IMEC hosts cyber-security event for defense manufacturers

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PEORIA, Ill. – In the era of technology, more and more companies are vulnerable to hackers. The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center is working to fight that.

The IMEC hosted a Risk Management Cyber Security event in Peoria Tuesday. Experts helped identify vulnerabilities business owners may not consider when it comes to cyber security.

They say employees are often the gateway allowing hackers in. Representatives advised business owners to warn employees not to open suspicious emails, plug their phones into work computers or plug in an unknown USB.

“Based on what our experts have shared, it’s growing not only in its frequency that is happening but also the sophistication,” Program & Partner Relations Coordinator at IMEC Emily Lee said, “So it’s important for, primarily manufacturers, to just be aware of the new waves that the bad people are trying to get into the systems,” Lee said.

David Semler, IT team leader at Hydro-Gear said users need to be engaged and take responsibility in order to succeed in cyber security.

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