Tuesday, September 17: Brian Dennis
“The Cyber Security Experience: Examples of Real Threats”
We all hear about cyber-attacks happening, but would we know what one actually looked like? The average cyber-attack can live in a system for six months before being found. This presentation will give the audience a first-hand look into the workings of a cyber security attack. Attendees will witness cyber-attacks happen in real-time and will leave with the knowledge of what they can do at home to improve their own security.
Brian S. Dennis has often been called a disaster magnet. On the ground during Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike in southern Louisiana, Brian has been around his share of disasters. Add to that earthquakes, blizzards, forest fires and only one plane that caught on fire, Brian is well aware of what an interruption can do to a business. These days, Brian has set his sights on the looming disaster of Cyber Crime in America’s small business and non-profit communities. 28 million small businesses across the United States are woefully unprepared for the threats that cyber criminals bring. Businesses are insured for the possibility of a physical interruption, but what happens when planning does not include a business’ digital footprint? As a natural storyteller, Brian has entertained and educated associations and conferences about the need for a better understanding of the cyber threat. As director of the nation’s first Cyber Security Center for Small Business, Brian is working to raise awareness on both the physical and cyber sides of business interruption.