VenturePointe, eCenter Host Cybersecurity Info Session for Small Businesses

SHARON, Pa. — Penn State Shenango and the [email protected] will host a free virtual presentation with cybersecurity experts at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 21, via Penn State Shenango’s YouTube channel.

According to Verizon’s 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report, 43% of data breaches involve small- and medium-sized business.

“Hackers know that many smaller organizations are not prepared against many types of security breaches,” Matthew DeMaria, cybersecurity program coordinator at Penn State Shenango, said in a release. “Hiscox’s Cyber Readiness Report notes that the average cost of a cyberattack has exploded to just under $200,000 for a single incident. We want to help our community businesses be proactive.”

Viewers will be presented information to help businesses understand their risk and learn how to take precautions from a panel of three local experts, including DeMaria, Brad Mantzell, vice president and certified risk architect at Gilbert’s Risk Solutions, and Jeff Meier, executive director at Lindenpointe Development Corp.

The live event will air on Penn State Shenango’s YouTube channel at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 21. Questions from the audience will be answered after the presentation. Contact Georgia Macris, VenturePointe coordinator, at [email protected] for more information. 

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.