Target Names New CISO

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Screen Shot 2017-03-10 at 6.42.46 AMBy Clint Boulton, CIO.com

“Target has promoted Rich Agostino to CISO, following the departure of Brad Maiorino, who moves to Booz Allen Hamilton’s U.S. commercial business. Maiorino, whom Target hired from General Motors to mitigate a major cybersecurity breach in June 2014, hired Agostino from General Electric as his vice president of information security in September 2014.”

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Veteran Led Tech Startup Intervotion Targets First Responders

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Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 10.36.17 AMWe’ve all seen futuristic sci-fi movies that depict sophisticated law enforcement operations, the ones where commanders pull up 3D holographic layouts of a building’s interior while outlining the team’s strategic plan.

While current methods are nowhere near that level of advancement, you might not realize just how big the gap is.

Michael O’Leary says that in his discussions with police, paramedics and firefighters across the country, he has been told that Google Maps often provides better location logistics than the antiquated systems used by departments.

In the information age, emergency services are lagging behind, and O’Leary sees that as a major problem.

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A Growing Voice in Cybersecurity

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YUoiPqTZAnyone who pays attention to the news can recognize that cybersecurity is becoming a primary concern for businesses and individuals in today’s world.

Increasingly sophisticated hackers are finding ways to break through the most complex barriers, leaving us all wondering how to protect our most sensitive data.

VoiceIt, a venture from Minneapolis, hopes to deliver peace of mind in a way that no other solution can: through speaker recognition technology with flexible applications.

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State of Minnesota Seeks $125m Of Taxpayer Funds For IT Upgrade

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By Tim Pugmire, MPRnews

“Threats to state government systems that hold vast amounts of private data are becoming more sophisticated and more frequent every day, said Minnesota IT Services commissioner Tom Baden. He gets daily briefings on cybersecurity issues.

“It’s not uncommon for me to see 3 million attacks from 150 international locations, a phishing attack through email looking for credentials or even ransomware attacks, on any given day,” he said. “Multiple concurrent events are happening constantly.”

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3M Sells Off 450 Person Biometric Tech Unit To Gemalto For $850m

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screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-5-06-32-pmVia News Release

“ST. PAUL, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–3M announced today that it has entered into agreements to sell the identity management business within its Traffic Safety and Security Division, to Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, for $850 million, subject to closing and other adjustments.”

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Beta Byte: Pi-Hole

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screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-1-06-38-pmBeta Byte is a series underwritten by Bust Out Solutions for that early stage tech found somewhere between idea and traction.

 
What is the name of the company and/or product?

Pi-hole

What distinct problem does this solve for who and how does this create value for them?

Pi-hole prevents ads from being downloaded for every device on your network without the need to install software. This helps save bandwidth because the ads are never downloaded. In addition, it helps protects users from malvertising.

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Beta Byte: Undercover Pics

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screen-shot-2016-10-11-at-12-08-22-pmBeta Byte is a series underwritten by Bust Out Solutions for that early stage tech found somewhere between idea and traction.

 
The Founder: Tommy Tompkins

What is the name of the company and/or product?

The name of the product is Undercover Pics and it can be found at https://undercoverpics.com or on Twitter.

What distinct problem does this solve for who and how does this create value for them?

Undercover Pics is a steganography, encryption, and photo-sharing service that enables its users to conceal secret images inside cover photos and share them with friends. Our unique service goes beyond end-to-end encryption by protecting your important documents and images anywhere you put them; including your email account, phone, or hard drive without the need to install an app. Share passwords with a team, protect important documents, or promote your business with creative image based scavenger hunts where your customers can decode images to find clues to promotions or giveaway items.

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Arthur Ventures Leads Funding Round In Cybrary

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arthurventuresheaderCybrary, the world’s first and only no-cost cybersecurity MOOC (massive open online course) provider, has secured $1.3 million in an oversubscribed series seed financing led by Arthur Ventures and Ron Gula, Founder and Chairman of Tenable Network Security, with participation from existing investors, including Inner Loop Capital.”

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