The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has launched a new website that provides articles, videos and information to educate and assist small business owners to detect scams and protect their computers and networks. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), there are more than 28 million small businesses in the United States, employing nearly 57 million people. Cyberattacks can cripple small businesses because they may lack the personnel and resources to identify quickly and respond fully to evolving threats directed at them. Symantec Corp’s 2016 Internet Security Threat Report states that spear-phishing attacks targeting small businesses increased from 18 percent to 43 percent between 2011 and 2015.
On the FTC website small business owners can find:
- Tips on how to avoid scams that target businesses
- Advice to help protect customers’ and employees’ sensitive data
- Videos that show how to secure networks
The FTC’s newest article Small Business Computer Security Basics provides helpful tips to help companies protect their files and devices, train employees to think twice before sharing account information, and keep their wireless network protected. The article also gives details on proper response to network hacks.
Small businesses should review the FTC’s new website regularly to protect themselves against scammers who suspect them to be particularly vulnerable. Both the FTC and SBA are continuously publishing updated information and guidance to help small businesses against cyberthreats.