GVSU to host cyber security workshop

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Small businesses are just as vulnerable to cyber attacks as large corporations.

The Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC), housed at Grand Valley State University, will host a workshop December 4, called "Small Business, Big Threat," designed for small business owners.

The workshop will address several security issues including cyber security best practices, protecting company information, mobile security, password practices, buying and selling online and what to do when there is a security breach.

Participants are asked to complete a Cyber Security Assessment provided by the MI-SBDC to determine if their company is at risk. The assessment is designed as a learning tool to increase understanding and preparation for managing business security risk. Find the survey at smallbusinessbigthreat.com

Cyber Security Awareness

December 4, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

L. William Seidman Center, Pew Grand Rapids Campus 

50 Front Ave., Grand Rapids

The keynote speaker is John Hey, chief operating officer of Trivalent Group, Inc., an Internet service provider in Grand Rapids. Trivalent will join panelists:

• Keith Brophy - state director, Michigan Small Business Development Center

• Brian Swaid - manager, Information Security Systems and Engineering, Chemical Bank

• Bill Fisher - associate director, Technical Services of Information Technology, Grand Valley State University

• Curt Rypma - Schenk, Boncher & Rypma P.C.

The program was developed by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

For more information and to register visit smallbusinessbigthreat.com or call (616) 331-7480.