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4-23-2014 Internet Security Threat Report 2014
  Symantec Corporation

Symantec has established the most comprehensive source of Internet threat data in the world through the Symantec™ Global Intelligence Network, which is made up of more than 41.5 million attack sensors and records thousands of events per second. This network monitors threat activity in over 157 countries and territories through a combination of Symantec products and services such as Symantec DeepSight™ Threat Management System, Symantec™ Managed Security Services, Norton™ consumer products, and other third-party data sources.

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10-23-2013 Online Staffing in the Age of Cyber Attacks
  Blog: Staffing Talk (written by an attendee)

I attended last week’s Cyber Security Summit and couldn’t help but think of staffing firms and the massive personal, financial and personnel information they need to keep secure.

The speakers laid bare nightmare scenarios that they figure range from the possible to the probably-already-happening.

“You have to accept the fact that somebody is going to break into your network. If they’re not there now, then they will be in the future. It’s no longer about building a firewall thick enough, or a moat high enough. It’s about realizing that criminal activities and attackers are going to get into your network and you’ve got to manage the risks associated with that.” So said Lieutenant General Harry D. Raduege (USAF, Ret.) as the keynote speaker at the Cyber Security Summit in Minneapolis.

Raduege spent 35 years in the military, working in the areas of technology, including telecommunications, space, information and network operations serving the needs of the president, the secretary of defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, combatant commanders and the military services. Notably, he led efforts to restore communications to the Pentagon following the September 11 terrorist attacks, and he is now chairman of the Deloitte Center for Cyber Innovation.

“Back in the days of the Cold War we used to worry about mutually assured destruction,” said General Raduege. “Now in this Internet age of globalization and interdependence, we have weapons of mass disruption.”

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10-22-2013 Cyber Security Summit convenes in Minneapolis
  The Tampa Tribune

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The threat of cyber-attacks and how to guard against them are the topic of a Minneapolis summit.

The third annual Cyber Security Summit convenes Tuesday at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Technological Leadership Institute at the Minnesota College of Science and Engineering is one of its chief sponsors.

Information networks have become increasingly central to the operations of the U.S. economy, communications and travel, delivery of utilities and government services. At the same time, cyber-attacks have increased dramatically in the past decade. The summit will feature experts from government, academia and private business discussing both threats and possible solutions.

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10-22-2013 Cybersecurity conference focuses on threats, solutions
  Rick Kupchella Bring Me the News

The third annual Cyber Security Summit starts Tuesday in Minneapolis, as tech industry and government leaders examine the best methods for guarding against a cyber attack.

The two-day event at the Minneapolis Convention Center is sponsored in part by the Technological Leadership Institute at the Minnesota College of Science and Engineering.

Digital system networks have become the framework of the daily operations of the U.S. economy, communications and travel, delivery of utilities and government services, the Associated Press notes.

Cybersecurity experts note that the world is increasingly reliant on secure web-based systems that support the daily lives of U.S. citizens, who use the Internet to do everything from submitting taxes and making financial transactions to applying for student loans and Social Security benefits. Cyber networks also are the framework that run everyday systems that manage traffic signals and power homes.

The summit will spotlight government experts, academics and private business leaders making presentations about both threats and solutions.

Cyber-attacks in the U.S. are on the rise. A Government Accountability Office report last year found the nation faces an evolving array of threats from a variety of sources. Network security is increasingly a top concern for the energy industry, UPI reported.

Mid-way through the year, the security industry trade journal SC Magazine listed the top five data breaches of the year so far, involving LivingSocial, the Washington state administrative office of the courts, Evernote, Drupal.org and the U.S. Federal Reserve’s internal site.

One high-profile example of a cyber attack came last spring when the Twitter account for the Associated Press was hacked and a bogus tweet momentarily affected the U.S. stock market.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, according to the National Cyber Security Alliance, which forges public/private partnerships aimed at creating more cyber security.

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10-22-2013 Cyber Security Summit held in Minneapolis
  WCCO Channel 4 and 830 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The threat of cyber-attacks and how to guard against them are the topic of a Minneapolis summit.

The third annual Cyber Security Summit convenes Tuesday at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Technological Leadership Institute at the Minnesota College of Science and Engineering is one of its chief sponsors.

Information networks have become increasingly central to the operations of the U.S. economy, communications and travel, delivery of utilities and government services. At the same time, cyber-attacks have increased dramatically in the past decade. The summit will feature experts from government, academia and private business discussing both threats and possible solutions.

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10-22-2013 Cyber Security Summit convenes in Minneapolis
  KARE 11

MINNEAPOLIS - The threat of cyber-attacks and how to guard against them are the topic of a Minneapolis summit.

