Protecting your digital data from hackers – KNOP
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -The Center for Rural Affairs (CRA) is providing free, virtual cybersecurity workshops for individuals and businesses looking to protect their digital footprint. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, more people are working remotely and conducting more business online.
“Many small business owners wonder how cybersecurity pertains to their business, or think they could never fall victim to cybercriminals,” said Jessica Campos CRA Women’s Business Center Director. “During these sessions, we will explore the steps you can take as small business owners to help mitigate the risk of cyberattacks.”
Without proper education, some people’s valuable information could be left exposed to hackers. No singular person or corporation is safe from phishing scams or malware.
“Cybersecurity can sound very intimidating,” said Halle Ramsey, CRA Business Development Specialist. “Some people think stuff like this only happens to big corporations like Twitter and Uber, but really we are finding that it takes very consistent efforts. It is a constantly evolving thing.”
The cybersecurity workshops will share tips on protecting your passwords, current cybersecurity threats, and Nebraska specific cybersecurity case studies.
“There is a lot of damage that can be done, just by opening up an email,” said Ramsey. “It is important to make sure, as a business, you have that cybersecurity software and educate the individuals, whether that is the employees or the customers, on what they are supposed to do when they see something because it can snowball so quickly.”
The “CyberSmart Series” sessions will be held weekly on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m.
A list of the session dates and subjects can be found below:
Jan. 19 – “What are Today’s Cyber Threats?”
Jan. 26 – “Password Hygiene”
Feb. 2 – “Cybersecurity in the Real World”
Feb. 9 – “Nebraska Cybersecurity Case Studies” on
Feb. 16 – “Cyber Attack Prevention”
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