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SBA Offers Free Computer Security Workshops To Small Business Owners

Release Date: 
Friday, April 20, 2012
Release Number: 
12-17
Contact: 
Cecelia Taylor (202) 401-3059

WASHINGTON – Small businesses around the country can take advantage of free computer security workshops to help strengthen their information security, determine their readiness against security breaches and safeguard their business information from computer attacks.

The U.S. Small Business Administration, Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s InfraGard will conduct a series of workshops on information security threats and solutions designed for small businesses.

This joint federal partnership promotes information security training and computer protection for the nation’s small business community and will help to identify information security vulnerabilities that can put small businesses at risk and the protective tools and techniques used to assess, maintain and guard their information and systems.

The protection of sensitive data such as business invoices, payroll records, client and employee data and other proprietary information is essential to a company’s success.  A computer failure or other system breach could undermine a company’s reputation, expose it to costly recovery expenses, and disrupt the business’ overall operation.

Small business owners will learn how to protect themselves from intentional attacks or unintentional damage, guard themselves from decreased productivity caused by security breaches and evaluate the needed security tools and techniques.  Participants will also learn useful and practical steps to take to protect their business’ operations.

In addition, business owners often cannot afford extensive programs or a full-time expert in information security.  The computer security workshops will help educate business owners on potential weaknesses and the corrective actions to take.

For additional information on the computer security workshops, including local area registration information, visit online at http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/SMA/sbc/workshops.html#dates.

The 2012 computer security workshops include the following cities (The locations marked TBD and TBA will be updated online with confirmed dates and times at http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/SMA/sbc/workshops.html#02):

Tulsa, Oklahoma

April 24, 2012: 8:30am – 12:30pm

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

April 25, 2012: 8:00am – 1:00pm

Denver, Colorado

April 27, 2012: Time – TBD

Lake Charles, Louisiana

May 21, 2012: 8:30am – 12:30pm

Lafayette, Louisiana

May 22, 2012: 9:30am – 1:30pm

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

May 23, 2012: 8:30am – 12:30pm

Slidell, Louisiana

May 24, 2012: 8:30am – 12:30pm

New Orleans, Louisiana

May 25, 2012; 8:00am – 12:00pm

LaPlace, Louisiana

May 25, 2012: 1:30pm – 5:30pm

Nashua, New Hampshire

June 13, 2012: Time – TBD

New Haven, Connecticut

June 14, 2012: Time – TBD

Rochester, Minnesota

June 19, 2012: 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Minneapolis, Minnesota

June 20, 2012: Time – TBD

St. Paul, Minnesota

June 20, 2012: Time – TBD

Duluth, Minnesota

June 22, 2012: Time – TBD

Austin, Texas

June 26, 2012: Time – TBD

San Antonio, Texas

June 28, 2012: Time – TBD

San Diego, California

July 17, 2012: Time –  TBD

Los Angeles, California

July 19, 2012: Time –  TBD

Cincinnati, Ohio

September 24, 2012: Time – TBD

Dayton, Ohio

September 25, 2012: Time – TBD

Columbus, Ohio

September 26, 2012: Time – TBD

Chillicothe, Ohio

September 27, 2012: Time – TBD

Sacramento, California

TBA

Indianapolis, Indiana

TBA

Albuquerque, New Mexico

TBA

Portland, Oregon

TBA