U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent Jeffrey Huber, who runs point on cybersecurity for the state of Iowa, was on hand at a recent ProCircular roundtable to talk about the FBI’s Cyber Division and its role in addressing cybercrime.
Bring a room full of school officials together, and what do you hear? If you’re a school board member, superintendent, or administrator, you already know: Information security is top of mind.
That’s the message we heard at the recent Iowa Association of School Boards event in Des Moines in late November.
Officials are aware of cyber threats – and they want to do something about it. They just need a good place to start. Some worry that the “Iowa nice” factor makes schools in the state an easier target, but they’re no more – or less – vulnerable than any other organization or institution.
More than 200 IT and technology leaders from hospitals, schools, and businesses in eastern Iowa came together last month at the Business Technology Conference in Coralville, Iowa – hosted by systems integration firm CEC (Communications Engineering Company) – to learn about new technology and how it can improve processes, profit, and efficiency.
Many types of technology were showcased at the event, but there were plenty of conversations about cybersecurity.
Recently, we spent some time with The VGM Group’s home healthcare member companies. At this particular event, it was rare to see an IT professional – instead, the event hall was filled with doctors, owners, and other medical professionals.
Even amongst this group of people, whose main responsibility isn’t information security, IT and cybersecurity were still top of mind.
There’s something powerful about bringing a roomful of Iowa technology professionals together to talk about forward-thinking ideas. You quickly realize how cybersecurity and data breaches truly impact every organization and everyone – and that no organization is ever too small to have a plan.