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IT Security: Leading the Safety Effort

By Cynthia Cavendish-Carey, Vice President, C4CS The fourth in the series, this article delves into the essential leadership roles for the two distinct areas for the protection of data and IT assets: IT Security and Information Technology. There are typically two roles that lead these groups within a company. Chief Information Security Office (CISO): A senior-level […]

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25 Blog Topics for Manufacturers Eager to Start Blogging

By Curt Anderson, ecommerce Evangelist for Manufacturers / Owner at B2Btail Blogging creates an opportunity to share with your staff, customers, vendors, and even your community on how things are going for you and your business. With a new sense of urgency for virtual and digital engagement, creating a solid blog strategy helps thrust you […]

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Manufacturing Your Keyword Strategy

By Curt Anderson, ecommerce Evangelist for Manufacturers / Owner at B2Btail Before we jump into the 3rd Step of Scaling Your Proprietary Process, “Get Offensive”, let’s discuss your keyword strategy. Your keyword strategy plays a critical role in Scaling Your Proprietary Process. Targeting your core strengths allows you to market and brand your business by […]

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The Importance of an eCommerce Checklists

By Curt Anderson, ecommerce Evangelist for Manufacturers / Owner at B2Btail The time has finally come for you to join the massive B2B eCommerce party. In fact, it’s the $1.8 TRILLION B2B eCommerce party! One challenge though: Where to start? Wouldn’t it be great to have an eCommerce checklist to walk you through the process? […]

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IT Security Risks: So, What’s the Plan?

By Cynthia Cavendish-Carey, Vice President, C4CS Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying “by failing to prepare, you prepare to fail.” Truer words were never spoken, including when it comes to IT security. In previous articles, we explored the important distinctions between IT Security as opposed to Cybersecurity and the multitude of threats companies face in this […]

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CMMC and Manufacturers Doing Business with DOD

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Looking to Do Business with the Department of Defense? You Have to Get Certified! By 2025, the Department of Defense (DoD) will require that all defense contractors submitting a bid on defense contracts will need to prove that they are certified in a basic level of cybersecurity standards. The DoD designed […]

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