Chris Hembrough, president and CEO of the Greater Area Springfield Chamber of Commerce, said in a recent email to members, “Nearly every month, I hear from a business or organizational leader recently hit by a ransomware attack or some kind of cybersecurity violation that compromised data, caused significant IT issues, and/or cost them thousands of dollars to rectify. Over the last couple of years, we’ve communicated with our local FBI office to better understand the severity of these rapidly growing threats. The best way to deal with these threats is prevention.”

The Chamber, along with PNC and Levi, Ray & Shoup and partner sponsor Heyl Royster are hosting a cybersecurity seminar on Wednesday, May 2. The seminar will cover the following topics:

  • Anatomy of a cyberattack
  • How hackers bypass the defenses
  • Why you need penetration testing and vulnerability testing
  • Technical infrastructure setup for the best defense
  • Types of cybersecurity threats
  • What to do if your company has a data breach
  • Legal ramifications if you don’t prepare

The seminar will begin with a breakfast at 7:30 a.m., followed by the program from 8-10 a.m. at the Dove Conference Center, 619 E. Mason Street in Springfield. The cost to attend is $45. Register to attend by contacting Bri Coons at 217-525-1173 ext. 216 or