International cyber-security expert Allan M. Cytryn

Eric Brenner, a Hapag-Lloyd official skedded to talk to us Jan. 12 about world shipping, called me today to say that he had to postpone because he’s been called by a major customer (you’d know the name)  to be in Paris Jan. 11-13. He’ll be rescheduling; there’s a lot of interest in world shipping here, especially with the widening of the Panama Canal.

So the very interesting international cyber-security expert Allan M. Cytryn will speak to us instead on Jan. 12. I originally had him in mind to speak later this year or next fall.

But first look at this amazing  on hacking attacks around the world:

Mr. Cytryn is a principal of Risk Masters International Inc., a consulting firm that advises international clients on risk mitigation and management, including business continuity planning, disaster recovery, and recovery from cyber attacks. He has been a senior Information-technology executive for more than 30 years.

As you’ll see by googling him, Mr. Cytryn has a formidable background in IT security. I note his role in helping large organizations recover from terrorist acts.

He will talk about such things as hacking threats from around the world, Europe’s ideas on Internet privacy,  the European Union’s battle with Google and, most importantly, preparing for the next big cyber attack. (Could terrorists or foreign power take down our electric grid, as Ted Koppel speculates in a new book, Lights Out: A Cyberattack, a Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath.)

As usual, the dinner will be at the Hope Club, 6 Benevolent St., Providence. Drinks start at about 6, dinner by 7, then the talk and a Q&A and the evening ends by 9.

If you have not already done so, please let us know whether you will join us Jan. 12 by replying to this email or calling (401) 523-3957. Thank you very much.