Middle Bit: West Des Moines-based Icon Labs acquired by Sectigo

Icon Labs, a West Des Moines-based company that provides cross-platform security solutions for device manufacturers, has been acquired by Sectigo, a security company specializing in IoT security solutions.

Icon Labs will maintain its own brand as a subsidiary of Sectigo and is the second company acquired by Sectigo in the last year.

“By joining Sectigo, Icon Labs is contributing to a powerful advancement in connected device security,” said Alan Grau, Founder of Icon Labs, in the press release “We are securing IoT devices and the convergence of traditional IT systems and Operational Technology (OT); that is, the hardware and software that detects or causes changes in physical processes through direct monitoring and/or control of physical devices.

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NewBoCo extends application deadline for Code.org Professional Learning Program

NewBoCo is extending the application deadline for Iowa teachers to learn how to teach computer science through its Code.org Professional Learning Program to better support teachers now that most school years will end in June due to winter weather.

This will be NewBoCo’s third year offering professional development programs in Iowa.

So far, more than 300 elementary, middle, and high school educators have participated in one of NewBoCo’s Code.org programs, bringing computer science courses to more than 11,600 students throughout the state during the 2018-2019 school year.

Applications for the program will now close in late May.

Geonetric celebrates 20 years

Geonetric celebrated its 20th birthday last week at 1 Million Cups Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, May 1.

Based in Cedar Rapids, Geonetric helps hospitals and health systems implement innovative web strategies to engage patients and communities online

During the 1MC presentation, Geonetric leaders — CEO Linda Barnes and founder Eric Engelmann -— shared where the company started, how it has evolved over the past two decades, how to build an enduring organization, what am empowered employee organization structure looks like and what it means to have your company in a community hub.