Active shooter and cybersecurity preparedness emphasized at Everything Local Conference

Active shooters and cybersecurity attacks are insider threats that spaces like agritourism venues and farmers markets need to be prepared for.

Sessions on both topics are being offered at the Everything Local Conference in Springfield, Illinois this week. Raghela Scavuzzo with the Illinois Specialty Growers Association tells Brownfield anyone hosting a public event or gathering needs to be prepared for an active shooter.

“It’s a darker subject and not something that any of us want to talk about, but we need to. So, the Department of Homeland Security will be here to talk about protocols and how to create an emergency action plan in case something does arise.”      

She says Homeland Security representatives will also focus on cybersecurity awareness.

“This is going to focus on making sure that when you are doing things like ecommerce, sending electronic invoices, and having a presence on social media you can make sure you are protected and not get hacked.”

The Everything Local Conference is a new collaboration of the Illinois Specialty Crops Conference and the Food and Farmers Market Conference, offering more than 100 speakers, focus groups, listening sessions and more.

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