Thursday, June 08, 2017

Cyber Security Made Simple Seminar Offered at Central Library June, August, and October 2017

by Jim Murray, Department Head, Business, Science and Technology Department


What: Cyber Security Made Simple
When: Thursday June 22, August 10, October 12, 2017
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Where: Central Library, Linn-Henley Research Library, Regional Library Computer Center, 4th floor
Details: Free but registration is required

The Central Library will host a program for small business owners titled Cyber Security Made Simple on the following Thursdays: June 22, August 10, and October 12. Each session will cover the same topics, but those who are interested are welcome to attend more than one day. All sessions will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the Central Library's Regional Library Computer Center, located on the 4th floor of the Linn-Henley building. The program is sponsored by the City of Birmingham’s Office of Economic Development and the local chapter of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), a nonprofit organization committed to providing mentoring to small business owners and entrepreneurs. The program presenters will be computer specialists from Sawyer Solutions http://www.sawyersolutionsllc.com/, a local IT services company.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, please contact Andy Mayo in the City of Birmingham’s Office of Economic Development by phone at (205) 254-2774 or by email at Andy.Mayo@birminghamal.gov.

Starting and operating a small business has always been a challenging undertaking, but adding to that challenge these days is the 21st century problem of cybersecurity. Frequently, small business owners think that, due to the size of their operations, they will not fall victim to the same kind of data hackers and online intruders that threaten big corporations. A recent survey conducted by Nationwide Insurance Company, however, indicated that nearly 65% of small businesses in the United States have experienced a computer information security breach. Still, many small business owners continue to operate under the assumption that they are not a cyber target and, therefore, do not take the necessary steps to properly secure their IT systems. Unfortunately, the consequences of this oversight can be devastating.

Since forming as an LLC in the Birmingham area in 2011, Sawyer Solutions has provided data security services and consultation to a variety of businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. In addition to security concerns, Sawyer Solutions is also engaged in providing its clients with a full range of IT services, including network infrastructure management, hardware and software maintenance, website design, database construction, and data recovery.

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