Dover, Delaware, September 7 – The University’s Office of Economic Innovation & Partnerships (OEIP) and the Delaware Small Business Development Center (DSBDC) presented the small business track at the 7th Annual Secure Delaware Workshop on Wednesday, September 7th. The all-day event provided valuable cybersecurity training and access to subject matter experts along four different tracks

The Small Business track was divided into three breakout sessions. The first was presented by Lyman Terni of Artemis InfoSec, an IT security firm. Mr. Terni walked attendees through DSBDC’s Small Business Cybersecurity Workbook, an easy to use tool designed to acquaint small businesses with core cybersecurity topics. Mr. Terni urged attendees to start a security conversation with an IT consultant saying, “They are waiting for you to start the conversation.”

The second small business session provided an overview of the risks and pain points of current communication products, like email. Guided by Jerry Montella, President and Chief Executive Officer of Trustifi, attendees were given solutions to mitigate risk from those forms of exposure.

The final session was a town hall format that began with general updates on how resource partners across the state are addressing the cybersecurity concerns of small businesses followed by a conversation focused on opportunities to expand cybersecurity awareness and education in the small business community. The panel, moderated by Dr. David Weir, Director of OEIP, was comprised of Daniel Eliot, Manager of Technology Business Development of OEIP; Elayne Starkey, Chief Security Officer of Delaware Department of Technology and Information; Dr. Ken Barner, Professor and Chair of UD Electrical Engineering; and Dr. Mark Hufe, Director for the Center for Cyber Security at Wilmington University.

Attendees came away from the Secure Delaware Workshop with information on how to improve the odds of defending their small businesses and personal information against cyber attacks. For more information on how small businesses can protect themselves from cyber threats, please visit the DatAssured™ page on the DSBDC website for training videos, workbooks and other educational materials.

The Secure Delaware Workshop was organized by OEIP, DSBDC, DTI, the Delaware League of Local Governments and the Greater Wilmington Cyber Security Group.