Guest post from our friends at SCORE
W. Kenneth Yancey, Jr., CEO
Ken Yancey is responsible for developing SCORE’s business plan and vision as well as coordinating national program efforts and all the association’s management operations. He also directs the efforts of the headquarters staff to serve and support the 370 chapters across the country. Prior to joining SCORE in 1993, Ken was Executive Director at the National Business Association. A graduate of Texas A&M University (BBA/Finance), Ken is a recipient of the USA Freedom Corp Award of Excellence, the ASAE Summit Award, and the BSA Goose Creek District Award of Merit.
These days, with technology playing a larger role in small business success, it is important for small business owners to identify cyber security issues and protect themselves from attack. And that’s exactly what SCORE can do through its free mentoring and resources from in the world of cyber security.
The e-Business Now Program
The e-Business Now program is SCORE’s latest technology initiative. It is designed to bring digital literacy skills to America’s small businesses. As part of that digital know-how, the e-Business Now program is getting the word out to small business owners about the cyber security threats that face them in a number of ways. One of the five e-Business Now workshops available online for free here, provides practical guidance about the type of cyber security issues that exist and the steps that small business owners should take to protect themselves and their business.
The e-Business Now program, sponsored by a public-private partnership of leading technology companies and governmental agencies, also provides regional events with expert presentations for small business owners. At the Orange County, CA e-Business Now event in April 2011, Randy Bachman of the FCC led a round table discussion group on how to protect your small business from cyber-attack. At the e-Business Now events in Concord, NH and Philadelphia, PA, Patrick Gray of Cisco delivered a presentation on the current state of cyber threats and practical tips for avoiding cyber-crime. Aliyah Muhammad, the owner of Calm Odyssey and an attendee at the Philadelphia e-Business Now regional event commented that she had not even been aware of most of the cyber threats and that she found Mr. Gray’s presentation the most impactful take-away of the event.
For upcoming e-Business Now regional events check the events page.
With small businesses increasing their use of social media as a low cost or free marketing tool, SCORE recognized the need to inform them about the associated security risks. SCORE joined forces with Cisco to present a free online webinar on how small businesses can protect themselves from security threats when using social media http://www.score.org/events/workshops/security-threats-social-media
SCORE is always looking to bring its clients important information and updates about the issues that affect small businesses. For more information on cyber-security issues relating to small businesses, visit SCORE. Click for more information on the e-Business Now program.