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State of Information Security in the Upper Midwest

  • Thursday, January 11, 2018
  • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Centennial Lakes Office Park, 7650 Edinborough Way Suite 330 (Training Room) Edina, MN 55435

Abstract – State of Information Security in the Upper Midwest – January, 2018

What do the simple folk do?!


The problem – insufficient staff to support all current and future IT Positions, particularly Information Security.

1.     Why does this situation exist?

2.     What is the current state of Information Security in the Upper Midwest as of today? 

3.     Is it any different than in other parts of the country or world?


These are valid questions and concerns for many CISO’s, CIO’s and other executive management. 

A.     Why aren’t qualified people available?

B.     What can be done to remediate this situation? 

C.     Are there limitations on hiring people?


This will be an interactive discussion/presentation.

***Due to possible weather conditions, this presentation will be available via a Webinar.  Please register early as you may need to install software.  The presentation will be from 1:30pm-2:30pm.  Apologies in advance for any technical difficulties with the webinar that cause a member to not have a good experience.  Please register at


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The speaker and board members will be in the new meeting room physically for the membership meeting.

***Note:  We have changed building and meeting room locations in 2018.  See Location information at left side of this page.  The building is in the same complex but one building over from the building we had met in during 2017.

Kelley Archer - BIO

Kelley is the owner of AVS Security Consulting in Minneapolis.  Formerly he has been a CISO, Director of Information Security and various other positions with over 38 years combined IT and Physical Security experience.  He is a CISSR, Certified Information System Security Representative, a recognized Distinguished Fellow, and an Executive Advisor to the MN Information Systems Security Association Chapter.  Kelley is also a member of the ISSA International Ethics Committee dealing with ethical issues and a published writer.  He specializes in and works with developing Information Security Education, Awareness and Training Programs as a certified trainer.  He is the former coordinator and an advisor to the Special Interest Group of Security Education and Awareness for ISSA International.  Kelley has taught basic Information Security classes at Century College and local Study Groups preparing to take the CISSP Certification Exam.

He provides free identity theft prevention briefings to non-profit organizations as well as corporations and is a co-founder of Secure360, the largest annual security conference in the upper Midwest held each May in Minneapolis.

Proud member of UMSA (Upper Midwest Security Alliance), a nonprofit alliance of security and risk-related organizations and host of the Secure360 Conference.

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