Papuan chef Charles Toto serves up sustainability and environmental protection in a platter

first_imgActivism, Conservation, Deforestation, Environment, Environmental Activism, Food, Forest People, Forest Products, Forests, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Indigenous Communities, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Rights, Rainforest Conservation, Rainforest People, Rainforests, Saving Rainforests, Sustainability, Traditional People, Tropical Deforestation Charles Toto is the founder of the Jungle Chef Community, a network of enthusiasts from across the Indonesian region of Papua who promote sustainable living and environmental protection through local cuisine.Toto came up with the idea after seeing foreign documentary makers and tour groups embarking on weeks-long treks in the Papuan wilderness with nothing more than instant and canned food.Over the years, he has learned to make the best use of the ingredients served up by the forest and the sea, and has taken his unique mission to culinary shows across Indonesia and abroad.But for Toto and his group, the opening up of Papua’s forests to palm oil and other commercial operators, aided by a government-backed infrastructure push, threatens the region’s natural wealth and heritage. Charles Toto’s epiphany came during his time working in the kitchen at a hotel in his home region of Papua in eastern Indonesia.The hotel catered to foreign visitors, many of whom flew in to shoot documentary films, sometimes for several weeks at a time, in the lush jungles of Papua, home to some of the last unspoiled wilderness areas in the country.“When I saw them bringing in so much luggage, I wondered to myself what they would eat in the forest,” Toto told Mongabay Indonesia.He had friends among the guides who accompanied the groups, and they filled him in: instant food and canned sardines, for the most part.Toto was 16 when he enrolled in a culinary program at a vocational school in Jayapura, the Papua provincial capital. At that point it wasn’t his life’s dream; he’d had his heart set on becoming a lawyer. But after missing out on a place in a regular high school, which would have set him on his way to a career in law, he figured he would sign up for vocational school.After the three-year course, he wound up in an entry-level job washing dishes at the hotel in Jayapura. And that’s when the tourists came into his life, ushering in the epiphany: Why not, he thought, cater to these tour groups by providing them with fresh, wholesome meals during their trips?The idea went over well, and Toto embarked with his first tour group in 1997, a year after leaving vocational school. That inaugural trip lasted some six weeks, with the group trekking through the densely forested Baliem Valley in the Papuan highlands, then heading west to the now-famed coastal paradise of Raja Ampat.“A hotel chef would think to bring his own meat because it’s more hygienic,” Toto says. “But I think food from the forest is more hygienic, it’s cleaner and organic.”Charles Toto serves up sustainability and environmental protection in a platter. Image by Luh De Suriyani/Mongabay-Indonesia.He learned from the locals about the meals that could be conjured up using the resources found nearby, and bartered ingredients with them. It was, in effect, a return to his roots as a native Papuan, and an embrace of the principle that has served him to this day: “The forest is a market for Papuans to shop in without having to spend money.”Toto thrived in his culinary niche, constantly learning something new amid the rigors of trekking and sailing through largely unexplored places. Disaster was no obstacle, either. “We got stranded on an island once for three or four days. We had to make do with whatever [food] was there,” he says.As his business thrived and his renown spread, Toto built up a network of like-minded chefs. In 2008, he founded the Jungle Chef Community, which brings together dozens of local chefs from across Papua who specialize in rustling up meals from ingredients they find in the forests. Toto and his community have appeared at culinary events across Indonesia and around the world, promoting their unique mission.“We train our members how to identify local cooking ingredients and how to make traditional Papuan food,” Toto says.Foraging and hunting locally is widely accepted as a sustainable use of natural resources, and cuts the cost and carbon footprint from shipping in food from farther away. In the case of the Jungle Chef Community, it also helps sustain interest in ancient practices, values and culture that are at risk of slowly dying out as younger generations of Papuans embrace a more modern lifestyle.“The key is to be able to obtain and [creatively] use what nature provides you with at that time and in that place,” Toto says.The Jungle Chef Community also runs a program that teaches cooking traditional food to children, along with other practices to protect the environment, such as waste management and planting mangroves.Charles Toto gives a presentation at an international food festival in Bali. Image courtesy of Ubud Food Festival.But the most intense pressure on the group’s mission comes from the government’s sweeping infrastructure development plan that activists say threatens the pristine forests and rich biodiversity of Papua.“A lot of sago farms are being sold off as [infrastructure] is developed in Papua,” Toto says. Sago has for generations been a staple food for the lowland peoples in the island of New Guinea and the Malukus, but local dietary preferences are increasingly shifting to rice, a more land- and water-intensive crop that is also eating up Papua’s sago farmlands.Another threat to the region’s forests is the arrival of the palm oil industry, in search of new lands after the wholesale deforestation of much of Sumatra and Borneo, and incentivized by the infrastructure expansion. Large swaths of forest-clearing are already being reported in Papua, along with a high number of hotspots — the calling card of an industry notorious for slash-and-burn clearing.Nearly 200 square kilometers (77 square miles) of forest have been cleared in Papua’s Merauke district since 2014 for a single plantation, according to the Washington-based World Resources Institute (WRI), with 10 square kilometers (3.9 square miles) being opened up just since October last year.The challenges are mounting, but if anything they’ve encouraged Toto to come up with even more ways to introduce local Papuan cuisine boasting fresh ingredients from its forests.“Papua is indeed rich in natural resources from its forests,” he says, “and the Jungle Chef Community introduces it through cooking.”Banner image: A river valley in a mountain range in West Papua province, Indonesia.This story was reported by Mongabay’s Indonesia team and was first published on our Indonesian site on May 25, 2017.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by Basten Gokkoncenter_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

