Advisory to the Membership: Security

Our goal is to take people from the WiscNet community passionate about security and have them learn with others who have the same interest, ideas, and questions. Not only will these conversations help you discover tools and strategies surrounding security and all that comes with it, but also enable others to use your knowledge, skills, and experience to learn as well. Ultimately, by pooling collective knowledge, you will gain strategies and help us to strengthen the value of being a WiscNet member. Two main goals for the Security Advisory Group include a) a recommendation for security best practices to generate a "security baseline" and b) measure how an organization is doing against the baseline measurement. 

July 21, 2016 -- Madison Public Library - Central Library, Madison, WI
November 10, 2016 -- Madison Public Library - Central Library, Madison, WI (9:30-3:00)
February 22, 2017 -- WiscNet World Headquarters, 605 Science Drive, Madison, WI
May 8 and 9, 2017 - WiscNet Connections, Monona Terrace, Madison, WI

Notes, Links, Resources

Notes, links and additional resources from this group are available through a security group mailing list.  Contact Chris Liechty at for more information or to join this group. 


Most of what we do in communities and organizations focuses us on our individual needs. We attend a conference or meeting for our own purposes, for "what I can get out of this." WiscNet is trying something different by creating "advisories to the membership."

The idea started as, "Let's take people from the WiscNet community passionate about _____ and have them teach and learn with others that are interested in _____, thereby strengthening the value of being a part of the WiscNet membership. These folks will help inform and carry out the strategies in our strategic plan."

After presenting this a few times, people's minds naturally went to, "So, this will all culminate in a white paper or a toolkit of some sort?" Our reaction was, "Maybe? We'd be happy if we could give people a face-to-face forum to connect with others and have conversations about what they are passionate about."

Margaret Wheatley explains it more eloquently:

"Conversation is different. Although we each benefit individually from good conversation, we also discover that we were never as separate as we thought. Good conversation connects us at a deeper level. As we share our different human experiences, we rediscover a sense of unity. We remember we are part of a greater whole. And as an added joy, we also discover our collective wisdom. We suddenly see how wise we can be together. For conversation to take us into this deeper realm, I believe we have to practice several new behaviors. Here are the principles I've learned to emphasize before we begin a formal conversation process: we acknowledge one another as equals; we try to stay curious about each other; we recognize that we need each other's help to become better listeners; we slow down so we have time to think and reflect; we remember that conversation is the natural way humans think together;  we expect it to be messy at times.