Cyber attacks on small businesses are on the rise, however, studies show that many business owners still are not prepared to deal with potential breaches. While large businesses can dedicate resources to cybersecurity, small businesses face the same cybersecurity challenges and threats with limited resources, capacity, and personnel.
Forty-three percent of all attacks worldwide were targeted at small businesses with less than 250 employees, according to the cybersecurity firm Symantec’s annual Internet Security Threat Report, released in April 2016. Additionally, the U.S. National Cyber Security Alliance found that 60% of small companies are unable to sustain their business over six months after a cyber attack.
These statistics show that small businesses can no longer afford to sit back and hope that it won’t happen to them. To survive in the online economy, it is extremely important that small businesses develop a cybersecurity strategy, and the Florida SBDC is here to help. Even just getting the basics of cybersecurity down can reduce future headaches and can potentially save your entire business! Don't leave your business's survival up to chance.
Florida SBDC Cybersecurity Program
No cost basic cybersecurity materials for small and medium size businesses owners
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Florida SBDC Cybersecurity Program: Cybersecurity Basics for Small Business
While no technology or program can stop every attack, taking basic precautions can reduce your technical risk and make your company a less attractive target.
To answer the call to educate and engage small businesses, and to help them protect their intellectual and fiscal assets, the Florida SBDC Network partnered with Ridge Global, a globally-recognized risk management, and cybersecurity firm, to launch its Byte-Size Small Business Cybersecurity Program in 2017. Since the successful program launch, the Florida SBDC has been able to bring the content online, update it with lessons learned, and expand it to cover current threats, making it the Florida SBDC Cybersecurity Program.
As a continued part of the program, small businesses will have access to no-cost training, consulting, and resources to help protect their business from cyber attacks. To enroll in the updated online training, click or tap the button below to get started today.
The Florida SBDC Network has worked in partnership with various federal, state and local agencies and other organizations to provide practical resources to help small businesses meet the challenges of doing business in cyberspace.
Disaster Assistance App
As part of its service offering, the Florida SBDC offers Bizaster, a free mobile disaster assistance app. Bizaster, available in both English and Spanish for Android and iOS, features risk assessments, customizable checklists, and other resources to help businesses prepare, respond, and recover from natural and man-made disasters.
Bizaster can be downloaded from the App Store or via Google Play. To learn more about disaster planning, check out the video to the right and discover a helpful app that can walk you through the steps you’ll need to get prepared.
Cyberplanner Online Tool
The U.S. SBA, in collaboration with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), provides an online Cyberplanner Tool to help small businesses develop a cyber emergency plan.
SecureFlorida.org– an initiative of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to protect the citizens and economy of Florida by safeguarding our information systems, reducing our vulnerability to cyber attacks, and increasing our responsiveness to any threat.