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Citizens of Georgetown subjected to double taxation scam

first_imgDear Editor,I am indeed very disappointed that the citizens of Georgetown — particularly those in the legal profession and civil society groups — have not come out against yet another attempt by the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown to unlawfully double-tax them.The most recent attempt that I refer to is the declaration by the Council of their intention to charge residents a fee of two hundred dollars per barrel for the collection and disposal of their household waste. Their declaration that the City Council is an autonomous body and must generate its own revenue is really an assertion that the Council is above the law and can gouge the pockets of its citizens.First of all, just like the parking meter debacle, the Council is proceeding again in a high-handed manner, without consultation with citizens, who are the stakeholders. This is unfettered bullyism at best.But secondly, and more importantly, this action is illegal. The Council is obligated to provide refuse collection and disposal service from the property rates it collects. It can’t then turn around and charge another fee for providing the same refuse collection and disposal service that is already catered for in the property rates. This is double-taxation.The Council first implemented this illegal scheme in the commercial district; and when it got away with the scam, decided to broaden the scam.How would the Council go about implementing this system with more than 42,000 households in the city?Best regards,Sambu Jacobuslast_img read more

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Damning Liverpool verdict: ‘Under pressure Rodgers doesn’t know what he’s doing’

first_img“Brendan Rodgers doesn’t know what’s he’s doing.”That’s the damning verdict from talkSPORT presenter and lifelong Kopite Micky Quinn, who is today sharing the pain of the red half of Merseyside following their disappointing Champions League exit.He admits there is a lot of work for Rodgers to do, and insists the Anfield manager has to settle on a first choice line-up and stick with it.Quinn told Hawksbee and Jacobs: “There are too many changes every game. We’re a third of the way through the season and Brendan doesn’t know what his team is. “I was very surprised with the team last night [against Basel]. He thinks he can just put players in who have been out for two or three games and they can just pick up the thread and the tempo of a Champions League game, with the example of that being Jose Enrique.“He’s gone from not giving Rickie Lambert any game time at all to playing him for five games in a row because of injuries. Lucas hadn’t had a sniff and then he played against Real Madrid and hasn’t missed a game since.“With the pressure building on Brendan Rodgers, I don’t think he knows what he’s doing, I really don’t.“Look at that set-up last night for a Champions League game at home knowing you’ve got to beat Basel. No width, no pace up front, no creativity. I was very surprised with the team selection.“The team weren’t good enough in the Champions League – it was tedious at times – and have been a million miles away from last season.“He’s signed, what is it, £150million worth of players and it’s just chop and change, chop and change. If you sign these players you’ve got to play them and give them some consistency. He’s always on about learning and the number of games they have to play, but footballers need to play and get their eye in.“He’s got a lot of work to do, but they are capable of improving once he settles down and knows what his best team is.“I’m not going to say sack Rodgers because I think he’s got enough credit in the bank from last year, but Liverpool is a massive club and an institution and when you lose games, the pressure comes. And Rodgers is a young manager and that pressure has really got to him and his coaching staff in the last few games.”last_img read more

