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Cybersecurity precautions 

Linda Medler webElection tampering, infrastructure attacks, corporate hacking. All those frightening events –- and many other types of attacks –- make the news almost daily. But cybersecurity isn’t just a concern for government officials and CEOs. We all have a role to play.

Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Linda Medler will provide an overview of today’s challenging cybersecurity environment, including the relevancy to the average American and implications for industry and government. Her presentation at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, will include a brief discussion of how the federal government is poorly organized to address the cyber domain.

Medler will review some of the initiatives in Arizona and why our state is a bit unique in addressing cyber challenges, including Gov. Doug Ducey’s Arizona Cybersecurity Team and the Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance.

Medler will also address the strategic implications of several presidential executive orders, various state laws being implemented and steps being taken regarding election security. The presentation will include video clips, as well as a list of the top 10 steps each of us can take to improve our security online.

Medler began her military career as an enlisted Marine before joining the Air Force, retiring in 2014 as a brigadier general. Over her 27-year Air Force career, she commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels and deployed to Afghanistan to lead more than 100 coalition personnel. She culminated her career as director of capability and resource integration for United States Cyber Command, orchestrating development of the current strategy and resourcing plan for the Department of Defense cyber mission force. Medler’s other key assignments included: director of communications and networks for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretary of Defense corporate fellow, and presidential communications officer at the White House Communications Agency.

Medler is founder, president and CEO of L.A. Medler & Associates, providing cyber strategy and operational consulting services to commercial, academic and government clients. Until December 2017, she served as chief information-security officer and director of information-technology security at Raytheon Missile Systems.

"By 2021, cybercrime damage is estimated to hit $6 trillion annually. To put that in perspective, that’s almost 10 percent of the world’s economy.” -- Deloitte & Touche in “The Future of Cyber Survey 2019 -- Cyber everywhere. Succeed everywhere.” 

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