Gov. proclaims October "Cyber Security Awareness Month"; Cyber Security Summit scheduled for Oct. 21-22



Contact Doug Mroczkowski, 763-548-1313 or, for media credentials.

MINNEAPOLIS — Citing the fact that the security of cyberspace is a shared responsibility in which each of us has a critical role to play, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has named October "Cyber Security Awareness Month." (Click here for the official proclamation.)

As part of the effort to raise awareness of this growing issue, Minnesota will host one of its largest cyber security gatherings next week in Minneapolis — the fourth annual Cyber Security Summit. The 2014 event is presented by title sponsor Symantec and more than 300 leaders in business, government and academia are scheduled to attend.

Because of the record number of cyber security incidents that have occurred in the past year, it has been dubbed by some "The Year of the Large Scale Breach" — a topic that will be addressed head on in a session titled "Year of the Large Scale Breach: 'Crimeware as a Service.'" The Summit will also cover how to be better prepared for today's cyber realities in a session titled "Cyber Resiliency: Preparing for the Inevitable" as well as how to respond following a breach in the closing session, "Lessons Learned."

The event will bring a variety of cyber security experts to the state, including Stewart A. Baker, former General Counsel of the National Security Agency; Dr. Ron Ross, who is developing the government's cyber security guidelines for the National Institute of Standards and Technology; Brian L. Levine, a prosecutor in the Department of Justice’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section; and many others.

The event will also feature an interactive "Hacker Showcase" where attendees can learn about the fundamentals of encryption and how it works, discuss "practical paranoia" and how to secure your social media, as well as understand the dangers of USB devices, how to pick a lock and more.

The Summit was founded in 2011 when leaders at the Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota approached event producer The Event Group, Incorporated about establishing an event to bring together industry, government and academic interests in an effort to improve the state of cyber security on both a domestic and international level.

For a complete overview of this year's Summit, go to or download the Summit Guide. For help scheduling interviews with any of this year's participants, contact Mike Davin, 763-548-1305 or

Cyber Security Summit 2014 Overview

The Commons Hotel
615 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Schedule at a glance:

October 21
7:00 am – 8:00 am Check In and Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 4:00 pm Conference Sessions
11:45am – 12:30 pm Lunch
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Exhibit Area Opening and Reception
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Hacker Showcase

October 22
7:15 am – 8:15 am CEO Breakfast (invitation only)
7:30 am – 8:30 am Check In and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am – 5:00 pm Conference Sessions
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch
7:30 - 5:00 pm Exhibit Area open
5:00 pm Post-Event Networking at Beacon Public House


Cyber Security Summit 2014
October 21-22, 2014
Minneapolis, MN


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