ECInfoSec Meetup

is creating cyber security for people and companies in the Chippewa Valley

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        Eau Claire InfoSec was formed in November of 2017 with the aspirations of creating an active membership of individuals which have a shared interest in information security. This group is a platform that we can come together to help facilitate the sharing of knowledge around the many different topics of cyber security to the local residents and businesses of Eau Claire, Wisconsin and surrounding cities. This group was formed by Kevin Bryant and Travis Robelia with the following 5 main objectives.
        1. Help attendees gain an awareness and better understanding of actual hacker techniques that are putting people and companies at risk.
        2. Help attendees gain a better understanding of how to effectively defend themselves and their companies from modern day cyber threats.
        3. Help attendees gain a better understanding of how other local companies are effectively defending themselves so that we can learn from each others successes and mistakes.
        4. Help improve the cyber security for the local Eau Claire businesses and surrounding cities.
        5. Create a platform where relationships can be formed with other local people interested in Information Security.
        EC InfoSec meets as a group about once a month. During this Meetup we have a member (or guest speaker) present on a topic around information for about an hour. We socialize before and after the presentation. If you would like to attend our next Meetup, please see our Join Us page for more details. If you would like to see EC InfoSec grow and benefit more people and local companies, and you are wondering how you can assist in the above mission – please see our Sponsors & Donations page or joining us on Patreon. If you have questions that you would like answered get in contact with us. 

        Donations and Sponsors:

        EC InfoSec exists only by the efforts of it’s members that pour in the time and energy in helping each other and the local community with the complex topics of Cyber Security. We run a lean shop with not a lot of expenses, but we do indeed have them. Check out our Expenses & Income on our Meetup page (must be signed into Meetup to view).

        Your personal donations (and company sponsorships) to Eau Claire InfoSec are greatly valued! Your financial assistance is incredibly helpful in spreading the awareness of our group to the local communities in and around Eau Claire that can benefit from the knowledge sharing that happens in our group! 

        Question: If I donate, how are my funds used?

        1. You can help grow EC InfoSec by spreading the word about our Information Security group through online advertisements targeting local people (using platforms like Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn ads.) Funds will assist in mailing out/handing out informational material to the local businesses in the Eau Claire area about our group. The more people we can get coming to our group – the more awareness and assistance we can provide local companies and people around issues of cyber security.
        2. You can help cover the cost of the venue where we meet at and host our meetings. Right now we are using Lazy Monk. They won’t charge us for the venue as long as people purchase $80 worth of their products – otherwise we have to pay for the difference. We often max out the room of Lazy Monk – and we want to move to a bigger venue, however other venues charge a flat fee.
        3. You can help cover the cost of our Meetup fee’s for using their service to organize and announce our events.
        4. You can help cover the cost of audio and visual recording equipment and software so we can record our presentations and post them online to benefit more people.
        5. You can help us provide educational and helpful security themed prize giveaways to attendees. We would love to give away proven cyber security resources such as books and learning material to attendees.
        6. You can help us be a good host to our attendees by providing food, drinks, and snacks to attendees at the event. (Such as Pizza and non-alcoholic drinks.)

        Question: I can’t donate much…. should I donate at all?

        Answer: Every little bit helps! Even a dollar! Instead of one large donation, consider doing an automated monthly donation of a small amount using the PayPal button above.

        Question: Please explain your corporate/company sponsorships?

        Answer: We greatly welcome companies in considering donating to us. You can show that your company cares about cyber security, and our local community by making a company sponsorship. In return for donations from companies, we will have your company logo and name on the PowerPoint presentations after each of our monthly events, and you are shown as a sponsor on our website and Meetup page. We will also make mention of your generosity at our events. If you wish to donate to EC InfoSec through a corporate sponsorship, drop us an email using our Contact Us form located here.

        Question: If my company donates money, can I give a sales pitch to your attendees about my product/service/company?

        Answer: We have a strict “no sales pitch” rule for our speakers and sponsors. We want to make our meetings educational and helpful, and not a platform for sponsors to sell their products and services to our attendees. Not to say sponsors can’t talk or present at our events – but their talks shouldn’t be about selling their product/service, it must be about knowledge sharing.

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