Free Forum on Cybersecurity Tailored to Small Businesses

May 27, 2016

Small business owners and administrators are invited to a free breakfast panel discussion at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 15, at University Campus on “Protecting Your Organization from Cyber Breaches.” The panel will meet in TECO Hall, on the first floor of the School of Business building. The building is immediately visible upon entering the campus, at 33701 State Road 52, Saint Leo, four miles east of Interstate 75 (Exit 285). Parking is available in surface lots and in the campus garage.

The panel will be moderated by Krista Covey, director of the SMARTstart Business Incubator in nearby Dade City. The incubator is a program of the Pasco County Economic Development Council and provides fledgling enterprises access to professional services that help owners make informed decisions and plans. Professional advice on cybersecurity is now a small business need. In a world where transactions depend upon the smooth and secure flow of data, businesses ranging in size from two employees to 200 can be harmed by the theft of customer data, employee and owner information, or other operational details. 

The panel will help identify threats to small businesses and strategies to counter such dangers. The panelists include:

  • FBI Special Agent Lawrence Wolfenden, who works in the agency’s Cyber Squad and who has spoken at Saint Leo previously
  • Michael Moorman, PhD, professor of computer science at Saint Leo, who teaches in the university’s cybersecurity degree programs (see below for more information)
  • David Overton, director of information security at Saint Leo University, who holds the respected Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)® certification

The program format allows guests the opportunity to ask questions, and to learn from their peers as well as the panelists. The program will conclude by 10:30 a.m.

Register at: /cyber

For those interested in earning an academic degree that prepares individuals for entry or promotion in the cyber field, Saint Leo offers: the Bachelor of Science in computer science with a specialization in information assurance; the Bachelor of Science in cybersecurity, a brand-new program that also accepts transfer students; and the Master of Science in cybersecurity, tailored more to individuals with some workplace experience.

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Saint Leo University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) through academic year 2021 for the bachelor’s degree programs. See the related story on this website. /news-events/news/press-releases/computer-science-program-designated-as-center-of-excellence.aspx