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September 29, 2013

K-9s to headline at tech forum


Tonawanda News — The forum will, as in past years, count as six continuing professional education hours toward ISC2 and ISACA certifications.

The forum is free and doesn’t cost Niagara County anything to present. According to Helwig, it is a collaborative effort by Niagara County, the Erie and Niagara local emergency planning committees, the InfraGard Buffalo Members Alliance and infoTech Niagara.

The forum “benefits our region as a whole by giving local private and public-sector employers a chance to access employee training for their IT and security professionals at no cost,” he said.

This year’s class topics include “Cloud Backup: Optimizing Data Backups and Recover in the Cloud,” “Implementing an ICS-Based Incident Response Plan,” “Developing the Organization’s Security Posture,” “Intelligent IP-Based Physical Security and Access Control Systems,” “Hazmat Awareness Overview for Businesses and Communities” and “Defending Cyber Attacks.”

In addition to their K9s, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office will present a class on the GIS mapping system. The Niagara County Department of Health will offer a class on tracking and reuniting pets with their owners during disasters.

The targeted audience for the forum includes decision-makers in information technology, information assurance, homeland security and corporate security. The 2012 forum had more than 350 attendees from throughout the region, representing local, state and federal government, school districts, colleges, small business owners, local company IT staff, health care professionals, banks and financial institutions, utilities and law firms.

The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, 310 Fourth St., Niagara Falls.

Pre-registration is required and can be completed at

For more information, call 439-7048.

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