State Auditor to Host Area Cyber Fraud Prevention Training

With cyberattacks on governments increasing, Ohio Auditor Dave Yost today announced a free training seminar will be held in Chillicothe to help law enforcement and local government officials combat cybercriminals. 

The training will be held on Tuesday, June 12th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Ohio University-Chillicothe's Bennett Hall. The training will be hosted by Ross County Sheriff, George Lavender.

“Hackers are becoming more and more sophisticated and are looking for data-rich targets,” Auditor Yost said. “Governments by the very nature of what they do have a great deal of information that these cyber-criminals are after. We need to do all we can to help local leaders strengthen their governments to protect data and the interests of the public they serve. We have the ability to help local leaders prevent personal information from getting into the hands of wrongdoers, and that’s why we’re doing this training.”

More training sessions are being held across Ohio so that they are accessible to those who wish to attend. Auditor Yost partnered with local sheriffs to host the events. Morning sessions are limited to law enforcement officials, and afternoon sessions are designed for local government officials.

The training, which includes interactive live attacks and demonstrations, will help local officials understand how and why governments and computers are attacked, how to minimize their risk, how to identify digital threats, what to do if they are attacked, and how bitcoin works.

The training is presented by Nicole Beckwith, an investigator and digital forensic examiner for the Auditor of State. Beckwith is a recognized expert on cybersecurity, policy, cyberterrorism and is trained in computer forensics, network investigations and network intrusion response.

Beginning in the summer of 2016, when cyberattacks against local governments were on the rise, Auditor Yost encouraged local government leaders to protect themselves and create contingencies. His call for action came after a number of local governments were defrauded of money, had to pay a ransom to regain control of their data, or thwarted an attempted attack. 

You can register for the free training HERE.

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