Getting a Seat at the Table: Treating Information Security as a Business Function

By Judy Hatchett June 16, 2021 Up until a few years ago, people in general did not take information security very seriously. Today, the ransomware attacks, data thefts, and disruption have increased, significantly heightening the awareness of how critical information security is to an organization. All businesses, small, medium and large are investing in information […]

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The Marketing Mix for Cyber

By Tina Meeker June 16, 2021 Whether you have an MBA, an undergraduate degree in business or took a DECA class in high school, you likely are familiar with The Marketing Mix (or 4 Ps) Product, Price, Placement and Promotion. In simply put marketing speak, ‘Product’ is the thing you are selling, ‘Price’ is the […]

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Security as a Business Function

By Tony Sager June 11, 2021 Have we reached the point where cyber security is a business function?  Well, recent events have reminded us that a business doesn’t function without security. But our goal is not security for its own sake.   Cybersecurity is not some magical end-state; it’s an essential step on the road to […]

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What Lessons Can Pipelines Learn From Electric Utilities To Improve Their Cybersecurity Strategies and Planning Processes?

By Dr. Massoud Amin, Professor – University of Minnesota and Cofounder/Past Chairman – Cyber Security Summit with Lindsay Lien Rinholen, Attorney – OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers May 18, 2021   Winston Churchill said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste,” and the recent ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline, which supplies fuel from […]

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Springtime is a Good Reminder to Tend to Your Technology Garden

by Chris Veltsos  May 19, 2021  Photo credit: Geneva Flower Clock (Geneva, Switzerland) by Phil Veltsos Centuries before dreaming of endless cycles of technology and business disruptions, humans dreamed of beautiful and plentiful gardens. Fast forward to 2021 and in addition to flower gardens and vegetable gardens, humans have built and grown technology gardens. Those […]

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On Risk and Love

By Christopher Buse May 19, 2021 If you ask my wife Beth, what is love? She would say that love is like the two of us walking down a quiet beach at night under the moonlight. But to me, love is all about sitting on a northern Minnesota lake with my friends catching walleyes and […]

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The Blind Side of Supply Chain Cybersecurity

By Jerrod Montoya April 14, 2021 Recent events related to the cybersecurity of the supply chain have raised our awareness of the many shortcomings we face. Yet, there is another dark storm brewing in the distance, and the supply chain still has a blind spot – The buyer. Supply Chain Cybersecurity became a hot topic […]

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Three New Strategic Objectives to Jointly Counter Adversarial Synchronization in Supply Chain Attacks

By Stefanie Horvath April 12, 2021 Supply chain attacks signal who is synchronized and holds a dominant knowledge of technology – and it is not us. Each day brings another attack – each attack more insidious and obfuscated than the last. Accellion’s Legacy File Transfer Application exploitation attacks automated data transfers, taking down organizations with […]

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The Keys to Future Supply Chain Integrity

By Sam Curry April 12, 2021 December 13, 2020, the world learned about the alleged attack by APT29, Cozy Bear, on SolarWinds and the downstream implications with potential victims stretching into the thousands. Later in early 2021, a similar style of attack leveraging Microsoft to infect still thousands more, this time with an alleged Chinese […]

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Pandemic Life for One Security Professional

360 days ago, Gov Walz ordered all MN schools to close beginning March 18, 2020. Our school district started a couple days earlier, canceling classes starting on the 16th. My kids were excited; that meant Spring break started a week early for them. Since my wife works in healthcare, that meant I was working from […]

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Good strategic planning and flexible leadership helped our families during the pandemic

By Idrissa DavisMarch 10, 2021 Fortunately, our strategic planning put our District in a good position when the pandemic hit.  We had previously deployed iPads to student’s grades K – 12. For those students that didn’t take devices home we scheduled family pickups at elementary sites and implemented home deliveries.  We quickly found out that […]

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Think about how much we achieved in 12 Months

By Tyler Olson and Tim Herman March 15, 2021 One year ago, the world turned upside down. If anyone would have told us that everything around us was going to pivot and become 100 percent work from home overnight, we would never have believed it. People are resilient though. History has shown us that in […]

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The Lost Art of Communicating Before, During and After an Incident

By Loren Dealy Mahler Conversations around incident response tend to start and stop with tips for pursuing the perfect blend of skills, technology and resource allocation to detect and mitigate any event. Rarely is enough attention paid to the external factors that traditionally contribute significantly to the long-term costs of an event. Communication is chief […]

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Don’t say “Breach”

By Phil Schenkenberg and Zenus Franklin February 9, 2021 Privacy and cyber lawyers say “Incident Response” rather than “Breach Response” for a reason.  Consider training your organization to use the word “incident” until legal counsel calls something a “breach.” Is it really that big of a deal? Maybe, and maybe not.  You may know someone […]

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2021 Predictions for Cybersecurity

By Cyber Security Summit Think Tank January 21, 2021 Last year, the pandemic dealt our industry an immense upheaval that forced many to pivot wildly to secure critical infrastructure and data. With the lessons learned and challenges that remain – how will 2021 shake out? Members of the Cyber Security Summit Think Tank weighed in, […]

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