Experts are seeing a trend in hackers focusing their efforts on small to medium-sized businesses because their security systems are easier to penetrate. Hackers who target small businesses may be trying to get personal information about that company’s employees or clients, including social security numbers or credit card information. They might also be trying to exploit the vulnerabilities of small business computer systems to gain entry to larger, even more lucrative targets.
In 2016, the average cost to a business in the United States after a data breach was $221 per customer whose data had been exposed. – Ponemon Institute
Do your systems have enough protection? Where do you begin? Come to our community workshop to find the knowledge and resources your business needs to lower its risk of a data breach.
To help businesses manage and protect sensitive data, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has created the cybersecurity framework, which we will cover in this workshop.
A workbook, and Cybersecurity Toolkit with a Written Information Security Plan template are included.
Learn how to:
- What needs protection in your business?
- Common cyberattacks that may be used against your business
- The risks and costs of not being prepared for a cyber attack
- Train your employees to make smart decisions on electronic devices
- Use firewalls, encryption and strong passwords
- Actively assess and manage cyber risk
- Implement company policies
- Buy and regularly update antivirus software
- Teach employees to recognize cyber attacks
- Develop an Incident Response Plan
- Do a simple and low cost risk assessment for your business
- Actively manage your business’s security risks
- Limit the time and money spent on the recovery process
- Get rid of all traces of malicious code and make sure systems are secure
- Contact the proper authorities
Two people from the same company can attend for the price of one. The second person must be added at time of registration. If your company is sending more than two, please pay by check with the form below OR to pay more than $40 by Visa or Master Card, please request a customized electronic registration form from firstname.lastname@example.org.
REGISTER BY AUGUST 11
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All services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.