Secure Minnesota Conference

May 1, 2024

A full day of networking and continuing education in Cybersecurity, Physical Security, and IT Risk Management.

Cybersecurity and Physical Security Sessions

HBS proudly announces the debut of the Secure Minnesota conference. A day of social networking and continuing education in cybersecurity, physical security, and IT risk management. This conference delivers a unique opportunity for business leaders and security, IT, and audit professionals to gather without traveling out of state. Every session includes compelling information to help you strengthen your organizations security posture. Register Here

Date: May 1, 2024

Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis - Park Place


7:30am - 


8:00am - 

Vendor Expo

9:00-9:45am -

State of Cybersecurity

Megan Soat Headshot

Megan Soat
Director of Cybersecurity, Heartland Business Systems

10:00-10:45am - 

Panel Discussion
Revolutionizing Surveillance: Unveiling Cutting-Edge Security Strategies Across Industries

This panel will feature three organizations as they share their real-world experiences in overcoming security challenges. You will discover actionable strategies that you can implement to enhance security and resilience within your own organization or municipality.

The City of St. Cloud, a bustling urban hub, faced the daunting task of modernizing its surveillance capabilities to uphold public safety effectively. Dive into their journey as they navigated through outdated systems, ultimately partnering with leading vendors to implement scalable and user-friendly solutions, enabling proactive monitoring and swift responses to emerging threats.

Allstate Peterbilt, grappling with theft and violence, implemented innovative solutions following a critical incident. Discover how they leveraged advanced camera technology to not only mitigate risks but also collaborate seamlessly with law enforcement, turning challenges into opportunities for enhanced security and peace of mind.

Fast Global, spanning multiple locations, encountered various operational hurdles exacerbated by a lack of surveillance infrastructure. Explore how they transformed their security landscape by deploying comprehensive camera systems and innovative door access solutions, effectively addressing incidents and enhancing operational efficiency across their facilities.

Micah Myers
IT Director, City of St. Cloud

Ryan Wuotila
Director of IT Operations, Allstate Peterbilt Group

Todd Gregoire
Director of Technology, Fast Global Solutions

11:00-11:45am -

Resilient Futures: How Incident Response, Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity, and Business Impact Analysis Shape Tomorrow's Success

"Resilient Futures" explores the synergistic relationship between Incident Response, Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity, and Business Impact Analysis. This presentation delves into how these interconnected strategies not only safeguard organizations from disruptions but also empower them to flourish in the face of challenges. Discover how these components combine to form a roadmap for organizational success in an ever-changing landscape.

Todd Heinz
Practice Manager - GRC, Heartland Business Systems

12:00-1:00pm -

Lunch and Vendor Expo

1:00-1:45pm -

Strategic Cybersecurity Layers: A Proactive Defense Blueprint

Cybersecurity relies on a layered approach to protect digital assets effectively. These layers include network security, application security, endpoint security, and user awareness, collectively forming a comprehensive defense against various threats. Network security focuses on safeguarding data transmission, application security secures software, endpoint security protects individual devices, and user awareness educates individuals on safe online practices. The combination of these layers aims to create a resilient security infrastructure.

There are proactive ways that an organization can ensure resiliency through constant security assessments, continuous testing, and penetration tests.

Penetration testing plays a key role in assessing the strength of these security layers. By simulating real-world cyberattacks, professionals can identify vulnerabilities within the system. This proactive testing allows organizations to address potential weaknesses before they can be exploited by malicious actors, contributing to the overall improvement of cybersecurity measures. Penetration testing not only aids in vulnerability identification but also helps organizations stay compliant, adapt to emerging threats, and build trust with stakeholders. Regular testing is crucial in maintaining effective cybersecurity in the face of evolving digital risks.

Ben Hall
Practice Manager - GRC, Heartland Business Systems

Ron Hix Headshot

Ron Hix
Senior Penetration Tester, Heartland Business Systems

2:00-3:30pm -

Incident Response Tabletop Exercise

It’s the middle of the night. Your phone rings. Your heart sinks as the person on the other end reads you the ransom note. All your data is encrypted—even your backups—and they want $1 million.

Luckily, it’s all part of the incident response tabletop exercise…

Join Rubrik to see what happens behind the scenes during a ransomware attack and run through what you might do if faced with a similar situation. From playing the part of a CIO to joining active board meetings, you'll leave with a new and more comprehensive understanding of what really takes place when an organization is hit by ransomware.

3:30-4:30pm -

Social Hour


DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis – Park Place

1500 Park Place Blvd
Minneapolis, MN 55416

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