Utah Technology Council Sponsors 18th Annual Hall of Fame Celebration

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Utah Technology Council
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With more than two decades of experience spearheading technology companies, Steve Shillingford works as an advisor for Signal Peak Ventures. In addition to his work with Signal Peak, Steve Shillingford maintains membership with professional groups such as the Utah Technology Council.

The state’s premier professional organization for technology and life science companies, the Utah Technology Council includes more than 5,000 companies and represents almost 10 percent of the state’s total payroll. Established in 1991, the council helps businesses by offering networking connections, addressing talent shortage faced by member companies, and assisting them with gaining access to funding.

One of the events sponsored by the Utah Technology Council is its Hall of Fame Celebration, with the 2016 event occurring on September 30. This annual event honors individuals with ties to Utah who have contributed globally to information technology and life sciences industries by utilizing innovation, leadership, and new technology. The chief operating officer of Apple, Tim Cook, will serve as the keynote speaker for this 18th annual celebration. The 2015 event featured LinkedIn’s chief executive officer Jeff Weiner as its keynote speaker.

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Three Tips for Improved Password Security

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Steve Shillingford
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Steve Shillingford is an advisor for venture capital firm, Signal Peak Ventures. Before Signal Peak, Steve Shillingford spent much of his career in the cyber security field, serving as advisor, board member, and CEO to various security-related companies.

When it comes to personal cyber security, the foundation is always a strong password. Use these three tips to ensure yours is too tough to crack.

1. Do not reuse passwords– While using the same password for multiple sites is more convenient, it’s also easier for hackers, who often assume you’ll use the same login credentials across multiple sites. In 2011, Sony had to lock almost 100,000 accounts for their various platforms due to a security breach on an entirely unrelated site, where people used the same credentials they did with Sony.

2. Avoid the Dictionary– Full words are a bad idea because hackers have dictionaries, too. What’s more, they’ve got software that can check for real words as passwords. Instead, consider using symbols and acronyms.

3. Multi-Factor Authentication– Multi-factor authentication can protect you even if a hacker guesses your password. This added layer of protection requires additional verification when someone logs in from an unrecognized location. For example, if you’re using the feature on your banking site, they may send you a text message with a unique code, proving it’s actually you trying to log in.