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New Jersey Business Action Center

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Lt. Governor and Secretary of State

Basics of Cybersecurity


A discussion of the importance of keeping data secure and protected.

Recent cyber-attacks on the likes of Microsoft and Colonial Pipeline show the far-reaching threat of hackers – and small businesses, often without dedicated IT teams, are just as at risk. Hear from experts about the importance of keeping data secure and protecting intellectual property, the threats to which your business is vulnerable and measures you can take to prevent cyber-attacks before they halt your business

For additional assistance, please contact the New Jersey Business Action Center at business.nj.gov for our "live chat" with our NJBAC business experts from 8:00am - 5:00pm ET, Monday-Friday.

For more information call our Business Helpline 1-800-Jersey-7 or (1-800-537-7397)

About the Speakers

Don Newman, Manager, Office of Small Business Advocacy, NJ Business Action Center, New Jersey Department of State

Don Newman
Manager, Office of Small Business Advocacy
NJ Business Action Center
New Jersey Department of State

Mr. Newman serves as the Manager of Small Business Advocacy within the New Jersey Department of State, Business Action Center. As Manager, he provides services to business of all sizes and at all stages of development, from startups through maturity. These services include identifying specific programs for which business are eligible and helping them locate the resources that best meet their needs. In addition, Don manages the NJ Business Helpline, 1-800 JERSEY-7 and a new live chat. This year, through both platforms, his team responded to over 75,000 business questions.

With over 17 years of experience as a business advocate, Mr. Newman has assisted countless businesses grow and prosper in our state. Prior to joining state government, Don managed and worked for several small businesses, gaining valuable experience in such varied fields as inventory management, sales, business planning, and marketing.

Michelle A. Schaap, Member, Privacy & Data Security and Corporate & Securities Groups CSG

Michelle A. Schaap
Member, Privacy & Data Security and Corporate & Securities Groups CSG

Michelle regularly advises on cybersecurity preparedness, counsels when data security incidents arise and trains companies on best practices for security procedures addressing both their business operations and their customers’ concerns. Michelle assesses risk management practices and security incident preparedness in developing proactive security incident response and recovery plans. Additionally, she works with clients in contract review, drafting and negotiation in critical areas of privacy and security.

Michelle counsels clients on incident and breach response – often serving as quarterback to the incident response team, working closely with her client’s senior executives, forensics, law enforcement and other critical members of the team.

She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional, awarded from the International Association of Privacy Professionals, with a concentration on U.S. private-sector law (CIPP/US).


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