Three chief information security officers of Iowa companies spoke to cybersecurity professionals during Pratum’s Secure Iowa conference on Sept. 21 about the role of a CISO and their approaches to making information security decisions. Speakers included:Meg Anderson, CISO, Principal Financial Group.James Johnson, CISO, John Deere.Ben Schmitt, CISO, Mary Greeley Medical Center. Here are three takeaways from the panel’s […]

The Department of Management Office of the Chief Information Officer has announced expanded scalable security services for educational institutions and nonprofit organizations in Iowa. According to a news release, schools, school districts and nonprofits now have access to a lower cost of $8.24 per month, per device, which makes accessing the state’s cybersecurity services easier. […]

Ahraz Husain has been appointed vice president of data at Growers Edge, the agriculture financial technology company announced Monday. Husain most recently led a team of data product managers and data and analytics engineers at Corteva Agriscience. He started at Corteva in 2016 focusing on the company’s digital solutions platform before moving over to research and […]

Colocation and cloud services provider LightEdge announced Tuesday it has acquired NFINIT, a San Diego-based infrastructure solutions provider, aiming to strengthen its footprint in the southwest. NFINIT offers data center, cloud, security, connectivity, and managed services to clients in the southwest region. With this acquisition, LightEdge will open four data centers in the region, three in California […]

IntelliSee, a Coralville-based company integrating AI software in companies’ existing video surveillance systems to detect and mitigate risk in real time, was the overall winner at the eighth annual Excellence in Product Innovation Awards. The award was announced at the National Systems Contractors Assocation’s annual conference on Feb. 23. IntelliSee’s platform can detect hazards such […]

The most recent Principal Financial Wellbeing Index found that more than 1 in 4 businesses surveyed experienced a cybersecurity attack in 2021 and among those attacks, more than half were successful. In about one-third of the attacks, ransomware was involved and hackers were able to access confidential data. The businesses’ systems were rendered unusable in […]

Iowa-based information-security company Pratum has announced it will be acquired by Infinite Group Inc., a cybersecurity company based in New York. Pratum will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary under IGI’s umbrella, joining its Cybersecurity and Cyber Lab divisions, according to a release. IGI will add Pratum’s SOC/XDR and consulting services to its range of […]

Funds managed by investor firm Carlyle Group have completed the acquisition of Cedar Rapids-based data center provider Involta.“The investment positions us to build on our national market leadership while remaining committed to our customers in our current markets,” Bruce Lehrman, Involta founder and CEO, said in a release. “We look forward to leveraging additional capital to […]

The U.S. Small Business Administration is launching the Cybersecurity for Small Business Pilot Program and allocating $3 million in new funding to help emerging small business owners develop their cybersecurity infrastructure, SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced Friday. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, small businesses have adopted technology at high rates to survive, operate and grow […]