2022 Cyber Security for Small Business

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 — 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 – 1:30 pm

Introduction: Cyber and Small Business – Perception vs. Reality
David Notch, CISO, Castlelake, L.P.

“We’re too small to be a target.”
“This company has bigger issues.”
“Defending against cyber-attacks costs too much.”
“I’ll worry about it when it happens.”

These sentiments and more are often heard when discussing the impact of cyber security risks to small businesses. This session will dive briefly into the facts and help set the stage for the rest of the afternoon’s sessions about ways to address the situation and dispel these perceptions.

Small business owners often think they are too small to be targeted for cyber-attacks or that defending against such attack’s costs too much. Little do they know those beliefs are exactly what make them an enticing target. This session will set the stage for the remainder of the afternoon’s sessions and explain why it’s important to be proactive about defending their companies from attack.

Essential Small Business Resources
Brian McDonald, District Director, Small Business Administration (SBA)

Cyberattacks are a growing threat to the U.S. economy. Small businesses are attractive targets because they have information that cybercriminals want, and they typically lack the security infrastructure of larger businesses. This welcome session will provide information about no-cost programs available from the U.S. Small Business Administration to support businesses. You will also learn about resources available from other federal agencies and organizations that will start you on a path to becoming more cyber savvy.

America’s North Star Cybersecurity Program
Lyle Wright, Associate State Director, MN Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)

The ASBDC North Star Cybersecurity Program provides a baseline to promote cybersecurity awareness to small businesses nationwide through the SBDC network. No matter where the small business is in the US, there is a SBDC center to provide guidance for effective cyber/data hygiene. Attendees will learn about an ASBDC website with additional cyber resources they can begin using immediately. Attendees will have access to the ‘Cybersecurity Consultation Guide’ to let them begin a casual, non-technical review of basic cybersecurity awareness for their own business.

1:30 – 2:30 pm

DHS Intelligence and Analysis Threat Assessment
Karissa Zamora, Intelligence & Analysis, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Intelligence & Analysis – Office of Regional Intelligence

Rocky Mountain Region-Minnesota

Nontechnical Actions To Enhance Cybersecurity Posture
Chris Gabbard, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

This presentation will provide an overview of the Department of Homeland Security and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), including the services that can be provided. This session will cover information on current cyber threats provided by DHS Intelligence & Analysis. It will also provide simple nontechnical actions that small businesses can perform to enhance an organizations’ cybersecurity posture and no cost resources you can take advantage of.

2:30 – 3:00 pm


3:00 – 3:45 pm

Panel – Cyber Risk and the Small Business Owner:  What you need to know
Moderator: Milinda Rambel Stone, VP & CISO, Bremer Bank
Panelists: Kristin Hines, Loss Prevention Manager, AVP, Bremer Bank; Jarrod Hutchinson, Business Solutions Market Leader, Bremer Bank; Muhammed Khokhar, Cyber Security Officer, Bremer Bank; Joel Quam, CIC, CLCS, Insurance Advisor, Bremer Bank

Financial fraud is now a common reality in the world of cyber security. It is prevalent in the small & medium sized business space and new scams only continue to transpire.

Join Bremer Bank as we discuss fraud techniques you need to be aware of. We will also focus on no to low-cost take-aways to secure your company that you can immediately implement for additional safety and protection.

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3:45 – 4:00 pm

Securely and responsibly disposing of your IT equipment
Rebecca Duvick, Business Development Manager, PCs for People

Even electronics recycling vendors can present a threat to small business owners, who must take steps to safely dispose for their outdated IT equipment.

We’ll explore the current standard in data sanitization and considerations for selecting a vendor to recycle your IT assets, as well as the opportunity for your organization to improve your Environment, Social, Governance score through your equipment disposition.

4:00 – 4:45 pm

Breaches and how to manage them
Eileen Manning, CEO, The Event Group; Benjamin Canine, Chief Operating Officer, Lorenz Bus Service; Aaron Campbell, Computer Scientist, FBI

This session will kick off hearing a few recent real-life experiences of small business attacks and their impact. The FBI will then discuss recommendations for dealing with an attack after it has occurred. This will include resources and strategies to help you prioritize your response, giving you the best opportunity for recovery.

4:45 – 5:00 pm

What to Look for in IT and Security Service Providers
David Notch, CISO, Castlelake, L.P.

You’ve worked hard to build your company. You wouldn’t consider walking out the door at night without locking up or giving the combination of the safe to just anyone. You need to make sure you take the same precautions with your cyber security. When you bring in a company to build, maintain and secure your infrastructure what questions should you be asking?

What certifications should they have? Is there a Better Business Bureau equivalent for cyber security providers? How do I know to ask what I don’t know?

5:00 pm

Adjourn for Virtual Attendees
Networking in Expo for in-person attendees

Thank you to our Small Business Seminar Host

Presentations by:

Media Partner:

Thank you to our Small Business Track Planning Committee

Rebecca Duvick, PCs for People
Christopher Gabbard, CISA
Nancy Jacobs, Cyber Security Coordinator
Twila G. Kennedy, SBA
Muhammad Khokhar, Bremer Bank
David Notch, Castlelake *
Milinda A. Rambel Stone, Bremer Bank
Andy Tellijohn, Upsize Magazine 
Lyle Wright, SBDC

* Program Chair

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.”

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.

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