Join the Conference

Vital 2018 conference and expo will be held on October 9, 2018.

Vital 2018 Highlights:

Join us for an information rich day and learn Vital tactics to protect and secure your business and personal information. In an increasingly technology dependent world, how do you keep your information safe? Let Vital help you protect your assets. In a world where the ``unthinkable`` happens on an all too frequent basis, let Vital give you the tools to protect your loved ones, your employees and yourself.

One day of your time = Vital 2018

Vital 2018 will debut a robust roster of highly regarded speakers addressing the crucial topic of security, various aspects, but all Vital to your business and well-being.

Technology Expo

Gain knowledge from more than 25 vendors representing the biggest names in technology. All carefully chosen to enable you to keep your business current with the most innovative product and solutions.

Four Keynote Speakers

Learn from the most knowledgeable leaders in security, each with a unique content presentation.

Round Tables to gain more knowledge from the Presenters and Exhibitors

Gather information from a variety of companies representing different sectors in technology and security. Being on the cusp of the next innovation will place you years ahead of the competition. Couldn’t get enough of the presenter? We’ve got you covered. All presenters will be available to discuss in more depth, their area of expertise in a small group setting.


Keynote Presenters at Vital 2018


Paul Hirsch

Citon Computer Corp.


Scott Lyons

Lyons Consulting LLC


Bryan McGowan



Tyler Olson



Vital 2018 Features a new, condensed schedule intended to make the most of your valuable time, while still providing dynamic and cutting edge content.

Registration and Continental Breakfast


Pre-Conference Area and Ballroom LM

Keynote Speaker I – Scott Lyons

Scott Lyons "Preparing Your Business for the Unthinkable" In today's world security is fast becoming a top priority in your business, home and personal life.  The need for an experienced professional to assess your situation and offer security advice and consultation is a must.

60 mins

Ballroom LM

Keynote Speaker II – Bryan McGowan

How to Design a Security Program that is Secure, as well as Compliant with Business Regulations


Refreshment Break

Snacks and Beverages; Pre-conference area


Keynote Speaker III – Paul Hirsch

"A Rewarding Career in the Exciting World of Ransomware Awaits" After decades of malware that was heavy on the 'mal' but light on the return on investment, a whole new breed has taken hold.  In this session you will learn answers to questions like:

  • Is ransomware a bubble, or is it here to stay?
  • How does one get into the ransomware business?
  • What is your return on investment?
  • What is the risk of a market collapse from new anti-ransomware technologies?
  • If you become a ransomware tycoon, will you have to wear a black hoodie at all times?


Keynote Speaker IV – Tyler Olson

Keynote speaker and plated lunch in Ballroom JK


Ballroom JK

"The Accelerating Evolution of Cyber Security - What you need to know to protect you and your organization" Bio Tyler Olson is an award-winning serial entrepreneur in several technology fields. Tyler Olson not only brings well rounded exposure from all sectors of technology including cyber security, IT, Social Media, and the world of web 2.0, but his deep passion for helping people learn and interactive speaking style ensure audiences of any level leave his presentations with new insights. He frequently speaks for organizations such as IBM, 3M, Target

Solutions Pavilion

120 mins

Ballroom JK

Roundtable Discussions

Learn more from the dynamic speakers and exhibitors in small group settings

120 mins

Ballroom JK

Dessert Stations

Ice Cream Bar - Build Your Own Sundae


Ballroom JK

Grand Prize Drawings

Must be present to win


Ballroom JK


Register below for FREE early bird tickets to the 2018 conference and expo.  The new Vital 2018 schedule will feature a more intimate setting to allow greater audience interaction with the speakers.  Register EARLY to ensure you reserve a place at this important education conference.


Vital 2018 will be held in the City Side Convention Center of the DECC in Duluth, Minnesota.

The Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC) offers world-class events spanning conventions, sports, arts and entertainment. With panoramic views of the Duluth Harbor, we’re steps away from charming Canal Park and Downtown Duluth, offering shops, restaurants and hotels for all.

The exhibitor pavilion has space for roughly 50 booths and is a great opportunity for businesses to showcase solutions to potential customers.

350 Harbor Drive
Duluth, MN 55802

2018 Vital SPONSORS

Thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors for Vital 2018!

Presenting Sponsors


Media Sponsor


Hospitality Sponsor


Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

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Innovation Partner

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Worried about being hacked? Your data being held for ransom? Your technology systems being infiltrated by malware? Who isn’t? Put your mind at ease and learn how you can fight back. Join us on Tuesday, April 25 for a session that will provide the tools to help you combat these very real concerns for every business.