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FA Cup preview: Grayson on Preston’s clash with Manchester United

first_imgPreston North End boss Simon Grayson joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show to look ahead to Monday night’s FA Cup clash with Manchester United.The Whites come up against Louis van Gaal’s side in the last match of the fifth round at Deepdale.Grayson’s side have won their three previous fixtures, but will face a tough task against the Red Devils’ international stars.You can listen to Simon Grayson’s interview with the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show above, and leave your comments below…last_img read more

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Condors name co-A.D.s

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles 2 p.m. California High School will have co-athletic directors to administrate its sports programs this season. Leonard Espinoza and John Horwath have been named to replace Jim Patricio, who resigned last spring. The new athletic directors will retain their coaching positions, Espinoza with girls basketball and Horwath with girls volleyball. “We decided against splitting into boys A.D. and girls A.D.,” Espinoza said. “We’ll share the (fall sports) responsibilities for football, and I’ll handle cross country and girls tennis. John will take care of girls volleyball and boys water polo 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Nicholl: Gerrard’s transfers depend on current players

first_img“He didn’t turn around and bring in eight, nine or 10 players to change things around.“That tells you there was enough in the club at that moment to turn things around adding three or four.“So if the new managers comes in and says he needs eight or nine players to turn this around that will take time but he’ll get the time.”The former Rangers player said that whilst he is unsure of his own future, the impact of Gerrard’s arrival has been felt by the players.Ahead of Sundays game against Hibs he said: “The ones under contract will be hoping they get off to a good start under the new manager and the ones on loan will be hoping to impress so they can stay.“I don’t know anything about my future.“I know the reason I was brought in and the length of time I was supposed to be in for.“We’ll wait and see what happens.“We’ll get them ready and sorted for Sunday and whatever their futures hold, it will be good for some and other ones will have to buck their ideas upAsked if Ibrox is still a big draw for potential signings, Nicholl said the pull is still strong.“Yeah, you would like to think so. “For goodness sake, you’re playing in front of 50,000 people every week and if you’re doing well and you’re being cheered by that many then it’s the greatest feeling in the world.” Rangers caretaker boss Jimmy Nicholl has said that incoming manager Steven Gerrard’s transfer business will be determined by what he can get out of the current squad.The ex-Cowdenbeath manager said the squad haven’t been consistent enough and that Gerrard may decide to make wholesale changes.But should the former Liverpool captain get more out of the team, Nicholl said Gerrard may feel he only requires three or four quality additions and compared it with Graeme Souness’s arrival at Ibrox in 1986.He said of Gerrard: “If he gets more out of the group we have at the moment then he may only need three or four players. “It would be a lot better if he only needed that many in.“Players probably haven’t produced what their capable of consistently.“He might get it out of them.”“When Graeme Souness came in he bought Terry Butcher, Chris Woods and there was myself and him. last_img read more

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Novel approach to promote Jane Austen’s links to Donegal

