Mission

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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.

To confront the problem, we need everyone’s help.

At the Cyber Security Summit, our mission is to produce 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.

 

At The Summit, we believe:

• It is vital that industry and government work together on security issues.
• Threats to U.S. businesses are threats to the U.S. – the private sector is responsible for 85%
of our critical infrastructure.
• The best tool available for combating cyber threats is information sharing.
• In the event of a breach, the investigation will proceed more quickly if you have established
relationships with the appropriate government and industry resources.
• The threat environment is constantly changing, but there are resources available.
• Good security is good business.

Why Minnesota?

Squarely centered geographically, and home to many Fortune 500 multinationals, Minnesota bridges
the divide between the technology sector on one coast and policymakers from the other to form an
operational and innovative cyber ecosystem.

• Represents all 16 critical infrastructure sectors.
• Headquarters of 17 Fortune 500 companies.
• Location of the largest privately held company in the U.S. (Cargill).
• Major health care corridor, with UnitedHealth Group, Medtronic and more than
700 health care/medical device companies.
• Strong retail presence with Best Buy, Target and a new Amazon technology development office.
• 7th ranked state for Science and Technology.
• Home to the University of Minnesota’s Technological Leadership Institute.
• Leaders aren’t just talking about cyber security, they are doing it.