Carlos Fernandes, a National Cyber Security Expert, spoke to over 60 business leaders on Tuesday, Mar. 8, at the Purcellville Business Association (PBA) monthly luncheon at the Loudoun Golf & Country Club. Cyber security breaches are described as the preeminent security issue facing our country. Businesses were invited to “come learn from an industry leader what the current state of affairs is nationally, but more importantly, ways that we can all be vigilant and protect ourselves and our businesses.”
Fernandes has worked in the area of cyber security for 26 years. His company is Cybersecurity ACS. “The threat,” he said, “is much worse than anything than we can imagine. The more we are dependent on technology, the more vulnerable we are.” He warned that the next generation is not as wary about the implications of social media.
He went through steps businesses can take to protect themselves but did add that “there is no such thing as 100% safe. The weakest link is the human being.”
It has been said that being on the defensive is a losing strategy but even the federal government has backtracked on that.
Questions were taken and Fernandes stayed after to talk to people.
The PBA Tuesday, Apr. 12th lunch meeting will be a Purcellville Candidate Forum for mayor, council member and Special Election candidates.