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Calgary police cybersecurity seminar aimed at small businesses

by | Oct 5, 2017 | Weekly TIps

Cybercrime is a world-wide problem, and Calgary is no exception, according to Jeremy Wittman, staff sergeant of the Calgary Police Service Cyber/Forensics Unit.

“We’re starting to see more and more of them,” said Wittman, referring to ransomware and phishing attacks, the two most commonly used by cyber thieves.

“Anybody, which is pretty much everybody today, who is connected to the internet and has some sort of customer client data or a point of sale, some of them are medical offices, some are law offices and some are retail,” Wittman said.

In an effort to combat the problem, the CPS Cyber/Forensics Unit decided to hold a free seminar for small businesses. They are especially vulnerable to attacks.

“Because a lot of these types of businesses don’t have formal IT departments, we thought it would be a good idea to reach out and give some of the information from crimes that we’re seeing reported that they may not be aware of, but with a little bit of education hopefully they can help protect themselves.”

 

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