Long Term Relationship Wins Wyoming Surgical Associates First Place

CASPER – Wyoming Surgical Associates, led by Practice Manager Janis Black, won first place in Wyoming’s 2022 Cybersecurity Competition for Small Businesses in the category of Companies with Technology Help on Staff or a Technology Provider Like a Staff Member.

The area of distinction that awarded the judges’ points was Wyoming Surgical Associates long term, trusting relationship with their technology managed service provider, DigeTekS LLC.

“One day, about 17 years ago, something broke and I called a random IT (information technology) company in Colorado and I got Shane (Brown).  He was driving in his car, but he walked me through every step to fix the problem and he has been my guy ever since,” said Black. “I was sold,” she continued.  Brown, later, started his own technology support company and Wyoming Surgical Associates followed him to DigeTekS.

Another impressive statistic that helped Wyoming Surgical Associates win is that between Brown, Black, and Brent Burkhalter, another DigeTekS technology consultant, Wyoming Surgical Associates has 45 years of systems institutional history.

“The institutional history that the three of us have is invaluable.  We have solved a lot of problems together,” said Black.

Even though Wyoming Surgical Associates’ cybersecurity maturity level was high, Black decided to join the competition to increase the level of cultural security awareness at the clinic, review current practices for holes, and do an outside, formal review of security policies and procedures.

“We wanted to learn how to make our security policies more meaningful to our employees and how to best implement those policies to encourage cultural awareness of security practices,” said Black.

Because their systems were well maintained by DigeTekS, the focus was on people and data care, which is the competition’s specialty.

“Cybersecurity is a fast paced, ever-evolving industry. In the last few years, the DigeTekS team has made monumental changes to our client environments to protect from new security threats and meet requirements put in place by regulators and vendors. I was quite impressed with the changes CyberWyoming has completed since the last time we won the competition in 2019. The items reviewed and depth of the questions asked, shows the immense program adjustments they have made to stay ahead of the industry changes. If you are considering participating in the Made Safe in Wyoming program, I would highly recommend it! It is a great way to put you on the right track to ensure your business is secure and protected. The knowledge and skills that you gain while participating in this outstanding program are worth $10,000 to $20,000 in services to have a specialist come in to identify, analyze, and review your environment,” said Brown of DigeTekS LLC.

The 2022 Competition was supported by a grant from Microsoft and the Department of Workforce Services and due to CyberWyoming’s 2022 members and sponsors: Capitol Communications Inc., Campbell County Health, Cheyenne State Bank, CPU (Computer Professionals Unlimited), DigeTekS LLC, EvnTec, Factory IT, First Federal Bank & Trust, First Interstate Bank, Gannett Peak Technical Services, HUB International, IECA, K2 Technologies, Manufacturing Works, PDS, Sweetwater Technology Services, and TEAM.  For more information about the 2023 Wyoming Cybersecurity Competition for Small Businesses visit https://cyberwyoming.org/competition.

The competition was developed by CyberWyoming in 2018 to encourage Wyoming small businesses to meet best practices in cybersecurity through a home grown program called Made Safe in Wyoming™.  The competition has gained national and international attention being the only of its kind and, in February of 2022, won a Gula Tech Foundation Award to expand in 2023. CyberWyoming recently announced this expansion and is looking for local economic development agencies who want to house a Cybersecurity Business Counselor. 

“We wanted to encourage traditional economic development agencies to incorporate security and information protection into their member offerings, so we used the Gula Tech Grant to incentivize them to train a staff member with our program,” said Laura Baker, Executive Director of CyberWyoming.

Baker said the goal of the program expansion is to raise business community awareness by installing local cybersecurity business counselors that can help with security planning and programs, then encourage connection with other companies and organizations locally to fill the holes.

Those economic development agencies interested in expanding their services with the Made Safe/Competition Program should contact Baker at info@cyberwyoming.org or 307.314.2188.

About Wyoming Surgical Associates:  Wyoming Surgical Associates is a medical, surgical practice dedicated to general, colon & rectal surgery, trauma & critical care and spine surgery..  Their surgeons devote themselves to being current in the latest innovations and techniques, with all of the physicians being Fellows or Candidates for the American College of Surgeons.  Wyoming Surgical Associates takes great pride in their work and believes its practice is a gold standard in Wyoming by taking care of lots of people and doing it well.  Being in business for over 40 years, Wyoming Surgical Associates has developed a culture that is open to change.  With the pandemic, staffing burnout in the medical field is high.  Thus, managed change is the key to retaining surgeons and staff.  For more information: https://wyosurgeons.com/.   About DigeTekS LLC: Since 2005, DigeTekS LLC provides big company solutions for small business budgets with award winning cybersecurity and comprehensive IT solutions.  Located in Florida, Colorado and Wyoming, they are vendor agnostic and take pride in learning and working with equipment to fit a particular business’s needs.  In Wyoming, DigeTekS participates in registered apprenticeship programs for Cybersecurity Technician and IT Specialist with CyberWyoming as the apprenticeship sponsor.  For more information:  https://www.digeteks.com/.


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