Cyber Security Panel: January Education Meeting
Halfway through the January education meeting, we decided it should have been named “Don’t Click on the Link”. One of our panelists - Matt Keller, VP of Federal Services, GuidePoint Security, LLC – was remarking on how easy it was to phish someone while pretending to be him. You could simply replace one of the “L’s” in his last name with a number 1 and whoever is receiving the email would think it was him. I checked and he is correct, Keller and Kel1er look very similar in the right font. Can you tell the difference?
We learned that phishing hacks are becoming more sophisticated as time goes on and we all need to be on guard.
Our panel also cautioned us that that hacking is not always about monetary gain, it can be about information gain. As government meeting planners, we have access to a lot of information (PII or not) that people could want for nefarious purposes. A simple roo
ming list with names of government personal is very dangerous in the wrong hands.
Protecting our selves, clients and events is becoming more difficult but awareness and education is the key.
The meeting was held at Fogo de Chao in North Bethesda. Fogo de Chao has two separate banquet spaces that can be combined in to one large space. It is well situated for a reception being conveniently centered at Pike and Rose nearby multiple North Bethesda and Rockville hotels. Including the Bethesda North Marriot, Hilton Rockville, Hyatt Regency Bethesda and the Canopy by Hilton North Bethesda.
To see selected sections of our January Education Meeting, you can watch the meeting wrap-up video on our YouTube channel.