Sera-Brynn Executive to Present “Keeping Small Business Cyber Secure” at Cybersecurity Event

Fact. Businesses of all sizes, from Wall Street to Main Street, need to prepare and protect themselves against hackers.

On August 13, at 4pm, Heather Engel, Executive Vice President of Sera-Brynn, a globally recognized cybersecurity firm based in Suffolk, Va., is taking that message to Gloucester Main Street and the businesses throughout the county when she will present “Keeping Small Business Cyber Secure” at Lulu Birds Kitchen, located at 6553 Main Street.

Co-hosted by the Main Street Association, Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce and Consociate Media, this small business training event will cover how small businesses can protect themselves, what to do when breached (it’s a matter of when not if this will happen, Engel said), and ways a hacker can make their way in to any computer network.

The cost to attend the presentation is $10 for Chamber and Association members and $15 for non-members. Fees include the presentation, one drink from the bar (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) and shared appetizers. Additional drinks and food will also be available for purchase.

To register for the event, visit Seating is limited.

“Hacking is the modern day mafia,” said Engel. “Every company, large or small needs to be aware of the threat of cyber attacks and the steps to take in the event that it becomes the target of one.”

One of the biggest misconceptions is that small businesses are not susceptible to cyber attacks. In actuality, most cyber attacks are not targeted. Cyber attacks are a matter of opportunity, Engel said.

“Trainings like these are vital because they teach businesses how to approach cybersecurity from a risk management perspective to prioritize security spending,” Engel said. “Businesses need to understand the information they have that is potentially valuable to an attacker and protect it accordingly.”


As Executive Vice-President at Sera-Brynn, Engel oversees Sera-Brynn’s risk management and auditing services, providing support to organizations implementing and validating Payment Card Industry (PCI) standards, FISMA, NIST, GLBA and HIPAA.

Engel has more than 15 years of experience in system integration, incident response, disaster recovery, security policy, business continuity planning, crisis communications and security testing and evaluation for clients across a wide variety of industries including healthcare, government, retail and financial.

Prior to Sera-Brynn, Engel assisted government agencies and the Department of Defense in evaluating and securing advanced information systems and networks, testing new products, and coordinating cyber warfare exercises. She is a Qualified Security Assessor certified by the PCI Security Standards Council, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Pennsylvania State University, an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology and numerous industry certifications including


Sera-Brynn, ranked the top cybersecurity firm in Virginia and number 16 on the global list of 500 best cybersecurity groups, is the only Payment Card Industry Qualified Security Assessor certified cyber security firm headquartered in Southeastern Virginia, and one of only 140 in the country. 

Staffed by former national intelligence and military information security professionals, the Sera-Brynn team has been developing, managing and protecting complex and critical computer and network infrastructures since the 1990’s. 

Sera-Brynn’s clients include Fortune 1000, large healthcare, retail, financial services, government, transportation and non-profit organizations nationwide.

Sera-Brynn offers compliance and audit services for PCI, DFARS, FISMA GLBA, SOX, and other standards. Working with local and federal law enforcement, insurance companies, and legal offices throughout the country, they also offer comprehensive coverage and rapid incident response services. To learn more about Sera-Brynn, visit or call 757-243-1257.