Cyber security reality check - What businesses need to know now!

As part of national Cyber Security Awareness month in October, the BBB Foundation sponsored free Cyber Security Reality Check Programs for Accredited Businesses in Omaha NE, Lincoln NE and Sioux Falls SD. These events, that brought top data security experts and leaders from government, business and non-profit sectors, were designed to spotlight cyber threats and promote best practices in regard to data sharing.

Cyber SecurityThe Cyber Security Reality Check Summit for businesses in metro Omaha and Lincoln was held at Bellevue University, Bellevue NE. It offered a panel discussion on the “Basics of Online Protection” and another on “Detection and Reponses to Cyber Breaches.” The presenters were Chief Information Officer Ben Steinberg, Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB); Senior Director of Security Program Management Bill O’Connell, ADP and local representatives from Baird Holm Law Firm, Bellevue University, Greater Omaha Business Ethics Alliance, Department of Homeland Security, FBI, InfraGard Nebraska, Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, Nebraska Information Analysis Center (NIAC), PayPal and UNO. These data professionals instructed businesses on how to make thoughtful, informed decisions that can protect their organizations, customers and families against threats and danger from cyber criminals.

There was also a security breach demonstration where attendees saw, first-hand, how easily their data can be compromised. The keynote address was delivered by Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning. He spoke about how his own identity had been stolen and how difficult it was to repair the damage.

The Cyber Security Reality Check program in Sioux Falls SD had a panel discussion on data sharing, identifying cyber threats and securing your data. The presenters were Chief Information Officer Ben Steinberg, CBBB; Senior Director of Security Program Management Bill O’Connell, ADP; Associate Professor of Cyber Security Josh Pauli, Ph.D., Dakota State University and Director of Information Security Chuck Cinco, CISSP, PREMIER Bankcard, LLC.

For those who were unable to attend, but would like to view the Summit held at Bellevue University, please click this streaming link.

The most important message communicated by all the presenters was that no business, large or small, is completely safe from a cyber-attack or a data breach.  It is important to have a plan and data security professionals in place in case your company’s data is compromised or your computers get infected with a virus. Small businesses are the most vulnerable because they do not have on-the-job staff that is trained to spot potential threats.