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National Security in the Cyber Age

Date of Event: 
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 6:15pm
University of Minnesota, Keller Hall (EE/CS Building), 3-111



For the Minneapolis/St. Paul Regional Area


Please note date & meeting room - Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Meeting Room - Keller Hall 3-111

Please note the free parking process at the U has changed.

Free parking tickets will be handed out in the meeting.

Note - no meeting in September

Meeting   Announcement:


October 5th, 2017
5:30-8:00 p.m. at The University of Minnesota
5:30 start for networking, 6:15 start of meeting.

Keller Hall (EE/CS Building)
 Keller Hall Room 3 -111 (Look for signs)

EE/CS Building has been renamed Keller Hall
Minneapolis, MN

A map is available here.

This Month’s Meeting:

Topic: “National Security in the Cyber Age


Speaker: George Welles - Principal and founder, Imaging Futures, Inc. and Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota.



In an unprecedented publicly released United States Intelligence Community Assessment said on January 12, 2017:


“Russian efforts to influence the 2016 US presidential election represent the most recent expression of Moscow’s longstanding desire to undermine the US-led liberal democratic order, but these activities demonstrated a significant escalation in directness, level of activity, and scope of effort compared to previous operations.”


Cyber-attacks, malicious data manipulation, threats to our infrastructure and theft our most sensitive intellectual capital continue grow at increasing pace.  The perpetrators of a number of the most serious attacks have devolved from financially driven hackers to well-funded nation-state entities.  These attacks present an unprecedented threat to our national security, the very foundations of our institutions plus the safety and financial well-being of our citizenry.


Cyber-attacks have become the publically deniable, asymmetrical weapon of choice for many nations and their surrogates.  The discussion will include a number of examples and responses.


Speaker Bio:


George Welles is Principal and founder, Imaging Futures, Inc. and a

Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota.


Mr. Welles spent twenty-two years in the telecommunications industry before leaving to form his own company. At US WEST (now CenturyLink) he managed advanced communications research and development projects as part of the internationally recognized COMPASS Lab and served as an advanced technology consultant to U S WEST and its largest strategic customers. Imaging Futures consulting clients have included a number of Fortune 100 companies plus federal agencies and numerous universities and research facilities.


Mr. Welles is a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Technological

Leadership Institute and teaches in its Master of Science in Security Technology program for mid-career professionals.


He has keynoted and moderated communication and technology conferences in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Beginning in 2004, he served as subject matter expert to the Government Technology and Resource Association Council – an organization of senior federal executives responsible for cyber and physical security. He is co- founder of the US Department of Defense Digital Imaging Symposium formerly held at the Air Force Academy.


Program Manager:  

Dick Hedger – QST Inc.


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 5:45-8:00 p.m. Twin-SPIN is a non-profit organization and is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Center for Software Engineering (UMSEC).  See:



2017 Sponsors:

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


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

$500 Sponsors


$200 Sponsors


$100 Sponsors

Glewwe's Castle Brewery


Best regards.   Hope to see you on October 5th

Dick Hedger

Twin-SPIN Meeting Planner


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