The third annual Cyber Security Summit convenes Tuesday at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Technological Leadership Institute at the Minnesota College of Science and Engineering is one of its chief sponsors.

Information networks have become increasingly central to the operations of the U.S. economy, communications and travel, delivery of utilities and government services. At the same time, cyber-attacks have increased dramatically in the past decade. The summit will feature experts from government, academia and private business discussing both threats and possible solutions.

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10-22-2013 Cyber Security Summit held in Minneapolis
  Duluth News Tribune

The third annual Cyber Security Summit convenes today at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

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10-22-2013 Cyber Security Summit Convenes in Minneapolis
  St. Paul Pioner Press

MINNEAPOLIS - The threat of cyber-attacks and how to guard against them are the topic of a Minneapolis summit. The third annual Cyber Security Summit convenes Tuesday at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Technological Leadership Institute at the Minnesota College of Science and Engineering is one of its chief sponsors.

Information networks have become increasingly central to the operations of the U.S. economy, communications and travel, delivery of utilities and government services. At the same time, cyber-attacks have increased dramatically in the past decade. The summit will feature experts from government, academia and private business discussing both threats and possible solutions.

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10-21-2013 Cyber Security Summit 2013
  Telecom Engine

Minneapolis, MN - The Cyber Security Summit is focused on changing the paradigm of how we look at digital space and security, concentrating on clarifying the impact that cyber security has on our nation's government and business operations. The Summit 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. Through prominent keynote speakers and engaging panel discussions, Summit participants will collaborate on cyber security initiatives, brainstorm innovative countermeasures, network with industry experts, and walk away with actionable solutions.

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10-21-2013 Cyber Security Summit in Minneapolis
  One News Page

An upcoming Cyber Security Summit 2013 aims to elevate the quality of the discussion surrounding cyber security. More specifically, organizers are targeting CEOs, boards of directors, and small business owners with a warning and call to action.

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10-21-2013 Minnesota Leaders Gather for Summit on Cyber Security
  Public News Service

MINNEAPOLIS - Hundreds of Minnesota leaders from academia, business, government and the non-profit sector are gathering this week to share notes on the cyber threats they face and how to manage the risks. The 2013 Cyber Security Summit is being sponsored by the Better Business Bureau.

According to Bureau spokesman Dan Hendrickson, this really is an issue that requires a statewide solution.

"It's not an educational problem. It's not a business problem. It's not a government problem. It's everyone's problem," he declared. "So the goal with this summit is to bring the best brains together to talk about cyber-security, look at trends, figure what's working and what's not, coming to a point where everyone leaves with, hopefully, some answers and ways they can better improve their security."

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10-21-2013 Cyber Security Summit Convenes in Minneapolis
  KIMT TV North Iowa and Southern Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The threat of cyber-attacks and how to guard against them are the topic of a Minneapolis summit.

The third annual Cyber Security Summit convenes Tuesday at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Technological Leadership Institute at the Minnesota College of Science and Engineering is one of its chief sponsors.

Information networks have become increasingly central to the operations of the U.S. economy, communications and travel, delivery of utilities and government services. At the same time, cyber-attacks have increased dramatically in the past decade. The summit will feature experts from government, academia and private business discussing both threats and possible solutions.

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10-21-2013 Cyber Security Summit Convenes in Minneapolis
  WKBTV News - Lacrosse, WI

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The threat of cyber-attacks and how to guard against them are the topic of a Minneapolis summit.

The third annual Cyber Security Summit convenes Tuesday at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Technological Leadership Institute at the Minnesota College of Science and Engineering is one of its chief sponsors.

Information networks have become increasingly central to the operations of the U.S. economy, communications and travel, delivery of utilities and government services. At the same time, cyber-attacks have increased dramatically in the past decade. The summit will feature experts from government, academia and private business discussing both threats and possible solutions.

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10-21-2013 Cyber Security Summit Convenes in Minneapolis
  KAAL TV - Rochester, MN

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - An upcoming Cyber Security Summit 2013 aims to elevate the quality of the discussion surrounding cyber security.

More specifically, organizers are targeting CEOs, boards of directors, and small business owners with their message.

That message includes the notion that cyber threats are not just information and technology issues but rather business issues that can impact profitability.

Organizers say information and technology are no longer back office functions but investments in protecting future profitability.

The summit runs Tuesday and Wednesday and is being held at the Minneapolis convention center.

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10-21-2013 Cyber Security Summit Convenes in Minneapolis
Video KSTP Channel 5 - Minneapolis, MN

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - An upcoming Cyber Security Summit 2013 aims to elevate the quality of the discussion surrounding cyber security.

