CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Roughly 150 small and medium business owners packed a meeting room inside the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Tuesday, all to learn more about cybersecurity and the steps needed to keep their data safe.

The "cybersecurity workshop" was put on by the National Cyber Security Alliance.

"Unfortunately that's a fact of life in the cyber age," said Michael Kiser, Executive Director of the National Cyber Security Alliance. "They learn how to respond if a cyber attack did occur and how to recover overall."

Kiser says the attacks are growing "exponentially" every year and the number one way hackers get in is through email phishing scams.

"Data is the coin of the realm, in cybercrime and so businesses are collecting more and more data so they become more target rich," Kiser added.

The business owners were given real-life scenarios to play out, and left with packets of information to sign up for scam alerts and to learn about the latest hacking trends.

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