Indianapolis Cyber Security Summit aims to fight back against computer hackers

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By Jillian Deam

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 22, 2014) – Homeland Security and Public Safety teamed up to host the first annual Cyber Security Summit in Indianapolis today.

Hackers attacked many big-name stores this year. Now, security experts are working together to fight back.

"The problem is, the type of attack that occurs isn't something you see physically,” Chief of Homeland Security for the City of Indianapolis Gary Coons said.

Experts from the federal government and from the private sector got together to share ideas.  They say the goal is to find solutions to the growing security threats happening across the country.

Staples was the latest store that was hit.  Stores like Home Depot and Target were attacked as well.

A new survey says it has some people thinking twice about where they'll shop this holiday season.

According to the survey, nearly half of the people they surveyed plan to avoid stores that were hacked.  It also says about half of the shoppers they surveyed plan to use cash instead of credit cards.

Experts at the summit say the first line of defense online starts with the individual.

“You need to change your password as much as you put gas in your car, you have to do it quite often. That's the best form of security that you have,” Coons said.

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