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The Association of Information Technology Professionals is a professional association comprised of career minded individuals who seek to expand their potential -- employers, employees, managers, programmers, and many others. The organization seeks to provide avenues for all their members to be teachers as well as students and to make contacts with other members in the Information Technology field, all in an effort to become more marketable in rapidly changing, technological careers.

We encourage all people interested in the field of Information Technology to attend our meetings. You don't have to be a member to attend. Just e-mail us and let us know to expect you.

Next Meeting:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"Should Companies pay to Have Security Intrusion Professionals Attempt Access"

Presented by George Fahr of Digicorp.

The value of "penetration testing", why it is so important (the general state of security issues today and going forward). There is real interest into how many organizations include this in their best practice applications, real world examples of how it has aided companies, and the extent of damage repair in organizations that are breached (business recovery). Lastly of course, how often should it be done, what are the resources required, and the average costs to deploy it for budget purposes.

Geogre Fahr has been working in the technology industry for 32 years. Upon completing a BS from the University of Minnesota in 1986, George began his professional career at NCR Corporation. In 1996, George left NCR and acquired minority interest in Digicorp Inc. In his 21 years at Digicorp, George has aquired full ownership of the firm and overseen revenue growth of roughly 520%. Today, Digicorp employs 50 employees with better than 50% of the employees serving in the capacity IT/telecommunications engineering.

Specific to IT security, George has seen the world change drastically. The bank teller and check processing systems that George programmed at NCR in the mid-80s ran proprietary operating systems and existed largely on private networks, inaccessible to the outside world. Although IT security in the 1980s and early 90s existed, the challenges were minimal compared to the environment that evolved from the mid-90s on. The proliferation of distributed computing (PCs and servers) and the Internet led to a myriad of new security risks. Today, a simple firewall and PC antivirus does not address the security challenge that presents itself. Organizations need to begin with defining security policy. Following from policy, an organization can design and build solutions that include infrastructure, procedure, auditing and remediation.

Digicorp has designed, implemented and supports security infrastructure at thousands of customers. These solutions include large retailers, hospital/health organizations, financial institutions, insurance companies, county and local government, manufacturers, school districts and many more.

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