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Herman M. Kintol, Owner of KRS Cyberworx, to Keynote Morning General Session at 2024 Friends of Business Summit: Cybertech Edition


Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Herman M. Kintol, Owner of KRS Cyberworx, to Keynote Morning General Session at 2024 Friends of Business Summit: Cybertech Edition

(CNMI SBDC Network) As cyber attacks continue to escalate, particularly affecting critical government agencies and businesses in the Marianas, the call for proactive action to implement robust cybersecurity measures has never been more apparent, and more urgent. In light of this pressing need, the CNMI Small Business Development Center Network is honored to announce Herman M. Kintol, Owner of KRS Cyberworx, a leading cybersecurity firm, as its distinguished speaker for the morning general session at the upcoming 2024 Friends of Business: Cybertech Edition Summit. The event will take place on Thursday, April 4, 2024 at the Crowne Plaza Resort Saipan from 8AM to 5PM.

Scheduled to present on “Understanding Cybersecurity Defense: Mitigating Risks on the Offense,” Herman M. Kintol brings over 14 years of extensive experience in the tech space to the table. His cybersecurity and project management expertise are poised to offer invaluable insights into the intricacies of cybersecurity defense, particularly tailored to best practices for individuals seeking to fortify their defenses against cyber threats at minimal cost.

Key Highlights:

  1. Rising Cybersecurity Threats: Recent cyber attacks targeting small businesses in the Marianas have underscored the critical importance of cybersecurity defense. Many small businesses, often primary targets, remain unaware of the detrimental effects of cyber attacks or are unsure of where to begin in improving their cybersecurity posture.
  2. Mitigating Cyber Risks: During the morning session, Herman M. Kintol will delve into methodologies for reducing cybersecurity risks within both professional and small business environments. Attendees can expect to gain practical insights derived from recommendations by leading security organizations, outlining simple and affordable steps to bolstering their cybersecurity programs.
  3. Immediate Action Required: With cyber attacks such as phishing and ransomware posing significant threats, attendees will be equipped with the latest cybersecurity trends and actionable strategies to safeguard their businesses and themselves as individuals who consider themselves avid internet users. It is imperative for small businesses to take proactive measures to protect themselves, especially as insurance companies increasingly require cybersecurity diligence for policy issuance.

About Our Presenter:

Herman M. Kintol has over fourteen years of experience working in the tech space including IT network administration, cybersecurity management and technical project management. Prior to rejoining the private sector, Kintol was the IT & Communications Manager and the Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC), under the CNMI Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management. During his time with HSEM, he completed the agency’s first Nationwide Cybersecurity Review (NCSR) through the Center for Internet Security (CIS) and Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). Kintol is certified across the following globally-recognized organizations: ISC2, CompTIA and CISCO where he holds the following professional certifications: ISC2 CISSP, CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, Cisco CCNA, CCNP, and CCNA Security. Kintol is proud to be part of the company behind developing the CNMI’s first CyberSecurity Incident Response Plan (CIRP) for one of the CNMI’s most critical government agencies. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Security with ITT Technical Institute out of Boise, Idaho. Fun Fact: Kintol serves on the Saipan Baseball League’s Board of Directors, and is the current CNMI’s Secretary General to the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Oceania.

“We are honored to have Herman Kintol as our keynote speaker for the morning general session,” said Mercilynn Kaneshi Palec, Associate Network Director, at the CNMI Small Business Development Center Network. “His wealth of experience and expertise will undoubtedly provide invaluable insights into navigating the complex landscape of cybersecurity defense, particularly tailored to the needs of those in leadership roles who can take proactive stances against cyber attacks.”

To learn more and register for the 2024 Friends of Business Summit Cybertech Edition, please contact us at 670-237-688 or email at To stay updated with your local SBDC, visit our website at, @cnmisbdc on Instagram or follow us on FaceBook: will close on Wednesday, March 27, 2024 or when we’ve reached our maximum capacity.

The CNMI SBDC Network promotes a business-friendly economic infrastructure in the community, builds entrepreneurial capacity and financial literacy within that community, and provides current and nascent small businesses with the technical assistance, counseling, training, and support they need to innovate, adapt, and grow. 

The CNMI Small Business Development Center Network (CNMI SBDC) Network comprises the CNMI SBDC lead center located in Saipan, the Rota SBDC, and Tinian SBDC. CNMI SBDC Network is partially funded by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Northern Marianas College. All opinions, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Requests for reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals with at least two weeks advance notice. For arrangements, please contact your local SBDC at P.O.Box 501250 Saipan, MP 96950, Tel: (670) 237-6888, or email Services are extended to the public on a non-disciplinary basis.

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