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U.S. Homeland Security officials will hold an online seminar on Wednesday to brief Jewish organizations on cyber security.

According to the Secure Community Network, a body that advises Jewish groups on security issues, the issue of cyber security has emerged over the past year as a “primary threat and concern as it relates to crime and homeland security.”

In a press statement announcing the webinar, the group said, “In recent months, a number of Jewish organizations including national agencies, synagogues and camps have reported suspicious cyber incidents, hacking, website defacement and probing from overseas locations including the Middle East, prompting heightened security concerns.”

“It is imperative that Jewish leaders, executives and senior staff, beyond traditional IT personnel, better understand the magnitude and implications of this growing and dynamic threat which has the potential to cripple networks, steal private information, impact organizational reputation and compromise both physical and IT security,” it added.

Current and former top Homeland Security officials will address the webinar, timed for what the Department of Homeland Security has designated National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

The Secure Community Network is the security arm of the Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.