Spreading the Word about Cybersecurity

Lenny ChesalBy Lenny Chesal, CRRD
Host.net Chief Evangelist

code-707069_960_720This Wednesday, I will be getting together with my friends and colleagues to discuss one of my favorite topics – cybersecurity. It’s a term that has come to the forefront as a major point of discussion during the presidential debates and in current events in general. As data – and our dependence on it – proliferates, so too does the threat of criminals and hackers getting their hands on it. Just last week we saw a massive distributed denial of services (DDoS) attack on sites such as Twitter, Netflix and Spotify.

People are becoming increasingly concerned with how to keep their data connected and protected. So, I’m doing my part to ensure people are up to date on the cybersecurity phenomenon when I join a panel of experts at the South Florida Association for Financial Professionals (SFAFP) Oct. 26 Luncheon.

safe-913452_960_720Just like in nearly every industry, decision-makers in the financial world are taking great interest in the best approach to cybersecurity. According to a report from SecurityScorecard that was released in August of 2016, “Cybercrime has jumped to the second most reported economic crime in PWC’s Global Economic Crime Survey and financial institutions are prime targets. As cybercriminals find new ways to attack, breach, and exploit organizations, threat patterns such as phishing, spear-phishing, and social engineering evolve and become more sophisticated.”

So, obviously we will have much to discuss. Other folks on the panel will be Brad Leopard, who supervises the U.S. Secret Service Miami Electronic Task Force, Alfred Saikali, a Miami attorney who the National Law Journal recently named a “Trailblazer in Cybersecurity,” and yours truly. Andrew Weidenhamer, CISA, Security and Privacy Director at RSM US, will moderate the conversation.

The event will take place at the Fleming’s in Coral Gables, with registration and networking beginning at 11:45 a.m. You can also pre-register online at www.sfafp.org.