IUP’s Center for Family Business Held Cyber Security Seminar on 9/11

Posted on 9/12/2019 3:24:58 PM

Twenty IUP students and 17 business professionals attended IUP’s Center for Family Business's Cyber Security seminar on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn.  The seminar, which offered both CPE and HRCI credits, was presented by Emily Town of Rothman Gordan, Jesse Daniel of the Daniel Law Group, Eric Brocious, EmB Computing, and Ray Mullen of The Reschini Agency. 

Group photo: Ray Mullen, Jesse Daniel, Emily Town, Elizabeth Gregg, Anne Parys, Eric Brocious

From left to right: Ray Mullen, The Reschini Agency; Jesse Daniel, The Daniel Law Group;  Emily Town, Rothman Gordon; Elizabeth Gregg, IUP Center for Family Business; Anne Parys, Rothman Gordon; Eric Brocious, EmB Computing

Phishing, spoofing, hackers – Businesses today are under constant siege from hackers who are trying to gain access to personal and private information.  hile the federal government has failed to address the issue, all 50 states and Washington DC, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have enacted data protection laws. Technology is changing faster than the law and businesses need to be vigilant about protecting themselves, their employees and their clients from cyber attacks.

Cyber Security Seminar attendees seated at tables

This seminar taught participants and students the PA statutes that comprise the Breach of Personal Information Notification Act.  A discussion of the case Dittman v. UPMC, where the Supreme Court allowed a class action lawsuit against UPMC for failing to properly protect sensitive employee information was informational.  Attendee’s also reviewed real life phishing emails and learned basic steps that could prevent a data breach.  Protective measures that can be taken to prevent a breach, including employee training, IT security steps and cyber insurance were presented by the expert panel.

Cyber Security presenter: "What's next?"

Cyber Security presenter: "Pennsylvania Breach of Personal Notification Act."


IUP student, Nathan Torres Leon Guerrero had this to say about the seminar. "I learned a lot more about the legal ramifications of cyber-attacks, not just the estimated damages. There are so many more laws in place than what I already know of." Nathan is a Business Honors student with a major in MIS and minoring in Cybersecurity. 

Look for upcoming seminars on our Center for Family Business website.