America thrives with small businesses in society. There are numerous opportunities for small
businesses to fill needed niches within the industry. However, many small businesses may
not have all the resources they need to have a strong cybersecurity posture. By implementing
simple cybersecurity practices throughout the organizations, small business can safeguard
their information and data for increased profits.
DID YOU KNOW?
44 percent of small businesses
reported being the victim of a cyber attack, with an
average cost of approximately $9,000 per attack.
Nearly 59 percent of U.S. small and medium-sized businesses
do not have a contingency
plan that outlines procedures for responding to and reporting data breach losses.
1.Make sure all of your organization’s computers are equipped with antivirus software and
antispyware. This software should be updated regularly.
2.Secure your Internet connection by using a firewall, encrypt information, and hide your
Wi- Fi network.
3.Establish security practices and policies to protect sensitive information.
4.Educate employees about cyber threats and how to protect your organization’s data. Hold
employees accountable to the Internet security policies and procedures.
5.Require employees to use strong passwords and to change them often.
6.Invest in data loss protection software, use encryption technologies to protect data in
transit, and use two-factor authentication where possible.
7.Protect all pages on your public-facing websites, not just the checkout and sign-up pages.
Stop.Think.Connect.™ is a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and
empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online. The Campaign’s main objective is to help you become
more aware of growing cyber threats and arm you with the tools to protect yourself, your family, and your community. For more
information visit www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect.
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