Cybersecurity competition

TECH TEAM – Luke Schneider, CEO of Medicine Bow Technologies playing the role of an outside tech consultant, explains what he would do when his client suffers a security breach as Steven Leafgreen and moderator Matt Sorenson look on during the 2017 Wyoming Energy Summit.

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CHEYENNE – The deadline to enter the 2019 Wyoming Cybersecurity Competition for Small Business is July 1.

The free competition is a partnership between CyberWyoming and the Wyoming Business Report, the state’s business magazine.

To date, seven businesses from Sheridan, Laramie and Gillette have joined the competition. Last year’s winners were First Federal Bank and Trust of Sheridan, a small programming shop called Language I/O in Cheyenne and Wind Hosting of Lander, a home-based web-hosting business.

The top three businesses will win a speaking engagement at the Wyoming Cybersecurity Symposium, the use of the Made Safe in Wyoming logo and marketing materials to show they meet best practices, articles and a promotional video outlining the business’s successful efforts to meet best practices in cybersecurity.

All businesses that participate in the competition will be recognized at the Cybersecurity Symposium, on the two websites and in a statewide news release.

While there is no entry fee, participants should be prepared for possible financial outlays to upgrade software, hardware and purchase cyber-related services from attorneys, insurance agents or IT professionals.

In 2018, participating companies were judged on presentation, thoroughness, technical expertise and planning. For 2019, a fifth category was added called “starting point to finish point,” which will help rank smaller companies that started with almost nothing in the cybersecurity landscape.

To participate in the competition, business owners or managers should contact info@cyberwyoming.org.

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