Managing The Cybersecurity of Your Business
Listen to this important message from SBA Administrator Contreras-Sweet.
Small employers often don’t consider themselves targets for cyberattacks due to their size or the perception that they don’t have anything worth stealing. However, small businesses have valuable information cybercriminals seek, including employee and customer data, bank account information and access to the business’s finances, and intellectual property. Small employers also provide access to larger networks such as supply chains.
While some small employers already have robust cybersecurity practices in place, many small firms lack sufficient resources or personnel to dedicate to cybersecurity. Given their role in the nation’s supply chain and economy, combined with fewer resources than their larger counterparts to secure their information, systems, and networks, small employers are an attractive target for cybercriminals.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) established October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month to educate the public and business owners about cybersecurity. As a small business owner, 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. Understanding the threat environment and vulnerability can help small business owners make sound, risk-based decisions about investing in cybersecurity protection. The information and resources below are designed to help small employers better protect the data of their customers, employees, and business partners.
If Your Business Has Been the Victim of a Cyberattack
- Inform local law enforcement or the state attorney general as appropriate.
- Report stolen finances or identities and other cybercrimes to the Internet Crime Complaint Center.
- Report fraud to the Federal Trade Commission.
- Report computer or network vulnerabilities to US-CERT via the hotline: 1-888-282-0870 or the US-CERT website.
Originally published at https://www.sba.gov/navigation-structure/cybersecurity