A cyber attack or data breach can have a major impact on both big and small businesses.  A free workshop offered by the Delaware Business Resiliency Initiative, a program of the Delaware Small Business Development Center, on February 4 from 9 .m. –noon will help small businesses learn about the proactive measures they can take to identify the latest threats and protect their business.

Small Business Cyber Security Workshop in partnership with

Delaware SBDC, Delaware PTAC & Discover Bank

February 4, 2015 — 9 a.m.- noon

Delaware Biotechnology Institute, 15 Innovation Way, Newark, DE 19711


The workshop, in partnership with the Delaware Procurement Technical Assistance Center and Discover Bank, will include presentations by:

Dr. Dwayne Hodges, President & CEO DH Cyber Security Solutions.   Hodges is called upon for his expertise by business, government and academia leaders worldwide and is considered a global leader in cyber security.

Tim Smith Co-founder and CEO of Delmarva Digital. Delmarva Digital which provides mission critical web-based services and website tools for small businesses, large corporations and government clients throughout the US.  Since 1997, Delmarva Digital has grown into a leading website development company in the region.

Discover Financial Services Information Security Representative

Through a generous donation from Discover Bank, the workshop also will feature, a continental breakfast for all participants.

“Any kind of surprise disruption — the loss of power for days, a hurricane or snow storm, or  increasingly in recent times a cyber attack or computer crash– can interrupt operations and cash flow, ” says program coordinator Carrie Townsend. “Knowledge of the latest cyber threats and measures you can take to protect your business can reap huge benefits later and in diverting a problem or getting a business back up and running quickly.”

The Delaware Small Business Development Center (SBDC) with the help of a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently launched the Delaware Business Resiliency Initiative, a program to provide long term assistance so businesses are prepared and ready for anything.

Registration is required to participate in the workshop. Go to:

https://clients.delawaresbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=10350001

Or call the Delaware SBDC at (302) 856-1555 or email ctownsen@udel.edu to register for the workshops or for more information about the Delaware Business Resiliency Initiative.  Or visit our website, www.dsbdc.org  to learn about all programs, services and locations.

The Delaware Business Resiliency Initiative includes other training and informational workshops, webinars  and one-on-one counseling for small businesses in Delaware as part of its mission to educate on preparedness and business continuity.

Delaware is among 11 states impacted by Hurricane Sandy to receive grant funding for this type of outreach and education.  Delaware businesses certainly need to plan for hurricanes and other acts of nature such as flooding, fire, drought, snow that could impact their operations.  Other disruptions that could be anticipated and planned for included power outages, construction near a business that displaces or reroutes traffic, infrastructure and IT malfunctions.

The SBDC, a unit of the University of Delaware’s Office of Economic Innovation & Partnerships, provides business advisory services for free in all three counties in Delaware through funding from the SBA, Delaware Economic Development Office, the University of Delaware and private sector organizations.