Cybersecurity workshop comes for Rockford business owners

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A new workshop comes to Rockford in the wake of the Rockford Public Schools security breach.

"Regardless of whether you're in IT or security, or you're a receptionist in your organization, everyone has a role to play in security," Alpine Security COO Jana White.

With RPS still recovering from its ransomware attack, cyber security experts highlight how data breaches can hit anyone, anywhere.

"Every organization is at risk, whether it's a school district, a non-profit organization or a manufacturer of any size. And so, we want to give these organizations those initial tools that they can use to identify where are the shortcomings in their plans,” said IMEC’s Emily Lee.

Alpine Security's Jana White says a quick response to a hacking is critical, and in many cases once your information is compromised, the damage can't be undone.

"It's a human fallacy that many organizations feel that they don't have anything of value. 'We're not going to get hit with a data breach or with ransomware because we just don't have anything anybody wants.' That's simply not the case. If you're vulnerable, you're going to be hit. It's not a matter of if, it's a when," said White.

"You can't just ignore it and hope that it's going to go away. So, I think it's just that continuous awareness, and helping people realize, if you take it in small chunks, it might not be as scary, to address and kind of get your own teams on board," said Lee.

Some companies, like Alpine Security, offer free breach protection audits that can help you figure out where you and your data stand in the fight against cybercrime.