Michelle Drolet

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Michelle Drolet is a seasoned security expert with 26 years of experience providing organizations with IT security technology services. Prior to founding Towerwall (formerly Conqwest) in 1993, she founded CDG Technologies, growing the IT consulting business from two to 17 employees in its first year. She then sold it to a public company and remained on board. Discouraged by the direction the parent company was taking, she decided to buy back her company. She re-launched the Framingham-based company as Towerwall. Her clients include Biogen Idec, Middlesex Savings Bank, PerkinElmer, Raytheon, Smith & Wesson, Covenant Healthcare and many mid-size organizations.

A community activist, she has received citations from State Senators Karen Spilka and David Magnani for her community service. Twice she has received a Cyber Citizenship award for community support and participation. She's also involved with the School-to-Career program, an intern and externship program, the Women’s Independent Network, Young Women and Minorities in Science and Technology, and Athena, a girl’s mentorship program.

Michelle is the founder of the Information Security Summit at Mass Bay Community College. Her numerous articles have appeared in Network World, Cloud Computing, Worcester Business Journal, SC Magazine, InfoSecurity, Wired.com, Web Security Journal and others.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Michelle Drolet and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

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6 steps for building a robust incident response plan

6 steps for building a robust incident response plan

While a lot of energy is put it into avoiding security breaches, it’s not always possible. A solid incident response plan can restrict damage, reduce recovery time and limit the associated costs.

5 tips for better cloud security

5 tips for better cloud security

As cloud adoption soars to new heights, security standards have failed to keep pace. Organizations need to start taking responsibility for their own cloud security and these five practical tips will help.

Get serious about consumer data protection

Get serious about consumer data protection

With the CCPA coming hot on the heels of the GDPR it makes sense to get your consumer data management in order. Taking steps to protect all private data today will pay dividends tomorrow.

8 steps to secure unmanaged devices in the enterprise

8 steps to secure unmanaged devices in the enterprise

As more and more exploitable endpoints find their way onto our networks we need to act to secure them. This article will highlight practical strategies to help you secure IoT, mobile and other devices that require attention.

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10 ways to prevent, detect and recover from ransomware and zeroday threats

As ransomware runs rife the threat of extortion and disruption looms large. Find out what practical steps you can take to prevent ransomware from gaining a foothold and to detect it when your defenses fail.

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4 reasons blockchain could improve data security

Learn why security experts should be looking at blockchain.

The GDPR is a journey, not a destination

The GDPR is a journey, not a destination

Make sure you understand the need to operationalize data management and security.

The rise of mobile phishing attacks and how to combat them

The rise of mobile phishing attacks and how to combat them

Find out why phishing is starting to focus on mobile devices...and what you can do about it.

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