Washington Post reporter to talk about cybersecurity at Seminars at Steamboat on Thursday

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Seminars at Steamboat: Robert O’Harrow

  • Thursday, July 25, 2013, 5 p.m.
  • Strings Music Pavilion, 900 Strings Road, Steamboat Springs
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— Pull up Robert O'Harrow's staff Web page at The Washington Post and you'll quickly realize he's on top of one of the hottest stories in the country right now.

Many of his recent stories bring readers behind the scenes at the National Security Agency and explore the fallout from the revelation that the agency has been collecting a vast number of phone records.

But even before the latest headlines, O'Harrow was using his stories to expose the intricacies of cyberspace and reveal how vulnerable Internet users, including governments, are to cyberattacks.

O'Harrow will be in Steamboat Springs on Thursday night to talk about cybersecurity, a topic he said will be meaningful here. The event is part of Seminars at Steamboat.

“Everybody who uses any sort of digital device that is linked to a network is affected by this,” he said. “If you have a smartphone or you use the Internet, this is meaningful because you are an active participant in cyberspace.”

He added that cyberspace, and government's ongoing efforts to defend it from attacks, is going to be a topic “that will be consuming Washington in the coming years.”

He said that since the advent of the Internet, so many businesses, governments and people have built systems in cyberspace, but they “don't really know how to protect them from the bad guys.”

Recent news stories have detailed how hackers, especially ones in China, have been attacking targets in the U.S. and sometimes compromising personal data.

O'Harrow wrote a seven-part series for The Washington Post explaining the complexities of cyberspace and its vulnerabilities to threats from hackers.

The free seminar starts at 5 p.m. Thursday at Strings Music Pavilion. Tickets will be distributed at 4:15 p.m. when the doors open.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210 or email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com

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