Minneapolis’ Entrust Datacard Buys SMS Passcode & Backs CensorNet

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Via News Release

“MINNEAPOLIS—July 31, 2018— Entrust Datacard, a leading provider of trusted identity and secure transaction technology solutions, today announced that it has made a strategic investment in CensorNet, the complete cloud security company, to propel Entrust Datacard toward achieving real-time threat awareness with enhanced pattern analysis for continuous authentication capabilities.”

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FRSecure Launches Sister Startup SecurityStudio & Hires Tech Exec James Williams To Run It

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Ten-year-old Twin Cities cybersecurity consulting firm FRSecure has launched a new software venture called SecurityStudio and named James Williams as the President. 

FRSecure founder and CEO Evan Francen says that the impetus for a product-based company came from all the firsthand experience in acting as a “trusted information security advisor by serving over 1,000 unique customers in a consulting capacity since 2008.”

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Best Buy Gets Caught Up In 3rd Party Data Breach

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Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune

Best Buy is the latest company to say that some of its customers’ payment information may have been exposed in a data breach of a third-party vendor that runs the retailer’s online chat services. In recent days, Delta and Sears Holdings have also revealed that customer data may have been compromised in a cyberattack on the contractor, [24]7.ai.”

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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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