I love free stuff and cybersecurity so when I heard about this I had to share. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released free cybersecurity resources aimed at small businesses. The content is focused on twelve key areas: cybersecurity basics, understanding the NIST cybersecurity framework, physical security, ransomware, phishing, business email imposters, tech support scams, vendor security, cyber insurance, email authentication, hiring a web host, and securing remote access. These topics were determined based on the FTC’s listening tour last year and the content was created in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Small Business Administration (SBA). The FTC site also provides a guide for employers about communications with employees, quizzes, publications, and videos. The information also includes three short quizzes that can help businesses identify which areas they should focus on and thereafter provides direction to the relevant resources and information.
This extensive investment of time and resources by the FTC signals the importance the FTC places on cybersecurity related to small businesses. It also shows their commitment to cybersecurity initiatives at all levels. Small businesses should leverage this free information as the FTC will likely not be sympathetic to excuses based on a lack of resources for small businesses. Take advantage of these resources by clicking to the FTC picture to the right and reach out to our team if you need more help!
Written by Emily McNeeley, CIPP/US, Attorney, Intuitive Edge Team