Lakewood Hosts Free Workshop on Cyber Crime & Identity Theft

LAKEWOOD, WA – The City of Lakewood’s economic development team has collaborated with their counterparts in Pierce County government to conduct a free forum for businesses of all sizes on preventing online crime and business identity theft. Businesses will learn about and what they can do to prevent or mitigate potential threats. Interested participants must register to attend at the link below. The City and County will host the workshop (March 20 – 8:30 am-12 pm) in Lakewood City Hall’s Council Chambers at 6000 Main Street SW.

Topics include:

·        Preventing theft of proprietary data such as trade secrets, pricing strategies, supplier costs, customer information.

·        Protecting  corporate legal filings with government that might be compromised and altered

·        How retail POS systems, even for “mom and pop” operations, are hacked for credit card and banking information; learn about countermeasures

·        How new smart phone applications present criminals with new opportunities to steal information and money

·        Learn about  service sector threats to client confidentiality and  financial losses and what you can and should do to keep this from happening and protect your organization and its reputation

·        For a closer look at the potential problem, please view  the following Pierce County News story: “Cyber crime targets small businesses”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EARkhdtvxuE

Our distinguished presenters include representatives from the US Secret Service Electronic Task Force, the Office of WA Secretary of State, REI’s Information Security, Symantec Corporation, WA Attorney General’s Office (Consumer Protection), and the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Register:  Register here.