first_imgDonegal’s connections to relatives of beloved classic novelist Jane Austen are set to be included in new local tourism brochures for 2019.Three of Austen’s nieces – Marianne, Louisa and Cassandra Knight – lived in the region in the 1800s and are buried in Letterkenny and Ramelton.Letterkenny’s connection to Jane Austen was a main focus of the Cathedral Quarter Literary Festival in 2017 and her niece’s graves are still visited today. Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh raised a motion at the Letterkenny Municipal District meeting this week to propose further promotion of the area’s links to Jane Austen in tourism publications.Cllr Kavanagh also called for signs to be erected in the graveyards to direct visitors to the women’s graves.“There is worldwide interest in Jane Austen and there are societies dedicated to her around the world. I think her links to the area is something that we don’t exploit enough,” Cllr Kavanagh said.Cllr Kavanagh pointed to Buncrana’s ‘Amazing Grace Country’ branding as an example of how cultural connections can be marketed for a region. “I’m not saying that we’d have tourists flocking in their thousands if we promote that Austen’s nieces are buried here, but I think it should be included in tourism guides,” Cllr Kavanagh said.The motion was passed, but not all councillors were on the same page.Cllr Dessie Shiels said connecting Jane Austen to Letterkenny through her family was “scraping the barrel a bit”.He questioned why tourism materials should “promote a deceased author who was never in the town”, adding: “I would like to see what the brochure is going to say before I can support this.”Cllr Shiels said that he has lived in Letterkenny for 42 years and never heard about Austen’s nieces. Cllr Gerry McMonagle, who seconded the motion, called on councillors to look at the spirit of the proposal and recognise that the historical insight could bring more visitors to the town.May, Lou and Cass, as they were known, were the daughters of Jane Austen’s older brother, Edward.In 1834, Cass married Lord George Hill, who owned vast amounts of land in north-west Donegal. They moved to Ballyarr House in Ramelton, and the Georgian estate remains there to this day.Cass died in 1842, shortly after giving birth to their fourth child. Her sister Louise moved to Donegal to bring up the children, and Marianne followed later. The two sisters are buried together in Tully Graveyard near Ballyarr. Cass is buried alongside Lord Hill in the graveyard of Conwal Parish Church at the top of the Church Lane Letterkenny.Novel approach to promote Jane Austen’s links to Donegal was last modified: October 11th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cathedral QuarterCllr Jimmy Kavanaghjane austenLetterkenny Municipal Districtnovelistlast_img read more

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Hudson never trails, knocks off Marshfield girls basketball

first_imgTigers drop to 2-5, host Oshkosh North on ThursdayBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Hudson scored the first six points of the game, and Marshfield never recovered as it dropped a 69-51 decision to the Raiders in the opening round of the 8th Annual Marshfield Tiger Girls Basketball Invitational on Wednesday night at Marshfield High School.Hudson (7-2) cruised out to a 14-4 lead in the first 5:40 of the game, and the Tigers never got closer than eight the rest of the way.Lexi Jonas hit five 3-pointers in the first half for Hudson and finished with a game-high 17 points.Marshfield (2-5) closed to within 33-25 after a 3-pointer from Meg Bryan and a free throw by Jenna Jakobi with just more than two minutes to go in the first half, but the Tigers would only score one more point in the half and trailed by 12 at the break.Hudson came out of intermission and scored the first seven points to push its lead to 19. Marshfield responded with six in a row, including a pair of baskets by Jakobi, and cut it to nine on a 3-pointer from Meg Bryan.However, Marshfield did not score for the next 3:20, turned the ball over on four-straight possessions, and fell behind by 15. The Tigers finished with 17 turnovers in the loss and could not get Hudson’s lead back under double digits.Ema Fehrenbach scored 16 points, making 8 of 10 free throws, and Bryan added 11 points with three 3-pointers for Marshfield.Wausau West defeated Oshkosh North in the first game Wednesday and will play Hudson at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by North against Marshfield at approximately 3 p.m. Marshfield’s game will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and wdlbwosq.com.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Raiders 69, Tigers 51Hudson 38 31 – 69Marshfield 26 25 – 51HUDSON (69): Lucy Fashingbauer 0-2 0-0 0, Izzy Hanson 0-0 0-0 0, Sarah Cable 0-0 0-0 0, Lexi Jonas 6-13 0-0 17, Lexi LeFever 0-0 0-0 0, Grace Uchytil 0-0 1-2 1, MaKenzie White 0-1 1-2 1, Ty Huber 0-4 0-0 0, Kayla Gertschen 2-3 2-2 7, Kylee Christiansen 6-8 2-3 14, Shayla Wallin 6-14 2-4 16, Ashley Juza 4-7 2-2 10, Kassi Jenkins 1-3 0-1 2, Kaiya Sundeen 0-1 1-2 1, Elise Anderson 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 25-56. FT: 11-18. 3-pointers: 8-16 (Jonas 5-7, Wallin 2-4, Gertschen 1-1, White 0-1, Huber 0-1, Juza 0-2). Rebounds: 33 (Wallin 11). Turnovers: 14. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: none. Record: 7-2.MARSHFIELD (51): Shantel Nienast 0-1 0-0 0, Meg Bryan 4-9 0-0 11, Kaydee Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Kendra Tremelling 0-0 0-0 0, Jenna Jakobi 4-11 1-2 9, Corianne Johnson 2-6 2-5 7, Maddie Nikolai 0-4 1-2 1, Ema Fehrenbach 4-11 8-10 16, Katie Osinski 2-4 1-2 5, Sophie Koehn 1-2 0-2 2. FG: 17-48. FT: 13-23. 3-pointers: 4-8 (Bryan 3-5, C. Johnson 1-3). Rebounds: 27 (Jakobi 6). Turnovers: 17. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: none. Record: 2-5.last_img read more

