FBI Buffalo Cyber Workshops

Low-tech explanations of high-tech threats   

Back by popular demand and due to the vital need to prevent cyber intrusions, FBI Buffalo is hosting a second series of FBI Buffalo Cyber Workshops: Low-tech explanations of high-tech threats in collaboration with the Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York. These webinars are geared toward empowering you – and your workplaces – with awareness about online scams, cyber intrusions and preventable pitfalls. Descriptions and registration-limitations are below.  

Scam Tools for Sale: Awareness and Prevention to Keep from Clicking on Malicious Links | Thursday, June 30 at 12 p.m. Register here

Technical term: Phish Kits   

While we’re always concerned about sophisticated hackers, low-tech scammers can buy an online toolkit – known as a phishing or phish kit – to make it easier for them to manipulate you online. Get the inside scoop on how phish kits are designed and deployed, and how you can avoid clicking on links created by criminals. 


Starting Small: Tips and Tricks for Low-Cost Cyber Solutions for your Home or Business | Thursday, July 21 at 12 p.m. Register here


Technical term:  Low-Cost and Non-Technical Controls 

You know it’s important to beef up your cyber habits at home and at work, but options can seem overwhelming and expensive. Learn tips and tricks for low-cost cyber solutions that are simple, yet critical. 


Crimes Involving Cryptocurrency: A New Territory for Cyber Scammers | Thursday, August 11 at 12 p.m. Register here   


Technical term: Cryptocurrency Case Study 

Ready to jump into cryptocurrency? So are some opportunistic criminals who want your money. Hear a brief overview of cryptocurrency from an investigator’s perspective, plus details from a local case in which someone lost millions of dollars.   


Who May Register? These cyber workshops are limited to Buffalo and Rochester InfraGard members, FBI Buffalo Citizens Academy graduates, businesses associated with the Better Business Bureau of Upstate NY and/or Chambers of Commerce within WNY, and additional limited groups.  

If you belong to one of these groups and would like your colleagues to attend, please email Sharon Mentkowski at smentkowski@fbi.gov as soon as possible and no later than two weeks before the workshop.


Deadlines to Register: Registration for each workshop will expire at 12 p.m. two days before each even