Is your business everybody's business?October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Improving national cyber security is a crucial part of keeping America safe.
National Cyber Security Awareness Month was established to raise awareness and understanding about the importance of cyber security. Awareness Month activities help Americans learn about computer security essentials including: protection against viruses, worms, hacking, spyware, phishing, account hijacking, identity theft, and more, thus empowering all Americans to better protect themselves.
Annual programs in October focus on cyber security education for the following audiences:
Last year, we worked with nearly 90 public and private organizations to promote cyber security best practices nationwide during the October National Cyber Security Awareness Month and throughout the following year. We invite you to participate in a variety of National Cyber Security Awareness Month programs this October and watch for high-impact programs throughout the rest of the year.
National Cyber Security Alliance
The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is the go-to resource for cyber security awareness and education for the home user, small business, and education professionals. A public-private sector partnership, NCSA sponsors and partners include the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Trade Commission, Department of Commerce, and many private sector corporations.
Our mission is to increase awareness and help all Americans learn effective responses to pressing cyber security and safety issues. NCSA provides tools and resources to empower home users, small businesses, schools, colleges, and universities to stay safe online.
Look for our Stay Safe Online national awareness programs or visit us at www.staysafeonline.org for easy-to-understand information on how to improve your cyber security.
For more information on the National Cyber Security Alliance initiatives and membership, please contact:
Stay safe! Here's 6 information security tips for small businesses
Small businesses and organizations may be daunted by the perceived resources it takes to secure their systems, however, not making cyber security a priority could be a costly decision. The following six tips represent key security principles that we recommend implementing in any business setting, and provide a starting point for a more effective information security plan.
It's our cyberspace. Let's keep it that way
1. Ensure that all employees use effective passwords. Encourage passwords that are comprised of different characters and change them every three months. For example, use C@tandDOg.instead of catanddog.
2. Protect your systems. Install and use anti-virus, and anti-spyware, programs on all computers in your business. Install a software firewall on all computers that connect to the Internet.
3. Keep all software up to date. Ensure that all computer software is up to date and contains the most recent patches (i.e., operating system, anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, and office automation software). Without updates, your systems will not be well protected against new cyber threats.
4. Create backups. Make regular(weekly) backup copies of all of your important data/information. Store a secured copy away from your office location, and if that CD has sensitive information on your company or customers, use encryption to protect it.
5. Be prepared for emergencies. Create a contingency plan for your business so you can recover if you experience an emergency. Include plans to continue business operations at an alternate location when necessary. Test your plan at least annually.
6. Report Internet Crime. Locate and join an organization of your peers for information sharing purposes. If you suspect fraud or criminal intent, report it to the local law enforcement agencies, the local Federal Bureau of Investigation, Secret Service, or State Attorney General's offices.
Resources for Small Businesses
General Cyber Security Information for Small Business:
National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) http://www.staysafeonline.org
Other Helpful Information: