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FBI cyber security event at FSU is open to the public

Agents will teach new ways to protect from cyber threats
Posted at 11:27 PM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 23:27:10-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Nearly 300 Governmental officials will meet with FBI agents at Florida State University Wednesday morning to learn new ways to protect their communities from cyber threats.

It's the first time the bureau has ever hosted an event like this in Tallahassee.

Specialized agents will discuss topics ranging from email compromise to foreign influences, which can be especially important as we approach the upcoming elections.

They'll also deliver a relatively new presentation on skimmers.

"The state of Florida is rampant with skimming crimes happening," said Amanda Videll, Public Affairs Officer, FBI Jacksonville.

'Skimming,' or card skimming, is the theft of credit and debit card data and PIN numbers when the user is at an ATM or point of sale, like a gas station pump. Card skimming allows thieves to steal money from accounts, make purchases and sell card information to third parties for the same purposes.

"When you talk about Florida, you talk about tourists, you talk about people coming in and spending money, and maybe not following their checkbooks as closely as they do when they're at home during a regular week," Videll said. "And skimmers are something that they're falling victim to and we want people to know about that."

The event's organizers said members of the general public are welcome to attend, and they do plan to accommodate walk-ins to the best of their ability.

The event is from 9am to 4pm at the Turnbull center.