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The Return of the D*I*C*E Man was a Success!

Peoria welcomed the return of Ray Semko, aka D*I*C*E Man, on May 11, 2012. What an exciting day we had. Starting with a radio interview on the WMBD “Greg and Dan Show,” the former counterintelligence agent shared with the listening audience the security threats companies in Central Illinois need to be aware of and how those threats are only getting worse. D*I*C*E Man (Defense Information to Counter Everything) explained that educating employees to be aware of their surroundings will help in stopping “the bad guys” because so often it is the employees within who are getting the “crown jewels” that are sacred to their business.

Mark Welp and Gretchen Wirtz, hosts of “WEEK Good Company,” then met with Ray to do a brief interview to discuss why Americans need to be constantly vigilant and responsible for their own protection. The episode of “Good Company” aired on Thursday, May 17.

The members of Rotary Club of Peoria were captivated by the “mini briefing” given by Semko during their weekly meeting on May 11. Many members followed up the lunch hour asking questions regarding the security issues that were addressed. There was quite the buzz from this eye-opening briefing.

The main D*I*C*E Man event was held at Packard Plaza in Peoria from 2–4 p.m. with a “meet and greet” immediately following, when guests took the opportunity to visit with Semko while enjoying light refreshments. Over a hundred guests sat engaged in the briefings and mind-opening information. Briefings of local heists to what is happening within our government kept the audience quietly but intently listening. Illustrations on how to be aware of our surroundings, especially in the workplace, evoked understanding nods from the audience. The information may appear to be logical information that everyone should either know or seek out but unfortunately most of us live in our own little world, which in our heads is a safe, happy place.

The D*I*C*E Man briefings brought to life the many security threats that surround us as Americans, especially in the cyber world. Protecting our networks is imperative and can be done only with appropriate security measures and education. Why would we work so hard to only let our pertinent information be stolen by our own employees (or spies for other countries) so that they can turn around and put us out of business and use our geniuses for their profit? It doesn’t have to be this way; thankfully there are people like Ray “D*I*C*E Man” Semko, passionate about the safety of our country and about the people who call the USA home, who spends his days traveling across the country to educate us.

To learn more about the D*I*C*E Man, visit his website at, and be sure to stay tuned to learn when you can attend his 2013 briefings underwritten by CIAN.

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World Renowned Security Expert to Address Peoria Businesses

Former Intelligence Officer to speak about importance of information security and terrorism threats in Central Illinois.

CIAN, Inc. is pleased to announce that renowned US security expert, Ray Semko, also known as the D*I*C*E* Man, is returning to Peoria May 11, 2012 and will speak from 2-4 at the Packard Plaza. Semko, a retired Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) counter intelligence agent began spreading the word world-wide in the form of security awareness training while still serving in his government position. Semko is known for his D*I*C*E* program that has been utilized by the government and private sector for over 20 years. D*I*C*E* stands for Defensive Information to Counter Everything.

Semko’s presentation explains the necessity and process of recognizing adversaries and targets, methods adversaries use, and countermeasures which can be taken. This informational seminar will help protect invaluable trade secrets, business plans, and even personal information.

CIAN is sponsoring this free opportunity for businesses, local law enforcement, local Department of Defense personnel, and the community to hear Semko speak as part of their goal to raise awareness of security and terrorism threats. Semko’s two hour presentation will cover current threats to America and to American companies, how to exist and grow in this world economy, the need to be more proactive in their own security programs, countermeasures that will help them survive and hopefully thrive as well as the importance of quick reporting of any potential problems to the proper authorities.
“Terrorism will never be eradicated but I am trying to minimize it by making everyday citizens aware that it exists,” Semko said. “The Peoria area in particular, located between two major cities, Chicago and St. Louis, provides an ideal location for terrorist activity and staging.”

“It is an honor for CIAN to bring someone of Ray’s caliber here to Peoria,” said Steve Hope, President and CEO of CIAN, Inc. “Our goal is to increase awareness among local government, businesses and private citizens and point out the options we have available to protect themselves, their businesses and our country. CIAN is offering this opportunity free of charge as our contribution to the safety and awareness of our local community.”

Those interested in hearing Semko’s presentation can call CIAN at (309) 691-3000 and ask for Christine Bare or register online.

About CIAN: CIAN was founded on the East Coast in 1990 by a retired Navy cryptologist. He has 40 years of intelligence and national security experience. The company was originally established to install and maintain computer networks, but quickly progressed to become a recognized leader in migrating important information from legacy software and equipment onto state-of-the-art high technology systems. CIAN is the only Peoria area provider focused exclusively on creating customized network appliances to address client security concerns, remotely monitoring, analyzing, and securing government and commercial networks and customer information. CIAN, a CISCO, Symantec, and Microsoft Gold Certified partner has had a Peoria location for over five years.

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