Cybersecurity Basics for Small Business

Think your business is too small to be at risk for a cyber-attack? Think again. According to Verizon’s most recent Data Breach Investigation report, nearly half of all breaches target small and medium-sized businesses. Further, according to 4iQ in its 2019 Identity Breach Report, there was a 424 percent increase in attacks on small businesses in 2018.

These statistics show that small businesses can no longer afford to sit back and hope that it won’t happen to them. Cybercriminals are smart – but you can protect yourself by being aware of the basic risks to your small business and implementing cybersecurity practices.

Through the Florida SBDC’s Cybersecurity Basics program, you can help prevent
your business from becoming a statistic.

How we can help

Don’t let your business become a statistic. Learn the basics and put proper cyber protections in place. Get started now.

Step 1Take our online Cybersecurity Awareness Risk Self-Assessment to determine your level of risk. The assessment is a questionnaire that helps users gauge their level of cyber activity. It is based on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. Users can expect a risk score based on their current cyber posture in 15 minutes or less. This score is presented at the end of the questionnaire with an option to receive the results via email. At the end of the survey, users are encouraged to move onto the Cybersecurity Basics for Small Businesses course.

Step 2Learn the basics of cybersecurity through our online Cybersecurity Basics for Small Business course. Looking to shore up your business’ cybersecurity measures? Through our Cybersecurity Basics course, you’ll learn about the biggest cybersecurity risks, common cyber threats, how to secure your business, and how to respond to an attack. At the end of the course, users are encouraged to sign up for in-depth consulting for additional assistance.

Step 3Shore up your business’ cyber strategy through in-depth consulting. Through our Cybersecurity Basics program, you’ll also have access to our team of cyber specialists who can help you take a deeper dive into your business’ cybersecurity measures and assist in developing strategies to better protect your business, employees, customers, and profits. Sign up for consulting by visiting the Existing Business section of our website and completing our online Request for Consulting.


Additional Resources

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 PlayWatch this video to learn more about disaster planning, 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.
  • Other Resources:
    • 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.

Have questions?

Please contact your local Florida SBDC office.