The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on May 9, 2017, that it has launched a new website that “helps small businesses avoid scams and cyber-attacks.”
The website, www.ftc.gov/SmallBusiness.com, is filled with articles, videos and other information to help small businesses avoid scams and recover from a cyber-attack, as well as security tips to protect networks and customer data.
The website is a collaboration between the FTC and the Small Business Administration. It includes a Small Business Computer Security Basics guide, guidance on employee awareness and training, security of wireless connections and data breach response. It also alerts small businesses to common cyber threats aimed at small businesses, such as malware, ransomware and phishing schemes.
Small businesses do not have the resources of larger organizations to implement the most sophisticated security techniques. Nonetheless, cybersecurity awareness, risk reduction and management are important to their bottom line. Starting somewhere is better than ignoring the risk, so this website is a good way to start the process. It can be accessed here.