Protecting Yourself and Your Business from Cybercrime (05/14/2013)

Photograph of John Rodriguez
John Rodriguez
Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust
Cybercrime is a growing problem for both businesses and individuals, and it’s not going away soon. In fact, research shows it growing by startling amounts. “Organizations experience an average of 102 successful attacks per week, compared to 72 attacks per week in 2011 and 50 attacks per week in 2010” (source).

The numbers for individuals are no less frightening. “U.S. consumers lost $20.7 billion to cybercrime over the past 12 months, with 71 million Americans falling victim to online perps, according to new research” (source).

So what can you do to protect yourself and your business? Find out by joining STC-Eastern Iowa on Tuesday May 14, 2013 for an evening with John Rodriguez, Cedar Rapids’ own expert on cybersecurity. The evening will include a look at the state of cybercrime and the challenges industry and individuals face in protecting themselves from online criminals. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions for a lively Q&A following the presentation.

About John Rodriguez

John Rodriguez is Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer, and one of the four founders of Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust. His current responsibilities are broad and include overseeing operations and cash management services. A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with nearly 30 years of banking experience, John has held positions in virtually every area of bank operations and cash management.

About the Meeting

When: Tuesday, May 14, 2013

5:30 p.m. Networking and Refreshments
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Presentation

Map of location of Best Western Longbranch in Cedar Rapids, IAWhere: Longbranch (Best Western) Restaurant, Hotel and Convention Center, 90 Twixt Town Road NE, Cedar Rapids, 319.377.6386

Reservations: Reserve a spot by emailing ben.leu@pearson.com or by calling 319.321.8683 by Friday, May 10, 2013.

Costs: This presentation is open to the public. A donation of $5 for members and students, $10 for non-members, is requested.

Directions: Take I-380 to Exit 24A/Collins Road. Follow Collins Road for 2.5 miles. Turn left onto Twixt Town Road. Turn right at the first stop sign, and travel two blocks to the hotel, which is on the left.

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