Small-business owners can learn about what they should know and do to lessen the risk of their business being hacked or compromised by a cyber security incident at a seminar being held Monday, Oct. 16, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at East Central College’s Business and Industry Center, 42 Prairie Dell Plaza, Union.

The seminar is being cosponsored by the MU Extension Franklin County, Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC); East Central College; and United Bank of Union.

There is no cost to attend the seminar but spaces are limited. To register, call 636-649-5803 or email cwd@eastcentral.edu.

Participants at this seminar will be able to:

• Understand the realities of cyber risk, learn steps to safeguard the operation and access resources to implement a cyber security program in their businesses.

• Access a tool to assess the strength of current cyber security as well as identifying areas for improvement.

• Learn insights and perspectives from professionals in the financial sector.

• Obtain resources and build a solid foundation for this critical aspect of an operation.

“Cyber attacks are a constant risk to the small business owner,” says Pablo Arroyo, business development specialist at MU Extension-Franklin County SBTDC. “A cyber incident can be a devastating and stressful event at any operation. Due diligence and planning are vital. When you take the steps to prepare and protect your data and systems, you can reduce the risk of a breach. This is a critical area and we want businesses to identify areas of vulnerability and take appropriate steps.”

The MU Extension Small Business & Technology developing Center provides counseling and assistance to small businesses. It is part of the University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri SBTDC statewide network, funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Speakers at the Cyber Security Seminar for Small Businesses will include professionals from United Bank of Union who will provide their insights and perspectives from the financial sector.

For more information about workshops, resources and programs offered by MU Extension SBTDC Franklin County, visit http://extension.missouri.edu/franklin or contact Pablo Arroyo at 636-583-5141 or arroyop@missouri.edu.