Champlain College Combats Cyber Crime During National Cyber Security Awareness Month

BURLINGTON, Vt.---In recognition of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Champlain College Online is hosting a special webinar - "Something is Phishy: The War on Cyber Crime" - to address today's cyber threats and proven measures to protect users, businesses and government from malicious activity. During an era when cyber crime will cost the U.S. economy $2 trillion by 2019, Champlain's webinar will provide participants with tactical and strategic solutions to understand and thwart cyber crime across their organization.

"Cyber challenges continue to dominate public discourse and its severity has prompted the White House to appoint the first ever Chief Information Security Officer, a position specifically designed to address the complex nature of cybersecurity," said Ric Messier, Cybersecurity Program Director at Champlain College. "Since security is everyone's problem we need to do a better job at educating all users of the risks to themselves as well as the businesses they work in. Luckily there are simple and effective ways to improve skills and practices that lead to more secure operations enterprise wide."

Champlain is a two-time winner of SC Magazine's Best Cybersecurity Higher Education award (2013 & 2015) and is designated since 2006 as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

What: Champlain College Online Cybersecurity Program Director Ric Messier, MS, GCIH, GSEC, CEH, CISSP leads an informative webinar discussing how you can protect your organization, and yourself, from malicious activity. Three separate webinars are scheduled featuring tailored content for select audiences, however, all webinars are open to the general public and media. The webinar will address how to:

  • Identify and protect against phishing attacks
  • Identify and protect against social engineering attacks
  • Create an information security culture and demonstrate where education can help
  • Improve cooperation between users and security teams

When: Something's Phishy: The War On Cyber Crime

REGISTER: Members of the public and press are welcome at all of the events above.  Click on the data and time that works for you and register on the corresponding page. 

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Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit