Veterans Day: Honoring those who understand “true requirements” of service

Honoring Veterans on our team and everywhere

The majority of Americans will never experience the true requirements of service. But we are surrounded by those who do in our day-to-day lives. Today, we say thank you.

Our office is closed today for Veterans Day. We’d like to share something one of our team members, Jennifer Davis, shared last week reminding our team about today.

“On November 11th, our company will observe Veterans Day. First and foremost, if you are a Veteran, we here at Trility want to thank you for your service. For those of us who haven’t served, we can never fully understand the sacrifices you’ve made for our country, our safety, and our freedoms.

Thank you.

Almost all of my life, I’ve lived a few minutes from the world’s biggest naval base, Naval Station Norfolk, and close to U.S. Navy master jet base, Naval Air Station Oceana.  I get to see and hear jets fly over regularly. I can watch the Blue Angels and still get excited every year for their powerful display at the Oceana Air Show. From the beach, I’ve watched massive aircraft carriers leaving for or coming home from deployment. With my toes in the sand along the Chesapeake Bay, I’ve seen hovercraft vessels practicing for missions.  

The Blue Angels running laps over my house practicing for this weekend’s air show. – Jennifer Davis

Growing up and into my adult life, these sights and sounds have had a great impact on me. But I’ve only watched from the sidelines. My exposure has been limited to the displays of the awesome power of our Nation’s military. What I haven’t seen are the true requirements of the service itself. As we look forward to Monday, I want to celebrate and honor those who have served. I want to be reminded of what it takes to serve others. I want to be thankful for the freedoms I get to enjoy because of those who have served. And I want to encourage you to do the same.” 

– Jennifer Davis

Ways To Die While Scuba Diving

Explore how diving and leading companies require continuous data, preparation, situational awareness, emotional maturity and a willingness to adapt.

Originally published on LinkedIn on Oct. 26, 2019.

Years ago when I began diving, I had originally viewed diving as blue water with whales, dolphins and gorgeous coral reef. I quickly learned how diverse diving could really be.

I was trained in cold, brown water. Like all forms of diving, cold, brown water diving requires special attention to detail. Gear for staying warm, tools for extricating myself from unplanned situations such as fishing line, vines, branches and roots, multiple lights for seeing in the dark, murky waters and very good compass navigation skills.

As I expanded my learning and experience portfolio, I came to realize the preparation and skills necessary for warm, cold, caving, cavern, blue-water, brown-water, ocean, quarry, lake and river diving may seem the same, but each and every one of them have unique requirements within themselves. What I knew yesterday helped with today, but there was always more to learn. I realized a pattern of behaviors always required: plan, execute to plan, situational awareness and prepare for adversity, always. In all cases, be disciplined before, during, after and between dives.

Diving

I enjoyed compass-diving in brown water with 0-12 inches of visibility where many times I couldn’t see my hand when fully outstretched. I loved every minute of it because I never knew for sure what was coming and I needed to be ready for anything, at any time. Blue-water diving in the ocean offered infinite views in all directions. Nothing below, beside or above me other than sunlight coming down through the water – just blue infinity. Night diving meant that sometimes, were it not for my equipment, I could easily be upside down at 100 feet thinking I was right-side-up at 35. Like all forms of diving, all three of these experiences require many of the same skills.

Diving

And like all forms of diving, in all three of these experiences, one could become disoriented and make the decision to continue doing what you’re doing, make incremental and adaptive changes, or make poor, reactive and over-corrective decisions, which make things worse immediately. Over and over again diving – and living – came down to education, experience, discipline, planning, situational awareness and the need to make informed, responsive, level-headed decisions.

As I gained more experience, I made more diverse decisions increasing risk, complexity and potential return on decisions. Which then required more experience and more on-going education. To amplify learning diversity, I began to study how divers die and sought to understand how these deaths could have been prevented.

