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Upcoming Speaker Events

  • HITRUST Community Extension Program   February 23, 2023

    • 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    • Silo Auto Club & Conservancy
      644 East Washington Street
      Indianapolis, IN 46204

    • Register here.


  • Detroit Cyber Management Risk Forum– March 2023

    • For more information and to participate in this private event please email:

  • DAC Bowling/Cyber Event - June 2023


The Big What If?  


January 26, 2023


The Mako Group's Matt Kipp and Brandyn Fisher partnered with Global Telecom Solutions and TelDesigns to present, "The Big What If", January 26, 2023, at The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Focused on keeping businesses safe against ransom attacks, the program included real life examples and solutions.


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The Mako Group's Cyber Risk Management Forum  

September 8, 2022


The Mako Group hosted it's Cyber Risk Management Forum at the Detroit Athletic Club on September 8, 2022. The opportunity for peer sharing in a sales-free environment was well received by Michigan C-level tech and security professionals. The agenda included a multi-year "Covid reflection", remote work risks, IoT and/or OT,  ransomware, CMMC, ISO, HITRUST and CIS Control 18. 


Global Telecom Solutions Security Seminar

December 4th & 5th, 2019


Matt Kipp and Shane O'Donnell were recently invited to speak at Global Telecom Solutions' first annual Security Seminars. The seminars brought in experts in multiple areas of cybersecurity and provided attendees with ways they can secure their organizations with both technology, and also process and control improvements. The first seminar took place on December 4th at the Andiamo Riverfront in the GM Rencen and the second event took place at the Detroit Athletic Club on December 5th. The Mako Group will also be hosting its semi-annual cyber roundtable on March 12, so please reach out to if you are interested in attending. 


Westfield Chamber of Commerce November Meeting


November 21, 2019


Riann Stroud, Senior Cybersecurity Manager recently was invited as a guest speaker to present during the Westfield Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting.  At this event, following the introduction of new members, Riann spoke about cybersecurity best practices, including disaster recovery, incident response, cloud, risk management and privacy programs. The discussion was well received by the various small and large business owners that attended.


Central Michigan University, Cybersecurity Day


October 15, 2019


Matt Kipp, Director of Risk, recently attended the Cybersecurity Day at his alma mater Central Michigan University.  Matt was one of seven cybersecurity panelists to discuss various cyber topics to an audience composed of students and professors from the University’s College of Business. Following the panel discussion, there was a meet and greet with the students then a capture the flag tournament to end the day. The event was put on by the Central Michigan University Cybersecurity department Cybersecurity Club.

Detroit Cyber Management Risk Forum
September 12, 2019

On September 12th we hosted our bi-annual Cyber Risk Management forum at the Detroit Athletic Club to discuss some of the top trends, opportunities and challenges that are happening in the Cyber Risk world today. Some of the topics discussed were:


  • Third party risk management

  • The new California Privacy Act

  • Cloud Security

  • The current talent shortage in security and privacy (a much longer discussion than expected here!)

  • The new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)


As always, it was great to see new and old faces spanning multiple industries to help create a fun and healthy dialogue. If you are interested in more details around what was discussed or would like to attend a future forum, please email


Our next forum will take place on Thursday, March 12, so mark your calendars!

The State of Cybersecurity for Today's Businesses 
July 30, 2019

The Mako Group presented at the Bedford County Cybersecurity Group. As a preferred partner of the Bedford County Cybersecurity Group, Brandyn Fisher was the key note speaker at the inaugural chapter meeting where he presented on Cybersecurity Landscape and Trends. During the presentation, Brandyn discussed new and emerging attack vectors as well as ways for mitigating these without breaking the bank.

Help Protect Your Clients From Wire Fraud
June 20, 2019

CrossCountry Mortgage held a private event to discuss how Wire Fraud is occurring and a huge issue in the real estate market when it comes to closing on homes. Senior Cybersecurity Manager, Riann Stroud was asked to speak at the event to discuss how to protect clients from Wire Fraud. The topics she spoke on included what is Wire Fraud, how does it happen, how it occurs in real estate, an in-depth look at phishing and what a man-in-the-middle attack is. During her presentation she was able to give a real life story of how a Realtor gave information in a phishing email which caused a wire transfer of a client to be sent overseas. If you're interested in learning more about this subject please contact us at

Executive Women's Tech Talk
May 8, 2019

On May 8th, we hosted our first Executive Women’s Tech Talk at Blind Owl Brewery in Indianapolis. The group was created to support Indianapolis-area women leaders in the technology and security industries on the cybersecurity challenges that we currently face.


The topic was “Cloud Migration and Compliance”, as well as “Lessons Learned” from guest speaker Karen Delozier, VP Information Security and Controls of Sallie Mae Bank. Karen started us off on the challenges and planning Sallie Mae achieved to move to the cloud, while The Mako Group's own Meredith Yonker described the control testing efforts to help the financial giant remain compliant. The discussion was well received, as everyone joined in with questions and meaningful conversation. We had great attendance from many women leaders across many industries and regulations.


If you are interested in more details regarding what was discussed during this forum or would like to attend our next event which will be held in the early winter, please email,