Risk of business loss, customer data breaches and significant financial loss are real, according to experts set to speak Sept. 28 at the “Protect Your Business: Cybersecurity Strategies You Need in Perilous Times” conference in Santa Rosa.
The Cybersecurity Conference keynote speaker is set to be Lou Archbold, a senior consultant for the Verizon Threat Intel and Response Service and a member of the company's VTRAC team. He works with industry clients in the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa.
During a 34-year career in the area of cybercrime prevention, Archbold was a special investigator for the State’s Attorney’s Office in Lake County, Illinois. He conducted criminal investigations on identity theft, fraud and computer-related crimes and was a representative of the FBI Chicago Metro Identity Theft Task Force and appointed a special deputy U.S. Marshall to assist in the apprehension of identity thieves.
Another speaker at the conference will be David Trepp, partner in IT Assurance and one of the partners in charge of the Eugene, Oregon, office of BPM. He has been active since 1998 in testing the security systems of a variety of industries, including health care, government, financial, utility and nonprofit organizations.
Prior to joining BPM, Trepp was the CEO of Info@Risk, a comprehensive penetration test firm.
In a Business Journal column published last year, Trepp warned of changing times for certain businesses when it comes to their cybersecurity.
“If your business was not large, or in a politically charged industry, then it was generally safe from targeted cyberattacks. But those days are over,” he wrote.
Just the rise in ransom ware attacks (criminals cracking a business’ security system, capturing its data and then holding it for ransom) are enough to put any business in the crosshairs.
“If the cyber criminals can encrypt your hard drive’s contents, and you’re willing to pay to get the drive decrypted, then your business is big enough for them.”
Also presenting will be Soni Lampert,CEO of KLH Consulting, a Santa Rosa IT firm, on tips for businesses to protect themselves against cyber assault, and a representative from the San Francisco office of the FBI on its role in cyber security.
Tickets for this North Bay Business Journal Project Rebuild event at the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country hotel are available at nbbj.news/security18 for $70 per person or $715 for a table of 10. The conference takes place from 8 to 10:30 a.m.
The Business Journal and Exchange Bank are co-hosting the conference. The underwriter is KLH Consulting with the major sponsor, Empire College. The corporate sponsor is BPM.
Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, 8-10:30 a.m.
Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country, Santa Rosa, CA
Cost: $70 per person or $715 for a table of 10
Register by Sept. 26: nbbj.news/security18