Last Modified: August 22, 2023 

Welcome to the SecurityStudio Community!  The Community is made up of SecurityStudio users, partners, employees, vCISO participants and SecurityStudio Academy students, and serves as a go-to destination for SecurityStudio product know-how, peer-to-peer support and thought leadership on best practices so we can strive to fix the broken information security industry. We also ideate with customers, partners, and end-users directly on how to improve and extend the SecurityStudio products. We’d love to see users learn from each other and build their influence and profile on the SecurityStudio Community. 

These SecurityStudio Community Terms of Use (“Community TOU”) are the terms that apply to your use of the SecurityStudio Community.  We hope that these will help ensure the Community is valuable to you and serves as a platform where we can all become better together.  The Community TOU also protects the interests of all of our members, as well as our goodwill and reputation. These terms are so important that we cannot permit you to use the SecurityStudio Community unless you agree to them. By using the SecurityStudio Community, you are agreeing to these terms. 

Every Community user of ours agrees to abide by these Community TOU and is responsible for any violations. You are not allowed to assist or engage others in a way that would violate these Community TOU. We will enforce and ensure compliance with this Community TOU by using methods we consider to be appropriate. 

We reserve the right to modify these Community TOU at any time without giving you prior notice. You can find the most recent version at https://securitystudio.com/agreements. Your use of the Community following any such modification constitutes your agreement to follow and be bound by these Community TOU as modified. You agree to review the Community TOU on a regular basis and always remain in compliance. 

 1. Defintions 

“Agreement” or “Community TOU” means these SecurityStudio Community Terms of Use and all materials referred or linked to in here. 

“Community Content” means all content, including without limitation, language, data, information, and images, provided through or disclosed by use of the SecurityStudio Community, whether by us, our customers, or other users of the SecurityStudio Community.  Community Content does not include Your Content. 

“Community Guidelines” means the policies applicable to users of the SecurityStudio Community which we have published at https://discord.com/channels/1022215550547533885/1098388387485982770, or another website we designate. 

“SecurityStudio Community”, “CvCISO Community”, “The Official CvCISO Community” means the online community accessible at https://discord.com/channels/1022215550547533885/1098388387485982770  

“Sensitive Information” means credit or debit card numbers; personal financial account information; Social Security numbers; passport numbers; driver’s license numbers or similar identifiers; employment, financial or health information, including any information subject to regulations, laws or industry standards designed to protect data privacy and security, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards. 

“Third-Party Products” means products and professional services that are provided by third parties which may interoperate with or be used in connection with the SecurityStudio products. 

“Third-Party Sites” means third-party websites linked from within or accessed through the SecurityStudio Community. 

“SecurityStudio”, “we”, “us” or “our” means SecurityStudio Inc and our affiliates. 

“You” or “your” means the person or entity using the SecurityStudio Community. 

“Your Content” means all content, including without limitation, language, data, information, and images, provided through or disclosed by use of the SecurityStudio Community, by you. 

2. Access to the SecurityStudio Community

We will provide you access to use the SecurityStudio Community according to the terms of this Agreement.  We may use third party service providers to provide some or all elements of the SecurityStudio Community.  In order to access and use the SecurityStudio Community, you may be required to establish a username with a third party service provider, and you grant us the right to share the information necessary to enable your use of the SecurityStudio Community with our third party service providers. 

You may not use a username that: (i) belongs to someone else, (ii) impersonates another person, (iii) is misleading, (iv) violates any intellectual property or other proprietary rights, (v) is vulgar or offensive, (vi) uses ‘SecurityStudio’ as all or part of it, unless we provide express permission to do so, or (vii) we reject, which we may choose to do in our discretion.  All information you provide in your profile must be accurate.  If you believe your access to or use of the SecurityStudio Community has been breached, compromised, or unauthorized, notify us immediately at security.admin@stg-securitystudio-staging.kinsta.cloud. 

