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By The Chronicle team

On October 26, the Centralia Community Foundation (CCF) hosted an in-person cybersecurity summit in the event space at Centralia Station. This was the first in a series of awareness and career exploration events organized by the foundation as part of its “Career Path Initiative”.

Sponsored by the Security State Bank, the foundation created a video from the opening speech and question-and-answer session of the event, which can be viewed via a link on the CCF website at centraliacf.org/cybersecurity-is-a-global-issue- and-we-have-regional-opportunities.

A CCF press release said the audience for the summit included local business owners, entrepreneurs, business representatives, educators, students, job seekers, local workforce development agencies. work and support for businesses. The keynote speaker for the event was Steven Parker, Founding Director and President of EnergySec.

Parker shared the current state of cybersecurity globally and locally, speaking about the need for industry professionals to protect businesses and individuals from cybercriminals and malware.

Other speakers included Bob Guenther, President of Career Paths for the Centralia Community Foundation; Lorie Thompson, administrator of the Career Connect WA regional network and director of the Capital STEM Alliance; Dan Hagen, assistant professor in the Information Technology program at Centralia College and JT Mundi, owner of KODENUM Inc., based in Chehalis.

“Questions were asked regarding advice on personal and work security and a survey regarding the training of those wishing to enter the cybersecurity field. The companies present took note of the resources available locally to develop current employees to meet their security needs, ”the statement said. “Event attendees participated in discussions about upcoming learning opportunities in (Washington) state, which will prepare job seekers and students for careers in this IT field. ”

The foundation intends to organize other events of this nature in the future.

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