- What information does your business collect?
- How do you store the information?
- Who has access to the information?
- How do you protect your business data?
- What steps are you taking to secure your computers, network, email and other tools?
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TOOLS AND RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS
Small Business Administration
Cyber Security for Small Business will help you learn more about the security principles you should keep in mind when online, as well as the ways you can protect your information and networks in case of a cyberattack. For in-person assistance, visit your local SBA office or mentor.
Department of Homeland Security
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its partners have established a Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community (C3) Voluntary Program to help educate business owners about cybersecurity. The C3 Voluntary Program Toolkit for Small and Midsize Businesses contains resources to help your business recognize and address cybersecurity risks, including Fact Sheets for Startups and Leadership and a Hands-On Resources Guide. Learn more at https://www.us-cert.gov/ccubedvp/getting-started-smb.
The Cyber Resilience Review Assessment Tool evaluates ten domains including risk management, incident management, service continuity, and may be conducted as a self-assessment or as an in-person, facilitated assessment. Developed by DHS, this no-cost, voluntary tool helps businesses assess their information technology resilience. For more information, visit https://www.us-cert.gov/ccubedvp/self-service-crr.
Cybersecurity Advisors or CSAs are regionally-located DHS personnel who offer immediate and sustained cybersecurity assistance to prepare and protect organizations, including small and mid-sized businesses. Services include on-site meetings to answer questions, exchange information and address concerns about cybersecurity; educational and awareness briefings; and assessments, including a full-day, expert-led a Cyber Resilience Review (CRR) evaluation that assess cybersecurity management practices. For more information about CSAs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org (link sends e-mail).
Federal Communications Commission
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in collaboration with other government agencies and industry leaders, created the Small Biz Cyber Planner – an easy-to-use, free online tool that will help you create a customized planning guide to protect your business from cybersecurity threats. Learn more at www.fcc.gov/cyberplanner
This collection of resources from various levels of government can help small and midsize businesses recognize and address their cybersecurity risks.
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ADDITIONAL LINKS AND ARTICLES…
Small Business Tip Card
FCC Ten Cybersecurity Tips for Small Business
Cyber Exposures of Small and Midsize Businesses – A Digital Pandemic
New Survey Shows U.S. Small Business Owners Not Concerned About Cybersecurity; Majority Have No Policies or Contingency Plans
National Cyber Security Alliance