As recent headlines show, cyber security is everyone’s business. Whether it is your TV spying on you, hacked emails, identity theft, or business fraud, the connected world makes everyone vulnerable to cyberattacks. Business owners, professionals, educators, students, and everyone else using a computer in their daily life has a role in cyber security. CyberCon 2.0 Four Corners, the reboot of the highly successful CyberCon Four Corners held in 2016, brings experts in cybersecurity to the local community for a conference on this extremely important topic.
Business and Industry Professionals Day on Thursday, begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4:15 p.m. Youth and Family Day, Friday, is scheduled to run from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The event is sponsored by San Juan College’s Center for Workforce Development in partnership with CyberWatch West. CyberCon 2.0 Four Corners is free but participants must register at Eventbrite.com as seating is limited.
Business and Industry Professionals Day kicks off with keynote speaker Richard Hammer on “Hardening Your Identity.” Hammer is a research and development scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory and a senior cyber security engineer. Other speakers include Dr. Daniel Manson, Professor and department Chair in Computer Information Systems at California State Polytechnic University; Dr. Sal Rodriquez, Sandia Lab nuclear scientist; Andrew Walls, Los Alamos National Laboratory engineer specializing in global and emergency security operations; and Dr. Stephen Miller, Professor and Director of the Cyber Security Center of Excellence at Eastern New Mexico University. Topics will include identity protection, ransomware, DEFCON hacking, critical infrastructure protection, and education in cybersecurity. In addition, experts in industry specific areas will present on cybersecurity for oil and gas, health care systems, electric utilities, the media, and education.
The second day will focus on Youth and Families. This will be a hands-on educational day for middle and high school students and their families. Speakers from the previous day will introduce topics including cyberbullying, careers in cybersecurity, nanotechnology, and a cyber patriot competition. There also will be an opportunity to form Cybersecurity Clubs so that students may continue to learn about cybersecurity.