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Fresno Police host cyber security summit at Bitwise

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The Fresno Police Department teamed up with Bitwise Industries on Wednesday to put on a free cyber security summit, to help teach businesses and consumers how to best protect themselves against online threats.

The Bitwise building in Downtown Fresno was packed. There were about 180 attendees from both the private and public sector.

Fresno Police Sgt. Brian Rogers’ job is to protect and serve the public. But now, he said our digital lives are in danger every single day.

“This year alone, 217 people have been directly victimized by cyber crime at a loss of over three million dollars,” said Rogers.

Rogers said Fresno PD gets 300-400 new cyber related crime cases a month, “That are very difficult to investigate and very difficult to arrest people.”

So, he teamed up with Bitwise Industries, and invited cyber security experts like James Baker of Cal Poly.

Baker said, “We’re living in an ever connected world where the boundaries are less and less.”

Baker is the Director for Industry Outreach at the California Cybersecurity Institute. He trains law enforcement agencies on how to combat cyber crimes.

But, the summit also aimed to educate businesses and the every day person.

Fresno FBI Agent George Lopez said, “We want to make sure that people are aware that the FBI has a a physical presence here in Fresno. We have an agent that is assigned to do nothing but conduct the cyber crime investigations.”

Rogers said people can prevent being a victim by always keeping tabs on their computer, downloading anti-virus programs, and contacting their cell phone provider to make sure their smartphone is secure.

The U.S. Homeland Security said those most susceptible to cyber crimes are elderly people. Also, agriculture, healthcare, construction, schools and banking are the most targeted business sectors.

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