Cybersecurity for Human Service Workers

  • 01/16/2018
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Denver Rescue Mission's Administration & Education Building, 6100 Smith Road, Denver, CO 80216
  • 52


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Would you know how to handle a cyber-attack? We live in a networked world. Whether it’s keeping in touch with friends, paying bills, operating a city’s energy grid, or strengthening national security, it happens on line. The need to secure our networks has never been greater. The number of cyber attacks is increasing dramatically and there aren’t enough people with the skills needed to ensure our security online.

Did you know:

  • 31% of investigated cyber attacks in 2016 involved weak passwords
  • 45% of data thefts involve non-payment card data
  • 71% of cyber-attack victims did not detect the breach themselves
  • 317 million new pieces of malware were created in 2014 alone
  • In 2016, cyber criminals exposed over 10 million identities in only 4 attacks
  • You have installed on your system at least three applications which make it vulnerable to hackers
  • Crypto-ransomware attacks grew by 5,000% in 2015, holding user's data hostage and asking for money to unlock access to the data

In this workshop, presenter Ed Rios provides some reasonable actions that you can take to protect yourself and your data. The goal of this workshop is to provide an overview of cyberspace and cyber-security, to include:

  • A short non-technical overview of the origins of the web/cyberspace
  • Innovation as a part of cyber workforce development;
  • The necessary considerations for cyber-security initiatives (which make it difficult to do effectively); and
  • A discussion of cyber-security best practices for organizations, staff members, and individuals, including:
    • Cyber security basics: how to set up a basic security system and acquire a basic cyber security vocabulary;
    • The right tools & tactics: recommendations for choosing the right tools and actions that can shield you from viruses and malicious content;
    • Detection and prevention: identify and eliminate the security holes in your system that make your vulnerable to cyber threats;
    • Safe ways to use the web: protect your online accounts (email, social media, cloud, etc.) and the proprietary data that you've stored online; and
    • Real, useful cyber security skills: discover how cyber-attacks work, how to avoid virus infections and how to counteract their malicious consequences.
Presenter: Edward O. Rios is the Founder and Chairman of CyberSpace Operations Consulting, Inc. (CSOC). He is most recently the the Chief Executive Officer of the National Cybersecurity Center (NCC), a nonprofit organization in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Mr. Rios is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel where he served in multiple special technical operations capacities, unit commands, and three combat deployments. Following retirement in 2005, Mr. Rios entered the private sector where he assisted a drone company to Initial Public Offering. He started CSOC in 2006 as a company specializing in operations, engineering, and business development consulting for space, cyber and intelligence initiatives in government and the private sector. Today his company is headquartered in Colorado with offices in Texas, Hawaii and Washington D.C.

Mr. Rios’ formal education includes a Masters Degree in Business; graduate engineering studies at George Washington University; national security studies at Harvard University and a Fellowship at MIT where he is a published author.

CyberSpace Operations Consulting (CSOC, Inc.) provides responsive, high-value technical and program management expertise for space, cyberspace, command and control (C2), and intelligence activities for government and the private sector. The company focuses on technical operations, multi-discipline engineering, and business development to successfully field new innovations and improved capabilities. CSOC is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with offices in San Antonio, Texas; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Washington D.C.

Eligible for 3 CEUs.
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