Minnesota Startup KnectIQ Partners With The University of Illinois On IoT Security

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“University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and KnectIQ entered into an agreement to bring enhanced cyber security solutions to the marketplace, including leveraging KnectIQ’s novel authentication technology and the University’s Coordinated Science Laboratory’s (CSL) intrusion detection and intrusion protection systems (IDS/IPS) technology.”

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Minnesota’s CyberSecurity Operation Struggles To Keep Up

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By Briana Bierschbach, MinnPost

“On the third floor of an office building in St. Paul, a conference room has been turned into a makeshift command center, with cubicles and computer monitors looking toward a giant pull-down screen.

On a recent Tuesday, the room is dark except for the glow of computer monitors lighting a half dozen faces, all glued to their screens. One of the employees, Dave, who always wears a bowtie on Tuesdays, is sitting by his blue lava lamp and a unopened Obi Wan Kenobi figurine and trying to find any traces of “Petya.”

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Hacktivist Breaks Into Minnesota Government Databases to Protest Philando Castile Verdict

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By Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, Motherboard

“On Friday, a jury found that the cop who shot and killed a black man in the summer of 2016 in Minnesota during a seemingly routine traffic stop was not guilty of manslaughter. The verdict prompted thousands of people to protest in the streets of St. Paul, Minnesota.

A hacker calling himself Vigilance decided to seek justice in his own way, by hacking a database belonging to the Minnesota state government, and stealing email addresses and passwords. The hacker contacted Motherboard on Sunday, claiming the hack and providing a sample of stolen data to back up his claims.”

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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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