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Don’t be a victim of Cybercrimes

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TWENTYNINE PALMS – Do you know how to keep yourself safe on your computer and the Internet? In this day and age of identity theft and hacking knowing the ins and outs of computer safety and how to keep yourself safe on the Internet is a must for everyone.

To help seniors and the community learn how to do this, Reach Out Morongo Basin is hosting four free monthly Cyber Security Seminars that began on April 19, 2018 led by Mr. Alan B. Watkins, an independent cyber security consultant, at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center, 6539 Adobe Rd., Twentynine Palms, CA.

The second seminar in the series will be held on May 17 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am will focus on Staying Safe Online-Shopping, Banking and Social Media Sites. In this 90 minute seminar you will learn about common cybercrimes that target consumers who use the Internet for shopping, banking and other related online transactions involving credit/debit cards and bank accounts. This session also covers how to protect your personal information when using social media sites such as Facebook. Presentation of materials will be approximately 45 minutes with a 45 minute open discussion providing answers to questions raised by participants. Hand outs of reference materials will be provided to all participants.

Seminars are also planned for June 21, 2018-Overview of Identity Theft Awareness and Prevention and July 19, 2018 – Identity Theft Awareness and Prevention-Financial and Medical.

The facilitator for the seminars is Mr. Alan B. Watkins an independent cybersecurity consultant and an adjunct professor in cybersecurity and information assurance at National University. Mr. Watkins worked for the City of San Diego in various positions for over 36 years, starting with 12 years in law enforcement and then 24 years in information technology (IT), including 10 years in management and his final 5 years as the city’s IT Operations and Security Manager. His public sector career includes 15 years in critical infrastructure protection for water and wastewater systems. In 2016-2018, Mr. Watkins participated in and helped lead a national panel of experts from academia, industry, and government in the creation of curriculum standards for a foundational cybersecurity course using competency-based learning principles for the National CyberWatch Center. In the same 2-year period, Mr. Watkins also developed curriculum and teaching materials for two graduate-level and two undergraduate-level cybersecurity courses.

For more information or to register for this FREE seminar contact Reach Out Morongo Basin at 760-361-1410

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