Cybersecurity for Small Businesses

When: October 18, 2018, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: 200 Innovation Blvd, Suite 243, State College, PA, 16803
Cost: $0.00
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Cyber-attacks targeting businesses with fewer than 250 employees have steadily increased over the last five years, according to the cybersecurity firm Symantec. In 2015, 43 percent of all attacks targeted small businesses, up from 34 percent the previous year. Research by the  National Cyber Security Alliance indicates that within six months of a cyber-attack, 60 percent of small companies go out of business. Cyber threats are becoming more difficult to anticipate and control just as businesses are becoming more dependent on digital resources such as the web, social media, and eCommerce. In addition, new frontiers, such as cloud computing and bring your own device (BYOD), increase complexity.

Increasing cybersecurity begins with an awareness that obscurity is no longer a feasible defense to advanced techniques, such as watering hole attacks, spear-phishing, and ransomware. This seminar will use case-based learning and scenarios to increase awareness of cybersecurity threats, as well as provide tips and recommendations to reduce vulnerability.

Learn from Penn State researchers:

  • define cybersecurity and explain its importance
  • explain risk, and list strategies to control cyber risk
  • describe common cyber threats, as well as emerging trends
  • prepare a CyberPlan to protect your business


Your presenters are researchers from the Penn State community, including:

  • Dr. Edward J. Glantz, P.E., Teaching Professor, College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST); Assistant Director, Master of Science in IST; Academic Program Coordinator, online Master of  Professional Studies in Cybersecurity
  • Mr. Brice Toth, Research and Development Engineer, Applied Research Laboratory
  • Ms. Caroline Sparrow, Undergraduate, B.S. in Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations
  • Mr. Tim Zhang, Undergraduate, B.S. Security and Risk Analysis



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