Sometimes it seems like every new day brings a new frontier in the murky world of online crime.
Your morning newspaper details the newest email scam going around town. The nightly newscast reports on the latest corporate data breach. Hackers and phishing over here. Identity theft over there.
It’s enough to make your head swim. Unfortunately, you can’t just ignore it and hope it goes away.
No, protecting your privacy and personal information on the Internet is a daily battle, which is why City Club of Central Oregon titled its June forum “You’ve Been Hacked! Privacy and Security, Obsolescent Values in the Digital Age.”
The event happened last week at St. Charles hospital in Bend and featured a panel discussion and lively Q&A session. The panelists were Sgt. Dan Ritchie, Administrative Patrol Sergeant with the Bend Police Department, Chris Akenson, Senior Security Analyst at Redhawk Security Solutions of Bend, and BendBroadband’s Director of Business to Business Marketing Stephanie Senner, who moderated the forum.
Early on, Senner offered a colorful way to think about the Internet: It’s both a “transcendent idea” and “something a squirrel could chew on,” she said.
“Everything about (the Internet) was built to share,” she added.