State Sen. Donald DeWitte (R-St. Charles) is partnering with two FBI cybercrime experts to present an online session on how to keep families safe from cyber-predators.
The Virtual Cybersecurity Town Hall will be held via Zoom from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14.
“Cyber criminals are always finding new ways to take advantage of people of all ages,” DeWitte said. “I have brought together two FBI agents with decades of cybersecurity expertise to provide helpful tips for individuals and families.”
Topics to be discussed include social media exploitation, common online scams and hacking schemes, protecting children online, and how to spot and prevent online security threats. A period for Q & A will also be provided.
Expert presenters include:
- Jay Patel — As a supervisory special agent with the FBI, Patel has more than 15 years of cyber security experience and has investigated complex National Security Cyber intrusion investigations involving U.S. government, nuclear power companies and defense contractors. He also has experience leading high profile international counterterrorism investigations involving homegrown violent extremists. Prior to becoming an SSA, Patel provided a wide range of management consulting services to various business sectors in New York.
- Matt Osegard — As an agent in the FBI since 2004, Osegard has worked on and led a wide variety of counterintelligence and cyber matters as a special Agent and supervisory special agent. He is currently the supervisor of FBI Chicago’s Criminal Cyber squad; FBI Chicago’s Cyber Task Force; and FBI Chicago’s Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory. Prior to this assignment, he served as the Unit Chief of the FBI’s National Counterintelligence Task Force at FBI Headquarters.
“These are experts in the field who are well-versed in how cybercriminals steal private information, exploit children, and make the Internet an unsafe place,” DeWitte said. “I have no doubt that attendees will learn a lot about how they can better protect themselves and their family from online predators.”
Registration is required for this virtual event, and instructions for how to join the Zoom meeting will be shared with participants prior to the Oct. 16 event.
Registrations can be made at this link, or by calling DeWitte’s office at 847-214-8245.