Thursday, October 28, 2021

Cybersecurity Summit for Small Businesses

Pre-recorded sessions available to stream through November 30, 2021



Did you miss the conference? You're in luck! Stream it now through November 30.

Throw out the intimidation – the summit is meant to educate and support your business and questions. Leave with takeaways to immediately implement in your business. You will also have the opportunity to hear from recognized keynote speakers , access to cybersecurity consultants for free one-on-one consulting and a host of cyber for small business resources and exhibitors. This event is VIRTUAL with pre-recorded sessions for all levels of business and industries throughout the day. Choose from workshops that best fit your needs. Already an expert? Take the Key Note track which provides the latest on cybersecurity, a presentation from Fire Eye, and special guest Jacqueline Muna Musiitwa.

Some of the tracks include:

  • Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC)
  • Cybersecurity Basics
  • Key Notes

Daniel Eliot

Director of Education & Strategic Initiatives, National Cyber Security Alliance
Daniel Eliot is director of education & strategic initiatives at the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). In this role, he’s responsible for NCSA’s educational portfolio, and helms one of NCSA’s most successful initiatives, CyberSecure My Business, which is a national program designed to help organizations of all sizes learn to be safer and more secure online. Mr. Eliot assembles the federal government, state and local governments, academia, and the private sector to discuss cutting-edge issues and create and implement high-quality, large-scale education and awareness efforts. Daniel is an accomplished speaker and champion when it comes to cybersecurity, and regularly speaks at events across the country and collaborates on regional and national cybersecurity initiatives.

Prior to his tenure at NCSA, he worked both within and in an advisory capacity to small businesses. Most recently, Daniel worked at the University of Delaware in their Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships as the manager of technology business development. While there, he developed specialty programs to help small businesses start and scale. One such effort was Delaware’s small business cybersecurity program–one of the first state-wide cybersecurity awareness programs in the country focused on the small business community. This program is designed to help Delaware’s small businesses identify threats; develop cybersecurity readiness plans and processes; detect breaches; and respond to and recover from successful cyberattacks. Because of his efforts, Delaware became one of the national leaders in small business cybersecurity education and outreach. In 2018, Daniel received a letter of commendation from Governor John Carney’s Cyber Security Advisory Council for his efforts addressing cybersecurity awareness and education across Delaware.

Outside of cybersecurity, Daniel has taught at Temple University in their Center for Social Policy and Community Development and managed a portfolio of technology-based projects for the National Center for College Costs, a technology start-up out of DePauw University.

Daniel holds a B.S. and M.S. from Indiana University, Bloomington.

George Koklanaris

Associate Administrator of the Office of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
George Koklanaris joined the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as Associate Administrator of the Office of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) in April 2019. In this role, Koklanaris oversees 63 SBDC lead centers and more than 900 service centers across the United States and its territories. SBDCs provide America’s small businesses with the support and resources necessary to help them succeed.

Prior to his appointment, Koklanaris was a strategy and management consultant at the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, where he specialized in national security, Army, joint operations, intelligence and logistics.

Koklanaris previously served at the SBA from 2002-2007 as a special assistant and the assistant administrator of the Office of Field Operations and director of the Office of Strategic Alliances. From 2007-2009, he served as the chief of staff at the U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. Prior to his federal service, Koklanaris was a legislative and press aide for members of the Virginia House of Delegates and Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

A colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, Koklanaris has served in the Army and Army Reserve for over 28 years. He deployed twice in support of the Global War on Terror and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Prior assignments include tours with Theater Sustainment Commands, the Defense Logistics Agency and the Joint Staff. His current reserve assignment is in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs under the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the National Defense University’s National Security Course and the Joint Forces Staff College.

Koklanaris has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia, a Master of Public Administration from Georgia State University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. He also has a graduate certificate in Change Management from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

James Saunders

SBA CISO | Information Security Division Director, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
James serves as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the U.S. Small Business Administration. Prior to his selection as CISO he was the SBA's Chief Cybersecurity Architect. During his time at SBA, he led cybersecurity modernization initiatives which helped elevate the agency as a leader in cloud centric cybersecurity. He also led 2 interagency projects in partnerships with DHS CISA, proving how cloud native technologies could be used to achieve Federally mandated security policies and requirements. Currently, James focuses on continuous modernization and growth of SBA’s Cybersecurity Program.

