MAMARONECK, N.Y. – Even though major retailers such as Target and Home Depot have received national media attention after facing security breaches of customer information, Assemblyman Steve Otis (D-Rye) says more than 70 percent of data breaches impact small retailers, restaurants and businesses.
To address this issue, he will join the Women’s Enterprise Development Center, Inc. in hosting a Small Business & Economic Development Forum focusing on how businesses can protect their customer’s personal information from possible hacking and theft.
It will take place on Oct. 21, from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., at the Mamaroneck Town Center, at 740 W. Boston Post Road.
The forum will feature a panel of industry, law enforcement and security experts who will discuss strategies that small-business owners can practice to avoid cyber-security breaches.
“Small businesses are especially vulnerable to hacking, cyber attacks and the theft of confidential information,” says Otis. “So, it’s vital that business owners take steps to safeguard sensitive business and customer data. While some owners might worry that they lack the financial means to develop an effective data protection plan, our panelists are here to help with strategies and resources that are tailored made for small business operations.”
Speakers will include Theresa Mendello, who has worked with U.S. Customer Security & Risk Services and MasterCard; Clark Russell, deputy internet chief of the Internet Bureau; and Brian Rauer, executive director of the Mid-Hudson Better Business Bureau and General Counsel of the BBB serving Metro New York.
Representatives from government agencies and private organizations will provide overviews of how their services can assist business owners, as well as provide one-on-one assistance and distribute informational materials.
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