Cyber Summit: Learn how to keep your business safe

Meadowlands Chamber event Wednesday will feature three federal agents on a most pressing issue for business community

We get it: Staffing shortages, supply chain issues and the work-from-home debate may be dominating your work-related inner-office meetings.

Those issues, however, should not make you forget about a singular event that could hamper your business — even shut it down — in a matter of seconds: a cyberattack.

That’s why the Meadowlands Chamber is hosting a Cyber Summit on Wednesday morning at Felician University in Rutherford (register here).

The panel will feature three federal agents — representatives from the FBI, Homeland Security and the Secret Service — along with a contractor with the Defense Department and Felician professor Mazdak Zamani, who specializes in cybersecurity at the business school at Felician.

Meadowlands Chamber CEO Jim Kirkos said the goal not only is to remind businesses that cyberthreats are still prevalent, but to give leaders actionable items that will help prevent them.

“Too many businesses underestimate the cybersecurity threat that is all too prevalent today,” Kirkos said. “Hosting this Cyber Summit will hopefully get the attention of business executives and owners to protect their businesses.

“Every day, hundreds of millions of dollars are lost to ransomware attacks and theft of critical data.”

Michael Knauss, advocacy and membership experience team leader at the Meadowlands Chamber, said the idea for the event came from the members.

“While meeting with small business owners during a roundtable, the topic of threats to business arose: The same word kept coming up over and over again: cyber,” he said.

“We recognize that the issue is not going away and, as a business service organization, we need to be leading the front and providing resources and education to our members.”

Here’s a look at the panelists:

  • Terence Reilly: Special agent in charge, FBI;
  • Sandeep Singh: Special agent, Homeland Security;
  • Scott Keenan: Technical staff assistant, Secret Service;
  • Mike Battistella: Contractor, Defense Department;
  • Mazdak Zamani: Professor of cybersecurity, Felician University.

Register here.