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In the business world, whether you are a small business or a global enterprise, cybersecurity for your staff and customers lies with you. A daunting task? You bet! But, with general awareness and education that teaches the best practices, your organization can be prepared to help make certain that you are cybersecure. Securing Our eCity participating organizations offer education and solutions to help your organization ensure safety and protection from cyber attacks.

You can start with a free workshop at your company’s facility. It is one of the best ways to understand common pitfalls. To make an inquiry please submit a workshop request.

Our very business is providing small and mid-size organizations, products and services that make them(and their data) safer and more secure when they are on the Internet. So we live with this every day, and have clients that rely on us to provide them with good and proper information/advice.”

The first thing that came to my mind was losing my data. If I no longer had my contacts or support information, my calendar. I would be lost and there would be a lot of angry people missing their products.”

I worry most about viruses disrupting my computer, either in terms of screwing up my computer itself or someone gaining access to my information and ultimately identity theft.”

My main concern is the spam /virus attack for my business system…If that would happen, I would have to stop everything, and rethink and redo…all that I have worked on..my mailing list, my contacts, my customers!!!”

I think for me it would be losing data, identity theft and spam/viruses. Probably in that order since we have our whole client software program and info online. I hope this helps. Thanks”

When it comes to security on the internet, the thing I’m most afraid of is getting a virus that wipes out everything I have saved (client files and information). I get about 5 emails per day that only have a link to something which tells me that person’s email account has been hacked and that there is a virus waiting for when you click the link. It seems like it has become an everyday occurrence just recently and it appears to just be a matter of time before one of the viruses makes its way in.”

What concerns me most is id theft and someone that will attack people I know through my contacts/emails that would take advantage of my network of concerned people who would help if help is needed.”

My concern would be transferring data (social security and/or Federal EIN) through the Internet, getting stolen. Causing identity theft or selling the numbers on the black market.”

For me it is data loss due to failure or corruption of hardware.”

My biggest concern is being hacked or my back up program being hacked. I have a lot of sensitive data about my clients. I wouldn’t want to see things about my clients that came from my files all over the internet.”

I really do not want any one tapping into my website or tapping into my teams email address to cause spam.”

As far as security goes, I’m not necessarily worried about my personal information being hacked or compromised, but I do worry about the cloud and losing information. I am trying as a small business to make my life easier and more transient for me. By this I mean I am trying to keep my files and information on the cloud so I can access it from anywhere that I may be. For someone who has typically done things more old school as far as a paper calendar and files in folders versus online it has been a very big trust issue with me that all of my information will remain and I will not lose important contacts and meeting information.”

Business Tips & Resources

  • Conduct a cybersecurity risk assessment: Download Bringing IT Home, SOeC’s brochure on Crititcal
    Infrastructure for Small Businesses: Prepare, Prevent and Respond.
  • Develop a cybersecurity policy and plan. This is especially important if you have mobile workers. Include  prevention, resolution and restitution, as well as off-site back up plans and social media access utilizing business  equipment. Review it every six months. To assist you in the creation of your policies, we are pleased to direct you to the SANS organization and their cybersecurity sample templates.
  • Ensure your computer systems’ and security software are up to date. This includes operating systems
    "patches" as well as ensuring your anti-virus/malware and firewall software have the most current versions in place.
  • Raise your staff and customers’ awareness on cybersecurity best practices. Conduct a workshop for your staff and customers on the best cybersecurity practices and help them learn about pitfalls to avoid. Request a Securing Our eCity foundational workshop.
  • Establish best practices training for employees to navigate social networking sites. Include social
    media access utilizing business equipment in your cybersecurity policy.
  • Enable software that can protect your mobile workers with firewall protection in addition to "in the
    office" solutions
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  • Follow these ten easy steps to help your business become safer online. Download the poster and share it with your staff.