Reasons Divers Die (listed, not rank ordered):

- Failure to plan
- Failure to maintain and improve equipment
- Failure to maintain personal health and fitness
- Failure to keep themselves in check (emotions, ego, risk-taking)
- Failure to practice/improve/increase skills and knowledge

Diving is fun, adventurous, character-building and educational. It does not have to be deadly. The National Center for Biotechnology Information and the Diver’s Alert Network reported 59 diving-related deaths in the United States in 2016. That is a small number. Yet it is 59 too many. I encourage you to explore snorkeling and scuba diving for yourself. Get educated. Be disciplined. Have fun.

Why do you believe leaders and companies fail? It would seem that companies and diving have nothing in common until we compare the lists.

Reasons Leaders and Companies Fail (listed, not rank ordered):

- Failure to plan and adapt
- Failure to maintain and improve themselves, teams and systems
- Failure to maintain and improve personal health and fitness
- Failure to keep themselves and others in check (emotions, ego, risk)
- Failure to improve skills, knowledge and experience

How would you rank this list as it relates to you? Your boss? Your company?

Like diving, leading companies and teams require continuous data and decision-making. And in order to have continuous data that enables decision-making, there needs to exist a plan, situational awareness, a data feed, a pre-meditated, cool-headed ability to make decisions and the willingness to adapt.

Plan Your Dive or Plan For Failure

- Have a plan. Continually evaluate the plan. Be prepared to change.
- Know where you are in relation to the plan. Be prepared to change.
- Continue to purposefully improve yourself, your teams and your company. 
- Practice being thoughtfully responsive versus thoughtlessly reactive.

When you’re the only diver in the water, you are welcome to make any and all bad decisions available to you. You may (or may not) be the only one that will suffer from your mistakes.

However, when you’re in the water with others who rely upon your plan, your ability to see, hear, realize and adapt to incoming data, and they trust that you are capable of making the hard decisions in hard circumstances – your preparation, emotional maturity, adaptability and decisions matter.

Early on in my journey, an old, crusty diver made a dark comment to me that stuck with me permanently and heavily influenced my preparation, maintenance and overall discipline:

“When you’re down there doing what you do and you’ve failed to plan, failed to maintain your equipment, didn’t pay attention to the information in front of you or just plain didn’t keep a cool head, just remember, at 200 feet below the surface, no one can hear you scream.”

His point? Be disciplined. Plan. Be aware. Be adaptive. Keep your head screwed on correctly. Make context-driven decisions. Live to dive again. Make sure others with you have a good experience, learn and live to dive again.

The teams at Trility regularly help people create, modify and implement plans for successful dives, gain access to data in real-time so they can adapt, as well as, equip people with the solutions they need to keep cool heads at 200 feet.

Authors Note: We’re not really going to help you plan your dives. In fact, we may never dive together. You might be crazy. I just wanted to keep the analogy going. If you want to dive, join the military, attend a commercial diving school or reach out to diver training organizations like PADI.

If you want to learn how to digitally transform your company, influence your leaders, train your teams, plan and deliver some of the dirtiest, nastiest, most complex projects from the bottom of the deepest, darkest ocean that no one else wants to do – then do call or email us.

7 “Not Easy” Steps for Securely Using Data for Real-Time Decisions

A step-by-step roadmap for taking control of your data, securing it and making it meaningful to everyone at the same time, in the same way.

Originally published on LinkedIn on Oct. 22, 2019.

Companies have data in many places. And many companies do not know what data they have, where it is stored, who and what has access to it, the trustworthiness of the data or how to organize it in a timely manner into decision criteria for leadership teams.

The easiest way to know if what I’m saying is truth is to ask someone on your technical staff to provide you an asset and access inventory. Ask them the following:

Tell me:

- All software applications used in the company
- All places data is stored in the company
- All hardware used in the company to host, edit and manage both
- Who/what has access to these things and with what levels of power

And

- How the data is secured in transit and at rest

Give them one business day. Their reaction will reveal your truth.

Running a company minimally requires two things: knowing where you want to go and having access to timely, trustworthy data that will guide your journey. This article discusses the data aspect only.

And as you may already hope, suspect or know, addressing unsecured, unmanaged, disparate applications, data and permissions is a solvable problem. Accessing one view into your company is also solvable. Let’s look at the plan.

1. Find Your Data

Inventory all software applications and data repositories inside and outside your company, as well as, anything interacting with or exchanging data with your applications and repositories.

2. Determine The State of Your Data

What is the technology collecting, managing, editing your data? Where is it hosted? By whom? Is it good, questionable or corrupt data? Who and what has access to it? What are they doing to the data? Who is managing the security and sanctity of the data? How do you know you can trust the data? Is the data current and with what frequency?

3. Secure your data

Is the data managed via role-based permissions or is it wide-open for too many people and systems to manipulate, extract and exploit? Is it direct-connect? Copy-paste? Batch-uploads? API-accessible? Is it secured while at rest? Is it secured while in transit?

Think your company not likely to be attacked, corrupted, ransomed or otherwise exploited? Consider your brand value, consumers, privacy laws and bad company press. Do people trust your brand today? Will they after a breach?

4. Establish a Common Data Format

When data originates from multiple data sources, the structure of the data is usually non-uniform. The first step is to understand the current structure and state of all data at the origination point.

The second step is to determine to what Common Data Format (CDF) all data will be funneled and/or otherwise re-organized. In other words, if your company’s growth strategy has been through Mergers and Acquisitions, you likely have many data stores with similar types of data, but with different states of sanity. If you want one view across all of these data stores, words must have the same meaning for all instances of all data. Establishing the same meaning for all similar instances is “normalization” or “establishing a Common Data Format”.

Many to one.

Only after there exists a common data format are you able to see, understand and make decisions that confidently and consistently take into consideration all parts of the company.

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5. Extract, Normalize and Put

When you understand all places from which data originates and have a CDF, your teams are then able to write predictable, repeatable and auditable methods of extracting, normalizing and putting data into your new, single source of truth.

To be clear, the methods of extracting data, normalizing data and putting data must be predictable, repeatable and auditable. And the structure into which all data is put is itself the CDF. Anything less and you will simply be creating a new mess that must be managed on top of your existing ecosystem — whatever the state.

6. Pull Data Predictably

Now that you’ve made the effort to ensure all data, from all locations, is secured and normalized, protect it. This means there must exist a predictable, repeatable and auditable manner by which applications, systems and companies access your data. Notice I didn’t say people.

To access data from the single source of truth, there must exist predictable, repeatable and auditable set of actors, permissions and activities. If there is variability in actors, permissions and activities, it will no longer be a single source of truth.

Require anyone or thing that wants access to your data to follow your rules. Non-negotiable. This includes people in Mensa, people with twenty years of tenure who have been there since the company started, the CEO’s nephew and your mom.

Your single source of truth is special. No one who wants access to the data is special. Despite what their mom told them when they were young.

7. Use Your Data to Inform Your Decisions Dynamically

Attach reporting solutions. Attach streaming solutions. Attach elastic search. Attach dashboards. Follow the rules. Enjoy peace.

Now you can trust that your data has integrity. You can trust it is secure. You can trust your data is predictable, repeatable and auditable. You can trust your company has one message.

And you can trust that you know all applications, repositories, data management and security behaviors, actors, hosting solutions and reports are something upon which you can bank your company’s reputation.

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If you would like to take control of your data, secure it and make it dynamically meaningful to everyone in your company, the teams at Trility help companies solve these challenges with a focus on predictable, repeatable and auditable behaviors. Email us at forthejourney@trility.io.

Simplify Compliance Management with New Features in Cybersecurity Solution

Companies can leverage a centralized, easy-to-understand tool to align with compliance standards.

July 12, 2019, DES MOINES, IA – Trility® Consulting has launched two new features to the IronBench Compliance Navigator™ product built to enable centralized management and reporting of your organization’s alignment to standards. The Trility team originally set out to simplify how their own teams understand, implement, manage and audit today’s information security/regulatory compliance requirements while building solutions for their clients. The result of this effort rendered a number of new software products including IronBench Compliance Navigator. 

