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Security Mentor executive to speak at upcoming CIO conference

PACIFIC GROVE, CA Sept. 13, 2016 Security Mentor, a pioneer of innovative security awareness training that drives real behavior change, today announced that Chief Strategist and Chief Security Officer Dan Lohrmann will be presenting at the 2016 NASCIO Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, which takes place September 18-21. Lohrmann is scheduled to participate in two presentations, set to take place on Tuesday, September 20, where he will provide perspective on hot button issues such as the mitigation of cyber risk through effective security awareness training and the various security issues surrounding the ever-expanding Internet of Things (IoT).

Reinventing Security Awareness Training to Mitigate Cyber Risk in Fun Ways

Time: 9-10:30 a.m. (ET)
Location: Palazzo Ballroom, Salons D&E (Lobby Level)

  • Richard Kliethermes, Chief Information Officer, State of Missouri
  • Dan Lohrmann, Chief Strategist and Chief Security Officer, Security Mentor

During the roundtable session Reinventing Security Awareness Training to Mitigate Cyber Risk in Fun Ways, Lohrmann and Kliethermes will highlight how Security Mentor has lowered the State of Missouri’s end user risk across the board. In 2015, the State of Missouri selected Security Mentor to provide cybersecurity training as the state realized the potential security risks are increasing and its employees can have a major impact in fighting these future cyberattacks. Following the training, State of Missouri employees have become more security savvy and the organization has strengthened its position as a national leader in cybersecurity awareness. This session will explore the real behavior change that the State of Missouri has seen, and discuss why Security Mentor’s engaging, interactive training has been so effective.

“When people think of cybersecurity training, one of the first things that come to mind from experiences with traditional security education programs is how uninteresting they can be. This discussion will help change perceptions as we provide new ways to make training fun in the workplace,” said Lohrmann. “Cybersecurity education is something that is often overlooked, or not taken seriously, so this session provides us with an opportunity to use a real case study to demonstrate how successful and creative security awareness training can be for organizations of all sizes.”

Always On, Always Connected (IoT and Emerging Technologies)

Time: 1:30-2:45 p.m. (ET)
Location: Palazzo Ballroom, Salon C (Lobby Level)

  • Eric Ellis, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer and iCenter Director, State of North Carolina
  • Dan Lohrmann, Chief Strategist and Chief Security Officer, Security Mentor

Always On, Always Connected (IoT and Emerging Technologies) is one of four “Learning Lounges” focused on shared learning and a robust exchange of ideas, solutions, best practices, challenges and viewpoints. This interactive and informal session will review the various ways that states are currently implementing security best practices as they pertain to the growing IoT. NASCIO recently published Value and Vulnerability: The Internet of Things in a Connected State Government which features insight from Security Mentor. A main concern for states in today’s connected society is the threat of hackers gathering personal information from data breaches, and within the findings, NASCIO found that 23 percent of state Chief Information Officers (CIOs) have had no discussion of an IoT roadmap. Lohrmann and Ellis will focus this roundtable discussion on the vision of states in an IoT world and how they can securely evolve the industry.

“The IoT has become increasingly more popular and consumable for the general public. As the industry grows at a rapid pace, it’s important to talk about the security awareness that states and buyers need to have when installing IoT devices to their connected homes,” said Lohrmann. “This is an exciting topic to take a deep dive into, especially when discussing the innovation of how these connected devices are impacting users within the states.”

The NASCIO Annual Conference features two and half days of topical sessions and networking events to allow state, local, academic, nonprofit and corporate members to share ideas, best practices and expertise. For more information, please visit: http://nascio.org. For more information on Security Mentor, visit the company’s website: securitymentor.com.

About Security Mentor

Security Mentor’s groundbreaking and award-winning security awareness training elevates security and compliance by transforming your workforce into security savvy employees. With only 10 minutes/month, our interactive, highly engaging lessons teach critical security skills in an easy-to-understand, fun format that drives real behavior change. The result: an engaged staff that values security. Security Mentor’s training is available as a cloud-based service from Security Mentor with username/password authentication or Federated Single Sign-on (SSO), or as SCORM 1.2 compliant modules for use on an organization’s own Learning Management System (LMS). Incorporated in 2008, Security Mentor has customers ranging from Fortune 500 enterprises to local and state governments. To learn more, view our two-minute introductory video or request a demo at http://www.securitymentor.com.


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