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This Edition of our Cyber Security Summit Newsletter is focused broadly on the numerous opportunities in the cyber security industry and specifically for women and diverse workers. This year’s “Eyes Wide Open” theme will showcase some dynamic women in cyber as they discuss a range of topics from emerging threats, navigating obstacles and the human factor. Make sure to attend the Women in Cyber Luncheon hosted by Optiv. It will be an excellent opportunity to cultivate new relationships and connect with others we have not seen in a while.

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Gretchen Block, CISO UnitedHealth Care and Sr. Vice President at Optum

Inside Enterprise Information Security at UnitedHealth Group, we know the extraordinary happens when we value, include, and learn from diverse people and perspectives. Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is grounded in our culture and values of integrity, compassion, and relationships, says Gretchen Block, Chief Information Security Officer for UnitedHealthcare and Senior Vice President of Information Risk Management at Optum. To advance our cybersecurity program, we have mobilized around this commitment in a meaningful way by introducing monthly discussions, culture chats, and identifying ways we can incorporate diversity and inclusion into our everyday and make it part of how we operate. Our leaders are truly paving the way by engaging, leading events, and being committed to advancing the diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

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Milinda Rambel Stone, Vice President & CISO, Bremer Bank

Growing up I never realized that information security could be a profession for me, but it has become an industry that I love. I feel fortunate of my career path and regularly reflect on how I got here.  I’ve also regularly reflected on how I can help others consider and find success in a career in information security, an effort that is foundational to who I am. 

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Judy Hatchett, Co-chair of 2022 Cyber Security Summit; CISO, Surescripts

I recommend joining organizations like WiCyS, Women in Cyber, Career360, Cloud Security Alliance, etc. These are all great opportunities to network. Take advantage of the introductions that are given to you. For me, the two that took the advice to turn around and talk to me at the WiCyS National Convention have turned into one hire and one in the hiring process.

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WiCyS MN Golf Event

The 3rd annual WiCyS MN Golf Open hosted at Windsong Farm Golf Club on July 25th... Golf Rounds are Sold Out but there are great networking opportunities still available through volunteering or by joining for the evening festivities. Just reach out to [email protected] to Join In!

Women Hold 25 Percent Of Cybersecurity Jobs Globally In 2021

Cybersecurity Ventures and WiCyS announce research partnership. 

The research predicts that women will hold 25 percent of cybersecurity jobs globally by the end of 2021, up from 20 percent in 2019.

How Recruiting Women Can Help Solve Security's Biggest Problems

We can solve cybersecurity's longstanding talent gap by bringing more women into the field.

Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, the cybersecurity profession faced a talent crisis. Multiple studies show a growing skills gap in the field; while the numbers quantifying unmet demand vary, the message is consistent. There are simply not enough cybersecurity experts in the global market to manage the growing number and range of cyber-risks out there.

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Lee Ann Villella, Security Consultant, Proofpoint

Many security leaders and practitioners got into cybersecurity through career pivots from other industries or functions in their organization. it is fast paced industry, constantly evolving and at times stressful. Security leaders fight the good fight every day and often neglect their career development.

That’s why during Day 1 of the Cyber Security Summit, we will present a session on up-leveling your career. We are focusing on Practical tips to focusing on your brand providing relevance for those in mid-career, and best practices for those just starting out or wanting to transition into cyber.

Security as an industry is a true calling for many and can be lonely at times. Finding your tribe, devoting regular time to advance your career focus and stay current will help you with recruitment, finding your next job, increasing your pay and ensuring others pay attention to you.

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Rohit Tandon, Assistant Commissioner, State CISO, State of Minnesota, MNIT Services

Charting a path towards a more secure future in our digital economy requires greater cybersecurity awareness, education, and training. Elevating the security mindset of our decision makers will inform them with sound cyber judgement. Everyone in our technology propelled world, regardless of their field of work, makes decisions every day that have cyber consequences at home or at work. We need to unite and learn through collaborations and information sharing, so that we can protect our communities and defend our societies from cyber threats.

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We're focusing on Compliance and Security at our Cyber Security Webinar on Tuesday, July 26th, presented by Jeff Hall, Principal Security Consultant at Truvantis.

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We are Optiv. Greatness is every team working toward a common goal. Winning in spite of cyber threats and overcoming challenges in spite of them. It’s building for a future that only you can create or simply coming home in time for dinner. However you define greatness, Optiv is in your corner. We manage cyber risk so you can secure your full potential.

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WiCyS is where the recruitment, retention and advancement of women in cybersecurity happens. Join WiCyS Minnesota Memberships occur through the National WICYS website. Use the link below and please ensure you choose the Minnesota Affiliate!

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UnitedHealth Group is a health care and well-being company with a mission to help people live healthier lives and help make the health system work better for everyone. We are 350,000 colleagues in two distinct and complementary businesses working to help build a modern, high-performing health system through improved access, affordability, outcomes and experiences. Optum delivers care aided by technology and data, empowering people, partners and providers with the guidance and tools they need to achieve better health. UnitedHealthcare offers a full range of health benefits, enabling affordable coverage, simplifying the health care experience and delivering access to high-quality care. At UnitedHealth Group, our mission calls us, our values guide us and our culture connects us as we seek to improve care for the consumers we are privileged to serve and their communities.

The 12th Annual Cyber Security Summit takes place Oct. 24-26, 2022 in Minneapolis, MN and online (hybrid event). To stay current on the Summit and trending cyber security issues, follow Cyber Security Summit on social media and use the hashtag #cybersummitMN for the latest conversations. For details, visit us at

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