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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- NCI: Top 2016 Cyber Threats for Small Businesses
Cyber-crime was strong in 2015 and experts forecast a continuation in 2016. The criminals are making money, expanding their businesses, and new entrants are taking advantage of a growth market. Small businesses should expect to be targets in 2016.
- 4 Stats That Will Make You Rethink Cybersecurity for Your Small Business
For many small businesses, cybersecurity may not seem like a priority. Often small businesses don’t have the big-budget IT security that enterprise organizations do, so allocating funds to cyber is often pushed down to the bottom of (or off) the list. Small business owners often believe they don’t hold valuable enough information to make them a hacking target, but the reality is, small businesses are often a target for this exact reason. It’s the “small business cybercrime sweet spot.”
- 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 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.
- StaySafeOnline: Cybersecurity
Protect your business, employees and customers from online attacks, data loss and other threats with these resopurces.
- 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."
- The 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.
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.