IronBench Compliance Navigator

“Our IronBench Compliance Navigator product targets organizations that want a simple, light-weight and centralized method of managing their organization’s compliance efforts without the complexity and cost many folks experience today. People want the flexibility to handle multiple standards, audits, projects and teams at the same time, understand at a glance where risk exposures exist and to know that as people come and go, data and history will not be lost because a spreadsheet left with the last exiting team member,” says Matthew Edwards, CEO of Trility.

…data and history will not be lost because a spreadsheet left with the last exiting team member.

“We’ve seen the plight of the information security folks who get left behind learning about projects, risks and issues in arrears. We’ve seen amazing people doing amazing things to keep up and ensure their organization is prepared for the next audit or attack. We think it should be easier. That’s why we built IronBench Compliance Navigator.” 

What’s does IronBench Compliance Navigator offer?

  • The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) module shows companies what is required of them to meet California’s new consumer protection law and provides an intuitive, centralized method of managing and reporting your company’s status against this law today and into the future. Take a 1-minute, free assessment to determine if this law impacts your company. If it does, the CCPA module within IronBench Compliance Navigator helps you manage your ongoing compliance requirements in a simple, easy-to-understand manner today and into the future.
  • The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) module shows companies what is required of them to meet today’s payment card industry requirements in an intuitive, centralized method of management and reporting. If your company accepts credit cards as a form of payment, you are expected to evidence compliance regularly. This module helps companies understand what is required, as well as helps manage your organization’s on-going compliance status in a low-friction, easy-to-use experience year after year.
  • The NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF) module shows, in everyday language and concepts, private sector companies what is recommended in order to prevent, detect and respond to cyber incidents in today’s critical technology infrastructure. If you are looking for a centralized, easy-to-understand and use method of aligning your organization to the NIST-CSF, this module will guide you through the material and enables you to manage your organization’s alignment as your company, your industry and as the standard itself changes through the years.

    To get started, you can also take a free Maturity Assessment to understand where your organization is along the path to alignment with the NIST CSF. 

IronBench Compliance Navigator guides you through the process of identifying which standards apply to you, where your organization is strong and where it needs work, as well as helps you identify possible solutions to increase your preparedness along the way. Customer benefits include:

  • Track all compliance requirements, risks and responses in one secure location that’s accessible to all of your teams anytime, anywhere
  • Track your organization against multiple standards at the same time, in the same tool, year after year – change history included
  • Stay on top of new regulatory compliance standards in the marketplace, as well as changes to existing standards against which you currently manage your organization
    Delegate responsibility to others to acquire answers instead of having to personally perform each and every step manually

Create a free account to view the available tools in the IronBench Cybersecurity Suite and purchase only the ones relevant to your organization. If you’re interested in a white-label solution or an enterprise version of this tool that meets your specific needs, contact us

The IronBench Cybersecurity Suite of tools, as well as all associated patents and trademarks, are wholly-owned by IronBench LLC. IronBench and Trility Consulting, as well as all associated patents and trademarks, are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Trility Group Holdings, Inc. Trility provides strategic management consulting, digital transformation expertise and advanced technical solutions for forward-thinking global businesses.

Welcome Rhonda to the Team!

Trility Consulting hires Rhonda O’Connor as Director of Marketing.

Trility Consulting, a Trility Group Holdings company, is proud to announce Rhonda O’Connor has joined the Trility Consulting team as Director of Marketing. In this role, Rhonda is responsible for leading and executing marketing strategies to align and meet Trility Group Holdings’ core business objectives. But if you ask her, her role is to keep everyone busy with new opportunities that will become repeat customers.

Rhonda O’Connor
Director of Marketing

Rhonda is a strategic marketer with decades of experience formulating and executing strategies. Her most recent experiences in the tech space will assist in scaling Trility’s existing success.

