Our members are uniquely qualified to understand the challenges we face as a society as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The PEP Board of Directors will continue to meet monthly via video conference, but other than that, PEP activities are on hold for the foreseeable future. This is to conform to social distancing requirements, and to allow members and directors to focus on their personal and professional obligations during this time.

We look forward to a time where we can bring the membership back together. Look for information on a networking/social event, as well as general sessions, when restrictions are lifted and this crisis has passed. In the meantime, please be well, and reach out to the board (pepboard@hotmail.com) if you have questions about resources or professional contacts.

Regards, April Renner | President, PEP Board of Directors

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Dark Web, with a Twist of Ransomware

July 29 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am

This virtual presentation will be by Jim Baird, Director of Information Security, Information Security Auditor with 10-D Security.

News stories on ransomware attacks have unfortunately become commonplace.  Though ransomware has been around for a while, the attacks have evolved, and ransom demands have increased substantially.  Not only do the attacks result in locked-up data and systems, but many now include substantial theft of data to exert maximum leverage on the victims.  But where do the cyber-criminals post the stolen data?  The Dark Web is the likely place where that data (and much more) will be bought and sold.  In this session we will cover:

  • Cyber-attacker methods and their targets
  • Ransomware trends
  • Proactive steps to avoid becoming a ransomware victim, and planning actions “just in case”
  • The Dark Web
  • A demo of the Dark Web to uncover where it exists, what it contains, and why it should be examined with caution

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July 29
8:30 am - 10:00 am


April Renner