22 August 2016
Last week Wanneroo MP, Paul Miles, hosted a Cyber Security forum in conjunction with the Council on the Ageing (COTA) which was attended by over 100 tech-savvy seniors.
Presented by Mr David Cook, a Lecturer in the School of Science at Edith Cowan University (ECU) and member of the ECU Security Research Institute, the computer literate seniors were left in awe at the depths that these cyber criminals will go to target them.
Forum host Paul Miles MLA stated that “It was a fantastic forum that was right on point and I don’t think that we could have got a better presenter in David, who was absolutely enthralling”.
“Seniors are certainly targeted by these crooks which is why it is so important that we arm them with both the knowledge and the skills to defend themselves against these new computer-age threats”, Mr Miles said.
One senior was quoted after the event saying “We thoroughly enjoyed the event and could have sat and listened to David for hours… what a wonderful presenter he is”.
Another attendee was quoted as saying “Whilst we feel we have been fairly tech-savvy and don’t easily fall for scams, we learned a lot today and will work on the areas where we are vulnerable”.
Mr Miles said that given the outstanding success of the forum that plans were being progressed to hold more of these events, “My office has received a large number of enquiries from seniors who were unable to make last week’s forum but still wanted to attend at some point.
“This is why I am in talks with my surrounding colleagues, the Member for Kingsley, the Hon Andrea Mitchell MLA and the Member for Swan Hills, Frank Alban MLA to host more of these events for the benefit of our local seniors,” Mr Miles finished with.