Computer Security Resource Center

Computer Security Resource Center

Computer Security
Resource Center

Small Business Center

SBC Computer Security Workshops

NIST is a world leader in information security guidelines. Charged with providing guidelines for sensitive, non-secure, government computer systems, the documents produced by NIST on securing information are used throughout public and private sectors around the world. NIST has the mandate to contribute to improving the security of commercial IT products and strengthening the security of users' systems and infrastructures.

To this end, NIST, in co-sponsorship with the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), conducts workshops on information security threats and solutions. Given NIST's expertise in the area of information security, SBA's extensive network built to help small businesses start, grow, and succeed, and the FBI's InfraGard program's frontline view of information security threats, the workshops resulting from this partnership deliver information security training to the small business community like no other. These workshops are especially designed for small businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore practical tools and techniques that can help them to assess, enhance, and maintain the security of their systems and information.

Who should attend?

  • Small business owners
  • Small manufacturers
  • Local government employees
  • Teachers and school administrators
  • Computer users at non-profit organizations


  • How to protect your business from intentional attacks or unintentional damage by well meaning employees
  • How to guard against the embarrassment, legal liability or decreased productivity of security breaches
  • How to evaluate security tools and techniques based on your needs


These workshops are a part of NIST's outreach program. They are designed to make NIST resources more accessible to the small business owner, arming small businesses with specific techniques to improve their Information Security practices.

As part of the United States Department of Commerce, NIST works to develop and promote measurement, standards, and technology to enhance productivity, facilitate trade, and improve the quality of life.


What makes an effective information security program for a small organization? This educational presentation is intended to promote:

  • Awareness of the importance of need for IT security
  • Understanding of IT security vulnerabilities and corrective measures

The interactive discussion will focus on those information security risks facing all small organizations and how those risks can be identified and managed. Topics will include:

  • How your data is vulnerable
  • What you can lose through an information security breach
  • Practical steps to protect your operations
  • How to use information security vendors and consultants
  • How to evaluate tools and techniques based on your needs

Schedule a Workshop

Contact the NIST Small Business Outreach Team
Phone: 301-975-5237


Created May 24, 2016, Updated March 29, 2018