PITTSBURG —  The Kansas Small Business Development Center is hosting a workshop to help small businesses avoid a cyber security breach.
As part of their entrepreneurial education series, the workshop, entitled Cyber Security, will be presented from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Kansas Polymer Research Center at 1204 Research Rd, Pittsburg. To register for the class people may contact Mindy Lee at mindy.lee@pittstate.edu. The class is free and is open to all entrepreneurs.
An earlier workshop, also free to attend, will be earlier in the morning from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Dec. 11 at Hedges Meeting Room in the Ellis Family Fine Arts Center at Fort Scott Community College at 2108 S. Horton St., Fort Scott.
According to a release, 60 percent of businesses which have been breached will go out of business in six months and 94 percent of businesses in Kansas have not secured their “digital footprint.”
The average cost of a cyber breach is $117,000, the release said.
Many small business owners may think larger businesses are the target of cyber breaching, however, small business are far more victim than bigger companies, Pittsburg State University Small Business Development Center Small Business Advisor Mindy Lee said.
Small businesses may not know how to protect themselves from cyber breaching, which could happen as quick as clicking a link in an email sent by hackers, Lee said.
“For us, the biggest thing is to help small businesses know how important it is to prepare for these things,” she said.
If people wish to learn more people can contact the PSU Small Business Development Center at 620-235-4961 or contact mindy.lee@pittstate.edu. The office is located at The Foundry at Block22.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.