Today we’re talking to Eric Wilkens, Director of Cybersecurity at Arvig; and we discuss how the cybersecurity landscape has changed in the last twenty years; whether companies should pay for their data back in a ransomware attack; and why it’s critical for every team member to be responsible for cybersecurity.

All of this right here, right now, on the Modern CTO Podcast! 

About Eric Wilkens:

20+ years of Information Technology experience. Seven years in the banking industry working in Information Security and Systems Administration. Ten years teaching in higher education in topics including Information Security, Networking, Systems Administration, and Political Science. Over five years working for an ISP focusing on system architecture and Cybersecurity.

About Arvig:

Great service is all about providing you with the ultimate experience, and that’s something you will always receive with Arvig. Our employee-owners are passionate about taking the time to understand your business’s current and future goals to ensure we provide the right telecommunications solution.

Arvig is a Minnesota employee-owned Telecommunications Company that has been providing homes and businesses with high-speed cutting-edge products and services since 1950.

Business solutions for fiber construction, internet, business IT, WiFi, TV, local/long distance phone, business phone systems, security, and more: arvigbusiness.com

Arvig Answering Solutions: arviganswering.com (formerly Time Communications)

Internet, Managed WiFi, TV, phone and security for your home: arvig.com

Arvig’s Multiwav internet service: multiwav.arvig.com (available for townhomes, condos, apartment buildings in the Twin Cities, St Cloud and Rochester)

Joel Beasley

Joel began writing code at age 13 selling his first technology by age 18 for one million dollars. In his first three transactions, he developed key relationships and began working with Investors and Chief Technology Officers collaborating and building products in Real Estate, Law, Finance, and Fitness.

Today, Joel is a Chief Technologist volgging the process of building a company LeaderBits.io. Joel is an author of the book Modern CTO a #1 New Release on Amazon and a #1 Technology Podcast with 70k active listeners. Joel has a clear vision and passion for modern technology, placing him as one of the most exciting Chief Technology Officers to watch out for.

Joel is the President of BeasleyFoundation.org a charity that designs STEM related children’s books Back to the Moon and Princess Physicist. These books are then donated to orphanages, homeless pregnant woman and in-need children. Beasley Foundation was formed in February 2017 after Joel, Mitch and Valerie lost their Mother to Leukemia after being diagnosed 6 weeks earlier. Joel and his siblings wanted to do something unique with her life insurance money and the Beasley Foundation was formed.

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