More specifically, organizers are targeting CEOs, boards of directors, and small business owners with their message.

That message includes the notion that cyber threats are not just information and technology issues but rather business issues that can impact profitability.

Organizers say information and technology are no longer back office functions but investments in protecting future profitability.

The summit runs Tuesday and Wednesday and is being held at the Minneapolis convention center.

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10-16-2013 VIP Reception Honors Cyber Security Summit Speakers
  StreetInsider.com

Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) October 16, 2013

General Raduege, Chairman of the Deloitte Center for Cyber Innovation, will share his insights regarding the latest domestic and global cyber security implications for C-suite executives and government leaders. He will also highlight the progress being made both domestically and internationally through cooperation, including government, business and educational imperatives.

The VIP reception will take place on Oct. 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis Club. Individuals may purchase tickets at cybersecuritysummit.org.

Members of the media are invited to attend the reception and interviews can be arranged by contacting pankti(dot)shah(at)eventshows(dot)com, Director of Marketing for The Event Group, Incorporated and Cyber Security Summit.

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10-15-2013 Tuesday, October 22 and Wednesday, October 23
  Minneapolis Star Tribune Business Calendar

CYBER SECURITY SUMMIT: One- or two-day session with speakers, panel discussions and networking. www.cybersecuritysummit.org. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $429-$599. Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Av. S., Mpls. 763-548-1313.

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10-13-2013 Cyber Security Summit 2013
  CTOvision

Cyber Security Summit 2013 – October 22 and 23, Minneapolis, MN.

The Cyber Security Summit is focused on changing the paradigm of how we look at digital space and security, concentrating on clarifying the impact that cyber security has on our nation’s government and business operations. The Summit 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. Through prominent keynote speakers and engaging panel discussions, Summit participants will collaborate on cyber security initiatives, brainstorm innovative countermeasures, network with industry experts, and walk away with actionable solutions.

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10-10-2013 Cyber Security Summit 2013 Announces Finalized Agenda
  Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine

An epidemic of cyber attacks is occurring every day in cyber space, and the targets are not only your own personal devices, but also the financial industry, transportation and power grids, all levels of government, health care institutions, schools and police departments, to name a few.

On a personal level, getting hacked is annoying and potentially expensive. The 2012 Norton Cybercrime Report (http://us.norton.com/cybercrimereport/) states that every second, 18 people fall victim to cyber crime—more than 1.5 million victims per day. More than 600,000 Facebook accounts are compromised every day. An estimated 556 million victims are attacked every year.

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9-19-2013 Cyber Security Summit 2013 Announces Finalized Agenda
  Defense Technology Magazine

Cyber Security Summit 2013 today announced the finalized agenda for its third annual Summit which will be held on October 22-23, 2013 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Summit will showcase prominent keynote speakers and engaging panel discussions, a VIP reception, networking opportunities, and an exhibit area featuring leading industry organizations.


Cyber Security Summit 2013 will focus on bringing together all the stakeholders, from the C-suite to the techies, to collaborate, learn and take action. “Security is relying more heavily on data analysis and mathematical constructs to solve problems that cannot be solved with firewalls and packet sniffers,” said Dave Notch, President of Intensity Analytics and Summit Advisory Board member.
“Leveraging the connections and feedback loop between research, education, commercial and government organizations is more critical than ever." The 2013 Cyber Security Summit is open to private and public organizations. Great savings are available for government, faculty, staff and students.  

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9-20-2013 Cyber Security Summit 2013
  Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

The focus of Cyber Security Summit 2013 is to educate on cyber threats and provide actionable solutions. The Summit will showcase prominent keynote speakers and engaging panel discussions, a VIP reception, networking opportunities, and an exhibit area featuring leading industry organizations. Topics addressed will include risk management, security intelligence, privacy, data breach, and the consequences of inaction. Summit participants will engage with industry experts, collaborate on cyber security initiatives, learn from cross-industry perspectives, and acquire actionable solutions. 

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9-17-2013 Cyber Security Summit 2013 Announces Finalized Agenda
  Milwaukee Sentinel

Cyber Security Summit 2013 today announced the finalized agenda for its third annual Summit which will be held on October 22-23, 2013 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Summit will showcase prominent keynote speakers and engaging panel discussions, a VIP reception, networking opportunities, and an exhibit area featuring leading industry organizations.   Read Full Article

 

7-18-2013 Colleges — including University of Minnesota and St. Cloud St. — fighting back at cyberattacks
  Minneapolis Star Tribune

Loads of intellectual property make them frequent targets.

