Minneapolis’ Super Bowl Surveillance Network Tops 2,000 Cameras

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By Libor Jany and Stephen Montemayor Star Tribune

“If there were a Super Bowl for cutting-edge crime-fighting technology, Minneapolis would be hosting that, too. That much is clear from stepping inside the Minneapolis Police Department’s state-of-the-art command center, just south of U.S. Bank Stadium, site of Sunday’s game.”

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At Risk Of Hacker Induced Blackouts, Xcel Energy Beefs Up Cybersecurity

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By Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune

“Electricity isn’t exactly a growth business, so Xcel Energy’s employee head count doesn’t budge much from year to year. One department is an exception: cybersecurity. Xcel employs more than 100 highly trained security analysts, compared with a handful just two years ago. Threats from hackers are intensifying and, with them, the specter of blackouts.”

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Plymouth-Based Miracle Ear Gets Hacked

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By Jackie Crosby, Star Tribune

“Plymouth-based hearing aid company Miracle-Ear is reporting that excerpts of 554 patient records were compromised in a security breach to its e-mail system.

The incident occurred Oct. 24, when “an unknown and unauthorized intruder” gained access to the e-mail account of an employee of parent company Amplifon, which handles the accounts and administrative work for subsidiaries such as Miracle-Ear, according to a company statement faxed to the media Thursday.”

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Former Digital River & SuccessFactors VP Jeremy Bauer Named CIO At Code42

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“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE) — Code42, the leader in cloud-based endpoint data security and recovery, announced today that Jeremy Bauer has joined the company as its chief information officer (CIO). Bauer brings with him extensive information technology (IT) and security experience in building world-class infrastructures for cloud-based enterprise software solutions that service millions of users.”

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HelpSystems Acquires Fox Technologies to Expand Cybersecurity Portfolio

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“Minneapolis, MN, December 13, 2017—HelpSystems announced today that it has acquired Fox Technologies, a solution provider in the cybersecurity industry since 1999, from Parallax Capital Partners. Fox Technologies solutions help organizations tighten security by centralizing Linux and Unix identity and access management.”

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Code42 Will Dig Deeper Into Education Sector

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“MINNEAPOLIS — Code42, the leader in cloud-based endpoint data security and recovery, announced plans to expand its presence in the education market.

The company is deepening its commitment to and focus on this segment by building out a dedicated vertical business unit that will include marketing and sales functions. Today, Code42 serves more than 700 higher education institutions and K-12 schools across North America, as well as seven out of the eight Ivy League universities.”

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Minnesota’s Tourism Agency Hacked

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By Paul Walsh, Star Tribune

“The Facebook account for the state of Minnesota’s primary tourism agency has been hacked since the start of the business day Monday, with a slew of “fake news” postings that range from a woman training squirrels to harass her ex-boyfriend and a death row inmate eating an entire Bible as his last meal.”

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Minnesota’s Entrust Datacard Acquires European Security Firm

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“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Entrust Datacard, a leading provider of trusted identity and secure transaction technology solutions, today announced that it has acquired Trustis Limited, a specialized managed service provider of public key infrastructure (PKI) and crypto management solutions based in Thatcham, United Kingdom (UK).”

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Blaine Tech Firm SPC Acquired By Convergint Technologies

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Convergint Technologies, a worldwide leader in service-based systems integration, today announced the acquisition of Minnesota-based Security Products Company (SPC).  Founded in 1976, SPC is a full-service provider of physical and electronic security systems, construction management services, IT and cybersecurity solutions, and marketing solutions. This is the 13th company acquired by Convergint in the past two years.”

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