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The War for Your Data: A Recap

We were thrilled with the turnout at our cybersecurity event, The War for Your Data. Thanks to all who joined us to learn more about the cyber threat landscape, preventing attacks and avoiding compliance headaches. With cyber attacks in the news on a regular basis, we felt it was a pertinent time to gather and hear some cybersecurity tips from the experts.

The event kicked off with a talk from an FBI agent from the Tampa Division. This presentation provided valuable insight into the threat landscape - who’s attacking, who they’re targeting and how they’re going about stealing your valuable information.

As a reminder, it’s important to file a complaint if you believe you’ve encountered a cyberhack risk (even if it’s potentially harmless). Getting out ahead of cyberhacks is one of the many duties the FBI performs.

To file a complaint, visit

SonicWall’s Rob Krug continued the conversation, taking us deep into the mind of a hacker and, specifically, the craft of stealing data. By understanding the mind of the offender, you can prevent yourself from becoming a victim.

Rob even took the audience through an example of a site he set up specifically to steal data (although, he would never actually do that!). He was able to fool a lot of people in a matter of minutes with a fake election site. Imagine if he was actually one of the bad guys!

Mike Semel, from Semel Consulting, closed out the seminar with an educational talk on compliance - understanding the rules, how to follow them, and the consequences if you fail to do so. It all comes back to protecting that private information that is so valuable - and delicate - to your company and your clients.

“Stop thinking of data as data,” Semel said. “Starting thinking of data as gold.”

We hope you all found the event educational, helpful and insightful. Let’s continue the conversation…

Interested in learning more about how you can protect your business? Let’s chat.


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