Business Briefs for April 7

TraceSecurity starts phishing simulator

Baton Rouge-based TraceSecurity, which offers information technology security products, has launched the TraceSecurity Phishing Simulator, a cloud-based product
that allows organizations to safely perform on-demand, social-engineering tests that mimic real-world cyber attacks.

It’s suspected that many of the recent cyber threats used phishing as the entry point for large-scale attacks, according to TraceSecurity. It takes only a single employee to fall victim to these types of cyber threats to put an entire organization at risk.

A social engineering test helps organizations identify areas of weakness within their security awareness training and helps lead to solutions, the company said.

The Phishing Simulator helps companies evaluate the effectiveness of their information security policies and find out whether employees are following them when they get a phishing email, according to TraceSecurity.

The company’s research showed an estimated 30 percent of workers clicked on a link that could lead to a malicious website that could infect the computer with malware. In addition, the study found that
5 percent of employees manually installed malicious software on their computers that could compromise the network.

Women’s business conference set

Women Redefining Women will host its second annual Women’s Business Conference 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 20 at United Christian Faith Ministries at 9229 Ridgewood Drive in Baton Rouge.

Tickets are $30. Vendor booths are available from $50 to $175.

For more information, call (225) 953-0790.

Ochsner transplant program tops lists

The Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Institute performed the most liver transplants and tied for the most kidney/pancreas transplants of any medical center in the United States in 2012, according to statistics compiled by the United Network for Organ Sharing.

The nonprofit organization manages the nation’s transplant system.

During 2012, Ochsner performed 174 liver transplants, making it the leader among 137 U.S. medical centers. Ochsner also performed 27 kidney/pancreas transplants, taking the lead among 116 U.S. medical centers.

These numbers account for nearly 3 percent of the nation’s liver and kidney-pancreas transplants.

“Because of collaborative efforts made by our talented team and the generosity of organ donors, we are able to offer life-saving opportunities that increase the quality of life for our patients,” Dr. Nigel Girgrah, head of hepatology, medical director of the Multi-Organ Transplant Institute, said in a statement.

Criminal defense seminar planned

The Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers will host the 2013 Law & All That Jazz Seminar April 25-27 at the Hyatt French Quarter in New Orleans.

Twelve speakers from around the country will discuss various subjects that range from contemporary trial tactics to debates of legal issues challenging the criminal defense bar.

Continuing legal education credits are available.

More information is available at www.lacdl.com, by emailing lacdl@tatmangroup.com or calling Kristian Schooler at (225)767-7640.

INNOV8 event being held in Lafayette

INNOV8, an annual festival for innovation and creativity sponsored by the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, will be held April 19-26.

INNOV8 includes events focused on innovation in the areas of entrepreneurship, health care and technology, education and the arts.

Activities also include The Vault, a competition in which contestants pitch their ideas to investors as they vie for $150,000 in venture funding; iOpener, showcasing advanced research and technology from the University of Louisiana and the UL Research Park; and Cajun Code Fest, where programmers compete for a $25,000 prize in a 36-hour coding marathon aimed at creating an innovative health-care solution.

INNOV8 2013 will feature more than 60 events and exhibits at venues throughout the UL Research Park, UL Campus and downtown Lafayette.
Most are free and open to the public.

A full list of events is available, along with more information, at http://innov8lafayette.com.

Pilot program helps with EPA regulations

A pilot program is being offered to help agricultural producers comply with revised regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Pilot program is designed to prevent and mitigate fuel and oil spills on agricultural operations.

The pilot program is funded through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Farmers and ranchers who need assistance to comply with EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure regulation should consider the program, said acting state conservationist Britt Paul.

The first application evaluation period for fiscal year 2013 funding ends April 19. Interested agricultural producers should visit their local NRCS office.

Locations are available at http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov or in telephone directories under “United States Government.”

Event targets entrepreneurs

A statewide entrepreneurial symposium that targets high school juniors and seniors, university students, entrepreneurial-minded non-students, veterans and teachers will be held June 20-21 at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center in Houma.

The conference will focus on the basics of doing a business plan and establishing and growing a business.

The “Louisiana Entrepreneurship Fest: For Youth and First-Time Entrepreneurs” is being spearheaded by the Terrebonne Parish Economic Development Authority and the Louisiana economic development department.

Registration is available at LaEntreFest.com. Sponsorships are avialable by calling Steve Vassallo, CEO of TEDA, at (985) 873-6890 or (985) 852-7745.