Cybersecurity Workshop for Small Business – Seattle

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Brought to you by the Washington SBDC, Banner Bank and U.S. Commercial Service. Cyber Flyer Full page Seattle 2018

Experts are seeing a trend in hackers focusing their efforts on small to medium-sized businesses because their security systems are easier to penetrate. Hackers who target small businesses may be trying to get personal information about that company’s employees or customers, including social security numbers or credit card information. They might also be trying to exploit the vulnerabilities of small business computer systems to gain entry to larger, even more lucrative targets.

In 2016, the average cost to a business in the United States after a data breach was $221 per customer whose data had been exposed. – Ponemon Institute

Do your systems have enough protection? Where do you begin? Come to our community workshop to find the knowledge and resources your business needs to lower its risk of a data breach.

To help businesses manage and protect sensitive data, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has created the cybersecurity framework, which we will cover in this workshop.

Professionals from several industry sectors will be presenting and available to answer questions.

Learn how to:

  • Identify
    • What needs protection in your business?
    • Common cyber attacks that may be used against your business
    • The risks and costs of not being prepared for a cyber attack
  • Protect
    • Train your employees to make smart decisions on electronic devices
    • Use firewalls, encryption and strong passwords
    • Actively assess and manage cyber risk
  • Detect
    • Implement company policies
    • Buy and regularly update antivirus software
    • Teach employees to recognize cyber attacks
  • Respond
    • Develop an Incident Response Plan
    • Do a simple and low cost risk assessment for your business
    • Actively manage your business’s security risks
  • Recover
    • Limit the time and money spent on the recovery process
    • Get rid of all traces of malicious code and make sure systems are secure
    • Contact the proper authorities

Registration is limited and includes lunch thanks to sponsorship by Banner Bank.


Securing the Supply Chain Forum: The Digital Transformation of Supply Chain

Where: Highline College, Building 2
2400 S. 240 Street
Des Moines, WA 98198

When: April 26th, 2018 | 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Networking event will follow right after the Forum).

Register here (free):

For more information, please contact Kellie Hale at or
Kaitlin Bermingham at

Who Should Attend?
• State College/University educators and administrators
• State, local, and federal government agencies
• Supply Chain, trade industries, and organizations
• International retailers
• Trade associations
• IT and software suppliers

Draft Agenda (panel discussions and speakers may change)
8:00 a.m. Registration w/refreshments
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
9:15 a.m. Keynote: The Digital Transformation of the Supply Chain
10:00 a.m. Panel #1 – “Disruptive Technologies: What we need to be prepared for.” Discuss the emerging technologies that will have an effect on industry and on workforce development (who will be training talent for industry)
11:30 a.m. Lunch / Keynote speaker Artificial Intelligence
1:15 p.m. Panel # 2Student Panel
2:00 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. Panel #3– “Public Policy: Legislative and regulatory adjustments for emerging technology.” Policy experts and legislators/council members on how policy will be impacted/need to adapt to emerging technologies
3:30 p.m. Break
3:45 p.m. Panel #4 faculty panel discussion with public policy panel members
4:50 p.m. Summary
5:00 p.m. Hosted networking event

Maturing Public-Private Partnerships (P3) Workshop

On March 28, 2018, key stakeholders in Camp Murray, WA, will converge for a free P3 workshop to bolster preparedness, response, and recovery efforts hosted by the Business Emergency Management Center.

Funded by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, this two-day workshop provides participants with innovative techniques and integrated public-private partnership strategies to bolster preparedness, response, and recovery efforts. This event provides 1.4 CEUs for successful completion.

Register now:

(Select the link under the In-State Training Calendar, find the course and select Apply Now!)


This P3 workshop will resolve common obstacles that impede P3s:

  • Clear framework for execution
  • Shared terminologies
  • Suitable process models
  • Administering collegial lessons learned
  • Knowledge, skills, and resources needed for successful implementation

P3 Workshop Summary:

  • Funded by DHS/FEMA as essential components of emergency planning
  • Crafted to review and enhance existing P3s and create new partnerships
  • Provides tools and factors that support national P3 goals of DHS and FEMA

P3 Workshop Core Principles:

  1. Promote collaboration, coordination, and communication between public–private sectors
  2. Share information to facilitate lesson application from prior experiences

Who Should Attend: 

Leaders in business, government, and nonprofit organizations of all sizes.

