Free cyber-safety class aimed at businesses of all sizes
Any business no matter what size is at risk of cyber crime. That's according to WC4, the Washtenaw County Cyber Citizenship Coalition, which is hosting a free class Monday, Nov. 12, about protecting businesses from cyber attacks.
Participants will learn what it looks like to get hacked and what to do to make your computers and data less of a target.
"The No. 1 security risk is your own people," said Noël Quiton, co-chair of WC4.
"The owner fired the employee and changed the lock on the front door, but didn't change the employee's password, " said Quiton. "The employee then locked the owner out of her own system."
Quiton also cites a recent scam in which local business owners were sent emails that looked like they were from their banks.
"It's what's called a spoof email," said Quiton. "The business owners were told to change their passwords because there was a breach. But they were giving their usernames and passwords to the bad guys."
Quiton says that another topic the class addresses is when and where to access certain websites.
She says, "If you log in on a Wi-Fi network at Starbucks, for example, it's not a good idea to go to your bank's website there because it's simple to collect data over Wi-Fi networks."
The class is called "Cyber Security for Business 101" and is taught by cyber security professionals Joe Eastman, adjunct faculty at Eastern Michigan University, and Jeff Haller, a consultant for Information Assurance. The class begins at 9 a.m. Monday at the Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce, 115 W. Huron on the third floor. Parking is available at First and Huron Streets.
To register for the class, go to http://wc4-november.eventbrite.com.
WC4, which includes prosecutors, law enforcement officials and a variety of other members, has the goal to educate people about cybercrime and teach them to protect themselves. WC4 been has been contacted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to get ideas about how to teach cyber safety.
Lisa Carolin is a freelance reporter for AnnArbor.com.