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University of the Cumberlands, EKCEP offer cybersecurity classes for high schools students

High school juniors and seniors in 23 Appalachian Coalfield counties in Kentucky will have the option to develop cybersecurity skills and earn key industry certifications in two online computer science classes through University of the Cumberlands at no cost to the student this summer and fall. The Hazard-based Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP), staff to the Eastern Kentucky...

Alex Weidner: It’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month; educate, protect yourself against cyber-attacks

According to TechJury, online crimes are expected to cost businesses and individuals $6 trillion by 2021. Nearly 60 percent of companies have experienced cyber-attacks such as phishing and social engineering attacks with nearly 43 percent of attacks aimed at small businesses. And businesses aren’t the only ones at risk – cyber criminals were able to exploit the credit cards of 48 percent of Americans...

BBB Trends: The (cyber)truth is out there, and we should care. Are you tuned out to dangers that lurk?

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Capital One, Facebook, Equifax, and Yahoo. Four very different companies with one big thing in common: they’ve all been at the center of a breaking news story as victims of a cyber attack. In each case, someone or some group has managed to break into the company electronically, pilfer through files and access what is considered protected data. By all assumptions,...

BBB Trends: Time for some very important spring cleaning — Clean out your digital data

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau If your closet is feeling a little cluttered, imagine the ‘stuff’ that’s on your digital device? Perhaps the cleaning bug has bit and fortunately, springtime is a great time to add “digital spring cleaning” to your to-do list. There are several easy steps that everyone can do that will go a long way in tidying up digital disorder. Keep a Clean Machine Update...

Campbellsville University’s Technology Training Center to offer several new certificate programs

By Ariel C. Emberton Campbellsville University Campbellsville University’s Virginia Ponser Flanagan Technology Training Center (CUTTC) is offering a variety of certificates in a program known as CU Expand. Jason Roop, director of the Technology Training Center, said CU Expand offers certificates in “project management, STEM and business leadership including power systems, defense technology,...

Bill Straub: The view from Trump’s DC hotel is ruined by an ‘ugly’ FBI building — and therein is a story

Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch’’ McConnell has emerged in the past few months as such a snuggling lapdog for “President’’ Trump (Lord have mercy) that even the most adorable Pomeranian might sneer in contempt. The Louisville Republican who, history shows, regularly places the desires of his party above those of the nation he has taken an oath to serve, has been doing the...

Kentucky Secretary of State, county clerks from across state join DHS national cybersecurity exercise

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and county clerks from all parts of Kentucky on Wednesday participated in a national cybersecurity exercise with 45 states across the nation and hosted by the Department of Homeland Security. The national exercise assisted elections stakeholders in identifying best practices and opening lines of communications to facilitate partnerships for cyber incident...

Grimes joins West Virginia SOS in distributing ‘Cybersecurity Campaign Playbook’ to candidates

To mark their states’ candidate filing deadlines, Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Democratic Secretary of State, and Mac Warner, the Republican Secretary of State of West Virginia, are distributing the “Cybersecurity Campaign Playbook” to candidates in their states seeking to be on the ballot in 2018. Alison Lundergan Grimes The Playbook was created by Defending Digital Democracy...

Cyberattack disrupts internet, shuts down popular websites, Twitter, more across East Coast

CBS News reports that service has been restored following hours of internet disruption Friday morning across the East Coast of the United States.  A wave of reports of problems accessing many popular websites came after the servers at a major internet management firm were hit by a cyberattack. New Hampshire-based Dyn said its server infrastructure suffered a distributed denial-of-service attack,...

State bank regulators sponsor event to provide resources, awareness about cybersecurity issues

Community bank and credit union executives from Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana gathered in Covington, Ky., this week to discuss current cybersecurity threats and issues. The Executive Leadership on Cybersecurity (ELOC) seminar provided senior executives and board members at financial institutions with an understanding of the cyber threat landscape, as well as resources to make more informed decisions when...