“Rhonda brings a history of solving problems with strategies that deliver optimal results. Her experience in the technology space brings a deep understanding of the marketing and sales process and will help create measurable results and efficiencies in those areas,” said Peder Malchow, Chief Revenue Officer for Trility Group Holdings. “Her ability to clearly communicate the value and benefits of services and products will help our team continue to deliver positive outcomes.”

Trility Consulting is a leading provider of measurable outcomes for C-Suite executives. Trility provides strategic management consulting, digital transformation expertise, and advanced technical solutions for forward thinking global businesses.

For more information, contact Rhonda at rhonda@trility.io or 515-321-4829.

Welcome Alex to New Role!

Trility Consulting hires Alex T. Hart as Vice President of Risk and Compliance.

Trility Consulting, a Trility Group Holdings company, is proud to announce Alex T. Hart has joined the Trility Consulting team in a new role as Vice President of Risk and Compliance. In this role, Alex will be responsible for growing the risk, compliance and information security division of the company. Alex will build, sell and service clients in these facets of the business, as well as, work with the Trility leadership team to grow strategic customer accounts and leverage partner relationships that align with Trility Group Holdings’ core business objectives.

Alex T. Hart, M.A., M.P.A.
Vice President, Risk and Compliance

Alex takes on this new role at Trility Consulting after serving as an Information Security Advisor to the firm for the past two years. Alex brings a wide variety of regulatory compliance and privacy experience with him in the health care, insurance, financial services (fintech) and government industries. He also previously served as a staff member to the United States Senate Committee on Finance focused on health policy, finance and information technology.

“Alex brings a great deal of regulatory compliance, threat detection and privacy experience with him which greatly applies to the digital transformation needs of today’s companies,” said Matthew D Edwards, Chief Executive Officer for Trility Group Holdings. “I have worked with Alex in multiple past chapters. I know he thoroughly enjoys working with clients to determine what compliance standards apply to their organizations and to help put operational frameworks in place guiding their compliance behaviors thereafter. It is no small task and Alex enjoys the journey. We’re excited to have him on the team!”

Trility Consulting is a leading provider of measurable outcomes for C-Suite executives. Trility provides strategic management consulting, digital transformation expertise and advanced technical solutions for forward thinking global businesses.

For more information, contact Alex directly via alex@trility.io or 312-574-0939.

Welcome Rob to the Team!

Trility Consulting hires Rob Andersen as Director of Business Development for the Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota regions.

Trility Consulting, a Trility Group Holdings company, is proud to announce that Rob Andersen has joined the Trility Consulting team as Director of Business Development. In this role, Rob will be responsible for direct sales and client engagements in Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota. Rob will be developing strategic customer accounts and referral partner relationships that align with Trility Group Holdings’ core business objectives.

Rob Andersen
Director of Business Development

Rob Andersen
Director of Business Development

Rob joins our team with a proven track record as a problem solver for the past 10 years in the technology and business solutions fields.

“Rob brings a great network with strong relationships due to his ability to listen and understand the specific needs of his clients,” said Peder Malchow, Chief Revenue Officer for Trility Group Holdings. “I have worked with Rob in the past and have always been impressed with his ability to connect with others. We are very excited to have him and his enthusiasm onboard this team!”

Trility Consulting is a leading provider of measurable outcomes for C-Suite executives. Trility provides strategic management consulting, digital transformation expertise and advanced technical solutions for forward thinking global businesses.

For more information, contact Rob directly via rob@trility.io or 515-238-5816.

Welcome Greg to the Team!

Trility Consulting hires Greg Buckner as Director of Business Development for the Greater Chicago, Wisconsin and Illinois regions.

Trility Consulting, a Trility Group Holdings company, is proud to announce Greg Buckner has joined the Trility Consulting team as Director of Business Development. In this role, Greg will be responsible for direct sales and client engagements in the Greater Chicago area and the Wisconsin/Illinois regions. Greg will be developing strategic customer accounts and referral partner relationships that align with Trility Group Holdings’ core business objectives.

