Free cybersecurity summit to help businesses prepare for cyber attacks

The Macomb County Chamber of Commerce and Macomb County Planning and Economic Development will host a Cybersecurity Summit on Friday, Dec. 3 to help businesses learn the newest information around handling cyber attacks. 

The free event, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Italian Cultural Center in Clinton Township, will feature a keynote presentation from Kelley Goldblatt, cybersecurity advisor for Michigan with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). 

In this role, Goldblatt works to strengthen cyber resiliency and security for the country’s critical infrastructure. 

“Our annual Business Preparedness event strives to prepare businesses to face challenges that can occur in the workplace, such as: natural disasters, active shooters, drug abuse, health issues and cybersecurity,” said Kelley Lovati, president and CEO, Macomb County Chamber of Commerce. “It is imperative that businesses create a response plan outlining steps to take if they are affected by one of these situations.”

According to IBM’s Cost of Data Breach Report, cyber crime can disrupt and damage businesses and cost millions of dollars in the process. 

“The cost and likelihood of cyber attacks grows every year,” said Vicky Rowinski, director, Macomb County Planning and Economic Development. “And while the idea of cyber crime can be intimidating, business leaders cannot let that stand in the way of action. They must take steps now to prevent serious damage to their organizations, because in these ever-changing times, the best defense is preparation.”

Common types of cyber attacks will be discussed at the summit as well as prevention tools and tactics.


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A panel of cybersecurity professionals will also share experiences that emphasize the importance of preparing a business for these situations. 

All businesses and organizations are welcome to attend this free event, however, registration is required and can by completed by visiting and clicking on events.