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Self-guided cybersecurity course provides critical education for small businesses, professionals

A new on-demand course has been developed to prepare small businesses and tech professionals against the growing threat of cyberattacks. 

的 网络安全 Analyst I pathway 的一部分 TechEd前沿, an online learning platform at the UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing 教育 designed to serve the business community. 的 Wisconsin Small Business Development (SBDC) Network is making the course available to 150 individuals at no cost using CARES Act funds available through the U.S. Small Business Administration (小企业管理局).  

的 noncredit course focuses on four key areas: threat management, vulnerability management, incident response and security/architecture tool sets. Each self-paced module is designed for two weeks of learning, about eight hours each week.  

“Data breaches can prove fatal due to reputation damage, six-figure financial losses and legal costs,罗恩·维扎说, interim director for TechEd前沿. “Even though cyberattacks against big businesses make the headlines, 在现实中, small businesses are common, vulnerable targets that we want to protect through this partnership.”

According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Report, the cost of cybercrimes reached $2.7 billion in 2020 – a growing threat to the U.S. 经济. As a result, 88 percent of small business owners surveyed by the 小企业管理局 felt at risk. 

Yet only 28 percent of small businesses 在 CNBC|Momentive Q3 2021 Small Business Survey said they have a plan in case of attack.  

“If you have a business with 20 to 100 employees, you need to educate a point person who can plug the holes in your boat to avoid a malware or phishing attack,” said Colleen Merrill, associate state director for the Wisconsin SBDC Network. “Someone who takes this course will know the terms, the landscape and the mitigation needed.” 

的 Wisconsin SBDC offers no-cost, confidential consulting and education to new and existing businesses. In 2020, the SBDC served 7,870 clients, resulting in $107.5 million in capital investment, 256 new businesses and 26,275 jobs supported.  

“Since 60 percent of small businesses can end up closing after a cyberattack, the SBDC wants companies to feel like they are empowered to guard against such an existential threat,美林表示:“. 

To sign up for the course, go to www.www.daotianinfo.com/cybersecurity.  

You can also find additional resources there, including an hourlong interactive educational quiz.

About the Wisconsin SBDC 

的 Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a nationally accredited statewide network supporting entrepreneurs and business owners through no-cost, confidential consulting and business education. Regional SBDC experts facilitate improvement and growth for small and emerging mid-size companies and help launch successful new enterprises. 的 Wisconsin SBDC is hosted by the University of Wisconsin System under the Institute for Business & 创业. www.wisconsinSBDC.org   

About UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing 教育 

UW-Milwaukee’s School of Continuing 教育 is the largest provider of professional development in southeastern Wisconsin, from individual courses and certificate programs to daylong events and conferences, as well as personal enrichment learning opportunities for all ages. http://uwm.edu/sce/  

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