MINNEAPOLIS Star Tribune | July 18, 2013 - Universities across the country, including the University of Minnesota and St. Cloud State University, are increasingly under attack by hackers striking from around the world.

While U officials would not provide specific numbers, they acknowledge that attempts are made to breach the university’s network tens of thousands of times a day. Most of those attempts are thwarted by the university’s defenses, but in 2012, there were 16,000 incidents that warranted further investigation. Such incidents include single computers infected with viruses or students downloading copyrighted material.

It’s unclear exactly what cybercriminals are seeking from the universities. But cybersecurity experts say that academic networks are appealing repositories of intellectual property as researchers make breakthroughs in science, medicine and technology. Campus officials are constantly battling to keep information safe — with the U spending $2 million annually on cybersecurity.

“Cyberthreats are real. They evolve quickly. They’ve become more malicious and more prevalent,” said Prof. S. Massoud Amin, director of the Technological Leadership Institute at the U, one of the sponsors of an annual Cyber Security Summit in Minneapolis.

The fight against such cyberattacks gained higher profile earlier this year when President Obama issued an executive order encouraging the government and private companies to work together to defend critical infrastructure. Cybersecurity also was among the topics discussed this week by the Department of Homeland Security’s Academic Advisory Council, which counts U President Eric Kaler as a member. Within universities, defending against cyberattacks is a common topic of conversation, but officials are hesitant to discuss the details publicly, citing security concerns.

“It’s something that consumes more time and resources than it did a year ago or three years ago,” said Henry May, chief information officer for St. Cloud State University.

Who’s threatening?

The U’s spending on cybersecurity has held steady for the past three years, but that doesn’t mean the system of defenses is stagnant. The university is constantly updating its capabilities in response to attempted attacks, said Brian Dahlin, the U’s director of information security.

“The attackers continue to get more sophisticated,” Dahlin said. “Organizations are then continuing to improve their ability to identify attacks.”

The New York Times reported on the threat to research universities this week, pointing to China as the main source, with other attacks coming from Vietnam and Russia. A University of Wisconsin official told the New York Times that the school’s network faces 90,000 to 100,000 attempted attacks daily.

Amin, who previously worked on security for utility grids, said it’s not uncommon for large organizations to face 80,000 to 100,000 attempted cyberattacks a day. That number will only continue to grow, he said.

Most cybercriminals seek personal or financial gain, according to a 2012 report on data breaches published by Verizon. However, the report also noted an increase in the instances of hacktivism — attacks for political or social reasons.

University networks can be particularly tricky to defend because there are thousands of users often logging in with their own devices.

May estimated that 20,000 people use St. Cloud State University’s campus network daily. The U reports that about 65,000 devices connect to its network every day — from personal smartphones to tablets to university computers. Each connection has the potential to threaten the network, with everything from e-mail spam to more serious threats.

“I’m very impressed by how quickly our colleagues at the U localize a threat to ensure that it doesn’t become a widespread phenomenon,” Amin said. “We are as weak as the weakest link.”

Katie Humphrey • 612-673-4758

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3-13-2013 Officials say University is cybersecure
  Minnesota Daily

MINNEAPOLIS | Mar. 13, 2013 | Minnesota Daily - Dozens of hackers filled McNamara Alumni Center, programming past cyber defenses to capture vital information.

They weren’t real hackers and it was just a game, but the scenario is based on millions of real cyber threats that occur as spam, phishing and hacks every day. Cyber threats have become more commonplace and dangerous in the past decade, according to the FBI.

While cyber threats are growing rapidly, officials say the University of Minnesota’s networks and systems are safe.

The University has its own cybersecurity programs and systems, but also contracts out security protections for companies to manage, said Brian Dahlin, Office of Information Technology security and assurance director.

Symantec blocked 5.5 billion attacks in 2011, according to the company’s Internet Security Threat Report. The University offers Symantec Antivirus to each student, faculty and staff member for free.

President Barack Obama signed an executive order last month identifying cyber threats as “one of the most serious national security challenges we must confront.”

The order outlined how the government will work with businesses to improve cybersecurity for everyone, saying the only way to address these threats is to work together.

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1-10-2013 Make Data Protection a Priority — Celebrate Data Privacy Day on January 28th
  PR Newswire-US Newswire

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a non-profit public-private partnership focused on helping all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online, and official coordinator of Data Privacy Day (DPD), is collaborating with many educational institutions, corporations, government and non-profit organizations across the world to make Data Privacy Day on January 28th a success. Data Privacy Day is an international day of awareness to educate everyone to respect privacy and safeguard personal information.

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