Duquesne University today received a $150,000 grant for a project to help small- and medium-sized businesses avoid becoming the victims of computer-related crimes.
The grant money was presented by Congressman Mike Doyle, D-14, during the first Pennsylvania Business Technology Conference, an informational day at Duquesne designed to help business owners decipher what security defenses they need to use and how technology can help their productivity and profitability.
“This initiative will help our region’s small- and medium-sized businesses to avoid losses from cyber-crimes,” Doyle said. “I’m pleased to have been able to provide the federal assistance needed to move this important project forward.”
Cyber-crime has exploded with the rise of the Internet and the growth of e-commerce in today’s global marketplace and will continue to increase dramatically as businesses and consumers make more use of computers and the Internet. Government and businesses have to struggle to keep pace with new tactics and technology developed or adopted by cyber-criminals. The federal government has been actively involved in cyber-security issues for years, but to date, most of the efforts have focused on government assets and large private enterprises. The government has done very little to address the cyber-security concerns of small- to medium-sized businesses.
“The University appreciates Congressman Doyle’s support for this initiative with local businesses, and we look forward to continuing this cooperative effort to boost the economy of Southwestern Pennsylvania,” said Dr. Charles J. Dougherty, Duquesne University president. “This will help us to address an important need for businesses of all sizes.”
Duquesne University’s Chrysler Corporation Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business have developed an initiative to help local small and medium-sized businesses grow and compete successfully in the high-tech economy of the 21st century. This project will study the best cyber-security practices across Pennsylvania, assess them and analyze existing weaknesses. Then, the project will develop cost-effective solutions for the threats, and provide the results to small- to medium-sized businesses through a comprehensive outreach effort including online training.
“Duquesne University is a tremendous asset to our region, providing an outstanding education and giving back to the community,” Congressman Doyle observed. “This cyber-security initiative is just the latest example of how Duquesne University is constantly growing and changing to continue to meet our community’s needs. All of southwestern Pennsylvania will benefit from this initiative.”