Guest Host: Steve Roberts

Technology at a CyberCrimes office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Technology at a CyberCrimes office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Imagine opening your computer and a ransom note appears on your screen. All of your files are encrypted. To get your files back you must pay hundreds of dollars within one week or all of your data will be lost. Welcome to the shadowy world of ransomware. More than one million personal computers worldwide have been hit by this new type of virus, according to some estimates. Cities and counties, including Detroit and Dickson County, Tennessee, have also been victims. Join guest host Steve Roberts and a panel of guests for a discussion on ransomware viruses, who is at risk, and how to protect your data.

Guests

  • Jeff McCliss detective, Dickson County, Tennessee
  • Scott Schober president and CEO of Berkeley Varitronics Systems, a wireless-technology security company based in New Jersey
  • Cheri McGuire vice president, global government affairs & cybersecurity policy, Symantec Corporation
  • Brian Krebs author and former Washington Post reporter. He is the author of "Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime - from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door."

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