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KnowBe4 And Kevin Mitnick Offer Free Cybercrime Prevention Tips For Upcoming Republican National Convention

Tips created to help convention attendees protect their personal information and mobile devices from cyberattacks
CLEARWATER, Fla., Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In preparation for the Republican National Convention (RNC), Security Awareness Training firm KnowBe4 and security expert Kevin Mitnick are offering free cybercrime prevention tips. The Republican National Convention will take place August 27-30, 2012, at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, and is expected to draw approximately 45,000 people, including delegates, media representatives and other tourists.(1) Local news station WTSP reports that the convention is also expected to attract an estimated 15,000 protesters, and may be subject to attempted cyber attacks from "hacktivists" around the globe.(2)

The RNC Cybercrime Prevention Tips from KnowBe4 and world-renowned ex-hacker Mitnick are created to help convention attendees protect their personal information and mobile devices from cyber attacks, especially when using public kiosks or wireless networks. The tips can be used for both convention-goers and visitors.

"It's important for RNC attendees and locals to be aware of the risks when using shared computers and Wi-Fi," said Stu Sjouwerman (pronounced "shower-man"), founder and CEO of KnowBe4. "Those who disagree with Republican politics may use cyber attacks to disrupt the event or make a public statement. This can range from website takedowns or takeovers, to cyberheists of bank accounts or confidential data, to organized efforts from hacktivist groups such as Anonymous, which has coordinated online attacks against businesses and government agencies. Anonymous has already announced its intent to protest against the RNC and promote its 'Operation Cannabis' campaign during the convention."

Sjouwerman and Mitnick - creators of the newly released Kevin Mitnick Security Awareness Training™ - encourage all convention attendees and visitors to heed the following security tips: