Scary Internet Stuff – a briefing on the state of today’s cyber threats

The threat of a cyber-breach is no longer a threat, but a reality. All of the major data breaches that we’ve heard about in the past six months – Sony, Anthem, Chase, JamieOliver.com – all have one thing in common: they thought they were protected! It has become painfully obvious that the bad guys have gained the upper hand and can seemingly breach computer networks at will. And since we live in a world where virtually anyone with a computer is susceptible to modern cyber threats, we need to accept the shared responsibility of ensuring that our PCs and networks are secure, trustworthy and resilient. If we continue to make it easy for cyber criminals to steal bank account, credit card and e-mail login credentials, they will continue to profit from it.

Security professionals unanimously agree that information security awareness training is a fundamental component of any cybersecurity protection plan. If you are in a leadership position within your organization, I strongly urge you to raise the awareness of cybersecurity threats in the workplace through targeted employee education and ongoing reinforcement, with an emphasis on ongoing. Ultimately, we need computer operators to be smart, aware, and to use extreme caution when handling sensitive information or using devices that store that information.

To help you understand and cope with these modern threats, Providence is offering both public and private IT Security Awareness briefings. These one hour sessions are filled with facts and actionable tactics to protect your sensitive data. I urge you to attend an upcoming public meeting, or schedule a private meeting for your organization today. Public meetings are held in the Providence Briefing Center at 530 S Creyts Rd, Lansing MI, 48917. Seating is limited.

Public briefing schedule:
• May 20, 11:30AM – 12:30PM
• June 17, 11:30AM – 12:30PM

Please phone Summer at 517-679-3302 today to reserve your spot or schedule a private briefing.

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