The 2017 Energy Connect conference will focus on how to start a cyber protection strategy in your business, how to sustain this strategy against growing sophistication of the threats, and educating us on what Idaho businesses and government agencies need to know about the national and global basis of these cyber attacks. This conference will help you understand the threats and their dynamic nature while preparing you with strategic approaches to prevent, mitigate, and recover from cyber attack.
The recent cyber attack on Ukraine’s electrical grid, cutting power to over 100,000 people for six hours, is a stark warning of what is to come. Sophisticated breaches of our privacy and security are an immediate threat that continues to rise in volume and intensity. And it is not just blue chip companies and governments that are under attack. Now these attacks are increasingly focused on “mom and pop” businesses of all kinds – retail shops, guide services, boutique tourism providers, hotels, health clinics, and colleges are getting hammered. And it is pushing many of our entrepreneurs to bankruptcy. According to the F.B.I., almost half (43%) of the cyber-attacks worldwide last year were on businesses of less than 250 employees.
Recent attacks have showcased the devastating effects of hackers and it’s estimated that cybercrime costs over $400 billion per year to the global economy. Our state is poised to grow its tech economy, but to secure its future, we need stronger infrastructure to protect the thousands of companies that call Idaho home. Join us for an engaging conversation about Idaho cybersecurity research, industry trends, and collaboration opportunities between education and industry.