2017 Certificate in Small Business Cybersecurity Strategy

No business, small or large, can afford to ignore cybersecurity.  According to a recent Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, 60 percent of cyber-attacks target small to medium-sized businesses.  The most prevalent risk to a small business is ransomware; with the FBI estimating over 4,000 U.S. businesses are infected by ransomware every day. With cybersecurity threats on the rise, increasing cyber-crimes not only affect individuals but small to medium-sized businesses. Spear-phishing has improved over the past few years and is now extremely difficult to detect.  You do not have to do everything, just something.

  • Learn how to establish basic security practices and policies from a technical perspective such as: keeping a clean machine and operating system, protection from viruses, malware and other online threats, and securing your wi-fi network by attending this security awareness training.  Work with banks or credit card processors and employ best practices to ensure that the most trusted anti-fraud services are being used.  You will walk away with the tools needed to detect and protect both yourself and your customer’s personal information in order to keep from becoming a victim.

  • The Illinois Small Business Development Center, in partnership with the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship, at Bradley University will be presenting a series of cybersecurity seminars and webinars to teach small businesses how to protect their and customers against cybercriminals, security breaches and inside threats.

  • This series consists of seven seminars and two webinars.  The seven seminars will be offered as a lunch and learn platform.

  • Participants that attend all nine events will be awarded a Certificate in Small Business Cybersecurity Strategy to emphasize your commitment to protect financial information.

  • You may register for the complete series or pick and choose any of the seminars and webinars.  You may also register up to one additional guest.

    11:30am  Check-in, lunch & networking
    12:00       Presentation begins
     1:30        Q & A
     2:00        Conclude





Complete Series  (7 seminars, 2 webinars)
Receive a Certificate in Small Business Cybersecurity Strategy

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Basics of Cybersecurity:
Threats & Protection
Presenters: FBI, BU, Facet

11:30am - 2:00pm Seminar $50
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Understanding the Legal
Implications & Challenges
Presenter:  Miller, Hall & Triggs

11:30am - 2:00pm Seminar $50
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 The Inside Risk
Presenters:  FBI, BU

11:30am - 2:00pm Seminar $50
Thursday, July 27, 2017 Best Practices from the
Private Sector
Presenters: BOSE, Caterpillar,
Facet Technologies

12:00pm - 1:00pm Webinar $25
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 Doing Business Internationally
Presenters:  FBI, SBA

12:00pm - 1:00pm Webinar $25
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Protecting Your Money &
Your Customers
Presenter:  Janet Sanders,
Information Security Manager, CEFCU

11:30am - 2:00pm Seminar $50
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 A White Hat Hacker's View
Presenters:  White Hat Hacker, BU,
Facet, FBI

11:30am - 2:00pm Seminar $50
Tuesday, November 14,2017 Protecting Your Employees
and Assets
Presenters:  BU, Miller, Hall & Triggs

11:30am - 2:00pm Seminar $50
Thursday, December 14, 2017 You had a Breach:
What do you do Next?
Presenters:  Facet, FBI
11:30am - 2:00pm Seminar $50

Speakers Include:

  • Representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Bradley University Faculty
  • Facet Technologies
  • Miller, Hall & Triggs
  • Heartland Bank
  • BOSE
  • and more


Peoria NEXT Innovation Center
801 W Main Street, Peoria IL 61606
Room A114 (first floor)

Our Platinum Sponsor:
Facet Technologies

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Pick and Choose a Seminar:


If you have questions, please call the
Illinois Small Business Development Center