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Data protection expert will share tips at WSTA event in Poulsbo

With all the different threats to the confidentiality, integrity and availability of critical information on computers and on the Internet, it can seem a bit overwhelming to figure out what you can do to protect your personal and business data. Some people have a false sense of security, while others are so fearful that they think the solution is to stay offline.

While there is no such thing as absolute security, there are a number of concrete, practical steps to ensure you and your business are protected. Dameon D. Welch-Abernathy will give a presentation June 19 to the West Sound Technology Association, sharing advice with users and businesses on both technical aspects and measures they can take to protect their data. He will cover topics such as the recent Heartbleed threat, two-factor authorization, password managers, social media and data storage in the cloud.

Welch-Abernathy, better known to some as PhoneBoy, has been in information security for nearly 20 years. Starting as a systems administrator for several small companies and then moving into a technical support role for Nokia’s Security Appliance Business, he has helped numerous IT professionals secure their organizations’ networks. Now working for Check Point Software Technologies, Welch-Abernathy brings a blend of business acumen, product expertise and technical know-how to solve customers’ business and security challenges.

His presentation will be at the WSTA meeting on Thursday, June 19, at Poulsbo City Hall, 200 NE Moe St. The event is scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m., and is free for WSTA members and $10 for future members. 

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