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Executives of Small- and Medium-Sized Firms to be Briefed on Cyber Security

Duquesne University will host experts from government, industry and academia for an in-depth discussion about cyber security and the intelligence required to protect business operations on Thursday, Dec. 8, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Green Tree.

This Cyber Security Executive Briefing, sponsored by a grant from the Department of Justice, will feature presentations by Duquesne scholars Dr. Kenneth Saban, associate professor of marketing in the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business, and Dr. Stephen Rau, Frank V. & Ann Cahouet Professor, accounting and information systems division chair. They will present key findings of the National Computer Security Study of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME). The study, based on interviews with more than 250 CEOs, presidents and business owners, focused on security preparedness of SMEs within five industries, including energy, healthcare, hospitals, manufacturing and telecommunications.

Donna Dodson, deputy chief cyber security advisor and division chief of the computer security division of The National Institute of Standards and Technology, will provide the keynote address, The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Cyber Security Initiatives for Business.

“The study results reinforce the fact that being knowledgeable about cyber security is the best defense against attacks on your business,” said Saban. “Cybercrime is not just an IT issue—it’s an overall risk that affects the viability of companies large and small.”

A panel discussion will review methods for evaluating risks and recognizing threats, understanding cyber security insurance and implementing best practices. Panelists will include Joseph H. Jones, COO at Ascent Data; Richard Archer, partner in advisory services at KPMG; David Brown, president and CEO of Business CyberSecurity Inc.; and Thomas Philbin, senior manager at Henderson Brothers. Technology consultant Christine Ebken will moderate the panel discussion.

Executives may register for the free briefing, which will be from 7:30 to 11 a.m., at www.sbdc.duq.edu.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.