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SBA Offers Free Computer Security Workshops to Small Business Owners

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

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