Businesses are legally responsible for maintaining security and privacy. This page provides resources to assist businesses in protecting their most critical information assets. Check out the links below for valuable security information.
Small Business Resources
With massive data breaches making headlines on a regular basis, it’s hard to ignore the fact that data security is becoming increasingly important. Unfortunately, there are still far too many SMBs that don’t understand just how serious the threat is—and that can be dangerous.
Trust is an essential element of customer relationships. When it comes to Internet security, your customers trust you to protect the personal information they share with you.
You would never knowingly put them at risk, but lax computer security practices can do just that -- jeopardize your customers' sensitive information and expose them to threats.
If your company has a website, communicates with customers via email, or stores customer information in an electronic database, you could be putting them at risk if you aren't taking the right precautions.
- CNBC: Virtual extortion a big business for cyber criminals
"SMBs are incredibly vulnerable to these types of attacks," warned Ed Cabrera, vice president of cybersecurity strategy at Trend Micro, an IT security company in Irving, Texas, adding that large companies' IT departments usually invest in robust cybersecurity programs. "I'd say the threat level is critical. Small businesses lack the resources, the security and the multi-layer defense programs to help protect themselves. And it's only escalating."
- Costs and Risks of a Security Breach for Small Businesses
It might not surprise you that security breaches hurt small businesses the most. More than 70 percent of attacks target small businesses. It is estimated that 60 percent of hacked SMBs go out of business only after six months.
- FCC: Cyber Security Planning Guide
Data security is crucial for all small businesses. Customer and client information, payment information, personal files, bank account details - all of this information is often impossible replace if lost and dangerous in the hands of criminals. Data lost due to disasters such as a flood or fire is devastating, but losing it to hackers or a malware infection can have far greater consequences. How you handle and protect your data is central to the security of your business and the privacy expectations of customers, employees and partners.
- Small Business Administration: Cybersecurity
Is your business prepared in the event of a cybersecurity breach? Now is the time to take stock of your cybersecurity health, including the importance of securing information through best cybersecurity practices; identifying your risk and the types of cyberthreats; and learning best practices for guarding against cyberthreats.
- Small Business Administration: Cybersecurity for Small Businesses Training
This self-paced training exercise provides an introduction to securing information in a small business.Topics include: Defining cybersecurity; Explaining the importance of securing information through best cybersecurity practices; Identifying types of information that should be secured; Identifying the types of cyber threats; Defining risk management; and Listing best practices for guarding against cyber threats.
- Small Business Cybersecurity Workbook
Based on the NIST Framework, this workbook is designed to help small businesses develop an information security plan. The tool provides a step-by-step process and is intended to support non-technical individuals. A white paper is available for those who want to learn more about the cyber topics mentioned in the workbook.
- Small Business DataAssured Resources
Your data is your business. Cybercriminals want it, and they are getting it. 63% of small business owners report having been victims of a cyberattack. Do not let your business be next!
- Small Business Development Center
The SBDC is the only statewide, nationally accredited program that provides high quality one-on-one consulting, training and information resources to help small businesses grow and succeed. The SBDC program is a public/private partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of Delaware and the University of Delaware.
IT Security Technical Publications/Links for Businesses
Disaster Recovery is the process an organization uses to recover access to their software, data, and/or hardware that are needed to resume the performance of normal, critical business functions after the event of either a natural disaster or a disaster caused by humans.