First Lt. Stephen Baker, 352nd Cyber Operations Squadron, watches as one of the Hack the Air Force 2.0 participants attempts to breach the security on a military website in December 2017. Photo by HackerOne

Dayton to have role in new cyber-defense effort

Businesses in the Dayton area has been invited to participate in the roll-out of an effort to test best practices in keeping computers and stored information secure.

Businesses wishing to apply to take part in the Cyber Readiness Institute’s cyber readiness program should apply by June 22.

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Business can apply by emailing: info@cyberreadinessinstitute.org.

According to a June 5 email from Thomas Skill, University of Dayton chief information officer, to Marcia Albers, executive director of Technology First, an association Dayton information technology professionals, the university has been working with the Center for Global Enterprise’s Cyber Readiness Institute for over a year on this effort.

“This is a multi-national non-profit organization that is focusing its resources on helping small and medium-sized businesses better protect and defend their operations from cyber threats,” Skill wrote in an email shared with this news outlet by Technology First.

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The institute is developing best practices around authentication, patching, phishing and USB use — particularly for small and medium sized businesses, Skill wrote.

The institute is inviting several businesses globally to participate in the pilot roll-out of this program — “and they have specifically invited the Dayton region to participate because of our strong working relationship with them,” Skill wrote.

Participating companies will have regular access to cyber-security experts during the pilot that runs from July 1 to Sept. 30, Skill said.

There’s no cost to participate.

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