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Dewpoint, a leading Michigan Information Technology (IT) services and consulting firm, recently hosted U.S. Senator Gary Peters to participate in a cross-industry panel discussion focused on cybersecurity industry challenges and trends in relation to legislative policy and impact. The panel consisted of chief information security officers representing fields in health care, insurance, financial services and IT. Prior to the panel discussion, Sen. Peters was given a tour of Dewpoint’s Network Operating Center (NOC), Dewpoint’s state-of-the art secure facility for monitoring and managing their clients’ IT and security operations. Dewpoint’s NOC is key to evaluating and preventing potential security threats to their clients. After the tour, a panel discussion with the Senator convened to discuss various cybersecurity topics from the business and IT industry perspectives, including the volume of cybersecurity threats, the harmful effects when assets are breached and ways to hold hackers accountable through transparent deterrents. “We live in an increasingly interconnected world that brings great opportunities, but also leaves us vulnerable to cyberattacks from bad actors who wish us harm,” said Sen. Peters. “As we work to address these ever-evolving cybersecurity challenges, we must ensure that everyone - from government to health care providers to small businesses - have the tools to prevent attacks and mitigate the damage from breaches.” The meeting provided an opportunity for industry leaders to share some of their challenges and innovations with Sen. Peters. Discussions like these enable the Senator to continue developing supportive legislation, with a focus on achieving balance between market forces, regulatory protections, and voluntary, risk-based standards. This information exchange is essential to helping businesses address complex challenges across critical, information-sensitive environments, and tailoring cybersecurity best practices with the unique risks of smaller businesses. “I was impressed at how well-versed in cybersecurity issues and challenges Senator Peters is—and his genuine interest in what the business and IT communities are experiencing,” Rob Kondoff, Senior Vice President at Dewpoint said. “We thank the Senator for turning to Dewpoint to host this discussion on the prominent cybersecurity issues and opportunities which challenge businesses of all sizes in all industries— we all need improved cybersecurity, and focused leaders like Senator Peters in Congress continue to play a vital role toward enabling that.” About Dewpoint – People Who Deliver Founded in 1996, Dewpoint experts have a long success record of helping clients develop and implement short- or long-term strategic IT improvements to maximize business benefits and better position organizations for the future. Dewpoint collaborates with enterprise clients across numerous industries, including state and local government, with particular expertise in project/program management, IT infrastructure and IT security assessment, transformation and operations. The company is headquartered in Lansing, Mich. Additional information including information on Dewpoint’s security and IT services is available at dewpoint.com. # # # Contact: Michelle Massey - Dewpoint, Vice President [email protected] | 517.316.2869