Zach Zaffis may be a hacker, but he's one who rides in wearing a white hat.

Mr. Zaffis spends his days attempting to break into banks and businesses - a role the Certified Ethical Hacker calls "super fun." It also given him keen insight into the minds of bad actors and malicious "black hatters" who seek to exploit security vulnerabilities in the name of profit.

"A hacker is somebody who has a strong grasp on technology as well as security ... and they have a huge amount of confidence," Mr. Zaffis, ProCircular's security engineer and offensive security specialist, told attendees of the CBJ's fifth-annual Cybersecurity Breakfast on Sept. 24. "Back in my day, hackers were people who had a thirst for knowledge, they were curious and wanted to know how things worked ... but [today], people think of a person who's an unruly, turbulent, contentious individual."

In his presentation, "Understanding the Mind of a Hacker," Mr. Zaffis broke down who the hackers are, their motivations and methods, and how "white hatters" like himself can ultimately take the bad guys down.

White-hat hackers include "red team" penetration testers like Mr. Zaffis, who attempt to break into networks to demonstrate weaknesses, as well as "blue team" defenders, who harden networks and help reverse engineer malware and ransomware.

On the side of chaos are threat actors.

"These are the bad guys and the intent here is disruption," Mr. Zaffis explained. "They are there to steal, infect or gain. Their primary targets are things like - everything. Literally anything."

Why do they hack? The answer is simple: "Money, money, money, money. It's just that."

Read the full members-only story in this week's print or digital editions of the CBJ. 

A new 21,475-square-foot indoor sports facility and a 24,000-square-foot warehouse facility could be on the way in North Liberty.

The North Liberty Planning Commission will consider a site plan for a property at Stoner Court east of Herky Drive at their meeting this evening that would include the new home of Diamond Dreams Sports Academy.

Diamond Dreams, which offers youth baseball, softball and some football instruction, moved from Coralville to a 12,000-square-foot Stoner Court location near the proposed construction site over the summer. The new facility would double its size, allowing for eight cages plus camps, clinics, leagues, facility memberships and private or group lessons.

Open space behind the building could be used for outdoor instruction and additional building space for uses associated with the sports facility, city officials noted in a letter urging approval of the site plan.

"We aim to provide elite baseball and softball instruction to players of all ages across the state of Iowa," Diamond Dreams said on its Facebook page. "We strive to assist players in maximizing their potential and reaching goals at any level."

A previously approved site plan for the property included only storage and contractor units on the development, located within the I-380 Industrial Park. The staff review notes "there is little synergy between the two uses - contractor units and sports facility, but the zoning ordinance permits more than one use on industrial zoned lots."

The development would include 125 parking spots.
Story3Czech Village/NewBo Action Plan open house is Wednesday
The community is invited to attend the third and final open house for the Czech Village/NewBo Action Plan from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at NewBo City Market, 1100 Third St. SE.
Residents will be able to review concepts developed over the course of the summer through community input. The plan outlines goals and action steps in a variety of key categories, including pedestrian connectivity, bicycle infrastructure, what future infill development might look like, and tactics to retain the historic nature of Czech Village and NewBo. Residents will be asked to help the city prioritize action steps to meet the goals of the plan.
The Czech Village/NewBo Action Plan follows similar planning initiatives already completed, including the College District Action Plan, Mount Vernon Road Corridor Action Plan and the Northwest Neighborhood Action Plan.  These plans take the concepts identified from the city's comprehensive plan, EnvisionCR, and develop action steps and goals tailored to a specific geographic region. 
Joshua Schamberger
In celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Forty Under 40 awards, the Corridor Business Journal has named its inaugural Forty Under 40 Alumnus of the Year. This award spotlights a previous Forty Under 40 recipient for his or her continued professional success and impact on the community.

The 2019 Alumnus of the Year is Joshua Schamberger. Mr. Schamberger is a member of the 2005 Forty Under 40 class.

Mr. Schamberger has served as president and CEO of the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau for the past 18 years. During that time, he has spearheaded numerous quality of life and community betterment initiatives including the early development of the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance, Herky on Parade, FRY Fest, USA Wrestling Olympic Team Trials, UWW World Cup, Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cup, RAGBRAI, RUN CRANDIC, Xtream Arena, and many others. He has also served the community through board leadership roles with UNESCO City of Literature, Iowa City Downtown District, United Way of Johnson and Washington County, and the Eastern Iowa Airport where he was appointed as Johnson County's first airport commission member.

Mr. Schamberger, alongside the 2019 Forty Under 40 honorees, will be recognized at an Oct. 17 awards banquet at the DoubleTree by Hilton Cedar Rapids. Cocktail hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards ceremony. Josh will deliver a brief acceptance speech upon receiving his award.

