Cyber Security for Small Business

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 — 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Cyber security is the biggest threat to small businesses.  Unfortunately, too many small businesses think they are too small to be a target. Attack bots are deployed online 24/7 looking for cracks in your company security, regardless of company size. 

Join us as we cover recent attack examples that have taken down companies, insurance coverage, technical protection, cost-effective safeguards, free assessment services offered by the government, recommendations on what to look at for managed service providers and cyber practices to position your company for growth.

The cyber threat has never been more real for small businesses. Sign-up today for an afternoon of complimentary resources designed to protect against ransomware, phishing attacks and how to respond when an incident happens.

Who should attend? Business owners and their payroll, HR and IT staff.


1:00 – 1:10 pm
Opening Welcome “The New Normal”
Lyle J. Wright, MM, EDFP, Associate State Director, SBDC

When will we get back to ‘normal’? For example, after 9/11, it took the airline industry approximately 5 years to return to previous service levels. Consider for a minute that this is the ‘new normal’, and there is nothing to return to. The sessions today focus on small business and the steps to take now in this ‘new normal’ to thrive.

1:10 – 1:25 pm
Introduction to Today’s Threats and Resources to Mitigate Them
Brian McDonald, District Director, SBA

Overview on importance to small businesses. Small business owners often lack resources… Take-aways…Check credit reports regularly, phishing emails, touch on government resources

1:25 – 2:15 pm
Practical Ways to Manage Risk as a Small Business
Moderator: Milinda Rambel Stone, CISO, Bremer Bank

Joseph Chow, Specialized Business Solutions Center Director, Bremer Bank
Laura Burr – Deposit Administration Manager, VP, Bremer Bank
Meredith Winegar, Mortgage and Trust Operations Director, Bremer Bank
Robert Worden, Insurance & Sales Education, Bremer Insurance

Small businesses are an attractive target for cybercriminals. Having a financial partner that can help you to identify, understand, and manage these cyber risks is critical. Hear from a Bremer Bank panel with backgrounds in cyber security, operations, fraud, and insurance as they share practical information and resources with real customer stories. This session will help to Increase your knowledge of cyber security threats and what small businesses should be concerned about when it comes to banking and cyber security.

2:15 – 2:45 pm
Government Cybersecurity Requirements for Suppliers Expanding
Speaker:  Scott Singer, President, CyberNINES, Ret. USN Captain

DOD has released new cybersecurity requirements that are being flowed down through purchase orders to the entire Defense Industrial Base.  Thinking this may not apply to your small company?  Well, GSA, NASA and DHS have all announced plans to create a similar program.  Plus, today’s cybersecurity threats make this mandatory.

2:45 -3:00 pm
Solutions Strategy Break in Expo

3:00 – 3:30 pm
How the Government is Helping Small Business Build a Defense
Speaker:  Chris Gabbard, Cybersecurity Advisor, Region 5, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

What is CISA, threat landscape, what can you do to help fix it – risk management, resources available before the attach happens.  Managed service provider resources recently released.  Patch, IOT

3:30 – 4:30 pm
Cybersecurity Resources for Small Businesses – SBDC Cybersecurity Task Force
Earl Gregorich, CBA, Area Manager & Business Consultant, Greenville Area Small Business Development Centers, in partnership with Clemson University

Small businesses know the cybersecurity challenges, threats and weaknesses they face in the digital economy. What they need is a way to navigate these issues without burning through their time and money. The SBDC Cybersecurity Task Force has put together simple, non-technical tools and guidance to help entrepreneurs understand the basics of cybersecurity awareness, how to get started and how to do it all at a reasonable cost. This session will explain how you can use the no-fee services of the SBDC network to plan and launch a realistic approach to good cyber-hygiene.  The session will also provide tools you can use today to help protect the value in your small business.

4:30 – 5:00 pm
Q&A Session for Taking Actionable Steps

Moderator: Andrew Tellijohn, Upsize Minnesota
Christopher Gabbard, CISA
Earl Gregorich, SBDC
Milinda Ramble Stone, Bremer Bank
Scott Singer, CyberNINES

This session will address your questions such as

5:00 – 6:00 pm
Chat With Solutions Strategy Providers in Expo

Thank you to our Small Business Seminar Host

Thank you to our Small Business Seminar Supporters

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Sponsorship Opportunities

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As Summit co-founder Eileen Manning stresses in the cover story for Upsize Magazine, “Cyber security is fundamental for small businesses that work with larger companies, which require it – not to mention for pure survival.”
Summit Co-founder

According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), small businesses are at a higher risk of cyberattacks than larger businesses. DHS has provided a set of resources specifically for small businesses at Stop.Think.Connect. Small Business Resources.