Business Resiliency Workshop

When: 10:00am – 3:00pm | Thursday November 2, 2017

Where: 1606 Perry St, Yakima, WA 98902

What: Workshop focusing on creating business continuity plans and emergency response plans for small and medium sized businesses.

Who: The Washington Emergency Management Division in partnership with the Washington Department of Commerce and the Washington Fire Adapted Community Learning Network.

For more information and to register, visit the registration page.

King County Ready Business Preparedness Workshop

Wednesday, August 2, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., King County ECC, Renton, WA

The Workshop will provide an overview of the Ready Business Power Outage Toolkit and the Ready Business QuakeSmart Toolkit. Participants will be able review and implement business continuity planning and mitigation project plans through the simple, step-by-step planning tools in the power outage and earthquake toolkit.

Why is this important? Did you know that 75% of small businesses without a business continuity plan in place won’t reopen after a large-scale disaster? Organizations, large and small, are at risk – as are your employees, customers, and the community you serve.

The good news is that the actions to protect your organization, employees and customers are simple, scalable, and many are affordable to implement. These actions will also help you to recover quicker should disaster strike.

To assist you, the Workshop will:

  • Review easy actions you can take before, during, and after disasters;
  • Provide experts to explain earthquake and power outage risks specific to King County;
  • Explain the level of support you can expect from your local emergency management agency if a large-scale disaster occurs; and
  • Provide simple materials and helpful links to additional resources.

Regardless of your experience level in preparing for disasters, this FREE Workshop is for you – please join us!


New FEMA Course: Cybersecurity & Cyber Incident Awareness

The foundation of your organization rests upon your cybersecurity efforts. In partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Center for Public Safety and Justice (CPSJ) at the University of Illinois Chicago are offering an instructor-led course to create a broader awareness of the principles and best practices of a robust cybersecurity program for all critical infrastructure sectors.
This course specifically utilizes the Cybersecurity Framework, created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology by Executive Order, as a basis for building awareness based on use of common language, flexibility and its reliance on industry best practices. Participants will gain an understanding of the Framework and apply it to assess their organization’s current cybersecurity posture and identify areas and resources for direct improvement. A two-hour web-based course is a prerequisite for the four-hour instructor-led course. Instructions for this web-based course will be given after registration for this course.
Central course topics include: The Cybersecurity Framework and creation of an organization profile; the role the mission statement, business objectives and assets play in cybersecurity; possible enemies; creating employee buy-in; and building partnerships in your region and sector.
This course and its activities are designed for participants to attend in teams of TWO from each organization. (One participant representing the Business management perspective AND one representing the IT perspective).

Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017 , 8:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.
Location: Building 92, Camp Murray, Washington 98430

To register for this course, please email Joan Carnduff:

Pierce County Post-Disaster Recovery Forum

What happens to my business if there is a major earthquake or volcanic eruption in the Puget Sound area?  What roads are open? Is my building safe to work in?  Can my trucks roll and can I get supplies? Please join us as we hear from some of those who will be involved in making decisions that can answer those questions.

Seating is limited so please register using this link:

Cost is complimentary.

Tuesday March 7 — 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Dacca Barn – 2820 54th Ave E, Fife, WA  98424

Presented by the Pierce County Economic Development Department The forum will feature multiple presenters and topics such as:

  • Red Tagging: How do I get back in my building?
  • Power/Water Outage: How are priorities set for repairs?
  • Road Closures: How are priorities set for what re-opens and when?
  • The role of FEMA and Washington State Emergency Management Division

Protecting Sensitive Business and Customer Information: Practical Identity Safety Practices

FREE Webinar for Small Business Organizations and their members

Presented by the Federal Trade Commission & Internal Revenue Service

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

12:00—1:00 pm Alaska | 1:00—2:00 pm Pacific | 2:00—3:00 pm Mountain

 Learn about identity theft, new imposter scams targeting businesses, cybersecurity practices to reduce your risk, data breach avoidance and response, and free resources to help you protect your business, employees, and customers.

 Speakers from the FTC and IRS will discuss:

  • How businesses can avoid being victims of ID theft
  • How businesses can protect themselves and their customers
  • Who to contact/what to do if they suspect they are a victim of ID theft
  • Ways IRS and FTC are combating ID theft
  • Lessons from FTC cases about good data security practices for businesses
  • Where to find ID theft resources on the FTC and IRS websites

To register, click here:

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