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Free workshop to educate businesses on cyber security

Business owners often have to be discerning when choosing with whom they will do business and this method is true when working online as well.


With the frontier of the internet as a convenient location for criminals who can hide behind anonymity, the Small Business Development Center of the Stanislaus Business Alliance is partnering with other local business centers to present a Cyber Security forum.


The workshop will feature keynote speaker and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation expert David Nelson from Washington, D.C. who will discuss financial fraud protection and how it relates to the business sector. As an innovator in cyber intelligence, threat analysis, and risk management, Nelson will speak to the importance of taking secure measures online for individuals conducting business.


“Cybercrime is a growing problem for business,” said Kurt Clark, director of the SBDC. “This seminar will provide local businesses with greater awareness of specific types of cyber security threats and strategies for dealing with them.”


A panel of experts, which will also offer their expertise on the issue, will be present and includes:  the Director of Privacy Education and Policy of the Attorney General’s Office in Sacramento Joanne McNabb, Vice President of IT Solutions-Currie James Dempsey, and FBI InfraGard Coordinator of the Sacramento Division SA Wes Drone.


The workshop is free and will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Brenden Movie Theater located at 1021 10th St., in Modesto. For more information or to register go to