Cyber Security and Your Small Business
Cyber security is vital in the digital age and a growing concern for small businesses. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), small businesses are attractive targets because they have information that cybercriminals want, and they typically lack the security infrastructure of larger businesses. In a recent SBA survey, 88% of small business owners felt their business was vulnerable to a cyber attack. For additional information visit www.sba.gov/cybersecurity.
Here are three useful tools recommended by the SBA:
FCC Planning Tool
The Federal Communications Commission offers a cybersecurity planning tool to help you build a strategy based on your unique business needs.
Cyber Resilience Review
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cyber Resilience Review (CRR) is a non-technical assessment to evaluate operational resilience and cybersecurity practices. You can either do the assessment yourself, or request an on-site assessment by DHS cybersecurity professionals.
Cyber Hygiene Vulnerability Scanning
DHS also offers free cyber hygiene vulnerability scanning for small businesses. This service can help secure your internet-facing systems from weak configuration and known vulnerabilities. You will receive a weekly report for your action.
More Tips from the IRS
Here is a list of tips provided by the IRS during National Tax Security Awareness Week 2019:
Recognizing and Avoiding Phishing Scams
Be Alert to Business Identity Theft
Written Data Protection Plans