The Ozaukee County Economic Development Council will host a seminar on cyber security and data breaches Jan. 26.

The OED is inviting local businesses to the seminar to teach them about how to responsibly handle computer data so as to avoid the leak of their businesses' valuable information.

The seminar comes as a response to an incident in February in which hackers logged into the Ozaukee County payroll system, accessing personnel information and filing fraudulent tax returns. The hackers could view the W-2 and other tax forms of almost 200 Ozaukee County employees, which included their addresses and Social Security numbers. Those responsible for the data were not identified, but an investigation by the Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office deduced that the hackers accessed the system from out of state.

Speaking at the seminar will be Laura Fay of the Bureau of Consumer Protection, who will be discussing the common causes of data breaches and identifying data security risks.

Also in attendance to speak is V. Miller Newton, President and CEO of PKWARE Data Security and Compression, a company that specializes in data encryption.

The seminar will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the New Grafton Pub (on the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Bridge Street). Those who wish to attend the seminar must RSVP by Jan. 19. For more information, contact the EOD at 262-238-7730 or email Jean Hill at

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