Do you know any soon-to-be graduates interested in a career in security and risk management? We have just the event for them!

UMSA is proud to announce a new student-focused education event for 2017…Student360! This event, modeled after the Secure360 Conference, will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2017 and is focused on three “track” areas for learning including hands-on demonstrations, professional advancement/career sessions, and a career pavilion for recruiting.

Please share this opportunity with the students in your life. Registration is open for this event at a great price of just $30 for students.

Do you know an instructor/professor in a IT security/cybersecurity/risk management program?

We have discounts available for students in specific school programs and would love to partner with area collages and institutions to provide these discounted rates. Please email Melissa Harrison for additional information about these partnership/discount opportunities.


FBI’s Liz Lehrkamp to speak during Small Business Forum at Cyber Security Summit

Liz Lehrkamp, Special Agent with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, will speak during the Small Business Forum at the Summit on Wednesday afternoon, October 12th. At this half-day event, Lehrkamp will focus on helping companies protect themselves from cyber and white collar crime.

Lehrkamp entered on duty with the FBI in February 2005 at the Newark field office where she investigated Organized Crime and then Cyber Crime. In September 2010, she was transferred to the Minneapolis field office and assigned to the Human Intelligence squad working cyber matters. Lehrkamp became the InfraGard Coordinator for the Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota Chapters in May 2011. Currently, she is part of the White Collar fraud squad investigating embezzlement, financial advisor fraud and theft of trade secrets. Liz received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University and is a member of the Society of Women Engineers.

The Small Business Forum is half-day event on the second day of the Cyber Security Summit focusing on the challenges and needs of small businesses. It is open to those registered for the Full Summit or VIP All Access Pass and it is available as single registration if you are only interested in attending the Small Business Forum.

Register today to secure your place! Special rates apply for government, academia
and students. 

FEMA Smartphone App

FEMA recently launched a new feature to its free smartphone app that will enable users to receive push notifications to their devices to remind them to take important steps to prepare their homes and families for disasters. The reminder feature allows users to receive pre-scheduled safety and preparedness tips, including testing smoke alarms, practicing a fire escape plan, updating emergency kits and replacing smoke alarm batteries.

The app also provides a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters and open recovery centers, and tips on how to survive natural and manmade disasters. The FEMA app offers a feature that enables users to receive push notifications of weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations across the nation. Go to the FEMA Mobile App site for more information.

Church Security Awareness Training

Our friend, and old Programs Committee Chair, Simon Osamoh is hosting Church Security Workshops in the area over the next few months.

These unique five hour workshops bring together subject matter experts from the fields of church security, terrorism, group violence and physical security. The workshops educate on emerging trends in church violence, identify what we learn from the perpetrators and the ideology that leads to violence. How to create a security culture that tackles suspicious behavior and provide you with simples steps in “what can I do now to protect my ministry with the budget that I have”. The workshops will educate church leaders, facilities managers, security directors, ushers, greeters, business administrators and emergency responders along with those interested in protecting places of worship. As a bonus they are Minnesota POST Board Accredited.


  • James Densley, Ph.D. Trends in Church Violence, “Learning from the Past to Secure our Future”
  • Jarret Brachman, Ph.D. Inside the Mind of an Attacker, “The Motives & Methods Fueling Church Violence”
  • Mr Simon Osamoh, Prevention Based Security, “Recognizing and Responding to Suspicious Activity”
  • Mr Gary Essig, Insights to Action, “Practical Steps for Securing Your Ministry”


  • Saturday, August 20 – 8am to 12:30pm at Salem Covenant Church (2655 5th St NW) in New Brighton, MN (register)
  • Saturday, October 1 at Westwood Community Church (3121 Westwood Drive) in Excelsior, MN (register)

FLYER – CSAT Church Security Workshop August 20th Flyer

Mosquito season and Zika virus

Temperatures are quickly rising and summer weather is almost here, bringing with it mosquito season. This year, it is important that we all learn about and take necessary precautions against Zika virus, a mosquito-borne illness – prevention is the key to combating the threat of Zika.

Although Zika virus illness is usually mild, lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito, and severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms there is a direct link between Zika virus infection in pregnant women and birth defects. Sexual transmission has also been documented. There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika virus.

Zika virus protection starts with the individual. There are many simple actions people can take to minimize the risk of Zika virus disease to themselves and their communities:

  • The best way to prevent diseases spread by mosquitos is to protect yourself from mosquito bites. You can do this by wearing protective clothing, using insect repellent and staying in places with air-conditioning and window and door screens to keep mosquitos outside.
  • Buy insect repellent that is EPA registered and that contains one of the following ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemoneucalyptus, or para-menthane-diol.
  • When applying mosquito repellent, follow the directions carefully and know how often to reapply.
  • Check the screens on your doors and windows for holes or areas of fraying. Patch them or replace them to make sure mosquitos are kept out.
  • Get rid of standing water in gutters, birdbaths, flower pots and other receptacles where mosquitoes lay their eggs. “Tip and Toss” any standing water.
  • Pregnant women are strongly encouraged to avoid travel to areas of the world with active Zika virus transmission if they can; up-to-date travel advisory information can be found on the CDC website.
  • It’s important that travelers returning to the U.S. from affected areas of the world take steps to prevent mosquito bites for 3 weeks so they do not pass Zika virus to mosquitos that could spread the virus to other people.
  • Stay up to date on ways to prevent sexual transmission of Zika virus disease.

The continental U.S. has reported no local mosquito-borne Zika virus disease cases, but there have been 503 travel-associated cases. With the recent outbreaks, the number of Zika cases among travelers visiting or returning to the United States will likely increase. These imported cases could result in local spread of the virus in some areas of the United States. It is unknown whether the mosquito-borne disease will start to develop in the United States this year. But it is important to follow prevention measures either way.

Regional Cyber Resilience Workshop

From our partners at the MITRE Corporation Organization –

There is a considerable body of knowledge, governance structure, tools and techniques that have been developed to address regional resilience from a physical infrastructure perspective.  However, there has been little done to date to understand and address cyber resilience at a regional level. Even the definition of what constitutes regional cyber infrastructure and whether that is a useful context for examining regional resilience are open questions.  As a result, a number of regional consortia, organizations, and programs have begun to focus on this regional cyber challenge and are considering options for addressing regional cyber resilience in a meaningful manner. Please join us on June 23-24 2016, for the inaugural Regional Cyber Resilience Workshop. The workshop will be held at the NCCOE facility located at 9700 Great Seneca Highway, Rockville, MD 20850.

You will:

  • learn how regions are defining and tackling regional cyber resilience
  • acquire information on emerging research, tools and techniques you can use at the regional level
  • have a chance to meet with thought leaders from other regions to compare needs and requirements

The registration website is now open. Please register at

If you have any questions, please contact Stacey Stanchfield, or 703-983-5225.

RC3 and SLTTGCC Cyber Webinar Series

Participate in a joint Council Cyber Webinar Series sponsored by the Regional Consortium Coordinating Council (RC3), and State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Government Coordinating Council (SLTTGCC), in conjunction with the DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP).

With the growing cyber security concerns and evolving cyber threats across the United States, organizations in both the government and private sector are working to better understand cyber vulnerabilities, cyber threats, and methods used to protect critical infrastructure networks.

We look forward to your participation in this webinar series and encourage you to share this invitation with your partners and colleagues.

“Federal Cyber Resources and How to Tap  Into Them” 

presented by Howard Tsai

“Building the CyberMaryland Initiative” 

presented by David Powell

Date:  June 2, 2016

Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM (EDT)

Registration Link:

Cyber Webinar Series Flyer