Michelle Drolet

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.

The cost of a data breach in 2018

4 steps to launch a security awareness training program

4 steps to launch a security awareness training program

Policies and software are not enough to secure your data, staff must be regularly trained.

Scan the dark web for threat intelligence

Scan the dark web for threat intelligence

It may be possible to glean valuable security insights by monitoring the dark web.

Application security is maturing, but independent testing is crucial

Application security is maturing, but independent testing is crucial

Skills shortage is making shift to continuous appsec testing challenging.

8 cybersecurity trends to watch for 2018

8 cybersecurity trends to watch for 2018

New challenges and threats will face IT departments in the year ahead.

Can machine learning be used to shore up cyber defenses?

Can machine learning be used to shore up cyber defenses?

Deep learning can be a vital supplementary tool for cybersecurity.

The Darwin defense: can ‘genetic algorithms’ outsmart malware?

The Darwin defense: can ‘genetic algorithms’ outsmart malware?

Coming to a future near you: software code that mutates and evolves.

5 questions to ask your CEO about cybersecurity

5 questions to ask your CEO about cybersecurity

Why you need to go beyond compliance.

How much will non-compliance with GDPR cost you?

How much will non-compliance with GDPR cost you?

Any breach of the General Data Protection Regulation could lead to severe fines.

NIST Cybersecurity Framework not just for large organizations

NIST Cybersecurity Framework not just for large organizations

Small and mid-sized businesses are at most risk and so have greater need.

Making a bad situation worse: how Equifax mishandled the breach

Making a bad situation worse: how Equifax mishandled the breach

Companies must respond to data breaches properly to limit the damage. Unfortunately, Equifax did not.

Achieving long-term resilience with NIST’s Cybersecurity Framework

Achieving long-term resilience with NIST’s Cybersecurity Framework

The need for continuous monitoring, effective metrics and skilled workers.

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