What You Need to Know About CyberCon IV

The Iowa Communications Alliance hosted the fourth annual CyberCon on May 7 and 8 in Des Moines, Iowa. A two-day collaborative security conference, this year's event built on the success of previous years to provide insightful, interactive and informative sessions.

Articles published May 21, 2019


Experts in cybersecurity from across the U.S. and multiple industries led discussions on mitigating risk, developing procedures and implementing best practices in cybersecurity. Here are three of the top takeaways from our attendees.

1. Cybersecurity isn’t just an IT function.

While IT departments and personnel play an important role in keeping organizations safe, several of the conference’s sessions covered the importance of a team approach to cybersecurity, starting at the executive level. Other departments that play important roles in keeping the organization secure include insurance, finance, operations and legal. These voices should be at the table whether talking prevention or handling a breach.

2. Prepare for the worst.

A common phrase in the industry lets people know the occurrence of a cyber breach is only a matter of time.

“It’s not if you’ll be attacked, it’s when,” said Aureon’s Steve Simpson. “Practice makes perfect.”

What he means by that is another key topic discussed during CyberCon — Incident Response Plans. These corporate plans and procedures are critical to helping organizations respond to cyberattacks. Taking steps to mitigate your risk, such as proactive penetration testing and white hat activities, should occur on an ongoing basis. Then, constantly review your Incident Response Plan and practice the procedures, with all internal teams, regularly.

3. Stay ahead.

Simpson moderated a cross-industry panel during CyberCon that provided fresh perspectives on mitigating the risk of cyber threats.

“When the panelists were asked how they stay on top of the latest threats and how to prevent an attack, their overwhelming response was conferences like CyberCon,” he said. “Professional development opportunities like these allow for collective discussions and provide ways to effectively plan, prepare, practice and protect our companies and clients, and are so important for any technology consultant or professional.”

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