Cyber Security Workshop for Small and Medium Businesses

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As highlighted in the Message from Charlie Clark , DFI will be arranging for the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) to provide a half-day Cyber Security Workshop for small and medium sized Washington businesses in a central location in the Seattle/Tacoma area. The NCSA has developed an introductory-level, in-person, highly-interactive workshop designed to provide business leaders with a pathway to better cyber security. During the three hour workshop, a NCSA-trained facilitator will take attendees through the following steps:

  1. understanding the assets (digital crown jewels) they have that others might want to steal;
  2. learning how to protect those assets without having to spend a lot of money or time
  3. detecting when something has gone wrong;
  4. reacting quickly and appropriately to make the impact as small as possible, and creating a plan of action to remain operational when an incident occurs; and
  5. learning what resources are needed to recover if a breach should occur.

The content of the workshop is designed for people who do not have technical backgrounds.

The NCSA has worked with the Department of Homeland Security, Small Business Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Institute of Standards and Technology and Federal Trade Commission to ensure this training includes current and no-cost federal resources and best practices. As a member of the SBA Tech Coalition, NCSA is committed to bringing quality content to small and medium sized businesses across the country.

This free workshop will be conducted in-person in the Seattle/Tacoma area in March or April of 2017. If interest in attending this event exceeds available seating, priority may be given to companies with fewer employees.

If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please complete this brief interest survey by February 10, 2017 .

Small Business Cyber Security Survey

The Department will provide specific workshop details in February.

For resources regarding Information Security visit the Department’s website: Information Security Resources

Thank you for your attention to this important issue.