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10/26/2018
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FTC Offers Small Businesses Free Cybersecurity Resources

Cybersecurity for Small Businesses campaign kicks off.

The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) newly launched national initiative to educate small business owners about cybersecurity threats and defenses began with a "listening tour" last year.

What it learned became the foundation for the agency's new Cybersecurity for Small Business website and related resources, which draw from a dozen different security topics FTC officials gathered from its discussions with small and midsize business (SMB) owners nationwide, said Jon Miller Steiger, director of the FTC's East Central Region, who spoke at the 2018 Cyber Security Conference for small businesses in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this week.

Among their hot-button concerns, Steiger said, are their ability to train employees properly for security awareness, cyberthreats, and human error leading to a cyberattack. "They want to get one unified message from the federal government" on cybersecurity as well, he said.

The new website, created in cooperation with the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Small Business Administration (SBA), was officially launched on Oct. 18. It includes cybersecurity basics and best practices including the NIST cybersecurity framework for SMBs, and covers security threats, such as phishing, ransomware, email spoofing, and tech support scams. 

The FTC site also includes free resources, such as quizzes and educational videos. See the new FTC program site here.

 

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Kelly Jackson Higgins is Executive Editor at DarkReading.com. She is an award-winning veteran technology and business journalist with more than two decades of experience in reporting and editing for various publications, including Network Computing, Secure Enterprise ... View Full Bio

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k21academy
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k21academy,
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10/31/2018 | 1:23:51 AM
Re: Just do it -- and document it
great post informative
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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10/29/2018 | 7:55:06 PM
Quizzes
Quizzes another good resource to go through, helpful for small business as it is not easy for them to create these resources by themselves.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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10/29/2018 | 7:51:26 PM
Web site
I like the website, easy to navigate and responsive, I can see it in my smartphone easily.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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10/29/2018 | 7:49:23 PM
Re: Just do it -- and document it
FTC should run an ad campaign to get the word to SMBs I like the idea. Sometimes we do not really know what resources we can have access.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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10/29/2018 | 7:48:06 PM
Re: Just do it -- and document it
then documenting that you did it I think this is important aspect of it, documenting the work.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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10/29/2018 | 7:45:22 PM
Resources
Any help regarding cybersecurity resources would help. Company could use these resources to create awareness for their employees.
Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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10/29/2018 | 9:48:36 AM
Re: Just do it -- and document it
There's actually some really valuable info & training materials on this site. I think the FTC should run an ad campaign to get the word to SMBs.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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10/26/2018 | 10:49:43 PM
Just do it -- and document it
Definitely something to check out. Even if the material is found to be lacking, just going through it -- and then documenting that you did it -- will go a long way if you ever attract the negative attention of the FTC or another regulator/politician because of a breach, privacy snafu, or other potential data-stewardship violation.
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