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Security Threats To Businesses Are Topic of Upcoming Seminar

Security Seminar CoverEmployee theft, robberies, data breaches, and other security threats hang over businesses on a daily basis. Experts including former FBI and CIA counterintelligence and counterterrorism agents will help guide business owners and managers through ways to protect themselves from 21st century security threats at the Minding Your Business security seminar July 22, 2015, at Mars Hill University. The one-day seminar is co-sponsored by Mars Hill University's business administration and criminal justice departments and the Madison County Chamber of Commerce. Workshop topics include basic business security, cyber security, employee theft, and loss prevention.

Keynote speaker for the event is Chris Swecker, chair of the North Carolina Governor's Crime Commission and the former head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's North Carolina operations. Other presenters include:

  • Bob Kandra, a former FBI and CIA counterintelligence and counterterrorism agent who's now a senior advisor to The Chernoff Group and an adjunct instructor of criminal justice at Mars Hill University;
  • Keith McCulloch, a Master Police Officer and chief of the crime prevention unit of the Asheville Police Department;
  • Christina Parker, head of asset protection for Home Depot's Western North Carolina district; and
  • Rick Schwein, a retired FBI special agent who headed the search for Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph and held appointments in counterterrorism and national security, and is now the director of safety and security at MHU, as well as an adjust instructor in the criminal justice and business administration programs.

According to Dr. Barbara Sims, chair of the MHU criminal justice department, the importance of an awareness of threats to business security cannot be over-stated. She says, "We are pleased to co-sponsor this event with the Madison County Chamber of Commerce and hope local business owners will join us as we learn from experts in the field about these important issues."

Hours for the seminar are 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The registration fee is $30 for Madison County Chamber of Commerce members and $50 for others, and includes breakfast, lunch, and all seminar materials. Registration forms and other information are available on the chamber's website or by calling (828) 689-1276. **Deadline for registering is July 6.**