Tech workshops to be offered Nov. 3

The subject line reads “Congratulations!!!” The sender’s address has the words Toyota Corporation in it. Opening the email reveals that, “This is to inform you that your email ID has won you a brand new Toyota Camry.” All you have to do is either open up an attachment or fill out a sheet concerning your personal information. Skreetch!
Brakes are hit and you realize this is probably a scam. But, what if it isn’t a scam? The quandary. If you have email you are faced numerous times a day with such dilemmas. Is there an outstanding invoice? Does IT Help Desk need access to my account? Maybe this wealthy dignitary or soldier abroad really does want to transfer money into my personal account?

This is just one small portion of the electronic age we live in. Surrounded by information answers can be hard to find. This inspired the Stevens County Broadband Action Team to sponsor the Tech Expo November 3 from 10-6 p.m. at the Spokane Community College- Colville branch. Drop by or stay for the day and participate in a variety of workshops. There will be refreshments sponsored by Century Link and a variety of door prizes to enter to win, everything from a Golfer’s basket, a 360 degree camera, a $100 gift card to Best Buy, or an IT assessment worth $2,500.

Keynote speaker, Paul Carugati, will present at 12:15 p.m. on the threat of social engineering, review real world examples of common cyber-attacks, and how next generation skills are necessary to defend corporate and personal assets in the digital world. This presentation will focus on empowering staff/self at all levels, since even the most advanced technologies can be compromised by a lack of cyber education. Your awareness is the greatest weapon at work or home. He is a seasoned IT and Information Security leader with over 15 years’ experience across multiple commercial industries. He currently serves as Director of Information Security (CISO) at Ecova, Inc., where he leads their global security program focusing on business enablement, threat intelligence, risk and incident management, and protection awareness.

There will be a variety of vendors present to answer questions concerning IT issues and security, broadband options, business promotion and computer repair. There will also be robotics on-hand, or take a “test drive” at the Wi-fi gadget garage. There will also be speakers and workshops to attend.

Tentative schedule:
10:30-11 a.m. Workshop: Stevens County Rural Library: Learning Express
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Workshop: Tri County Economic Development District: Digital Day Camp
12:15-1 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Paul Carugati, Director of Information Security at Ecova
1:30-2 p.m. Workshop: Stevens County Rural Library: Imagine Academy
2-3 p.m. Speaker: NoaNet: Discussing infrastructure funded by the BTOP grant
3:30-4 p.m. Workshop: Tri County Economic Development District: Google Business
4:30-5 p.m. Workshop: Washington State University: Basic Web design
5-6 p.m. Speaker: Ty Lemaster, Century Link Services and Connect America Fund Programs

-Submitted by WSU Ext.