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Message from Charlie Clark

October is Cyber Security Month

Charlie Clark

As I have spoken about in prior newsletters, cyber crime impacts not only consumer data but your business bottom line as well. Unfortunately, the most recent large data breach at Equifax ( resulting in the theft of millions of records of consumer data may even have affected you personally. As the large breach continues to unfold the full impact on Equifax and consumers remains to be seen. In an effort to keep encouraging you to review your information security program and make changes where necessary, we want you to be aware of a free online webinar.

Next Tuesday, October 10, 2017, the National Cyber Security Alliance is conducting a free, one hour webinar about Ransomware and Phishing. Ransomware and phishing are on the minds of business owners from small to large companies. The webinar, hosted by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), will help you learn how your business can combat these common attacks.

For more information and to register for this event, please access this link:

You may remember we partnered earlier this year with the NCSA to provide two workshops for over 100 of our small and medium sized business licensees. This year we also partnered with the real estate industry to put out an alert to licensees about a specific social engineering scam.

Don’t let your fear of an incident paralyze you. Take action. Assess your risk, plan to mitigate the risk, detect when something is going wrong, react quickly, train your staff, and stay alert. There are many free educational resources to assist you. Do something to protect your business assets this month, this week, this day, now!

For resources regarding Information Security visit the Department’s website: Information Security Resources

Thank you for your attention to this important issue.

Note: The webinar and resource links are provided for use at your discretion. The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions does not specifically endorse or recommend any of the listed organizations, products, or solutions associated with the webinar.