Ripples to Waves: Managing Cybersecurity within the Growing Convergence of IT / OT / IoT

By Paul Veeneman, VP of Operations, MBA EngineeringSeptember 15, 2020 The convergence of Operations Technology (OT), Information Technology (IT), Internet of Things (IoT), and Industrial IoT has brought with it a wave of connected devices, systems and applications that present significant cybersecurity challenges. In the coming years, these changes will have an impact on the […]

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Current Challenges and Future Opportunities to Better Secure Medical Devices

By Ken Hoyme and Judy HatchettCo-Chairs, Oct. 26 Healthcare and Med Device SeminarSeptember 14, 2020 There are several fundamental characteristics of medical devices that make them a unique challenge for security practitioners. One is the long lifecycle that these systems typically have – sometimes as long as 10 or 15 years. Imagine if you were […]

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Election Security: A Case Study in Cybersecurity and Public Trust

By Sean S. CostiganAugust 17, 2020 If you are a local government election official, a vendor of electronic voting machines, an intelligence analyst, a cybersecurity expert working for a social media company, someone holding high office, or simply a voter, you are invested in election security.  You may even hold strong, expert opinions on aspects […]

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Cyber Election Meddling – Is Virtual Disenfranchisement the Next Normal?

By Mark RitchieJuly 23, 2020 Last year I was sworn in as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, pledging to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” During that solemn moment of the swearing in ceremony I thought about my former role as the State […]

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With Expanded Focus on International Cooperation, Minnesota’s Cyber Security Summit is “Unapologetically Ambitious”

By Anne C. Bader, Founder, The International Cybersecurity Dialogue August 17, 2020 A few years ago, I met Eileen Manning, producer of the annual Cyber Security Summit (CSS) in Minneapolis, while attending a security event in Washington D.C.  I was there as Founder of The International Cybersecurity Dialogue (ICD), whose mission is to promote dialogue […]

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You Read the Privacy Policy, Right? Sure You Did. A New Federal Bill Seeks to Address the Transparency Gap.

By Brett Hebert on August 5, 2020 Posted in FTC, Privacy Policy Thank you, reader, for taking time out of your day to read this blog post. I trust before clicking on this link you first sought out our website’s Privacy Policy and reviewed it in full, took mental notes while silently nodding throughout, and finished with an audible […]

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Keeping teams engaged during remote work environment

By Betty Elliott, Partner and Chief Information Security Officer, MercerJuly 14, 2020 In this time of change and uncertainty, it’s very important to stay connected to your teams.  My team and I already were a remote team before the pandemic but I still felt it was necessary to take extra steps to ensure the safety […]

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What if We Use a Collective Framework to Measure Individual Success

By Loren Dealy Mahler, President, Dealy Mahler StrategiesJuly 13, 2020 When we measure individual success in the cybersecurity industry, we most often look towards metrics that can best be described as “on paper” achievements. We evaluate whether someone has the requisite security certificates, a sufficiently lengthy resume to prove years of practice and time spent […]

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Navigating New Terrain, Together

By Tina Meeker, Sr. Director of Information Security, Sleep Number; Vice President – Minnesota WiCyS AffiliateJuly 13, 2020 As an industry, we are all acutely aware of how important it is to identify, foster and promote new and existing talent (from ALL backgrounds) in the ever-evolving cybersecurity field.  Our industry is much too monolithic today […]

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From New to Next Normal

By Shelly Blackburn, Vice President, Global Security Systems EngineeringJuly 13, 2020 We need to recognize that “going back to normal” isn’t likely to happen…ever.  At some point, we will be able to go back to attend concerts, sporting events and industry conferences but masks and remote working at varying levels of application are likely here […]

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Heroes In Our Midst

By Christopher Buse, Audit and Security Leader and Former CISO for the State of MinnesotaJune 18, 2020 We are living in unprecedented times; times when many people are stepping up to the plate to keep our businesses, government, and citizens safe. As a former government security leader, I saw firsthand the vital role that cyber […]

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Cyber Leadership and EQ in Challenging Times

By Andrew Borene, JD CISSPJune 16, 2020 Leaders with higher emotional quotient, or “EQ”, bring greater success to their organizations. We’ve been talking about emotional intelligence for years, but it has never been more important than it is in these very challenging times for ourselves, our teams, our Twin Cities community and our entire nation. […]

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Hallmarks of A Visionary Security Awareness Leader

By Chrysa Freeman, Security Program Manager, Code42June 18, 2020 There are many ways to lead people, some are more effective than others and there are lots of experts in the field of leadership.  I don’t propose to be an expert, but as someone who has observed good leaders and bad leaders, there are some traits […]

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On Leadership of Complex Dynamical Systems

By Dr. Massoud Amin, Professor – University of Minnesota and Cofounder/Past Chairman – Cyber Security SummitJune 18, 2020 The Why: Complexity, systems dynamics and interdependencies Around 1600, John Donne, an English poet and preacher, delivered a sermon that began: “No man is an island.”  Today, a less poetic, but more politically and technologically correct, version […]

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Predictions from a Non-Futurist

By Jennifer Czaplewski, Director of Product Security, Target May 21, 2020 Predicting the future is hard.  I’m pretty sure at least 99% of us had no inclination 3 months ago that the entire world would be operating like it is today.  I’ve seen people describe themselves as a “futurist” and that’s not a title I […]

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