SHERIDAN — A new partnership between CyberWyoming and the Cybersecurity Collaborative will bring national content and experts to Wyoming technology professionals, officials say.
“The Cybersecurity Collaborative was founded by a group of Industry-Leading CISOs that, with our Community Membership Leadership Council, created these forums so security professionals that wear multiple hats can be immediately updated by Fortune 1000 subject matter experts on cyber challenges they face,” said Stuart Cohen, CEO of the Cybersecurity Collaborative.
CyberWyoming’s aim is to pull communities together and advance the security of Wyoming through information sharing. The Cybersecurity Collaborative brings benefits like a morning security report and community member Q&A calls with leading subject matter experts, working well with CyberWyoming’s vision.
“It is a natural fit,” said Patrick Wolfinbarger, co-founder of CyberWyoming. “We are always looking for opportunities to match people with the appropriate cyber risk information.”
To ensure that Wyoming’s needs are being met by this partnership, CyberWyoming will participate on the CyberUSA Advisory Board for the Cybersecurity Collaborative that is composed of five small rural state representatives, five medium sized state representatives and five large sized state representatives.
The Cybersecurity Collaborative isn’t the only national partnership that CyberWyoming boasts. In addition to other national relationships, CyberWyoming also has state partnerships.
“In discussions with the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce, local and state business leaders, and people in the community, we are hearing that there are a lot of questions about information security and privacy,” said Tyler Neeriemer, IT administrator for First Federal Bank & Trust and winner of the Cybersecurity Competition for Small Businesses. “At the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce Ignite Conference on May 23, we hope to kick off an ongoing, community-wide conversation about these important issues. Our goal is to remove some of the mystery around cybersecurity issues, create understanding of the threats, and most importantly, provide ways that we can protect ourselves and businesses.”
Between Ptolemy Data Systems and First Federal Bank & Trust in Sheridan, the momentum for community cybersecurity education is picking up in the northeast corner of the state. Cybersecurity is being discussed as a community risk management topic to create a stronger economy and protect private customer information in small venues like Toastmasters to larger ones like the Ignite conference.
“Statewide or local partnerships regarding cybersecurity are the way to bring the national content to our communities,” Wolfinbarger said. “We really encourage talking to peers, sharing information, and mentoring by non-technical and technical personnel.”