Media Advisory: Center for Identity to Host Small Business Data Breach Workshop with FBI and U.S. Secret Service


March 30, 2015

Austin, Texas – 

EVENT: The Center for Identity at The University of Texas at Austin is offering a free data breach workshop for small businesses owners, taught by university faculty and featuring guests from the U.S. Secret Service and the FBI.

WHEN: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday, April 3, 2015.

WHERE: The Thompson Conference Center. Map and directions can be found at

WHO MAY ATTEND: The event is free and open to the public. The single-day workshop is recommended for small business owners, as well as managers and employees who handle personal information on behalf of their company. To RSVP, please email

BACKGROUND: Research shows that 71% of data breaches target small business and over half occur in companies with fewer than 1,000 employees. However, many smaller businesses are not prepared to properly respond when personal information they keep on customers or employees is lost or stolen. Owners and employees can unwittingly harm a company's reputation and risk serious legal repercussions.

Participants of the Small Business Data Breach Workshop will walk through a simulated data breach, discover company policies which best aid in the prevention of data loss, policies guiding timelines for breach reporting, and the communication techniques to safeguard their company's reputation. The FBI will provide a demonstration of hacking practices encountered by its criminal investigators, and the U.S. Secret Service will guide owners and managers through the prevention process, along with sessions from the Center for Identity's research faculty.

The Small Business Data Breach Workshop is a part of IDWise, a project of the Center for Identity to educate the public on identity theft prevention and security. In addition to events like this one for small businesses, IDWise also offers tailored resources for additional populations at a high-risk for identity theft and fraud including: children, older adults, and members of the military.

For more information, contact: Anna Griffin, Communications Coordinator, Center for Identity , 512-739-3425.


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