LARAMIE – In its fifth year, Wyoming’s Cybersecurity Competition for Small Businesses is now offering continuing legal education (CLE) credits for Wyoming attorneys and law firms through accreditation by the Wyoming State Bar.
The competition is built for those small businesses who do not have information technology help and want free, one-on-one, on-the-job, human based training to manage their security risks. It begins on Feb. 1 and continues through Aug. 15, offering attorneys 35 hours of CLE credits on cybersecurity related topics like Skills Training, Law Practice Management, Ethics, and Business and Corporation Law. Additional for-credit topics may be applicable to an attorney’s specific field.
According to the American Bar Association’s 2021 Cybersecurity article by David G. Ries, there are 8 key areas that attorneys and law firms must address. 1. Attorneys’ duty to safeguard information. 2. Security programs and policies. 3. Recognizing the risk. 4. Security assessments and client requirements. 5. Cyber insurance. 6. Security standards and frameworks. 7. Basic security tools. 8. Disaster recovery and business continuity planning.
The competition, via the Made Safe in Wyoming® program, addresses each of the 8 key areas. The Made Safe in Wyoming® program is a risk and information security program based on national standards, but modified for small businesses in Wyoming.
“It is important that our professional services industry is supported in their efforts to become cyber secure,” said Patrick Wolfinbarger, Co-Founder of CyberWyoming. “That’s what this competition is all about, providing the support to tackle information security and cyber risks.”
Registration continues through May 15, but statistically those that enter early have a better chance of winning and can work the project at a more leisurely pace. Judging reports are due August 15, 2022 and participants are judged on the categories of problem solving/innovation, information security, culture/learning, planning, progress, thoroughness, and presentation.
The most coveted prize is speaking at Wyoming’s Cybersecurity Conference as a top winner. In 2022, Wyoming’s Cybersecurity Conference will be combined with the University of Wyoming Blockchain Stampede and WyoHackathon in September. The Stampede touts 800 in person attendees and 5000 worldwide electronically. “It is going to be a great year to win because of great exposure,” said Wolfinbarger.
The competition is free due to community minded companies and organizations including: Campbell County Health, Capitol Communications, Cheyenne State Bank, DigeTekS, EvnTec, Factory IT, First Federal Bank & Trust, First Interstate Bank, Gannett Peak Technical Services, Hub Insurance, IECA, K2 Technologies, PDS (formerly Ptolemy Data Systems), Sweetwater Technology Services, Team Networks, and Wyoming Manufacturing Works. A donation from Microsoft, grant funding from the Department of Workforce services, and collaboration with Casper College’s Cybersecurity program also made the competition possible.
To participate in the competition, business owners or managers should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get a copy of the intent to participate form and make an appointment to discuss how to become cyber secure. CyberWyoming is responsible for monitoring efforts to meet best practices and helping the business owners document their progress. The final step is submitting the documentation to the judges, chosen by local economic development agencies. Information about Wyoming’s Cybersecurity Competition for Small Businesses can be found at www.cyberwyoming.org/competition.