UPS on Tuesday (Nov. 5) announced that its drone delivery subsidiary, UPS Flight Forward (UPSFF), has completed the first residential drone deliveries to consumers of CVS prescription medications.
The Friday (Nov. 1) drone deliveries were to a CVS customer’s home and to a different customer in a nearby retirement community. Both flights launched from a CVS store in Cary, N.C. and used the M2 drone system by UPS partner and drone systems developer Matternet.
The self-flying drones were supervised by a remote pilot with the ability to intervene if necessary. To make the deliveries, the drone hovered about 20 feet above the properties and then gradually grounded the packages using a cable.
Kevin Hourican, president of CVS Pharmacy, said the successful drone delivery “demonstrates what’s possible for our customers who can’t easily make it into our stores,” and noted that CVS is looking into a variety of delivery options for urban, suburban and rural markets.
Watch Video of Drone Delivery
The "Hour of Code" is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. One-hour tutorials are available in over 40 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104 are welcome. The ultimate national goal is to get 10 million people to try computer science for one hour. In addition, the "Hour of Code" demystifies computer science and coding.
The FIRST “Hour of Code” event at Rock Valley College was on December 12th, 2015. The event brought 126 people from the Rockford Region to learn more about Computer Science fundamentals and coding! To keep this momentum going Professor Chuck Konkol of Rock Valley College started hosting monthly “Hour of Code” Workshops!
The“Hour of Code” workshops are FREE and OPEN TO PUBLIC! The workshops are scheduled the 1st Tuesday of the month.
The "Hour of Code" Workshops
Location: CherryVale Mall (2nd Floor by Maurices)
When: 6:30 pm - 7: 30 pm;
Get Inspired to Code!
If you have questions, please email Professor Chuck Konkol at firstname.lastname@example.org
by Chuck Konkol
Associate Professor, Rock Valley College
The RPS205 school district network was recently hit by a ransomware attack which disabled network/internet/database access
“Public entities are being attacked with ransomware, malware and malicious computer viruses at a staggering rate" - RPS205 board minutes
Ransomware is devastating malware variant costing organizations $11.5 billion in 2019
What Is Ransomware?
Ransomware is defined as vicious malware that locks users out of their devices or blocks access to files until a sum of money or ransom is paid. Ransomware attacks cause downtime, data loss, possible intellectual property theft, and in certain industries an attack is considered a data breach.
The best way to prevent an infection is to not rely on just one solution, but to use multiple, layered solutions for the best possible protection.
1. Security Awareness Training
It’s easier to prevent malware infections if you know what to look for. If you understand the latest techniques cybercriminals are using, the easier it will be to avoid. Know your enemy! Take an active approach to educating yourself by watching a security awareness training video.
2. Internet Security Products
There are many commercial products that will help you avoid all malware infections, but understand that none of them are 100% effective. The cyber criminals are always looking for weaknesses in security products and promptly take advantage of them.
3. Antivirus Software
While antivirus is highly recommended, you should have multiple layers of protection in place. It is not wise to solely rely on antivirus software to keep your PC secure, as it cannot prevent infections from zero-day or newly emerging threats.
The list of antivirus products below was proven the most effective at preventing malware from AV-Test.org
4. AntiMalware Software
Most anti-malware software like MalwareBytes is designed to run alongside Antivirus products, and it’s recommended you have both in place.
5. Whitelisting Software
Whitelisting offers the best protection against malware and virus attacks. Whitelisting software allows only known good software that you approve to run or execute on your system. All other applications are prevented from running or executing.
6. Backup Solutions
In the event of a catastrophic attack or complete system failure, it’s essential to have your data backed up. Many have been able to quickly and fully recover from an attack because their data was backed up and safe. We recommend using one of the following online storage services and an external hard drive (that you disconnect after the backup) at the same time as the best possible backup solutions like:
Courses & Degrees
If interested in becoming a cyber security specialists or just take a course to better educate yourself then look into the many pathways at Rock Valley College.
If you have questions, click here to connect to a CIS department advisor at Rock Valley College.
In this course (Intro to Network Security), students perform weekly labs focusing on white hat (ethical) hacking skills. Lab examples are password cracking, man-in-the-middle attacks, and malicious code. Learn about how hackers think and act in order to locate and exploit vulnerabilitiZes. This course is designed for students with no IT Security knowledge!
Watch Demo of Ransomware Attack
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THIS MONTH: codeSpark Academy with The Foos
Create a Mario-style video game using codeSpark.
Hour of Code | Rock Valley College
6:30-7:30pm | Location: CherryVale Mall (2nd Floor by Maurices)
The 1st Tuesday of the month
2019 Class Dates and Themes
Reservations are free but space is limited in each workshop. Click here to RSVP now to reserve your space!
The first Hour of Code event at Rock Valley College was on December 12th, 2015. The event brought 126 people from the Rockford Region to learn more about Computer Science fundamentals and coding! To keep this momentum going Professor Chuck Konkol of Rock Valley College started hosting monthly Hour of Code Workshops!
Hour of Code workshops are FREE and OPEN TO PUBLIC! The workshops are scheduled the 1st Tuesday of the month at CherryVale Mall.
What happens at the Hour of Code Workshops?
National Hour of Code Program
The ultimate national goal is to get 10 million students to try computer science for one hour. In addition, the Hour of Code demystifies computer science and coding. For more information about this nation-wide event visit hourofcode.com/us.
Early College: Options for High School Students
Want to earn college credits while you’re still in high school? We offer many opportunities for you to do that and we provide services and support to enroll you in college credit courses for Dual Credit*, Dual Enrollment**, and/or Articulated Credit. We encourage you and your parents to explore the option that is best for you!
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Only 1 in 4 K-12 schools offer computer science courses such as programming. By the year 2034, 64% of all jobs will require some type of programming skills. The RVC Hour of Code aims to fill this gap by offering FREE monthly coding workshops using MIT created blockly drag and drop coding. Professor Chuck Konkol has been offering these workshops since December 2015 with an average of 15 in attendance each event.
Throughout the remainder of 2018 the Cherryvale Mall will be host location for the monthly, FREE, RVC Hour of Code events!
Attendees of event watch an inspiring video (like below) explaining what the Hour of Code is all about, Complete a fun coding lesson and walk away with a certificate of completion!
RSVP for all RVC Hour of Code events through December 2018! Click HERE to RSVP
See event post on Cherryvale Mall website.