Are you a medium-to-small business (SMB) owner in the Boise, Idaho, area?
Like free coffee, and knowledge about cybersecurity threats you’re likely facing?
If you answered yes to these awkward questions, you should join your SMB peers at a free workshop on July 24 in Boise, organized by the non-profit National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). The free event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., July 24, at the Courtyard by Marriott Boise West hotel, 1789 South Eagle Road Meridian, ID 83642.
The morning will feature an interactive workshop educating attendees on how to improve employee and business security using the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, an internationally recognized standard.
Why Should I Attend?
Once, SMBs would have been considered too small to even show up on the radar of cybercriminals—but no longer. SMBS can’t afford to keep cybersecurity concerns on the backburner any more. The smart men and women at the Ponemon Institute dropped these numbers in a report late last year:
- 61% of SMBs have experienced a cyberattack in 2017, up 11% from the year before
- The average size of a data breach at an SMB increased 45% from 2016 to 2017
- Of the SMBs surveyed who had experienced a data breach, 54% said human negligence was the cause
We think these are three pretty good reasons to attend, and are part of why we think it’s important to co-sponsor workshops like this. During the workshop, an NCSA-trained facilitator will take the attendees through the following steps:
- Understanding the assets they have that others might want to steal
- Learning how to protect those assets without having to spend a lot of money or time
- Detecting when something has gone wrong
- Knowing how to react quickly and appropriately to make the impact is as small as possible, and understanding the need to create a plan of action that can be implemented when a breach occurs
- Learning what resources are needed to recover after a breach
To learn more about staying safe online and to find links to websites that offer additional account security visit www.staysafeonline.org. Other workshop sponsors include the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Can’t make it to the event? Check out our free toolkit filled with security awareness resources designed specifically for SMBs.