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As a small business owner, you know that cyber criminals will steal data any place they can find it, whether it’s from a global giant or a Main Street store. So where can you find just-the-facts security advice tailored to your needs? At ftc.gov/cybersecurity. The FTC has boiled it down to a dozen need-to-know topics for small businesses and we’ll address one each week in the Business Blog. First up: Cybersecurity Basics, which sets the stage for steps your company should take.

Cybersecurity Basics offers practical tips on protecting your files and devices, securing your wireless network, and making smart security “business as usual” at your business. Here are just a few things you’ll learn by downloading the factsheet and watching the video:

  • Why you should set your apps, web browsers, and operating systems to update automatically
  • Three key steps to help secure your router
  • Multi-factor authentication: What it is and why it should matter to your business
  • How planning for the “what ifs” may help keep your business running even if you experience a data breach

Another key component of Cybersecurity Basics is the importance of training your staff. The FTC’s new materials – which the Small Business Administration, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Department of Homeland Security are also promoting – are purpose-built for in-house training or a series of staff meetings. Show this video to introduce your employees to the importance of cybersecurity.


Next week: Understanding the NIST Cybersecurity Framework
 

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