April 25th – Carolina Networks, Inc.
Micah called our meeting to order and Joseph Williams led our prayer and pledge.
- A private service was held for fellow Rotarian and friend Beth Powell. Over the next few weeks we will “pass the bucket” for donations to be made in Beth’s memory. We will donate the funds to Sister Cities which was a program near and dear to her heart.
- Today was the 1st reading for prospective member Rodney Councilman.
- Welcome Ricky Lindley (Jim Cartner’s guest).
- Distict Conference will be held this week and our exchange student Pierre will be speaking at the conference.
- We are donating funds to sponsor 5 cadets for this upcoming Junior Police Academy class. We will be doing a presentation to present the check in the next few weeks.
- Joseph Williams is happy to be back from Israel.
- Carolyn enjoyed a spring break trip with her family to the Grand Canyon.
- Ben Wooten reported the Pink Ribbon Luncheon raised $122,000 to be used locally to assist women fighting breast cancer.
Member Spotlight – David Moore
- David Moore has been a member of our club since 1985. He has been married for 45 years and has two children and one grandchild on the way in May. David is a 1982 graduate of Elon University and owns his own insurance agency focusing mainly on employee benefits.
- David has always been self-employed and has never received a W-2. He has been commission only his entire career. During high school he lettered in four sports during his senior year – football, basketball, baseball, and track.
- What he plans to do after he retires? David plans to work as long as he is physically able.
Cecil Mills – Carolina Networks, Inc.
Penn Corbett has been a member of our club for 20 years. He has worked for PIP Printing for 22 years in various positions. Penn introduced our speaker Cecil Mills with Carolina Networks, Inc. (CNi). Cecil is a graduate of UNC-Charlotte and joined CNi in 2016 as a Senior Network Engineer.
Cecil shared with us ways to protect our businesses from Ransomware attacks. The following is summary of Cecil’s presentation:
- In 2015, there were one million web attacks.
- Run utilization reports to look for usage at night or non-working hours which could signal an attack.
- Ransonware attacks (Crytpo) use software to encrypt data and will demand money to unlock the data. The goal of these attacks is to get money – in 2016 earnings totaled $1,000,000,000!
- Where do Crypto attacks come from: email (#1 source), websites, USB, downloads and infected devices on your network.
- Don’t take the Bait! – stop and think before you click on anything, if it looks phishy verify with someone else and always delete if in doubt.
- If you get infected…disconnect from the network immediately, try to take a screenshot of the ransom note on your screen, turn off your computer and have your computer checked by the IT department.
- The only remedy for a Crytpo virus is the restore your data from a viable back up source.
- Protect yourself by tracking your bandwidth, educate users/employers, and always keep a viable back-up.
The pot is currently at $426 and the lucky Ace of Spades will determine the winner. 40 cards left in the deck but Jim Cartner wasn’t the lucky winner today!
The meeting was adjourned and we all stood to recite the Rotary Four Way Test. Until next week….