Free lunch seminar to deal with cyber security

By ED HOWELL
Posted 10/13/18

A free Lunch and Learn seminar on protecting data against cyber attacks will be presented by the Bank of Walker County at noon on Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Jasper Civic Center. Participants are …

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Free lunch seminar to deal with cyber security

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A free Lunch and Learn seminar on protecting data against cyber attacks will be presented by the Bank of Walker County at noon on Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Jasper Civic Center. 

Participants are asked to reserve seats by Thursday, Oct. 18, with business and residential users of the internet both expected to benefit from the seminar. 

Mark Wilson, chief executive officer at the Bank of Walker County, said Friday a lunch would be catered, with the idea of being "in and out in an hour." The lunch will be a buffet so that when visitors are seated with their food, the program will start. 

A booklet on cybersecurity will be handed out to take home on the subject. No services will be sold during the event. 

"The threat to your data and vital, confidential information is ever changing," a release said, noting businesses have to be concerned daily with ransomware, malware, social engineering, phishing or a new threat on the horizon. 

"It's going to happen to everyone at some point in time," Wilson said. "I want them to take away it is a real problem and it could be your problem." 

He hopes that people can learn of the warning signs and "tell-tale giveaways" that someone has made an attempt to get their information through a hack, even through something as innocent as a friend request on Facebook using the identity of someone you know. "It may not be them," he said. 

Beth Fox Sumner, a bank security officer for Aasys Group, Inc. and an information security trainer for banking institutions, will speak at the event. According to a Linked In page on her, she lives in the Auburn area and has been with Aasys Group for about eight years. 

Also speaking will be Tim Thomas, who was an investigator with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office CyberCrimes Unit when he took over as executive director of Walker County E-911 in November 2017. He worked for seven years in computer crimes and information technology cases before moving to E-911. 

"He'll have a unique perspective" on the subject, while Sumner deals with these issues at banks across the Southeast, Wilson said. 

Thomas said Friday people will be informed on "things to watch for via the internet, their home networks, the emails and their accounts to prevent themselves from falling victim to identity theft and ransomware viruses." He wants people to be cautious of what they do and of emails they have not solicited to get, especially when they want the person to click on a link for a bank account, a video, or something else "that directs them off their email to another site." 

He said he was kept busy during his years at the Sheriff's Office handling such cybercrimes in Walker County, noting there is a "ton of ransomware out there" to deal with. "It was something else, with all we had going on," he said. "There is a lot more going on in Walker County than everybody thinks."   

Anyone wanting to make a reservation is asked to call Wilson at 205-295-2754 or email mwilson@bankofwalkercounty.com.