Computer & Information Security: Protecting Small Business presented by Thomas College and MMCC Feb. 13

WATERVILLE — The next Business Breakfast, presented by Thomas College and the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, is set for 7:15-9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in the Spann Student Commons Summit Room on Thomas College’s campus, 180 West River Road. Dr. Frank Appunn, professor of business and information technology management at Thomas College will identify specific protections for small businesses that provide significantly improved defenses without significant costs. The content will build on formal studies among small businesses in the U.S. during 2013 and provide practical solutions relevant to Maine.

The Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce holds monthly informative presentations on a variety of educational business topics at Thomas College. The cost is $15 for members who register before the event or $17 at the door. General admission cost $20. A hot breakfast is included with the reservation.

Dr. Appunn has an interest in academic issues and research, but focuses on practical solutions that consider not only technology, but also the importance of considering the organization and people in creating affordable solutions that work. He is particularly concerned that Maine organizations are too trusting. Most data criminals have automated most of their attacks — meaning that there is no safe zone or organization too small. Appunn has combined a number of techniques and suggestions to reduce risks and losses while considering limited budgets. By combining cost effective approaches and solid internal leadership, he hopes to aid Maine organizations to reduce their risk of losing money or exposing their customers to excessive cyber risks.

To register, visit or call 873-3315.

For more information, contact Jennifer Buker at or 859-1319.

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