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Demystifying Cyber Security:

Practical Steps to Protecting Public, Private and Business Information in the Internet Age

Biloxi, MS – Friday, August 21, 2015 – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Open Technology Center (OTC) will host the Cyber Awareness Forum, a non-technical, interactive conference for private citizens, small business owners and government officials at the Biloxi Civic Center on Wednesday, September 16, 2015.

The one-day event will feature prominent keynote speakers and interactive panel discussions that address topics on protecting privacy and personal information, cyber security practices for small business, guarding government systems and critical infrastructure, and education, training and job  opportunities for those interested in a career cyber security.

The day-long event is open to the public, registration required.   For additional information and to register for the event, please visit .  Event registration fee is $25 and provides access to all keynote speakers and panel discussions as well as  lunch.  There is no charge for active military, government employees and students.

Keynote speakers include:

David Hylender, Sr. Risk Analyst, Verizon Business and author of the Verizon 2015 Data Breach Investigation Report

Donald Alway, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Jackson Division

Linda Cureton, Former Chief Information Officer, NASA

Panel Topics Include:

Protecting Personal Information - Every time you access the Internet, you expose a wealth of Personal Information which could be captured and used to rob you of money, or worse, your identity.  Learn from experts how to protect your family, Personal Information and privacy while on the Internet.

Small & Medium Commercial Cyber Security - Large corporations are not the only target of cyber criminals. Learn how to protect your business as well as your customers through basic, common sense approaches to cyber security for small and medium-sized businesses.

State & Municipal Government & Critical Infrastructure - Government agencies are responsible for administering public services, public safety and protecting critical infrastructure. Learn about strategies, practices and resources available to public-sector entities.

Career Opportunities in Cyber - Qualified cyber security professionals are in high demand. Learn what skills sets, academic degrees and professional certifications employers are seeking in the hottest IT job markets.

The Cyber Awareness Forum is hosted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Jackson Bureau; Infragard; and the Open Technology Center.  InfraGard is a partnership between the FBI and the private sector. It is an association of persons who represent businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the U.S.

The Open Technology Center is a non-profit, research and development entity, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and hosted by the Mississippi National Guard, whose mission is to innovate and integrate open source software technologies for use within national defense and security organizations.

Additional event participants include: U.S. Navy, Mississippi National Guard, Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services, Jackson State University, Mississippi State University, Pearl River Community College, Montreat College, C Spire, Red Hat, Mississippi Power, Mississippi Enterprise for Technology, Verizon and South Mississippi Planning and Development District.

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