January 11, 2017 Spoke
Today’s Program:
UW Wrestling, Coach Mark Branch
January 4, 2017
Meeting Summary
Presiding: Tim Eisenhauer
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan
Professor’s Quote: George Gill
Guests: Paul Irish introduced prospective members Paul Boyd and Melissa Mortensen.
Exchange Students: Barb Fukova
Visiting Rotarians:
Junior Rotarians:
Rotaract Students:  
Humor: Todd Pearson
Foundation Drawing: Klaus Hanson won $10, with 45 cards in the deck.
O’Dwyers Drawing: Rollin Abernethy won a $20 gift card from ODwyer’s.
  • Tim Eisenhauer thanked the volunteers of the Salvation Army bell ringing.
  • Tim Eisenhauer passed around a thank you from UW for the Snowy Range Summer Dance Festival.
  • Rollin Abernethy announced that Dine & Discover is Jan. 11. Volunteers are needed at 4:45 p.m. at the high school.
  • Nicole Nelson told the club that John & Joyce Vandel will be matching points for Paul Harris contributions through May.
  • Caitlin White asked members to volunteer to help with the Youth Exchange Ski Weekend on Jan. 25-28. The committee needs volunteers to serve as chaperones, host families, and to help with transportation. Please contact Caitlin White or Ray McElwee if you can help.
Rotarian of the Week: Larry Struempf nominated Shaun Bullock for his work setting up programs the last two months.
Special Presentation: President Tim Eisenhauer presented Jim Wilkinson with his Paul Harris Fellow pin.
Introduction of Program: Larry Struempf
Harley Rinerson and Jory Maes with cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security visited the club.
They reviewed the National Cybersecurity Protection Act of 2014. This act better defined who had authority in what areas and developed an incident response plan.
Incident response plans are divided in two: threat versus asset response. Asset reponse is what Rinerson and Maes deal with at the Department of Homeland Security. They work to mitigate the impact and fix the problem.
Cybersecurity is an important issue. Threats in this area can cause a huge impact on communities if services and protections are interrupted. For example, most states have state network support. Threats to this network can directly impact a community.
Rinerson is one of 13 cybersecurity advisors in the U.S. The 13 advisors each monitor a portion of the nation. Rinerson’s portion is six states: Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Utah.
The Department of Homeland Security works on issues such as cyber preparedness, risk mitigation, incident and information coordination, and cyber and situational awareness.
Rinerson and Maes help communities and businesses to evaluate their cybersecurity needs. They check to see where a program is and then work from there to improve the system.
There are several different types of threats. Phishing is when sensitive information is trying to be obtained. Spear-phishing is targeted at specific individuals or companies to gain information. Social engineering is psychological manipulation of people with the hopes of getting them to act on or divulge confidential information.
Rinerson told the club that 70 percent of people will open personalized spear-phishing emails. Forty percent will open non-personalized phishing emails.
Top employees such as directors, CEOs and managers are more likely to click on threat-related emails or info at 75 percent.
Maes noted that it is incredibly common for people to click on threats. Even she did it recently, so it is important to be diligent.
The Department of Homeland Security works to set up controls that will identify, protect, detect, respond and recover for a threat.
Rinerson told the club about many free resources that can help individuals and companies be more prepared with cybersecurity.
Responding for the Club: Aimee Binning
Response: The Rotary Club of Laramie will make a donation to the public library children’s book fund in the speaker’s name.
NOTE: We Do Not Donate a Book!
Rotary 4-way Test:
Of the things we think, say, or do
  • Is it the Truth?
  • Is it Fair?
  • Will it build Good Will and Better Friendships?
  • Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?
Special Announcement from John & Joyce Vandel: John & Joyce Vandel encouraged all members of the club to become part of the Paul Harris Society. He will match everyone’s monetary donation up to 500 points. Members should turn their donations in to Nicole Nelson.
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