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The C3 Group 2019 Port Macquarie Cyber Security Session was a jam packed two hour executive lunch where attendees had an opportunity to network, hear from an industry expert and be educated on how they could better protect their business, assets and people.
The aim of the event was to raise Cyber Security awareness amongst the business community in and around Port Macquarie and provide real-world insights from leading security vendor, WatchGuard.
The day kicked off with an official welcome by C3 Group Managing Director, Brian Townley, followed by Tim Baker, our Local Port Macquarie Customer Success Manager who briefly spoke on C3’s history in becoming the leading Managed Service Provider (MSP) on the Mid North Coast with over 30 staff spread across two offices in Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.
Tim also spoke about C3’s offerings and recent investment into a multi-million dollar private cloud. Tim highlighted how this ground breaking infrastructure investment’s something very few Managed Service Providers are able to offer in regional areas.
Cyber Security keynote speaker, Matthew See (WatchGuard), begun by demonstrating real reasons businesses and individuals should be concerned about Cyber safety.
Matthew gave real-world examples, showcasing businesses affected by Cyber crime, such as a casino who’s network had been totally brought down by a compromised thermometer in the lobby fish tank (yes really!!), through to very real in office and at home risks such as smart tv’s, speakers and printers.
Matthew didn’t simply scare and leave it there, he gave great resources for attendees to implement themselves in their workplaces along with a mention to several world class products available through C3 Group.
Without question, Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) took the cake as the hot topic for the session. Matthew ran through what it is, the vital importance of having it, he showed how easy it is to use and afforablde it is to roll out for a single user right through to large organisations.
Brian (C3 Group’s Managing Director) tailed the keynote, giving some powerful yet super practical take home Cyber Security tips.
1. Use lengthy & complex passwords and don’t use the same password everywhere!
2. Use a password manager to help store and recall passwords.
3. Never give anyone your password, if you didn’t request a change don’t expect to be asked for your password!
4. Be suspicious, if it’s too good to be true, don’t click on it !
5. Use Multi-Factor Authentication, most systems support it now.
6. When in doubt, ask someone, a colleague, a friend or your IT company!
At the end of the session, we drew two lucky door prizes, firstly a Canon Ixus Camera (kindly donated by Colourworks) and a second prize (donated by C3 Group) which included A pair of Apple AirPods, $50 Visa Gift Voucher, a Lenovo Laptop Bag, a WatchGuard Travel Mug and First Aid Kit.
We would like to thank our participating vendor WatchGuard and Matthew See for presenting at our event, and of course the businesses who took the time out of their day. We hope you gained insights and feel far better equipped to relate the presentations back to your businesses.
Below aere some more pictures from the day.
Once again, we would like to thank everyone who made our event a great success.