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Cybersecurity

I went to a Cybersecurity conference last week hosted by Data Connectors and I want to give kudos for the job well done in running the conference. 

First of all they held the conference in a very nice Westin downtown, so the facility was great!  The Vendors were very informative and the presentations were very good as well!  There was a good mix of breaks so we could talk with the Vendors and learn more about their products.  The lunch and snacks were good too!  Always a plus!

But back to the subject of Cybersecurity.  It's truly amazing all the cyber attacks made against companies, websites, home owners, smart phones, etc.  I don't remember the exact numbers, but at the time they presented them, I was amazed how high it is, and how high it's going to be.  Everything on the web is exposed and most people don't realize the bad exposure that's out there.  Yes, bigger companies are spending lots of money to protect their data but the regular "Joe" with a smart phone or IoT's at home doesn't really think about the vulnerabilities.

Attending the conference, was a good reminder of the different ways hackers try to get us.  I don't know how many times we've told users at our company to not click on links in emails you're not familiar with, but do!  Last year, it happened to us about 3 times w/n a months span and the attack changed all our pdf files to encrypted files.  One of the presentations at the conference talked about training users at their company and also sending out their own "phishing" emails to test their users, which I think is a great idea!

And I hope if you're a user at home that you have some kind of Anti-virus software on your pc.  There are some free versions out there but spending the extra $80/yr is definitely worth it.

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