Tonight: Cyber Security ‘Fireside Chat’ 7PM at Library

Cyber crime

Belmont’s IT Advisory Committee will host a fireside chat on cyber security tonight at 7PM at the Belmont Public Library.

Are you concerned about cyber security? There’s a great presentation this evening at the Belmont Public Library. This session is sponsored by Belmont’s IT Advisory Committee (ITAC)  and will address topics such as:

  • The latest news in cyber security and why it matters to you
  • Cyber threats you might face at home
  • Tips for protecting yourself online

The guest speaker for the evening is Scott Donnelly. Scott is the Director of Technical Solutions at the cyber security firm Recorded Future. He’s a former officer with the Central Intelligence Agency who has worked closely with leading cyber security teams at Fortune 1000 companies and government organizations, where they help develop cyberthreat intelligence capabilities for threat hunting, risk mitigation, and incident response.

Also speaking will be Belmont PD’s Officer James Siracusa. Jim has been with the Belmont Police Department since 2013 after five years in the pharmaceutical industry. For the past year, Jim has been working on data collection and software improvements for the Belmont Police Department. In the coming year, he looks forward to a more expanded role in cyber crimes with the Belmont Police and within the community. He’ll be sharing some cyber crime statistics from Belmont and talking about the situation on the ground here in the Town of Homes.

This is part of an on-going effort to educate the public on important technology and public-health related matters including cyber security. I look forward to seeing you there!

You can read more over at Belmontonian.

Via:: The Belmontonian

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Franklin Tucker over at Belmontonian is reporting on a complaint by Belmont resident Tim Duncan to the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. From the article:

Duncan filed his 40-page accusation with the Office of the Attorney General on Sept. 29 relative to the meetings of “working groups” in connection with the Belmont Day School project which the Planning Board OKd a site and design plan in September.

“The Attorney General’s office has an enormous amount of experience in dealing with open government and meeting law issues,” Duncan told the Belmontonian last week. “I am confident that they will consider the facts, make a wise decision and determine an appropriate remedy,” said Duncan.

Duncan filed his complaint initially with the Town’s Clerk in August alleging the Board employed small “working groups” to supersede critical discussion on issues including landscaping, parking and a proposed “driveway” that he believed should have been held during the public hearing process. Also, he said there were no minutes to the meetings which is contrary to the public’s “need to know” as part of the Open Meeting Law.

…read more over at The Belmontonian!