CyberSecurity

Spokane area businesses can learn from local computer security experts just how vulnerable they are to a security breach and what to do about it.  Every company needs cybersecurity.  Most businesses are already under attack by computer hackers, but many times they don't know it. 

"Criminals steal all sorts of information
on customers, clients and employees.  Internal employees are just as much of a danger in a cybersecurity program as the hackers out there.  But some also take over the computer system in order to commit other crimes.  So, not only are they stealing data from you, they are using you to attack other people, other companies, and gaining information through the use of your system.  Malware is becoming more resistant to anti-virus programs, requiring a layered approach to security," said Michael Meline at Kootenai Health.  Meline, who founded the Community Security Coalition three years ago, encourages small businesses to get involved with the coalition's free seminars and meet professionals who can assist them at little or no cost.  "This is real, it's happening to everybody, and we need to prepare ourselves.  It is almost like a war that we're fighting right now.  The unfortunate thing is, the enemy, it could be anybody," said Meline. 

The UI has a 2-year state workforce training grant to teach cybersecurity classes.  Businesses too small to employ a security expert still could benefit from the UI program's new security operations center.  A retailer or office can go in for a free consultation to learn about their computer vulnerabilities and options for better defenses.   ("Web Watchers - Post Falls UI extension creates cybersecurity center," by Scott Maben, The Spokesman-Review, January 12, 2016)

Cybersecurity Training and Operations Center
University of Idaho Cybersecurity Training
Post Falls, Idaho
Karen Thurston
(208) 664-7024
kthurston@uidaho.edu
http://www.uidaho.edu/ctoc

Community Security Coalition
http://www.communitysecuritycoalition.org

What You Can Do

Additional Resources
Spokane C.O.P.S. - Identity Theft Program
(509) 625-3328
Samantha Purcell, Crime Victim Advocate, Spokane COPS
spurcell@spokanecops.org
Contact them to make a presentation on Identify Theft awareness. 
http://www.spokanecops.org/site/6ff94093/everything-you-need-to-know-about-identity-theft?preview=true