As companies compete to attract parents and kids with back-to-school specials, one Des Moines startup has placed an eye on a piece of the classroom unserved by many startups.  Trokt, an online platform and mobile application designed to facilitate legal mediation record-keeping, is seeking headway to connect with the families of disabled or special-needs students […]

Hy-Vee Inc. is investigating unauthorized activity that may have affected payment transactions at fuel pumps, drive-thru coffee shops, and restaurants, including Market Grilles, Market Grille Expresses and Wahlburgers, the company announced this afternoon. The company, which operates more than 260 stores across eight states, says it has contracted with unnamed cybersecurity firms and notified federal law […]

The aftermath of last weekend’s deadly El Paso mass shooting sparked a battle by tech platforms to drop 8chan, as the Washington Post initially reported. On Tuesday, the situation grew even more dire for 8chan after owner Jim Watkins was called to testify to Congress, Reuters reports. After the extremist message board was dropped by internet service provider […]

Cybersecurity is a never-ending threat, but the biggest risk to an organization can also sprout from its most trusted asset — the employees.  BrightWise, a new company born out of collaboration between West Des Moines-based Affiliates Management Co. and Montana-based LMG Security, is meant to mitigate those risks. CEO Sherri Davidoff, who is also CEO […]

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate was elected president of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) during the organization’s summer conference, after winning the NASS IDEAS Award for the election cybersecurity initiative, “Partnerships Pay Dividends: A Roadmap to Election Cybersecurity”. Secretary Pate will serve as the NASS President through July 2020.

At Gateway Inc. in the 1990s, Rob Cheng, senior vice president of worldwide sales, marketing and support, could see the problems lining up from his desk on the Iowa-South Dakota border. Customers were calling customer support lines complaining of slow machines, and there was no clear diagnostic system to efficiently address the customers.  In 1999 […]

The state of Iowa has launched the Socrata Connected Government Cloud (SCGC), announced Tyler Technologies, Inc., based in Plano, Texas. SCGC allows policymakers to leverage data for solutions in social and political issues, including crime and public health. Iowa’s adoption was prompted by requirements of the state’s Accountable Government and Taxpayer Transparency Acts, which set […]

Gabriella Perez, research technology compliance specialist at the University of Iowa, is one of six inaugural Trusted CI Open Science Cybersecurity fellows nationwide, reports the Cedar Rapids Gazette. The program is under the National Science Foundation’s Cybersecurity Center for Excellence, and Perez can access weekly digital presentations from cybersecurity experts and will receive funding to […]

City by city, the first few tons of 5G wireless internet equipment is being installed — and protested, as CityLab reports.  5G networks have only just begun to spread — a few providers, including AT&T and Verizon, have started going live in a handful of cities (Verizon announced 5G service will be arriving in Des Moines, although wasn’t clear […]

California-based Sectigo, a leader in web security platforms, has acquired West Des Moines-based Icon Labs, which provides cross-platform security solutions for internet of things (IoT) device manufacturers, Sectigo announced today. Sectigo’s expanded IoT Security Platform will provide device manufacturers, systems integrators and enterprises using connected IoT with the ability to use purpose-built IoT issuance from a trusted […]