Commonsense Guide to Cyber Security for Small Businesses

The Commonsense Guide to Cyber Security for Small Businesses outlines 12 ways small businesses can protect themselves from cyber attacks and cites actual cases where the outlined protective measures could have prevented attacks to real-life small businesses.


Introduction: Best Practices—A 12-Step Program to Cyber Security

  1. I'm Very Busy; Do I Really Need to Read This?
  2. Real World Examples—This Could Happen To You
  3. Does This Publication Apply to My Specific Business?
  4. Why Would Anyone Attack Me?
  5. OK, Maybe I Should Do More, but What Is This Going to Cost Me?
  6. How Can I Stay Updated on What I Should Be Doing to Secure My Business?


Specific Practices and the Dirty Dozen Examples of Actual Small Businesses Hurt by Cyber Attacks

  1. Use Strong Passwords and Change Them Regularly
  2. Look Out for E-mail Attachments and Internet Download Modules
  3. Install, Maintain, and Apply Anti-Virus Programs
  4. Install and Use a Firewall
  5. Remove Unused Software and User Accounts; Clean Out Everything on Replaced Equipment
  6. Establish Physical Access Controls for all Computer Equipment
  7. Create Backups for Important Files, Folders, and Software
  8. Keep Current With Software Updates
  9. Implement Network Security With Access Control
  10. Limit Access to Sensitive and Confidential Data
  11. Establish and Follow a Security Financial Risk Management Plan; Maintain Adequate Insurance Coverage
  12. Get Technical Expertise and Outside Help When You Need It


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