Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Tech Jam Panel Led by AG Donovan Educates Vermont Businesses on Data Breaches and Cybersecurity

October 19, 2018

Contact: Ryan Kriger, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-3171

ESSEX JUNCTION – AG Donovan moderated a panel of experts at the business expo Tech Jam today designed to walk the attendees through a data breach scenario. The workshop, called “Anatomy of a Data Breach,” demonstrated best practices and showed participants the different elements of a data breach – from the technology to governmental reporting requirements to public relations approaches. The scenario involved spear-phishing and ransomware, as well as a reportable data breach.

“Now more than ever businesses need to be aware and proactive about data breaches,” Attorney General Donovan said. “Our office is working hard to educate Vermont businesses about how to prevent a data breach, minimize loss, and what next steps are required and recommended.”

The panel consisted of the following experts: Attorney General T.J. Donovan; Jerry Tarrant (MyWebGrocer); Heather Roszkowski (The University of Vermont Health Network); Matt Borick, Esq. (Downs Rachlin Martin); Jonathan Rajewski (Leahy Center for Digital Investigation at Champlain College); Nick Sherman (Leonine Public Affairs); Mindy Higgins Bero (Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group); Jennifer Vander Veer (Federal Bureau of Investigations); and Ryan Kriger, Esq. (Vermont Office of the Attorney General).

This is the second year that Attorney General Donovan has moderated a panel at Vermont Tech Jam. Tech Jam, organized by Seven Days and the Vermont Technology Alliance, is a free job fair and tech expo where attendees can meet with recruiters from local tech companies, learn about training programs, and connect with tech professionals and industry experts. Find out more at: https://techjamvt.com/

If your business has suffered a data breach, please contact the Attorney General’s Office to report the breach at 802-828-3171. For more information about data breaches, you can visit the Attorney General’s website at: http://ago.vermont.gov/privacy-data-security/

Last modified: October 19, 2018