3. Your Conduct and Content

a. Usage Guidelines.  You must review and follow the Community Guidelines.  We may change the Community Guidelines from time to time by updating the applicable website. Your use of the SecurityStudio Community is subject to the Community Guidelines, which are incorporated to this Agreement by reference.

b.  Acceptable Use.  You will use the SecurityStudio Community for its intended purpose only, and will not use it for solicitation or advertising purposes, unless we otherwise agree.  Your Content should typically relate to information security best practices, the SecurityStudio products or their use.  

The SecurityStudio Community is meant for public discussion, so you may not disclose or solicit anyone’s private information or disclose confidential information.  You are responsible for the use by third parties of any personal information disclosed by you to the SecurityStudio Community, whether or not you permitted such use. This means that no private or personal information should be exchanged within the SecurityStudio Community.  Upon our consent, certain users may be permitted to include a link as part of their signature information, which another user may click to leave the SecurityStudio Community and obtain or share additional information.  If you share your information by following one of these links, then you grant us the right to further share your information with trusted partners so that they may contact you about inbound marketing or sales service offerings. 

You are not permitted to sell, rent, lease, assign, sublicense, distribute, transmit, broadcast, commercially exploit, grant a security interest in, or otherwise transfer any right in the SecurityStudio Community or Community Content.   In addition, and without limiting the other requirements in this Community TOU, you may not (directly or indirectly) use the SecurityStudio Community with content, or in a manner that: 

is in violation of this Agreement; 

is confidential, proprietary or discloses Sensitive Information; 

discloses or solicits the private information of any person; 

is threatening, abusive, harassing, stalking, or defamatory; 

is deceptive, false, misleading or fraudulent; 

is invasive of another’s privacy or otherwise violates another’s legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity); 

contains vulgar, obscene, indecent or unlawful material; 

infringes a third party’s intellectual property right(s); 

publishes, posts, uploads, or otherwise distributes any software, music, videos, or other material protected by intellectual property laws (or by rights of privacy or publicity) unless you have all necessary rights and consents to do so; 

uploads files that contain viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another person’s computer; 

downloads any file that you know, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally distributed in that way; 

falsifies or deletes any author attributions, legal or proprietary designations, labels of the origin or source of software, or other material contained in a file that is uploaded; 

restricts or inhibits any other user of the SecurityStudio Community from using and enjoying our website and/or the SecurityStudio product; 

harvests or otherwise collects information about others, including e-mail addresses, without their consent; 

damages, disables, overburdens, or impairs any SecurityStudio website or interferes with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the SecurityStudio Community; 

mirrors or frames the SecurityStudio Community website, or any part of it, on any other website or webpage; 

attempts to gain unauthorized access to the SecurityStudio Community, or access the SecurityStudio Community by any means other than through the interface that we provide to you; 

violates the usage standards or rules of an entity affected by your use, including without limitation, any ISP, ESP, or news or user group (and including, by way of example, and not limitation, circumventing or exceeding equipment use rights and restrictions and/or location and path identification detail); 

violates the terms of SecurityStudio’s Acceptable Use Policy at https://securitystudio.com/agreements/; 

is legally actionable between private parties; and/or 

is in violation of any applicable law or regulation. 

c. Suspension and Notice of Violations. We may immediately suspend use of the SecurityStudio Community, without notice, for actual or suspected violations of the terms contained in this Section 3 (Your Conduct and Content).  If you know of usage that is in violation of this Agreement, please let us know by contacting us at training@stg-securitystudio-staging.kinsta.cloud, and following the process for claims of copyright infringement described below.

d.  Claims of Copyright Infringement.  We respect the intellectual property rights of others, and we ask our users to do the same. We may, in its sole discretion, suspend the access or terminate the accounts of users who violate others’ intellectual property rights.  If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes infringement on our website, please follow the steps and provide the information as detailed in the ‘Claims of Copyright Infringement’, ‘DMCA Notices’ section of the SecurityStudio Terms and Conditions available at https://securitystudio.com/agreements/.

e.  Our Use of Your Content.  You grant to us all rights, licenses and permissions necessary to display, reproduce, disseminate, and otherwise use Your Content in connection with the SecurityStudio Community.  We may edit or remove Your Content, or block or disable replies on a topic, at any time in our sole discretion. You also grant us the rights to re-use Your Content to market and promote SecurityStudio, such as on our website, in public or private presentations, press releases and interviews, or in connection with our sales and marketing and other publicity efforts. We will endeavor to work with you before re-using Your Content.

4. SecurityStudio’s Proprietary Rights

You are not granted a license to any software by this Agreement. The SecurityStudio products are protected by intellectual property laws, they belong to and are the property of us or our licensors (if any), and we retain all ownership rights to them. You may not use any SecurityStudio trademarks without our prior written permission. 

We encourage all customers to comment on the SecurityStudio products, provide suggestions for improving them, and vote on suggestions they like. You agree that all such comments and suggestions will be non-confidential and that we own all rights to use and incorporate them into the SecurityStudio products, without payment or attribution to you. 

We retain all ownership rights in SecurityStudio trademarks. During the term of this Agreement, you may use our trademarks as long as you follow the usage requirements in this section and the incorporated guidelines. You must: (i) only use the images of our trademarks that we make available to you for use as part of your participation in the Community (e.g., customer advocacy badges), without altering them in any way; (ii) only use our trademarks in connection with this Agreement; and (iii) immediately comply if we request that you discontinue use. 

You must not use any of our trademarks: (a) in a misleading or disparaging way; (b) outside the scope of this Agreement; (c) in a way that implies we endorse, sponsor or approve of your services or products; or (d) in violation of applicable law or in connection with an obscene, indecent, or unlawful topic or material. 

5. Third-Party Sites and Products

Third-Party Products and Third-Party Sites are not under our control. Third-Party Sites and Products are provided to you only as a convenience, and the availability of any Third-Party Site or Product does not mean we endorse, support or warranty the Third-Party Site or Product. 

 6. Privacy

Your use of the SecurityStudio Community is subject to SecurityStudio’s Privacy Policy, available at https://securitystudio.com/agreements/  

7. Customer Advocacy Terms

If you are a current SecurityStudio customer in good standing, you may elect to participate in customer advocacy features that are made available from time to time through SecurityStudio Community.  

If you elect to participate in customer advocacy activities, such as a case study or acting as a customer reference, you agree that SecurityStudio may use your name, title, company name, company logo, quote from you, and other information or materials provided by you in connection with those activities, and you agree to sign any further release form(s) that may be requested by SecurityStudio to document such permission. If you elect to share SecurityStudio news or information, including links, through your own social media accounts, you agree to always use hashtag #fixbrokenindustry to identify your relationship with SecurityStudio in such posts. 

Participation in customer advocacy activities and benefits is at SecurityStudio’s sole discretion, and SecurityStudio may, in its sole discretion, terminate any participant’s access to customer advocacy features or suspend their eligibility to participate in customer advocacy activities or benefits, without notice, for any conduct that SecurityStudio, in its sole discretion, believes is in violation of any applicable law, is inconsistent with these terms or their purpose, or is otherwise harmful to the interests of SecurityStudio or the Community. SecurityStudio may change these Customer Advocacy Terms, Customer Advocacy Guidelines, rules, regulations, awards and offers (collectively, the “Customer Advocacy Terms”) at any time with or without notice, and may change or remove customer advocacy features at any time without prior notice. Participants expressly waive any rights or claims of liability against SecurityStudio and/or any of its employees or agents for any awards or other benefits provided under the Customer Advocacy Terms. 

8. Term and Termination

a.  Term.  This Agreement will apply for as long as you use or maintain a username for the SecurityStudio

b.  Termination and Suspension.  We may terminate this Agreement and/or suspend your access to the SecurityStudio Community immediately if you: (i) violate any of the terms of this Agreement, (ii) use the SecurityStudio Community in a way which has or may negatively reflect on or affect us, our prospects, or our customers, or (iii) if we determine it to be necessary or desirable in our sole discretion.  We are not obligated to provide you with any of Your Content used in connection with the SecurityStudio Community after termination.  Termination or expiration of this Agreement shall not cause your subscription agreement to be terminated, if you have one.

9. Your Representations and Warranties 

You represent and warrant that: (i) your participation in the SecurityStudio Community will not conflict with any of your existing agreements or arrangements, (ii) you have sufficient rights to share all Your Content with us for our use and with other users of the SecurityStudio Community, and that you are not violating any confidentiality obligations by submitting Your Content to the SecurityStudio Community, and (iii) that Your Content does not violate or constitute the infringement of any intellectual property right, right of privacy, right of publicity or other proprietary right. 

10. Indemnification 

You will indemnify, defend and hold us harmless, at your expense, against any third-party claim, suit, action, or proceeding (each, an “Action”) brought against us (and our officers, directors, employees, agents, service providers, licensors, and affiliates) by a third party to the extent that such Action is based upon or arises out of (a) your use of the SecurityStudio Community, (b) your disclosure or solicitation of personal information, (c) any use of personal information that you disclosed, whether this use is by you or a third party, (d) your noncompliance with or breach of this Agreement, or (e) your use of Third-Party Products or Third-Party Sites. We will: notify you in writing within thirty (30) days of our becoming aware of any such claim; give you sole control of the defense or settlement of such a claim; and provide you (at your expense) with any and all information and assistance reasonably requested by you to handle the defense or settlement of the claim. You shall not accept any settlement that (i) imposes an obligation on us; (ii) requires us to make an admission; or (iii) imposes liability not covered by these indemnifications or places restrictions on us without our prior written consent. 

11. Disclaimers; Limitations of Liability

a.  Disclaimer of Warranties. WE AND OUR AFFILIATES AND AGENTS MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES ABOUT THE SUITABILITY, RELIABILITY, AVAILABILITY, TIMELINESS, SECURITY OR ACCURACY OF THE SECURITYSTUDIO PRODUCTS OR SERVICES, THE SECURITYSTUDIO COMMUNITY, OR THE COMMUNITY CONTENT FOR ANY PURPOSE. APPLICATION PROGRAMMING INTERFACES (APIs) MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES. TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, THE SECURITYSTUDIO COMMUNITY IS PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF ANY KIND. WE DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND WITH REGARD TO THE SECURITYSTUDIO COMMUNITY AND THE COMMUNITY CONTENT, INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. THE SECURITYSTUDIO COMMUNITY AND COMMUNITY CONTENT MAY INCLUDE INACCURACIES OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS.

b.  No Indirect Damages. TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL WE BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING LOST PROFITS OR BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES.

c. Limitation of Liability. IF, NOTWITHSTANDING THE OTHER TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT, WE ARE DETERMINED TO HAVE ANY LIABILITY TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY, THE PARTIES AGREE THAT OUR AGGREGATE LIABILITY WILL BE LIMITED TO FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS.

d.  Third Party Products and Sites.  WE DISCLAIM ALL LIABILITY WITH RESPECT TO THIRD-PARTY PRODUCTS AND THIRD-PARTY SITES THAT YOU USE. OUR LICENSORS SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY OF ANY KIND UNDER THIS AGREEMENT.

YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT ABSENT YOUR AGREEMENT TO THIS LIMITATION OF LIABILITY, WE WOULD NOT PROVIDE THE SECURITYSTUDIO COMMUNITY TO YOU. 

12. General

a.  Amendment; No Waiver. We may update and change any part or all of this Agreement. If we update or change this Agreement, the updated Agreement will be posted at https://securitystudio.com/agreements/. The updated Agreement will become effective and binding on the next business day after it is posted. When we change this Agreement, the “Last Modified” date above will be updated to reflect the date of the most recent version. We encourage you to review this Agreement periodically. If you do not agree with a modification to this Agreement, you should not use the SecurityStudio

b. Applicable Law. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Minnesota, without regard to the conflict of laws provisions thereof. In the event either of us initiates an action in connection with this Agreement or any other dispute between the parties, the exclusive venue and jurisdiction of such action shall be in the state and federal courts in Hennepin County Minnesota.

c. Force Majeure. Neither party will be responsible for failure or delay of performance if caused by: an act of war, hostility, or sabotage; act of God; electrical, internet, or telecommunication outage that is not caused by the obligated party; government restrictions; or other event outside the reasonable control of the obligated party. Each party will use reasonable efforts to mitigate the effect of a force majeure event.

d.  Relationship of the Parties. Both you and we agree that no joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between you and us as a result of this Agreement.

e.  Compliance with Applicable Laws. You shall comply with all applicable foreign and domestic laws (including without limitation, export laws), governmental regulations, ordinances, and judicial administrative orders. Export laws and regulations of the United States and any other relevant local export laws and regulations may apply to the Community Content and the SecurityStudio products and services. You will comply with the sanctions programs administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury. You will not directly or indirectly export, re-export, or transfer the Community Content or the SecurityStudio products and services to prohibited countries or individuals or permit use of the Community Content or the SecurityStudio products and services by prohibited countries or individuals.

f.  Correction of Errors and Inaccuracies. The Community Content may contain typographical errors or other errors or inaccuracies and may not be complete or current. We therefore reserve the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies or omissions and to change or update the Community Content and Your Content at any time without prior notice. However, we do not guarantee that any errors, inaccuracies or omissions will be corrected.

g.  Severability. If any part of this Agreement is determined to be invalid or unenforceable by applicable law, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision and the remainder of this Agreement will continue in effect.

h. Notices. Notice will be sent to the contact address set forth herein (as such may be changed by notice given to the other party), and will be deemed delivered as of the date of actual receipt.

To SecurityStudio Inc: 6550 York Ave S Ste 500, Edina MN 55435, U.S.A. Attention: General Counsel 

To you: your address as provided in our account information for you.  We may give electronic notices specific to you by email to your e-mail address(es) on record in our account information for you. We may give notice to you by telephone calls to the telephone numbers on record in our account information for you. 

i.  Entire Agreement. This Agreement is the entire agreement between us for SecurityStudio Community and supersedes all other proposals and agreements, whether electronic, oral or written, between us. We object to and reject any additional or different terms proposed by you, including those contained in your purchase order, acceptance or website. It is the express wish of both you and us that this Agreement and all related documents be drawn up in English. We might make versions of this Agreement available in languages other than English. If we do, the English version of this Agreement will govern our relationship and the translated version is provided for convenience only and will not be interpreted to modify the English version of this Agreement.

j.  No Third Party Nothing in this Agreement, express or implied, is intended to or shall confer upon any person or entity (other than the parties hereto) any right, benefit or remedy of any nature whatsoever under or by reason of this Agreement.

k. Community Guidelines. We may change the Community Guidelines from time to time by updating our website.

l. No Licenses. We grant to you only the rights and licenses expressly stated in this Agreement, and you receive no other rights or licenses with respect to us, the SecurityStudio products and services, our trademarks, or any other property or right of ours.

m. Authority. Each party represents and warrants to the other that it has full power and authority to enter into this Agreement and that it is binding upon such party and enforceable in accordance with its terms.

n.  Survival. The following sections shall survive the expiration or termination of this Agreement: ‘SecurityStudio’s Proprietary Rights’, ‘Your Representations and Warranties’, ‘Indemnification’, ‘Disclaimers; Limitation of Liability’, and ‘General’.