Wyoming Programs Featured on Down to Business with V.

Down to Business with V. is a talk show on BLAB TV hosted by business woman, entrepreneur, former Marine, and CEO fo the Vicar Group, LLC. It brings awareness and actionable information to help the audience protect their families, businesses, and the community.

Wyomingites can access the show via Roku by adding BLAB TV or via Apple podcasts.

Three episodes feature Wyoming programs created by either CyberWyoming or the CyberWyoming Alliance, nonprofits in the state.

The episode called Cyber Savvy Kids – Keeping Families Safe Online aired on Monday October 24 features the Cyber-in-a-Box School Video Challenge and shows some of the 2021-2022 videos created by Wyoming students in that challenge.

“We are excited about the exposure for the program because, by having students create cyber safety videos and then having a premiere for the videos, it involves the entire community,” said Laura Baker, CyberWyoming Alliance President.

The School Video Challenge is currently registering teams for the 2022-2023 school year and each team receives $100 and t-shirts. Any Wyoming class, club, or group can join the challenge, with or without affiliation to a school.

“Last year, our youngest team was a sibling combination in Casper. We don’t need to write the check to a school, just an adult agreeing to sponsor and mentor the team,” said Baker.

Teams can use the $100 to buy whatever is needed like pizza, video editing software, a microphone, or a camera.

The 2022-2023 theme is demystifying blockchain. The CyberWyoming Alliance sponsored a challenge in the WyoHackathon asking participants what they would have liked to know in high school about blockchain and cryptocurrency, asking them to create storyboards for the video challenge.

“We got some great ideas for the teams this year from the Hackathon. Everyone in Wyoming knows the word ‘blockchain’ but they don’t really know what it means. So, we decided to get kids and the video challenge to help educate our communities,” said Baker. But, she added, teams are not required to stick to the demystifying blockchain theme. Some robotics teams have already signed up and intend to make videos about building robots and security concerns.

Once the videos are completed, they are posted on the Wyoming State Library’s website at https://library.wyo.gov/services/wyoming-residents/wyoming-can/.

Deadline to sign up for the 2022-2023 Cyber-in-a-Box School Video Challenge: 11/30/2022
Registration form: https://forms.gle/rAFX73g5FGKGTn5D6
Videos due: March 1
Virtual Premiere: April 20 at 2 p.m.

Other program air dates include October 31 The Human Firewall and Its Impacts on Small Businesses, featuring CyberWyoming’s Cybersecurity Competition for Small Businesses, and November 7 The Hacker’s Brief: How Citizens Are Keeping Communities Cybersafe featuring CyberWyoming Alliance’s citizen scam reporting program and weekly publication.

The 2023 Cybersecurity Competition for Small Businesses starts on February 1, but businesses can register now at www.cyberwyoming.org/competition/. The registration fee is $100 and the money will be used for cash prizes for the winners.  Continuing education credits are available for some fields and the time commitment for the cyber leader is about 4 hours per month for 7 months.

“The competition is human-focused.  We start with your mission statement and help you translate that into a security vision and then help you think about changing your company culture to become more secure,” said Baker.  Technical experience is not necessary she explained.

The 2023 Competition is sponsored by Capitol Communications, CPU, DigeTekS, EvnTec, Factory IT, First Federal Bank & Trust, IECA, K2 Technologies, Manufacturing Works, and PDS.  The sponsorship deadline is December 15, 2022.

The Hacker’s Brief is a weekly free publication that anyone can sign up for via https://cyberwyoming.org/contact/.  Wyoming citizens report scams they have seen in the wild to phishing@cyberwyoming.org and the CyberWyoming Alliance reviews the report, redacts personal information, and publishes it in the Hacker’s Brief.

“Studies show that prior knowledge of a scam or scam tactics reduce the likelihood of engaging with the hacker,” said Baker.  She went on to say that if Wyoming citizens know to just delete the email, text, or hang up on the phone call, then Wyoming citizen losses will decrease.

The FBI Internet Crimes Complaint Center showed reported Wyoming losses of over $10 million dollars in 2021, doubling from the $5 million reported losses in 2020.

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