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PORTLAND BUSINESS JOURNAL PUBLISHES OREGON CYBERSECURITY EXPERTS’ 2018 PREDICTIONS

Dani Mill

Skip Newberry, president of the Technology Association of Oregon and member of the Oregon Cybersecurity Advisory Council (OCAC), wrote a column for the Portland Business Journal this week which shared his conversations with several leading cybersecurity experts in Oregon about their predictions for 2018.

You can read the full PBJ article here.

OCAC Chair Kerri Fry, senior vice president of operations and finance at IGNW, stressed that it’s important for everyone, even competitors in business, to join in a common fight against cybercrime. “Where the rubber meets the road is when we break out of our ‘comfortable’ communities and stretch ourselves—with competitors or cross-sector industries. The common thread is the protection of information. In each industry, we all have information to protect,” she said.

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Redhawk Network Security Names Ben Gallo President

Dani Mill

Redhawk Network Security, a provider of information security, network, and managed security services, today named Ben Gallo as president of the company. Gallo brings more than 20 years of experience in technology sales, leadership, and customer relations to his new role leading the company. This experience in growing teams will be invaluable as he builds on the company’s success and looks for new growth opportunities in the dynamic cybersecurity market.

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EXPERTS OUTLINE CYBERSECURITY PREDICTIONS FOR 2018

Kerri Fry

With the massive data breaches of 2017 in the rearview mirror, what cybersecurity headlines and developments can Oregonians expect in 2018? Building on the launch of Cyber Oregon in November, top cybersecurity experts and members of the Oregon Cybersecurity Advisory Council say it’s imperative that business leaders learn from the events of the past year, strengthen community involvement and continue to build awareness about cybersecurity issues.

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THE TOP FOUR SECURITY VULNERABILITIES YOU MIGHT BE OVERLOOKING

Dani Mill

Daily news headlines scream high-profile information security failures and consequences—Hacked! Attacked! Ransomware!—reinforcing that the severity of risk posed to sensitive information is unprecedented. Security threats can put your organization and your customers’ sensitive information at risk, costing you in customer loss, diminished trust in your brand and regulatory fines. Where are our data? What are our security holes? What are our risk scenarios?

Over numerous client engagements, our findings indicate that a basic networking error or an older version of software that is rarely used could, in fact, be the vehicle a hacker needs to break in, exposing customer data and sensitive information.

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An MSP Weighs In On Incident Reporting Compliance Responsibilities Under NIST 800-171

Tyler Hardison

I recently wrote about how MSPs can help companies prepare for NIST 800-171 compliance. Yet, despite best compliance and security efforts, plans, and procedures, cyber incidents are still part of doing business. Your organization’s data has been breached, or will be at some point. Cybersecurity is often an afterthought or considered too expensive, leaving smaller organizations vulnerable and exposed—when in fact, half of all cyber attacks target small businesses, according to the National CyberSecurity Alliance.

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Networking: When Good Enough Is No Longer Enough

Kerri Fry

One of the common customer misconceptions I find is what I call "it's all IT" mindset. Typically, the customer has a small IT department of server and desktop teams that are also expected to run the network since "it's all IT."  While this can work for a while, it will reach a tipping point when good enough falls over.

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Governor Kate Brown Launches Cyber Oregon Initiative at “Oregon Day of Cyber” Event

Kerri Fry

Portland, Ore., Nov. 20, 2017 – Oregon Governor Kate Brown today proclaimed Nov. 20 as the “Oregon Day of Cyber” and officially launched the Cyber Oregon initiative at an event held at the Oregon Tech Portland-Metro campus in Wilsonville. Cyber Oregon is a statewide initiative powered by a public-private consortium including the Oregon Cybersecurity Advisory Council, Technology Association of Oregon, Oregon’s cyber-related industries, Oregon’s Executive Branch agencies, local governments, higher education institutions and other organizations to help build tangible solutions to protect the digital lives of all Oregonians.  

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MSPs Helping Prepare For NIST 800-171 Compliance Now

Tyler Hardison

The deadline for meeting NIST 800-171compliance is December 31, 2017. Perhaps you are already on your journey, perhaps you are just starting; regardless, compliance must be met by the end of the year. What does this mean for you? The biggest takeaway is this: you have a limited amount of time to make significant progress to ensure your customer’s compliance. This will likely take a focused team of individuals, and possibly a partner with NIST 800-171 experience. Showing appreciable progress by customers towards compliance will help to assuage the regulators.

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Technology Association of Oregon–Women in STEAM: New Mentorship Program Launches in Central Oregon

Kerri Fry

TAO’s STEAM: Central Oregon to launch mentorship program in Central Oregon

BEND, Ore., November 14, 2017 – Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) Women in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) announces the start of a new mentorship program in Central Oregon. The objective of the program is to match female professionals in STEAM careers to build one-on-one professional relationships and friendships in order to help retain and encourage women in STEAM careers in the region. These mentorships can offer guidance, support, and advice to optimize success, increase their career satisfaction, and also to help navigate the unique challenges of being a woman in male-dominated workplaces.

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Oregon Day of Cyber Celebration Slated for November 20

Kerri Fry

Please join us for "Oregon Day of Cyber," taking place on Monday, 11/20. Oregon Governor Kate Brown will kick off the event to launch cyber awareness initiatives, resources, and to unveil the new state-wide cybersecurity website. In attendance will be technology companies (including Redhawk Network Security), government, education, small businesses, law enforcement, students--all representing our state with different perspectives, but unified with a common goal: to protect the digital lives and data of all Oregonians.

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Cybersecurity Education Summit: We’re all in this together

Kerri Fry

“Everyone in this room has been breached or will be at some point.”  While cyber-attacks and data breaches were key topics—and key concerns—at the first annual Cybersecurity Education Summit in Bend, Ore., there was also ample discussion around how to protect companies big and small, available cybersecurity and networking resources, current cyber threats, and a “we’re-all-in-this-cybersecurity-thing-together” mentality. The summit was well attended by information technology (IT) security professionals in regional businesses and organizations of all types, representing a cross-section of interest from banking, healthcare, point-of-sale, local government, education, and technology.

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Cybersecurity experts say human error poses greatest threat

Kerri Fry

Information-technology security professionals gathered Friday at Oregon State University-Cascades to learn new ways to protect their companies from attacks like the one that affected 40 million Target customers, or the one that affected 1 billion Yahoo users.

While plenty of tools and procedures are available that will enhance cybersecurity, experts said an organization’s own employees and vendors can pose the greatest threats to its network.

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Bend cybersecurity company: Education is the key to protection

Dani Mill

In today’s business world, companies and organizations throughout the world are operating in an environment of ongoing security threats, data breaches, malware, ransomware and the litany of other potential risks.

This all makes cybersecurity an intense focus of discussion for many private and public organizations throughout Oregon. 

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Top Experts to Speak at Bend Cybersecurity Education Summit

Dani Mill

BEND, Ore., October 18, 2017 – Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) and Redhawk Network Security announce the presenters for the Cybersecurity Education Summit, including experts from the United States Department of Homeland Security and the Interagency Countering Violent Extremism Task Force. The summit is a day for businesses and organizations to learn and discuss how to protect their sensitive information and assets and what resources are needed to address current and future cybersecurity threats. Cybersecurity is often an afterthought or considered too expensive, leaving smaller organizations vulnerable and exposed—when in fact, half of all cyber attacks target small businesses, according to the National CyberSecurity Alliance.

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Wi-Fi WPA2 Vulnerability

Dani Mill

There is a new Wi-Fi vulnerability that requires immediate action in order to protect your network. A new bug, "KRACK," puts almost every wireless-enabled device at risk for attack--including computers, phones, and routers. The bug exposes a flaw in WPA2, a common protocol used to secure most wireless networks. The flaw could allow an attacker to eavesdrop on your network traffic and potentially wreak havoc.

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Redhawk Network Security Expands Its Cybersecurity Team

Dani Mill

BEND, Ore., October 10, 2017 – Redhawk Network Security, a provider of information security, network, and managed security services, announced the expansion of its engineering team to support the increasing demand for outsourced cybersecurity. Mike Hall joins Redhawk Network Security as senior network engineer. With more than 20 years of security and networking experience, as well as CCNP and CCNP-Security certifications, Mike brings extensive knowledge of network design, firewall design, network administration, disaster recovery planning, VPN configuration, and network planning and design—critical in today’s threat-filled business world.

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Oregon's Senate Bill 90 is Signed

Dani Mill

Cybersecurity is complicated and can seem overwhelming. Many small business struggle to implement cybersecurity measures. At Redhawk Network Security, we believe there needs to be a fundamental shift in how organizations, both large and small, respond to the need for information security. 

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Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) and Redhawk Network Security Host Cybersecurity Education Summit

Dani Mill

BEND, Ore., September 19, 2017 – Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) and Redhawk Network Security announce the Cybersecurity Education Summit that will take place on Friday, November 3, 2017. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the OSU Cascades Campus, 650 Columbia Street Bend, Oregon 97702, Room: 209. Business owners, technology employees, and information security professionals supporting small and medium-sized businesses and public services organizations are invited to join for a day of education and information sharing surrounding the issues of information protection and cybersecurity resources needed for smaller organizations. 

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 Is Your Managed Security Services Provider An Integrated Part of Your Organization? 

Tyler Hardison

Given all the attention-grabbing headlines around cybersecurity, and the strong desire to avoid becoming one of those headlines, it’s tempting for many businesses and organizations to hand over responsibility for information security to an external managed security service provider (MSSP) and move on. 

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How Cybersecurity Paves the Way for Sustainable Revenue Growth

Kerri Fry

Information is power. It is also a source of profit, whether it’s customer data, intellectual property or financial information. Protecting this revenue stream should be priority one for the C-suite. And it is – for the CSO, CISO, CIO or other security-minded executives. For CEOs, CFOs and others with financial responsibilities, the case for investing in cybersecurity is not so clear-cut.

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