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DPRS & Security Update

Date of Event: 
Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 5:30pm
158 Amundson Hall


For the Minneapolis/St. Paul Area

Free parking tickets will be handed out in the meeting.

Meeting Announcement:


April 4, 2019

5:30-8:00 p.m. at The University of Minnesota
5:30 start for networking, 6:15 start of meeting.

Amundson Hall room 158 (Next to Keller Hall - Look for signs)
Minneapolis, MN

A map is available here..

This Month’s Meeting:


DPRS & Security Update


Privacy is in the news almost every day. There are new laws proposed and enacted all over the world, including GDPR, CCPA and LGPD. While privacy and security are close partners, they differ. How can technologists meet the new legal challenges to respect privacy and protect personal data? Michelle will talk about the practical implications of these laws for engineers and suggest a mindshift that requires engineers to think about privacy risks and implement mitigating controls at the design stage. This mindshift is better known as privacy by design and specifically called out in the new laws such as GDPR.

Gene will share the software engineering processes used to develop a Stealth; a Unisys product which recently won industry awards.

Speakers: Michelle Beistle and Gene Greeter

Michelle Beistle - Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Ethics and Privacy, Unisys Corporation

Michelle is an attorney, privacy officer and strategic business partner with a passion for creating and sustaining ethical and privacy-first cultures through innovative programs. Michelle leads the Unisys Global Privacy and Ethics programs and counsels the business on cybersecurity and privacy laws and regulations around the world. Michelle is a recognized thought leader and passionate champion of organizational convergence and the bi-lateral, and inseparable influence that cybersecurity and in-house counsel have on the success of the organization. Active member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, Association of Corporate Counsel and Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics.

Gene Gretter – Consulting Software Engineer, Unisys Corporation

Gene has been working at Unisys for over three decades. Most of the past projects Gene has been involved with focused on the middleware used to access OS 2200 system services and databases. These projects include Application Integration Service (AIS), ePortal, DMS Resource Adapter, and BIS Resource Adapter. Gene is currently a member of the Stealth project team, mainly focusing on Windows and Linux endpoint software. 

Program Manager: 

Jim Plasek - Unisys

Twin-SPIN Mission Statement:
The Twin-SPIN software process improvement network (SPIN) is a regional organization established in January of 1996 as a forum for the free and open exchange of software process improvement experiences and ideas. Representatives from industry, government, academia, other professional organizations, and consultants are welcome to participate. Our mission is to help sustain commitment and enhance skills in the area of software process improvement through an active program of networking and mutual support. The organization strives to serve as a source of educational and experiential information for its members, other SPIN organizations, and the general community of software professionals.  

Meetings are normally held on the 1st Thursday of each month from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Twin-SPIN is a non-profit organization and is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Center for Software Engineering (UMSEC). See

2019 Sponsors:

Facility Sponsor
University of Minnesota, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

$2,000 Sponsors
University of Minnesota Software Engineering Center (UMSEC)

$500 Sponsors

$100 Sponsors