How to Protect Your Organization and Value-Chain from a Cybersecurity Breach

Digital Cybersecurity: Steps to Take to Protect Your Organization and Value-Chain Prior to a Breach

Since the announcement of the global pandemic, ecommerce businesses have been targeted by cyber threats globally. Coronavirus-related spear phishing attacks have seen a 667% increase since March 2020 – the exposure and risk to ecommerce websites is greater than ever. With an increase in social engineering, phishing, and email attacks, it’s critical to learn about the steps and tools you can take to protect yourself, and your value-chain from potential cyber attacks.

This is a follow up session and first of a three-part interactive workshop in CITC’s web series on cybersecurity presented by Sem Ponnambalam, President of xahive. Possible co-presentation by Dept. of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity Division in California. The two-hour workshop will review programmatic, policy and technical steps any ecommerce business should consider to protect their online presence and transactions before a breach occurs. Attendees will receive guidance on policies/procedures and an audit checklist. Please come prepared with questions and scenarios you may want addressed for your global operations.

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Hosts & Panelists

Kuntal Warwick


Global marketing and business professional with senior-level experience across industries, including higher education, arts/culture, healthcare/biotech, clean tech, and with a focus on innovation. Supported national and international branding, marketing and communications projects, often times launching landmark campaigns. Particular expertise in corporate and organizational engagement, linking private and public partnerships, and in impactfully articulating an organization’s mission to a global or multicultural audience.

Sem Ponnambalam


Sem Ponnambalam is the co-founder and President of xahive, a cybersecurity company providing Patented secure and compliant end-to-end data transmission for enterprises & IoT, along with enterprise education and governance management tools. Xahive has offices in California, NY, Ottawa, Canada, & the UK. At xahive, Sem is primarily responsible for global operations, including cybersecurity audits, business, and market development. With 18-plus years’ experience in private and public sectors, Sem has been instrumental in building relationships & between xahive and SBDC California, New York, Select USA, London & Partners, P20, New York Academy of Sciences, HIMSS, BlackBerry, RedHat and IBM globally.

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Leah Goold-Haws

Leah Goold-Haws is the Statewide Director of Global Trade and the Statewide Director for the California International Trade Center (CITC). Goold-Haws oversees a team that works with the 114 colleges in the California Community College system offering trade assistance to companies or individuals in the state of California. Prior to that Goold-Haws has served as Deputy Sector Navigator of Global Trade and Logistics for the Greater Los Angeles, California region, serving 19 colleges. Goold-Haws built a reputation as a trade expert at CITC providing California small businesses with tools, training and resources to succeed in export trade activities.

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