LSBDC to hold seminar on information security for small businesses and organizations

Contact: Tonya LowentrittRichard Kissel
Date: May 10, 2012

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     HAMMOND – The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University and partners will host a seminar on cyber security in business in Slidell on Thursday, May 24.

     The free seminar will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Old LA Works Building, 316 Howze Beach Lane.

     "This workshop is intended to help small business owners increase information system security," said Sandy Summers, assistant director of the Small Business Development Center. "Participants will learn how to define information security for their organizations, see examples of common types of threats, and understand how to determine the extent to which their organizations should proactively address threats."

     Summers said that participants will also learn common best practices and procedures to operate more securely, hear a basic explanation of current technologies used in reducing vulnerabilities, and learn about resources freely available for organizations.

     The seminar will be led by Richard Kissel, a senior information security analyst for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD. He has worked in the information security profession for over 20 years and conducts information security workshops for small business owners and operators, and writes information security guidelines for Federal agencies. Prior to joining NIST in 2001, he worked as an information security analyst in the Computer Security Office at the Small Business Administration.

     The seminar is co-sponsored by National Institute of Standards and Technology, the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce, SCORE, Computer Security, the U.S. Small Business Adminstration, and Louisiana Economic Development.

     To register or for more information, email, or call 985-549-3831.


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