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
Contact: Cecelia Taylor (202) 401-3059