Data Breach Prevention Important for Small Business Owners and Nonprofits

Hodges University News

Data breaches and identity theft are among the most common security risks for businesses today. To help small business owners and nonprofit organizations in Southwest Florida, Hodges University’s Identity Fraud Institute will host a one-day course on developing a data breach response plan.

The course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on January 27, 2017 on Hodges’ Naples campus, which is located at 2655 Northbrooke Drive, Naples, FL 34119.

Carrie Kerskie, director of the Identity Fraud Institute at Hodges, explains, “The average cost to mitigate a data breach is $4 million or $158 per compromised record. Data breaches are more than an IT risk or issue. Business owners and managers can be held accountable for the breach even if they outsource their IT. Most breaches are the result of employee error. It is more important than ever for businesses owners, HR practitioners and those in finance, security and IT to understand how to prevent breaches and what to do when one occurs.”

Individuals who attend the course will discover how data breaches occur, learn the consequence of a breach, learn how to reduce the risk of a breach, identify applicable privacy laws, develop a data breach response plan and begin to develop data privacy policies.

“Small businesses are the top target for hackers, yet, very few know how to prevent or mitigate a breach. Having a data breach response plan in place saves you time and money, as well as reduces stress on the organization. It is more cost effective to be prepared as opposed to hoping it never happens to you,” said Kerskie.

The cost to attend is $345 per person. Hodges University students and employees, as well as nonprofit and government employees may attend for $295. Payment is accepted online, by check or at the door; however, advanced registration is required. To register, visit

For more information, contact Carrie Kerskie at or (239) 598-6281.

About the Identity Fraud Institute:
Hodges University’s Identity Fraud Institute is your research and education partner in the fight against identity theft. Providing services for consumers and professionals, the Identity Fraud Institute is led by Carrie Kerskie, a highly sought-after speaker, trainer, author and consultant on the topics of identity theft, fraud and data privacy. 

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