Tickets are $55. For more information or to register, visit   www.corridorbusiness.com/events  or call Ashley Moore at (319) 665-6397, ext. 311. The reservation deadline is Oct. 10.
Story1Iowa Bankers Association announces 2019-20 leadership 
IBA executive committee (l-r): Matt Lujano, Aaron Kness, Peg Scott, Brad Lane, John Sorensen
Iowa Bankers Association has  elected officers and directors to serve on its 2019-20 board of directors. These leaders assumed their roles during the IBA annual convention held Sept. 22-24 in Des Moines.
Officers for the IBA executive committee include:
  • Brad Lane, at Security Savings Bank in Gowrie, chair of the board
  • Aaron Kness, at Iowa State Bank & Trust in Fairfield, chair-elect
  • Peg Scott, at Union State Bank in Greenfield, past chair of the board
  • Matt Lujano, at Westside State Bank in Westside, treasurer
  • John Sorensen, IBA president and CEO, secretary of the board
Officers were nominated and approved by IBA member banks from across the state. The IBA executive committee leads the board of directors, which is responsible for setting policy and overseeing the general operation of the IBA.
Also serving on the 2019-20 IBA board of directors are:
  • Mary Kay Bates, at Bank Midwest in Spirit Lake, representing the northwest region
  • Erik Skovgard, at Lincoln Savings Bank in Reinbeck, representing the northeast region
  • Tony Kaska, at Midwest Heritage Bank in West Des Moines, representing the central region
  • Greg Gannon, at DeWitt Bank & Trust Co. in DeWitt, representing the east region
  • Kevin Campbell, at The Shelby County State Bank in Harlan, representing the southwest region
  • Miles Gaston, at Libertyville Savings Bank in Fairfield, representing the southeast region
  • Abram Tubbs, at Ohnward Bancshares in Maquoketa, serving as member-at-large
  • Brett Smith, at Wells Fargo Bank in Des Moines, serving as member-at-large
  • Mike Wilson, at Bankers Trust in Des Moines, serving as member-at-large

Oct. 2
1 Million Cups, by 1MC Cedar Rapids, 8:15-9:15 a.m., Geonetric, 415 12th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Join for community connections, free coffee and presentations by entrepreneurs, established companies, experts and more. Free. For more information, visit facebook.com/1MCICR.

1 Million Cups, by 1MC Iowa City, 9-10 a.m., MERGE, 136 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. Join for community connections, free coffee and presentations by entrepreneurs, established companies, experts and more. Free. For more information, visit facebook.com/1MillionCupsIC/.

NXTGen Showcase, by Phelan's, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Eastbank Venue & Lounge, 97 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. This event will showcase commercial interior design products from about 20 different manufacturers with products ranging from flooring to furniture. Interior design students from UNI, ISU and Kirkwood will be in attendance. Free. Reservations requested. Email kphelan@phelansinteriors.com.

Oct. 3
Wake Up Marion, by Marion Chamber of Commerce, 8-9 a.m., Farmers State Bank, 1240 Eighth Ave., Marion. Get to know the team at Farmers State Bank while enjoying conversations with other Marion chamber members. Free. To register, visit bit.ly/341F9CF.
Timberline Ribbon Cutting, by Marion Chamber of Commerce, 10:30 a.m., Timberline Manufacturing, 1029 Blairs Ferry Road, Marion. Timberline will celebrate the completion of its new facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Free. For more information, visit bit.ly/2kTzM6T.
Clean Laundry Ribbon Cutting, by Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, 4-5 p.m., Clean Laundry, 362 Highway 1 West, Iowa City. Free. For information, visit bit.ly/2kfCIKR.
Oct. 4
Corridor Manufacturing Conference, by Corridor Business Journal, 7:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m., The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids. Industry leaders are invited to network, learn about best practices in the region and build a stronger pipeline to engage the next generation. Cost: $95, or $950 for a table of 10. To register, contact Ashley Moore at  ashley@corridorbusiness.com or call (319) 665-6397, ext. 311.
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The Hiawatha police department is the first in Iowa to have their entire fleet of officers use  Viridian weapon-mounted cameras.  The camera is attached to the bottom of the gun and as soon as the handgun is pulled from the holster, the camera starts recording.  The new piece also picks up audio and is able to give the viewer a high definition view of the scene as the incident is happening.  Hiawatha Police Chief, Dennis Marks, tells CBS2/FOX 28 News these cameras give police officers a new aspect.  "What this does, the fact duty puts the camera in front, there's no obstructions from the front of the duty weapon on which is where the camera is located," said Mr. Marks.  These cameras will limit the obstructions that some body cameras face. Read the full story here

A whirlwind two weeks of fundraising for Carson King wrapped up Monday night in Clive with the Carson King Countdown Benefit for the Kids Concert.  By the end of the night, Mr. King said donations had reached $2.8 million.  The concert was put together in only a few days and sold more than 730 tickets. Six local artists performed at Horizon Events Center Monday night. Mr. King became an overnight Iowa celebrity after his clever sign asking for beer money with his Venmo account displayed at College GameDay went viral. Mr. King immediately started seeing hundreds of dollars being sent in from across the country. Mr.  King announced shortly after that, he would donate all the money he received to the UI Stead Family Children's Hospital and leave the account active until the end of September.  The 24-year-old tweeted a thank you note Monday night, the last day of September, thanking everyone who helped raise the money.  "The last two weeks have changed my life, and my hope is that these donations will help many people in the weeks, months and years to come," Mr. King said.  The final amount will be announced Tuesday afternoon.
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CBS2 First Weather Forecast
A cold front will approach today and lead to showers and thunderstorms. There may be a few showers and storms early, but the greater chances for rain will come after 2 p.m. Showers and storms will start in the north and slowly build to the south through the evening. Heavy rain will continue through the night and into Wednesday morning. Temperatures this afternoon will range from the upper 60s north to low 80s south.  Heavy rain is likely due to incredibly high moisture levels for this time of year. Tropical air is in place and will lead to high rain rates with the potential for 1-3 inches of rain and locally higher amounts of 4-5 inches. There has been a shift in the higher amounts, which now looks to fall mainly north of I-80. The heavy rain will lead to the threat of flash flooding and the potential for rises on creeks and streams.  It will be cloudy Wednesday with the chance for a few more showers in the evening before the front moves through the area. It will be cooler Wednesday with temperatures in the mid-60s.