Greg Buckner
Director of Business Development

Greg Buckner
Director of Business Development

Greg joins our team after an already successful career providing business and technology services to his clients for the past 20 years across the Midwest.

“Greg brings a wealth of industry and technology sales experience to the Trility Consulting team. He will apply those experiences to his new position at Trility Consulting and focus on leveraging strategic and emerging technologies to drive defined business outcomes.”  said Peder Malchow, Chief Revenue Officer for Trility Group Holdings. “He has a proven track record of success and understands the importance of true relationship building with customers. We’re excited about Greg joining our team and leading the Greater Chicago area’s sales efforts.”

Trility Consulting is a leading provider of measurable outcomes for C-Suite executives. Trility provides strategic management consulting, digital transformation expertise and advanced technical solutions for forward thinking global businesses.

For more information, contact Greg directly via greg@trility.io or 309-310-7230.

Welcome Kori to the Team!

Trility Consulting hires Kori Long as Talent Delivery Lead for Iowa-based and national teams!

Trility Consulting, a Trility Group Holdings company, is proud to announce Kori Long has joined the Trility Consulting team as Talent Delivery Lead based in Des Moines. In this role, Kori will be responsible for developing talent acquisition strategies and hiring plans to ensure our team grows methodically to serve the needs of our family of companies and our clients. Kori will be an integral part of our team identifying new talent, locally and nationally, as Trility Consulting expands.

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Kori Long
Talent Delivery Lead

Kori brings a broad range of experience from Client Service Management, Project Management and Recruiting, as well as, being an active member in many community organizations in the technology and quality spaces. Kori will apply her former experiences to her new role at Trility Consulting focusing on engaging with great people in the Business Management and Technology Consulting spaces. Kori’s work will additionally help ensure our company growth, client and employment outcomes are consistently met because of great people, great teams.

“We are very excited to have Kori on the team,” said Brenton Rothchild, Chief Operations Officer at Trility Group Holdings. “Kori has a reputation of finding great people and working with great clients. She is also an active member of the greater Des Moines community working to make Iowa one of the best places to live and work. We’re happy she chose to work with us and look forward to our team and company growth as a result of her work!”

Trility Consulting is a leading provider of measurable outcomes for C-Suite executives. Trility provides strategic management consulting, digital transformation expertise, and advanced technical solutions for forward thinking global businesses.

For more information about the Trility Consulting team or open opportunities, please contact Kori Long at Kori@trility.io or 641-431-1779.

Welcome Cari to the Team!

Trility Consulting hires Cari Thompson as Director of Business Development for the Des Moines and Iowa market!

Trility Consulting, a Trility Group Holdings company, is proud to announce Cari Thompson has joined the Trility Consulting team as Director of Business Development for the greater Des Moines and Iowa market. In this role, Cari will be responsible for direct sales and client engagements in Des Moines and throughout the state of Iowa. Cari has also been entrusted to grow strategic customer accounts and referral partner relationships that tactically meld with Trility Group Holdings’ core business objectives.

Cari Thompson
Director of Business Development


Cari brings a broad range of experience to her new position at Trility Consulting, including selling enterprise software and leading client implementations, to leading new business efforts and managing the Des Moines market for a national technology resource and solutions company, to launching a new sales channel to support Fortune 1000 clients with the Top 10 national recruitment advertising agencies in the US.

“We are very excited about Cari’s plans for our direct sales efforts,” said Peder Malchow, Chief Revenue Officer at Trility Group Holdings. “Cari has a stellar track record of successful engagements and is a true trusted advisor for many clients in and around the Des Moines market. She is a driven professional capable of delivering creative solutions to achieve our client’s desired outcomes.”

Trility Consulting is a leading provider of measurable outcomes for C-Suite executives. Trility provides strategic management consulting, digital transformation expertise and advanced technical solutions for forward thinking global businesses.

For more information or to connect with Cari Thompson, she can be reached at cari@trility.io or 515-707-3967.