INL finalist for cybersecurity award


Idaho National Laboratory has received yet another distinction in the cybersecurity field.

INL was a finalist for two 2018 SC Awards, recognizing exceptional information technology security. INL was recognized in the categories of Best IT Security-related Training Program and Best Security Team.

The SC Awards were announced April 17. Although INL did not win in either of its categories, officials are proud of the work the company does to maintain a secure facility on its premises.

“In a field where this hard work is often underappreciated, it is very rewarding to see the team be recognized with such high honors,” Darren Van Booven, INL Deputy Chief Information Officer, said in a release.

The annual SC Awards, selected by an expert panel of judges, are seen as the industry gold standard of accomplishment for cybersecurity professionals, products and services.

“INL’s cybersecurity team and training program focuses on people, processes and technology,” Robert Hillier, INL Chief Information Officer, said in a news release. “We differentiate ourselves by effectively utilizing multiple channels and platforms to secure our networks and train our employees on safe cyber practices.”

According to a release, INL credits this recognition with its ability to evolve alongside potential cyber threats by developing and managing an inclusive approach to protecting the organization’s data through “proactive problem-solving. INL also attributes its success through periodic cybersecurity training, disaster recovery planning, and incident response exercises.

To learn more about INL’s recognition at the SC Awards, and to view a list of the winners and finalists, visit

Willamette Dental opens remodeled I.F. office

In an effort to to provide better dental care options for patients and the community, Willamette Dental Group has undergone an extensive redevelopment at its Idaho Falls office.

The remodeling and expansion of the group’s office at 2860 Valencia Drive features updates to the practice’s x-ray technology, more dental exam rooms, and a redesign of the office space and waiting area.

The Idaho Falls location is one of more than 50 dental offices operated by Willamette throughout Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

To learn more about Willamette Dental Group, visit

Idaho Apartment Association hosting housing workshop

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, the Idaho Apartment Association will host a workshop for property owners and managers in Idaho Falls.

The goal of the workshop is to teach property owners and managers how to protect themselves if they encounter fair housing issues.

Topics being discussed at the event include verification of assistance animals, what testers look for and what will get you in trouble, and mistakes others have made and how to avoid them. Attendees will also receive a free copy of the Fair Housing Resource Book for Landlords.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon May 1 at Eagles Landing Apartments, 2785 Eagle Drive.

Cybersecurity seminar being held in I.F.

A cybersecurity expert will be hosting a breakfast and seminar in Idaho Falls to address the current landscape of cybersecurity in the business industry.

John Pohlman, IT security expert for Cooper Norman, will speak on his experience in the IT sector over the past 10 years, and where he believes businesses can better protect themselves from potential attacks.

The event is being hosted by the Bank of Idaho and Cooper Norman CPAs and Business Advisers.

The Cybersecutiry Education Breakfast and Seminar will be held from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. May 3. To learn more, or to RSVP for the event, email or call 208-528-9605.

INL hosting nuclear suppliers workshop

The United States Nuclear Infrastructure Council is hosting a workshop at Idaho National Laboratory next month for a key part of the nuclear industry.

The Ready4Nuclear Western Nuclear Suppliers Workshop is coming to INL on May 15 and 16, and will feature over a dozen speakers discussing a wide range of topics in the field.

Professionals interested in learning about – and ultimately participating in – the advanced nuclear reactor supply chain are encouraged to attend.

Workshops being offered at the event include focus on the nuclear energy generation landscape, what nuclear reactor companies need, becoming an approved vendor, the advanced nuclear reactor supply chain, global export markets, and workforce development.

The target audience for this workshop includes manufacturers, suppliers, construction and engineering firms, business leaders, and economic development professionals.

To learn more, or register for the workshop, visit

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