FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 9/30/2021

Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center
559 E Pikes Peak Ave STE 101, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

National Cybersecurity Center
3650 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Device checks, comments by Mayor Suthers, Commissioner VanderWerf and other education provided

Device hygiene checks, comments by Mayor Suthers and other education provided.

Colorado Springs, Colorado: Cyberattacks have been rated the fifth top rated risk in 2020 and become the new normal across public and private sectors. The World Economic Forum’s 2020 Global Risk Report states that the rate of detection is as low as .05% in the U.S. Cybercrime, which includes everything from theft and/or embezzlement to data hacking is up 600% as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both private and public sectors have had to embrace thoughtful solutions as result.

The National Cybersecurity Center (NCC) and Pikes Peak SBDC have joined forces with the Cybersecurity Leaders Roundtable to bring the community Cybersecurity Day on October 19th at the NCC. From 9am-3pm, anyone from the public can stop into NCC and have one of their devices checked. Registration required.

The NCC is committed to building trust, knowledge, and security throughout cyberspace, and that starts with promoting better cyber awareness at our home in the Pikes Peak Region. We are excited to partner with the Pikes Peak SBDC and the Colorado Springs Cyber Leaders Collaborative to foster good cyber hygiene in our community. We look forward to helping our local citizens in-person right here at our headquarters in Colorado Springs.” – Forrest Senti, VP of Programs and Operations, NCC

The public can sign up for a twenty minute time slot in the link below and education/support will be provided. Light refreshments and educational items will be available.

Aikta Marcoulier, executive director of the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center remarks -“The pandemic has provided an unprecedented level of opportunity for hackers to attack the every day user of technology – including children in online school, work from home, small businesses and personal devices. This is an opportunity for the community to quickly learn about best practices with cyber hygiene check ups from experts throughout our community. Thank you to all the collaborating partners working together to make these event a reality during October – Cybersecurity Awareness Month.”

The media is invited to join from 2-3pm for a proclamation read by Comissioner Stand VanderWerf and a video message from Mayor John Suthers.

Registration to event: https://bit.ly/CSCYBERDAY

For media inquiries, please contact Aikta Marcoulier
aiktamarcoulier@elpasoco.com
719.466.0774 –text

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About the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center

The Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is dedicated to helping existing and new businesses grow and prosper in the Pikes Peak Region by providing free and confidential consulting, no- or low-cost training programs and resources. The SBDC has a team of business experts ready to help you create and retain jobs, secure loans, increase sales, win government contracts, obtain certifications and more.

The SBDC combines information and resources from federal, state, and local governments with those of the education system and private sector to meet the specialized and complex needs of the small business community. Consulting experts work in partnership to provide entrepreneurs with crucial information that can mean the difference between success and failure.

The Pikes Peak SBDC is hosted by El Paso County Economic Development and sponsored by the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Utilities, Ent Business Banking, Park State Bank and Trust, Vectra Bank, and the Small Business Administration. Learn more at pikespeaksbdc.org.

About the National Cybersecurity Center

The National Cybersecurity Center (NCC) is a non-profit organization established for cyber innovation and awareness. Established in 2016 from the vision of United States Senator from Colorado John Hickenlooper, in coordination with several people from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) and the community, the NCC serves both public and private organizations and individuals through training, education and research. Discover NCC at https://cyber-center.org/.