Posts Categorized: HBA Iowa Weekly Updates

Weekly Update: October 19, 2017

   HBAI hosted a breakfast meeting this month with fellow association executives to discuss identity theft, wire fraud, and general hacker attacks.  Mark Densmore of Densmore Insurance Strategies presented a long list of very scary scenarios that could affect your business.  Check out the next two articles below – it’s not a matter of if – hackers are working on it right now.
Take the Steps to Protect Your Business
At the breakfast meeting, Mark Densmore discussed quite a few steps that you can take to protect your business.  Many of them are not that time consuming, nor do they cost much.  Here they are:
The U.S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology lists these guidelines:

Identify:  What do I have to protect?  Emails, Ransomware, PII, PCI, PHI Info, Inventory computer equipment.
Protect:  What can I do?  Two step authentication for email and social media; education by training staff; adopting pass phrases and not changing vs. 90 password changes – phrases like HBAIisthegreatestorganization are really hard to break through; have a cyber security policy – otherwise you might be exposed to a lawsuit or breach laws.  Check into the FCC response plan.
Detect:  Watch logs (automate); intrusion detection system for emails; regular, non-electronic …
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Weekly Update: October 5, 2017

   In this photo we have a portion of the students from all across Iowa up on the stage following the event.  How cool is that?  We had over 400 educators and students in attendance.
Amazing Iowa Skilled Trades Night with Mike Rowe
The nearly 1,600 participants in our Iowa Skilled Trades night with Mike Rowe last Thursday will tell you – it was amazing! The energy in the room, the message, and the unity demonstrated as stakeholders came together was really special.  Adam Carroll did a great job emceeing the event, Governor Reynolds was spot on with her message, and of course Mike Rowe delivered as expected.  This newsletter will be dedicated to the event, we could not have asked for a better night.  Here is a nice article in BUILD Des Moines that encapsulates the evening very well. Here is a good WHO interview with Simon Conway.  And finally, here is a fresh article from the Des Moines Register from this morning.

   We donated 10% of the net proceeds to the mikeroweWORKS Foundation.  In the center is Brandon Patterson (RE/MAX), who’s vision and tenacity made this event possible.  On the right is our emcee and rock solid messenger Adam Carroll.

Iowa Skilled Trades Limited Edition Shirt
This is a limited edition (150) Iowa Skilled …
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