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Business leaders gather for 'Cyber Security Tech Talk'

Panelists discuss ways businesses can protect themselves from cyber threats

Posted: Aug. 9, 2018 10:26 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa - Business owners and leaders gathered at the Historic Park Inn in Mason City Thursday morning to learn ways of defending their businesses against cyber attacks.

The 'Cyber Security Tech Talk' was hosted and organized by TechBrew North Iowa. Panelists from NIACC, Iowa State University and Wells Enterprises discussed strategies and plans to keep sensitive data protected.

Ryan Schaap is the Vice President of IT and CIO of Wells Enterprises in Le Mars, and says that regardless of the size of business, those that have an online presence must safeguard their clients' information.

"You can't not do it. You have to be thinking about it and putting some plans in place or you're going to put yourself out there and put yourself at risk."

Doug Jacobson from Iowa State University was one of the three panelists, and shared a plan to keep your data protected by utilizing the Five C's of data protection: Classification, compartmentalization, cryptography, contingency planning and coaching.

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