The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has launched a new resource to aware small businesses in the US about cyber risk and cybersecurity.
This effort was part of the National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) in October, which has been recognized every month since 2003. The NCSAM was established with the collaboration of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance to ensure the safety and security of internet users.
The goal of the FTC new launched resource is to raise awareness about the role of cybersecurity for small businesses.
Because as more small businesses started getting online, the threats of cybercrime are also increasing. The main goal of FTC is to keep the small businesses well informed and aware of the pros and cons of an online presence.
Rosario Méndez, Attorney, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC, explained how this campaign to educate small businesses came about.
Méndez said, “This new national cybersecurity education campaign grew out of discussions we had last year with small business owners across the country about cybersecurity challenges.”
The cybersecurity tool and resources FTC provide come from cybersecurity experts.
It consists of cybersecurity topics that can be downloaded by any person who is part of an organization.
The fact sheets, videos, and quizzes cover the following topics.
- Cybersecurity Basics
- Understanding the NIST Cybersecurity Framework
- Physical Security
- Business Email Imposters
- Tech Support Scams
- Vendor Security
- Cyber Insurance (with thanks to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners)
- Email Authentication
- Hiring a Web Host
- Secure Remote Access
FTC’s aim is to keep everyone who is connected with small business in any way, well informed about cybersecurity and threats your business might face or faces daily.
For more details on the cybersecurity tool, go to the FTC page.
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