Leading Cybersecurity Expert to Speak at Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Monthly Breakfast

Greenfield, Mass. - The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Dr. Brian Levine, a leading cybersecurity expert, will speak at its monthly breakfast series on Friday, October 27th, at Greenfield Community College.
“Every click of your mouse and stroke of your keyboard affects your online security,” said Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Natalie M. Blais. “With more and more individuals, organizations and businesses placing sensitive information online, it has become increasingly important to understand trends in cybersecurity.”
Merriam-Webster defines cybersecurity as the “measures taken to protect a computer or computer system (as on the Internet) against unauthorized access or attack.” Cyber crimes range from the distribution of child pornography to financial fraud to the undermining of critical infrastructure.
Levine, the founding Director of the UMass Amherst Cybersecurity Institute, joined the UMass faculty in 1999. His research and teaching focus on security, privacy, and forensics in the context of mobile systems, cellular networks, and the Internet.
According to its website, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Cybersecurity Institute “is the intellectual focal point for multi-disciplinary cybersecurity education and research at UMass… Working with partners in government, industry, and academia, the institute seeks to advance scientific and societal understanding of pressing issues related to the field.”
“Threats to cybersecurity have the potential to affect anyone, as we have witnessed with recent data breaches, including the hack of Equifax,” said Blais. “The Chamber is pleased to present our members and the community with the opportunity to learn about this timely topic from a leading expert in this field – one who happens to be located right down the road at the Commonwealth’s flagship campus.”
Like the majority of Chamber events, members of the public are invited to attend with the purchase of a ticket.
“I strongly believe that the Chamber must play a role in identifying the challenges impacting businesses and organizations on a daily basis and provide forums like this one to educate and inform the community,” said Blais. “I want to thank the Greenfield Cooperative Bank for sponsoring next week’s breakfast.”
The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast will be held Friday, October 27, 2017, beginning at 7:30 am in the Cohn Family Dining Commons at Greenfield Community College, One College Drive in Greenfield. Reservations are encouraged by October 22.
General admission for the public is $16. Please call (413) 773-5463 to register. Franklin County Chamber of Commerce members can pre-pay or pay at the door ($13) or be billed ($14) and can register online at www.franklincc.org or by calling 413-773-5463.

“Our Chamber membership is one of the important ways that we place value on our relationships with other business owners and with our community. “ Bruce Lessels, Zoar Outdoor
“Chamber membership helps keep my staff in contact with the local business community through their seminars and events.” – Michael Tucker, Greenfield Cooperative Bank
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