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RCRD LBL Goes Live, Crashes Immediately

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… At RDCRD LBL’s launch 10 record labels are participating so the selection is limited. I’m not hip enough to have heard of more than just a few of these bands, but I’ll check them out once the site is up. Comparisons to the awful SpiralFrog, another ad-supported music site that was more or less born dead, fall short; SpiralFrog is thoroughly locked down with DRM and it’s full of bands you’ve heard of before. Peter Rojas, the man who was present at the founding of both of the two most linked-to blogs on the internet (Engadget and Gizmodo), launched the online music site he’s working on today. Called RCRD LBL (record label without the vowels, you know how unhip vowels are, why not get rid of them all?) the site hasn’t been accessible since it went live. Update: Rojas stopped by to leave a comment saying the site was back up and sure enough it is. I’m getting a musical education already. The RCRD LBL site, bless its overworked little heart, was designed by New York’s Gelo Factory, who have worked on a variety of projects ranging from the Rhizome art community blog to the social site of the AARP. Related Posts Tags:#music#web Music can be downloaded, it can be streamed and it can be listened to through a widget embedded on any web page or on the OSX dashboard. marshall kirkpatrick None the less, here’s the details. RCRD LBL will provide free, DRM-free music for download and streaming. It will be ad supported and the company simply asks on its site that you not reuse the music for commercial purposes. We’ll see how well that works, but there’s really no viable alternative. “In a world where many people get their music for free,” the folks behind the experiment say, “we wanted to create a site where bands we loved could put their music out there for free AND get paid for it.”last_img read more

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Physical Security Executives Gather to Demystify IT Techno-Babble to Better Engage the C-Suite

first_imgIn response to the growing number of cyber-attacks and data breaches that are increasing the exposure to corporate C-suite and boards of directors, a select group of thirty high-level security executives gathered in Chicago February 26th for networking and sharing strategies to better position themselves in C-level discussions.The intent of the meeting was to provide a plain-English translation of IT security concepts and actions intended to give the physical security leaders the background to engage in discussions of protecting information and technology with their corporate peers and executives. “This was a unique gathering of senior security professionals that included the current president of ASIS International and three past presidents,” said Ray O’Hara, executive vice president of AS Solution and one of the past presidents. “It is amazing how much our existing security expertise directly relates to the information security world.” Dave Tyson, chief information security officer at SC Johnson and the first CISO to lead ASIS as its 2015 president, addressed the attendees. A recognized expert on the topic, Tyson started his career in traditional security practice before earning his MBA in digital technology management. Prior to SC Johnson, he worked for companies such as IBM, eBay, and Pacific Gas and Electric.Tyson provided the attendees easily understandable explanations of common IT buzzwords to demystify the techno-babble. The goal was to allow security practitioners to understand the challenges and make better business decisions related to: – Infrastructure – Applications – Cloud – Mobile – Big data – Social media – TOR – Dark web- Sponsor – Hosted by Keith Blakemore, director of security and loss prevention at WW Grainger, the gathering came about from discussions by Blakemore, O’Hara, and Tyson. A December 27, 2014, Forbes magazine article titled “Why It’s Time for a Board-Level Cybersecurity Committee” by Betsy Atkins, a three-time CEO and a director at Darden, HD Supply, and Schneider Electric, reinforced the need for the meeting.In the article Atkins writes, “Step one for every board is to understand that it is supposed to be offering oversight on these risks as part of its fiduciary duty. The board needs to assure there are internal controls in place to protect the corporation’s cyber assets. The stakes are high. A study found that up to $21 trillion in global assets could be at risk from cybercrime. What is needed is a solid board structure for monitoring and managing cyber risk in the company. To begin, I recommend is a series of committee briefings so ‘cyber security’ is demystified and better understood.” The full article is available on forbes.com. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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