Following the cyberattack on Friday that wreaked havoc on tens of thousands of computers in dozens of countries across the globe, corporations, governments, small business owners and computer users everywhere are scrambling to protect their systems from the current — and future — exploits.

According to The New York Times, security experts said the attacks “began with a simple phishing email, similar to the one Russian hackers used in the attacks on the Democratic National Committee and other targets last year. They then quickly spread through victims’ systems using a hacking method that the NSA is believed to have developed as part of its arsenal of cyberweapons. And finally they encrypted the computer systems of the victims, locking them out of critical data, including patient records in Britain.”

How are business owners to know if their computer systems are adequately protected from cyberattacks?

Bridgehampton National Bank and the law firm of Campolo, Middleton and McCormick are presenting a cybersecurity business breakfast on Wednesday, May 17 at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead.

A panel of experienced professionals will discuss the cybersecurity threats facing businesses today and the steps business owners can take to minimize their risks. Included in the discussion will be the critical elements for a robust security program, the latest tactics hackers are using to steal your data, and legal updates that will impact how your organization is obligated to handle sensitive electronic information, according to an announcement of the event.

The panel discussion will arm you with practical tactics and tips to safeguard your business and personal data.

The panel will be moderated by Thomas Simson, senior vice president and chief information officer at Bridgehampton National Bank. Panelists: Agim B. Bracovic; assistant vice president and information security officer at Bridgehampton National Bank; Jonathan (Jack) Harrington, Esq., counsel to Campolo, Middleton and McCormick; Kevin Edwards, director of compliance and IT Security, Flexible Systems; Judy Murrah, chief information officer, Applied DNA Sciences.

BNB and Campolo, Middleton and McCormick will present a second panel discussion in Ronkonkoma on Thursday, May 18 at the Courtyard Marriott, 5000 Express Drive South, also from 8 to 10 a.m.

The event is free but preregistration is required. Click here to register.

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