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Small and Medium Business Cyber Security Workshop

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In March of this year the Department partnered with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) to provide a first of its kind Cyber Security Workshop for small and medium sized Washington businesses. This workshop focused on consumer services licensees. Thirty-four industry professionals attended the three hour in-person training that occurred in Renton, Washington. The content of the workshop was designed to be understandable by people who do not have technical backgrounds and covered the following topics:

  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
  5. Learning what resources are needed to recover if a breach should occur

Feedback from participants indicates the event was a success with 100% of survey respondents stating they either agreed or strongly agreed that the presentation was helpful. Furthermore, 97% of respondents either agreed or strongly agreed that they plan to use the information gained from the presentation to enhance their information security / cyber security program. Thank you to those who attended our first Cyber Security Workshop for Small and Medium Businesses!

For tips on planning for better cybersecurity, see a complete discussion of the Five Step Framework from the FTC.

For additional resources, visit the Department’s Information Security Resources page.