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The Mission

Poor cyber security is increasingly affecting all levels of society, whether it is national, local, or personal. With a few strokes of a keyboard, nation states, terrorist groups, stateless organizations, and rogue individuals can launch a cyber-attack from anywhere, at any time, disrupting and damaging our democracy and way of life.

The Summit’s mission is to establish a multi-stakeholder consortium that brings together industry, government and academic interests in an effort to improve the state of cyber security on both a domestic and international level. We believe that cyber security cannot be contained and outsourced to any one sector. Due to the vast scope of cyber threats, it requires active engagement of all stakeholders, including entities and organizations – large and small - across every industry.

We believe that Minnesota is uniquely positioned to become one of the first in the nation to develop and practice this model of cyber security. Our state has unique elements, which if combined and leveraged effectively, can yield innovative cyber security solutions. These elements include a private sector with a global footprint and an understanding of corporate and international dimensions of cyber security, high tech industry segments that depend on securing their assets, world renowned research university institutions and faculty, and informed and engaged public policy leaders. However, one of the most important resources that Minnesota boasts is its engaged and active IT-minded community.

The time is now to Plan Globally and Act Locally to protect our country and its citizens.