Wednesday, August 29, 2018

WTOC News: Don't Be a Victim - Cyber Scamming


SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Scammers are always trying to get their hands on your information and your money. There is one segment of the population they seem to target more than others. 

In this week's 'Don't be a Victim' report, we spoke to a Cyber Security expert about why it's so important for seniors to be on guard. 

"It's the kids and the senior citizens who make up about 90 percent of the people who get it," Michael Kaplan said. 

Michael Kaplan is a Cyber Security Instructor. We caught up with him as he gave seniors an important lesson at the JEA (Jewish Educational Alliance) in Savannah. 

"Every two seconds, somebody else is getting hit by identity theft."

"Giving them ways to spot malicious e-mails, phishing scams, getting rid of some of the misconceptions and just giving them some tips so that they are safe. They are a very vulnerable section of the population," Kaplan said.


One in 10 seniors will typically experience some kind of fraud each year, with criminals trying to get information any way they can. 

"Most of them are going to be over the phone. Others are fraudulent ways to steal information: duplicating sites that they would normally go to, asking for follow-up surveys, and basically getting their personally identifiable information, dropping a virus and then capturing all their personal information to go clean out accounts," Kaplan said. 

Some advice that can keep you from becoming a victim online includes using antivirus software, not using the same or obvious passwords, and not sending financial information through e-mail. Also, make sure your wireless network is protected. 

"And there are those cues, there are those things; you don't need to be a technical expert, you just need to be more aware. You need to be aware of these and more aware of your environment, and if you pay attention, you can stay ahead of the game," Kaplan said. 

Don't be a victim. 

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Mile2 Cyber Security Briefing at Coastal Regional Commission of Georgia

It was a pleasure to represent Mile2 Cyber Security at the Coastal Regional Commission's Board Meeting on August 08, 2018 at the Richmond Hill City Center.  The Coastal Regional Commission (CRC) is comprised of 10 counties and 35 cities, and serves municipal and county governments.  Its headquarters in Darien is now a Mile2 authorized training center, and will be offering cyber security training and certifications to public and private entities in their region.

This initiative to provide training goes beyond securing data and systems.  The State of Georgia currently has 11,000 cyber security positions throughout the state that remain vacant.  The reason?  There are not enough qualified candidates with proper certifications to fill these vacancies.  Our plan for training and certification programs addressed workforce, economic and professional development as well as security.

There were many key decision-makers in attendance for this briefing representing both public and private sector interests in the region. They included Mayors, Commissioners, Councilmen, City Managers, Congressional Representatives, and leaders from industry and academia.  While the questions and concerns were varied, everyone agreed that cyber security training and certification were high-priority issues with long-term consequences.

My heartfelt thanks goes out to Allen Burns, Executive Director of the CRC, for the opportunity to present to this distinguished audience.  I look forward to working with the municipalities that make up the Coastal Regional Commission to stand up their cyber security training capabilities.


For additional information, please review the Cyber Security Training Schedule or contact me directly via email at .

Friday, August 3, 2018

Cyber Security Training: Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer


Coastal Regional Commission of Georgia
1181 Coastal Drive SW, Darien, GA 31305

Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning is the process of having a professional work with a business to prepare processes, policies, and procedures to follow in case of a disruption. The comprehensive Mile2 Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer certification course goes beyond traditional BCP training - preparing students for industry certification in Business Continuity planning and presenting the latest methodologies and best practices for real-world systems recovery. Students will receive a solid foundation of instruction that will enable them to create meaningful business continuity plans.

This certification course has been validated by the NSA for: CNSS-4016, National Information Assurance Training Standards for Risk Analysis. This course maps to ISO 22301 Lead Auditor and Implementer.



Michael I. Kaplan is a Mile2 Cyber Security Instructor, Authorized Training Center, and a passionate advocate for military veteran issues with 21 years of experience in the security industry. His industry areas of specialization are Program Management and Implementation, IT Risk Assessment, and Information Systems Audit / Compliance. He also has a high degree of expertise regarding conformance to Cyber Security Frameworks including HIPAA Compliance (HITECH, GAPP), NIST SP 800 Series, ISO 27000 Series, PCI-DSS, SSAE 16 (SOC1, SOC2), and FedRAMP.


1. Intro to Disaster Recovery Training

6. Implementation Phase

2. Business Impact Analysis

7. BCP Testing and Exercises

3. Risk Analysis

8. Plan Maintenance and Updates

4. BCP Design and Development

9. Pandemic Responses and Strategies

5. IT Recovery Strategies

*  Meet Other Professionals and Have FUN


 Hard Copy (Provided at Training Location)

A 15% discount is available for all
members of our military affiliated
communities. For information on
how to receive a discount code,
please contact Michael I. Kaplan:

 - Course Text / Workbook

 - Course Lab Manual

 - Text: Key Security Concepts & Definitions

 - Text: Exam Prep Guide

 - Cool SWAG

 Electronic (Loaded in Student Account)

 * Access to digital content for 1-year

 - Course Text / Workbook

 - Course Lab Manual

 - Course Video Series

 - CEU Completion Certificate

 - Course Prep Guide

 - Course Exam Simulator

 Exam Voucher

 - Re-Take Exam Voucher (if needed)




 Electronic Registration & Payment

 Check / Purchase Order (Please contact Michael I. Kaplan via email or phone.)
 - PHONE: (912) 244-0394

"Providence Favors the Prepared Mind."