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Bend cybersecurity company: Education is the key to protection

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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. 

Given the dollars at risk for Oregon businesses due to cybersecurity threats, it makes sense that having strong network security systems and vigilant security oversight are more important than ever before to protect organizations’ brands, reputations, and assets. It’s no longer enough to just install anti-virus software, put your networks behind a firewall, and hope for the best. 

Recently, I talked with Kerri Fry, president of Redhawk Network Security LLC, about her thoughts on Oregon’s statewide cybersecurity initiatives and her company’s focus on cybersecurity education. 

“Cybersecurity is complicated and can seem overwhelming to some companies. In fact, many small businesses struggle to implement cybersecurity measures,” Fry said. “Our team believes that there needs to be a fundamental shift in how organizations throughout the state, both large and small, respond to the need for information security and think about cybersecurity overall.” 


As a result, Redhawk has supported initiatives such as Oregon Senate Bill 90 and other awareness measures.

Senate Bill 90, signed by Governor Kate Brown in late September, established an initiative to create a new Cybersecurity Center of Excellence to provide valuable resources to all organizations throughout the state. The bill also established a cybersecurity advisory council creating a partnership between the private and public sector to ensure that security is available for organizations of all sizes. 

Fry, the newly appointed vice chair of the Oregon Cybersecurity Advisory Council, said SB 90 is an important milestone in strengthening cybersecurity programs throughout Oregon. 

Fry and her company are also active in promoting better cybersecurity education throughout Oregon and together with Technology Association of Oregon are co-sponsors of the Cybersecurity Education Summit in Bend Nov. 3 at the Oregon State University Cascades Campus. 

The summit will be a day of education surrounding the issues of information protection and cybersecurity resources needed for small and medium-sized businesses and public services organizations.

For its part, Redhawk Network Security works with companies and organizations of all sizes that are vulnerable when it comes to security. Many of their customers are in highly regulated industries like financial services, banking and healthcare. The Redhawk team is specifically focused on helping these organizations identify security holes and develop security, IT, networking programs and infrastructure to secure their brands, reputations and assets. 

“Our team has a vested interest in doing good work and seeing companies succeed,” Fry said, noting that the company is hands-on as it works with organizations. “Redhawk believes in helping companies of all sizes to implement cybersecurity and ensure that security is interwoven throughout the entire organization.”

This article was originally published in the Portland Business Journal: View article.