Criminals no longer have to don black ski masks or nylons and rob banks or businesses. Committing a crime now is as easy as sitting on their couch and pressing a few buttons on a keyboard.
University of La Verne’s Enactus club and the La Verne Chamber of Commerce are hosting an open small business forum to address the issue of cyber crime Thursday, October 3, 2013, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., in the University’s Sara & Michael Abraham Campus Center.
“Today and more so than any other time, cybercrimes are taking the center stage,” Professor of Management Dr. Issam Ghazzawi said. “Our business is losing billions of dollars annually to data breaches and cyber criminals.”
Ghazzawi sited alarming data from the Data Breach Investigations Report, which states that for 2013 alone, 37 percent of cyber crime breaches affected financial organizations, 24 percent affected retail stores and restaurants, 20 percent affected manufacturing companies, transportation organizations and utilities companies, and 20 percent affected information and professional service firms.
And in 2012 the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received 289,874 consumer complaints that resulted in $525,411,110 in losses, which was an 8.3 percent increase in reported losses from the year prior.
La Verne’s Enactus team partnered with the Chamber of Commerce to provide valuable information to members of the university and city communities. Their goal is to raise awareness and provide pertinent information to local businesses as well as students.
All area businesses from Montclair, Pomona, San Dimas, Glendora, Covina, Claremont, Ontario are invited to listen to presentations by panel members from the Inspector General Investigations Office, the La Verne Police Department and Symantec among others.
This is a free event.
When: Thursday, October 3, 2013, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: University of La Verne Sara and Michael Abraham Campus Center, third floor