Kean University to Host Ransomware Symposium

Kean_LogoKean Event Educates Small Business Owners about Emerging Threat

Union, N.J. - Kean University’s Cyber Security Center and the Union County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host a free ransomware symposium on Monday, June 20. The program will include breakfast, expert speakers, two panel discussions and valuable networking opportunities. New Jersey Assemblyman Jon M. Bramnick will deliver the keynote address. Speakers include representatives from the FBI and the NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. Jim Drylie, Ph.D., Executive Director, Kean Cybersecurity Center, will lead a panel discussion on ransomware risk mitigation at the event.

Ransomware is a type of computer malware that prevents or limits users from accessing their system, forcing victims to pay a ransom through online payment in order to regain access to their data.
Small businesses are especially vulnerable to this kind of attack.

“Ransomware and other cybersecurity threats are wreaking havoc on small businesses that rely upon computers to operate their business, but are too small to have a formal IT infrastructure,” said NJ SBDC at Kean University director David Margulies. “New Jersey’s Small Business Development Centers are committed to educating business owners and helping them to avoid and mitigate this escalating threat.”

The symposium will be held in Kean’s STEM auditorium, 1075 Morris Ave., Union, N.J from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


To register visit For more information contact the SBDC at Kean University at or (908) 737-4220.


Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, with a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment serving nearly 15,000 students. The University’s six undergraduate colleges offer 50 undergraduate degrees over a full range of academic subjects. The Nathan Weiss Graduate College offers four doctorate degree programs and more than 60 options for graduate study leading to master’s degrees, professional diplomas or certifications. With campuses in Union and Toms River, New Jersey, and Wenzhou, China, Kean University furthers its mission by providing an affordable, accessible and world-class education. Visit

Contact: Danielle Ford
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