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April 17, 2020 - VIRTUAL: Cybersecurity 101 for SMEs with remote workers

How can you keep your business operations and data safe in a remote working environment? Learn how with tech expert Matt Richardson on April 17, 2020 at 10 am - 11:30 am


Remote working has become a reality for millions of workers overnight. Employees across most industries are now accessing employer networks and sensitive data on a regular basis.

COVID-19 has resulted in a substantial increase in cyber attacks and fraudulent activities which pose risks to our homes and remote workplaces.

The stakes are high: employers are under already under great financial strain as they adjust to the new realities of our economy. A data breach or compromised network can result in a financial loss, damage to company reputation, loss of time and resources and potentially loss of clients.

In this online workshop, SME owners and managers will learn:

  • Fundamental principles and practical tips for keeping data secure
  • How to establish accountability when employees are working remotely
  • How to create a cybersecurity policy and standard operating procedure
  • Tips for developing effective training and awareness campaigns
  • How to create “defensible” documentation to demonstrate due care and diligence
  • How to create a clear process/program for reporting attempted or actual breaches
  • Common and COVID-19 specific cyber scams and threats
  • Effective password management practices and tools and multifactor authentication

This workshop will also provide an overview of VPN and Wi-Fi access, firewalls, anti-virus, and file sharing, as well as free and/or inexpensive tools and resources for SMEs with remote workers.

Intended Audience(s): 

  • SME owners and managers
  • HR professionals

NOTE: Attendees will be emailed a Zoom link to the online session the day before the event.


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