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Thomas College and Maine State Chamber collaborate to provide Maine Cyber Safety Summit: Keeping Maine Businesses Safe

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WATERVILLE, MAINE, August 2017 — Cyber professionals found that 54 percent of anticipated cyberattacks against their organizations would be successful this year. Top causes for this exposure relates to a lack of skilled people, budget, and awareness. That’s why Thomas College and the Maine State Chamber are hosting a two-day event in three locations state-wide Maine Cyber Safety Summit to help keep Maine businesses safe at no cost.

The Summit, which takes place on September 20 and 21, intends to help businesses protect themselves from possible losses.

The Summit will address issues related to cyber security and how to safeguard your information. Presentations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Department of Homeland Security, Maine Emergency Management Agency, InfraGard, and the Thomas Security Center will help your businesses be proactive in protecting your information and how to respond to digital threats.

“Cyber security is a challenge all businesses face, regardless of location, size, or sector,” said Dana Connors, president of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. “Our goal, through this series of workshops, is to provide them with answers, solutions and tools to protect themselves as the face this most challenging national and global issue.”

“By using both local and federal resources, Maine businesses can improve their prospects by reducing significant risks that are likely affect the vast majority of Maine businesses,” said Thomas College professor Frank Appunn. “In addition, a cyber incident causes considerable losses with many medium and small businesses closing. Cyber losses can be reduced and it need not destroy profitability or progress. Both Thomas and InfraGard provide assistance to businesses in Maine.”

The first session is September 20th, 8 a.m. to noon at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer; the second is at Thomas College in Waterville from 1 to 5 p.m.; and the third is September 21, 8 a.m. to noon at UNE’s Portland campus.

Speakers include Chris White, Special Agent for the FBI, talking about Business Espionage and Intelligence; Ron Ford, Regional Cyber Security Advisor at DHS, covering current cyber threats and 16 critical industries; and Frank Appunn, Thomas College professor and Maine Board member of InfraGard, speaking about FBI outreach and information sharing.

For more information or to register, please visit

This event is facilitated by the Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation at Thomas College.

About Maine State Chamber: As the state’s most influential business advocate, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce works to ensure a business climate in which Maine State Chamber members, large and small, can compete successfully in the local, regional, national, and world marketplaces. As The Voice of Maine Business, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce proudly represents a network of 5,000 businesses of all sectors, sizes, and regions. It advocates on their behalf daily before the Legislature, state departments, and various levels of state government.

About Thomas College: Founded in 1894, Thomas College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in programs ranging from business, entrepreneurship, and technology, to education, criminal justice, and psychology. Its Guaranteed Job Program, the first of its kind in the nation, is built on student’s academic, career, and leadership preparation. Thomas is also home to the Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation and the Center for Innovation in Education. Money Magazine recently ranked Thomas 23rd in the Country for adding the most value to their degrees, and data reported by the New York Times ranks Thomas in the top 15 percent of all college and universities in the U.S. for upward mobility of its graduates. For more information, visit or contact MacKenzie Riley at or 207-859-1313.