October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and it comes as no surprise that it falls during the “spooky” season. In 2021 we shared Cybersecurity in The Real World: Spooky Stories from Real Churches Just Like You. In this second volume with “More Spooky Stories” this webinar will contain several new stories of cyber attacks that have recently happened to our church clients. The spookiest part? These attacks still happen. Many people in the church and ministry circle believe that churches aren’t really a main target for these types of attacks, but these stories will prove you wrong. It’s easy to convince ourselves into thinking we’d never fall for a cyberattack, but the unfortunate reality is that this happens to incredibly smart and accomplished people all of the time. Cybersecurity attacks aren’t so obvious anymore, and they’re not passive either. Schemes have gotten sneakier, more personal, and usually involve actively tricking a user.
We’re going to talk about the importance of holistic online safety, give several examples of how sophisticated and under-the-radar these attacks can be, dissect the points at which process and protocol broke down to allow these things to happen, AND share tools and policies you can (and SHOULD) put in place to prevent these exact things from happening to you!
Travis Phipps is the Director of Technology at Enable Ministry Partners and has been with us for over 10 years. In addition to being Enable’s resident cybersecurity expert, he helps manage our team of engineers and technicians and works closely with them to oversee Enable’s technology strategy and direction for our clients. Travis is a preacher’s kid who loves serving churches through technology at Enable, doing exactly what God clearly built him to do. He lives in Wylie, Texas with his wife and two children.