Prior to joining SBA, James supported at Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Social Security Administration (SSA), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Security Exchange Commission (SEC). During those stints James worked in Project Management, Security Operations, Security Engineering, and Malware Reverse Engineering. His areas of expertise include Security Engineering, Incident Response & Management, and Project Management. James holds a master’s degree in Cybersecurity from UMUC and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell. He retains multiple industry standard certifications, including CISSP-ISSAP, CISM, and PMP


7:30-8:30 am — Breakfast & Networking
8:30-8:45 am — Welcome & Key Note Address

2020 saw a major disruption in the way many around the globe work, learn, and socialize. Our homes are more connected than ever. Our businesses are more connected than ever. Our schools are more connected than ever. With more people now working from home, all of these internet-connected environments are colliding on a scale we’ve never seen before, introducing a whole new set of potential vulnerabilities that users must be conscious of. During this session, Daniel Eliot, director of education & strategic initiatives at the National Cyber Security Alliance, will provide an overview of the ways these various internet-connected environments are colliding, what some of the potential vulnerabilities are as a result, and what steps users can take to reduce their risks of cyber incidents impacting their work, pleasure and online learning.

10:00-11:00 am — Breakout Sessions #1

You may think cyber attacks only happen to the corporate giants. But as a small business owner, you are actually more at risk than all of them! The issue of cybersecurity has become a central focus of companies, big and small, across all industries. As more individuals and small businesses become increasingly dependent on our networked and interconnected infrastructure, cybercrime and cyber criminals have become much more sophisticated in their techniques for stealing identities and using them to extract funds and make fraudulent purchases. Join us in this session to understand how your small business may be at risk and what you can do to protect your customers and your assets.


11:00 am-12:00 pm — Breakout Sessions #2

COVID19 has had significant impacts on the community and especially for small businesses. Unfortunately, while business owners develop strategies to stay afloat, they are becoming vulnerable targets for many of the scams aimed at stealing what valuable resources they have left.

SBDC Techsource: Cyber CYA (Cybersecurity to Cover Your Assets) in partnership with Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado, will be holding this online workshop to educate businesses on the latest scams and cyber threats. The Pikes Peak SBDC is a community leader serving as the cybersecurity program lead for the Colorado SBDC Network. They have partnered with the BBB to help our businesses better survive the threats facing our community.

Cybersecurity is the combination of technology, people, and culture. We have built a society that has gradually incorporate technology in every aspect of our lives, especially in business. The reliance on technology within modern businesses has created a new avenue of crime. For years we have innovated network and endpoint protections, but nothing has slowed down the overall rate of successful attacks. It is now estimate that in 2021 cybercrime will cost the world 11.4 million dollars a minute!

This talk will cover the most vulnerable part of every network, humans. Cybersecurity is a decision-based science and our decision-making abilities are greatly hindered within this environment. This talk will analyze historical occurrences, diagnose human behavior, and articulate how we can build a successful human firewall within our organizations.

12:00-12:30 pm — Lunch Break
12:30-1:30 pm — Chamber Connect: Cybersecurity Panel
1:30-2:30 pm — Breakout Sessions #3

A virtual fireside chat with Mr. George Koklanaris, Associate Administrator Office of Small Business Development Centers and Mr. James Saunders, SBA CISO. Both key guest speakers will discuss the SBA’s assistance for cybersecurity education through SBDC’s and an internal look at SBA’s own cybersecurity measures. We will have 45 minutes of discussion with 15 minutes of Q&A.

Mark Spencer, Cybersecurity Consultant to the SBDC, will discuss how to select a good cybersecurity company to help you meet the needs of your organization. Mark will walk you through the selection process to “right-size” your selection.
2:30-3:00 pm — Closing Remarks
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