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Cyber security resources for small to medium sized businesses

Cyber security resources for small to medium sized businesses

Cyber attacks are a threat to companies of all sizes, but many bigger businesses have protections in place to mitigate online risk. But what can small and medium sized businesses (SMB) do when the scope and complexity of cybersecurity issues are beyond their limited staff and resources?

As taking no action can leave SMBs open to hackers, leaders of these companies would be wise to track down the resources dedicated to helping them recognize and address cybersecurity risk.

The Department of Homeland Security provides a special SMB Toolkit that tells a business where it stands in the overall threat landscape, complete with a guide connecting users to tech-savvy personnel. The toolkit also shepherds entrepreneurs along the path to network security via building cyber resiliency efforts in concert with their business.  

In addition, custom cybersecurity plans are available through the Federal Communication Commission's Small Biz Cyber Planner 2.0. Participants can choose from a menu of topics to address their particular needs, including network security and employee emergency preparedness planning.

Small business networks are full of valuable information sought by cyber criminals; employee and customer records, bank account information, access to larger networks and more. The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, or US-CERT, gives companies cyber security basics on cloud computing, common viruses and how to improve the security of new computers.

Privacy and security are the hallmarks of a Federal Trade Commission resource on collecting sensitive data from consumers and employees. The FTC site offers advice to app developers on properly securing their technology, as well as cyber protection best practices for products connected to the ever-growing Internet of Things.

Whether they realize it or not, small businesses face big threats from hackers and scammers. Finding the right resources to stay safe online can increase a company's resiliency in the event of a cyber incident.

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