Summit Takes On Cybercrime, Cybersecurity

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Panelists taking part in The Business Journal’s Cyber Summit webinar July 13 agree that it’s not a matter of if your company is hit with a cyberattack, but when.

Moreover, the threat is not going away, making it imperative that companies take the necessary precautions to protect themselves, panelists said.

The Better Business Bureau of Mahoning Valley sponsored the event, broadcast live on Facebook at noon. You can watch the recording on The Business Journal’s Facebook page.

BBB President and CEO Carol Potter was joined by specialists Craig Horbus of Brouse-McDowell; Mercy Komar of L. Calvin Jones; Steve Franckhauser of Bertison-George LLC; Robert Merva, CEO of Avrem Technologies; Ralph Blanco, CEO of ECMSI; and Paul Hugenberg III of Rea & Associates.

The summit tackled topics such as ransomware, system hacks, malware, data theft, insurance protection and how businesses can prepare for a worst-case scenario.

Potter said that cybercrime is an important threat from which no business is immune. “These criminal efforts are becoming more frequent and sophisticated, and small to mid-size companies like those in our Valley are increasingly becoming targets.”

More than 100 attendees registered for the session, moderated by Business Journal Vice President of Operations Michael Moliterno.

See The Business Journal’s MidJuly edition for full coverage of how cybersecurity has emerged as an important issue for area businesses.

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