FBI/NSA InfraGard on Cyber Security

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Elements Group attends the FBI/NSA Infragard session on cyber security hosted at the Cargill auditorium in Hopkins Minnesota.  Speakers representing the FBI, NSA and local security firms presented on many topics including:
– Artificial Intelligence
– Machine Learning
– Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN)
– Recurrent Neural Networks (RNN)
– Bias and Variance
– Cloud Computing
– 5G
– Cyber Crime

Nation state threats included a briefing on:
– China
– Russia
– Iran
– North Korea

The examples provided on current day threats and impacts directly to Minnesota based companies was very informative.   The sessions also provided an overview of a number of cutting edge technologies and their implications to cyber security.

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See more pictures of the event in the gallery

 

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Greater MSP Annual Meeting

AnnualMeeting2018-2-101Elements Group attended the GMSP annual meeting hosted at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis.  The event was widely attended and featured several songs by the a quartet.   A host of speakers shared updates on their initiatives throughout the evening.  After the presentation, there was food and networking.   The comments after the event were most interesting.

Some of the common post meeting viewpoints included:

  • Seems like most of the initiatives are lead and implemented by corporate or 3rd party stakeholders and it is was unclear what value GMSP was adding.
  • Given the vast number of sponsors and size of board, it is surprising to see such tactical initiatives in general that primary benefit only a few organizations.
  • Now in its seventh year,  GMSP is starting to work on an organizational strategy for themselves.  Raises the question how much longer will they be funded?
  • There is no vision or long-term plan for regional development anywhere much less near what competitive regions are doing around the world to aspire.
  • Seems like industry needs to drive regional development more.

I thought the event was well executed and was surprised by the after event conversations from people who have been to many of the events or more involved in the initiatives.  Compared to other, more progressive cities,  we seem to actually be lacking a number of key regional organizations that are actually the strategy and implementation arms of regional development.  The construction of a regional advantage based model is an ecosystem integration strategy.   This was more a basic funding,  measurement and tactical projects approach.

See pictures of the event in the photo gallery

Expo2027 – Minnesota Tries Again

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Minnesota was one of three finalists bidding to host a World Expo in 2023 losing out to Buenos Aires. Had Minnesota’s bid prevailed, Expo 2023 would have been the first World Expo approved by the Bureau International Exhibitions (BIE) to be held in North America in 37 years.   The Minnesotan team collaborated with many other cities that are also bidding for various years in the bidding process.  By partnering with several USA cities they where about to work with both the Obama and Trump administrations to get the Federal government to rejoin the BIE and make US cities eligible for host the event once again.  The overall theme of Health will remain our focus and “Healthy People, Healthy Planet.”   Our mission, “Wellness and Well Being for All,” reflects our close ties to the UN’s 2030 Campaign for Sustainable Development’s Goal #3 –  Good Health and Well Being for All at All Ages.  We will follow the progress of this initiative over the coming years in hopes that Minnesota will win the bidding process for 2027.
Images of events and press releases will be added to the gallery as they develop.

IoT and Smart Water

IMG_4570Minnesota DEED Trade Office hosted a Smart Water Round Table event at the Uponor corporation on May 10th, 2018.   Featured were a host of IoT companies showcasing their work in smart water solutions.   The audience and speakers who attended came from as far away as Europe and South America.   This event came on the heels of the Minnesota IoT Fuse conference.   The solutions they covered spanned a vast array of topics including:  precision agriculture, water treatment, smart cities,  transportation, city infrastructure optimization, etc.    The companies also represented specializations in hardware & sensors,  data aggregation and analytics, and business model development.

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University St. Thomas Spring Seminar

 

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Understanding the new frontiers in corporate strategy and innovation was a key theme University St. Thomas Spring Seminar focusing on Risk Leadership.  The event was hosted April 25, 2018 on the UST campus located in downtown Minneapolis Minnesota.  The event featured keynote speakers and several breakout tracks focusing on Risk Leadership and Risk Managment.   The attendees were primarily senior practitioners from twin cities corporations, as well as, SMEs from consulting firms and university students are in the UST Risk Management programs.

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Arizona’s Cybersecurity Taskforce

United-States-Map-2The state of Arizona is increasing its focus on enterprise-level security controls with the creation of a cybersecurity task force.
First year Governor Doug Ducey signed an Executive Order creating Arizona Cybersecurity Team, “ACT.”
The overall plan is to create a collaborative structure across the 22 members of executive branch-level officials .  It will also bring in representatives from the legislature, higher educations, local government, the private sector and other state agencies.  The goal is to protect Arizona from a cyberattack.
The team’s responsibilities include developing recommendations and advising the governor on cybersecurity issues; offering advice on federal resources available to fight cyberthreats; promoting public awareness of threats; fostering collaboration between government, the private and education sectors, law enforcement and others; and driving cybersecurity and IT workforce development and training at the higher education level.
Source: govtech

Sunrise Social

I attended the summer sunrise social event hosted by the generations group.  The inspirational speaker was Andy Gatton who had survived the Minneapolis hwy35 bridge collapse.  His story and pictures were both amazing and inspiring.   It gave us a view inside the tragedy and heroism that played out during that day plus a survives new perspective on life.

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