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December 22, 2014

CONVENE -- Cyber-Security Basics

The Professional Convention Management Association shares articles from its monthly Convene Magazine with International Meetings Review. This article by editor Christopher Durso looks at cyber security--and what you may not know

When you think of security at your meetings, you might imagine highly visible squads of blue-blazer-wearing, walkie-talkie-carrying guards who are on hand to enforce public safety. But what about security that’s less visible but just as important? When you’re on site, how secure is your organization’s and your attendees’ online data?

Michael Robinson is an expert in computer forensics and cyber security whose areas of specialization include assessing data vulnerability and safeguarding online systems at meetings and events. He’ll be speaking on that topic as part of a Convene Live Presents session at PCMA Convening Leaders 2015 next month. Recently, we got an advance preview from Robinson, who shared three of the most common vulnerabilities of event-based data:

1. WI-FI

Robinson identifies a major potential hazard when it comes to providing Wi-Fi for conference attendees: that someone will “stand up” a fake wireless-access point — using about $120 in innocuous-looking, easily hidden equipment — that attendees then will log onto assuming that it’s the official conference Wi-Fi. 

From there, the “bad guys,” as Robinson calls ill-intentioned hacker types, could harvest whatever information attendees or staff entered or exchanged on their laptops or wireless devices while they were connected to the imposter Wi-Fi, including login passwords and credit-card numbers.

Read more at PCMA.org...

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About the Author: Convene, Christopher Durso

About the Author: Convene Magazine





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