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. Last year, 43 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.
How We Can Help
Byte-Size Small Business 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 recently partnered with Ridge Global, a globally-recognized risk management and cybersecurity firm, to unveil its Byte-Size Small Business Cybersecurity Program. As part of the program, small businesses will have access to no-cost training, consulting, and resources to help protect their business from cyber attacks.
- Cybersecurity Basics for Small Business Workshops
The Florida SBDC is offering a series of workshops at no cost covering four topics: basic cybersecurity threats to small businesses, security, remediation and cybersecurity resources. While the majority of our cybersecurity training events are scheduled to begin in January 2018, several locations across the state will be hosting events this year. The foundation for these workshops is a new in-depth resource guide featured below. Download and view the guidebook at no cost, however, we strongly encourage you to participate in an in-person workshop to better understand the material and strategies to protect your business. Click here to find an event near you.
Byte-Size Small Business Cybersecurity Program Guidebook: This easy to digest guidebook and toolkit of affiliated resources cover four topics: basic cybersecurity threats to small businesses, security, remediation, cybersecurity resources, and provides user-friendly information that can help make your company more cyber secure.
Click here to download the guidebook.
On Thursday, December 14, 2017, the Florida SBDC Network is sponsoring the Miami Cybersecurity Conference hosted by Florida International University, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to bring together top experts both locally and nationally from government, law enforcement, and the private sector to help small businesses develop, evaluate, and strengthen their cybersecurity programs. The cost for the conference is $50.00. Space will be limited. Register now to guarantee admittance.
- On-Demand Webinars
Introduction to Disaster Preparedness & The Bizaster App click here to view
Florida SBDC professionally certified business consultants are available to help small businesses evaluate the risk and identify the types of cyber threats, as well as learn best practices for proactively guarding against cyber threats. Our specialists can help you prepare a comprehensive cybersecurity plan tailored for your business at no cost.
Register for a one-on-one consulting session by completing an electronic Request for Consulting (eRFC). Please note that we cannot schedule requests for individual assistance without this form. Once the form is submitted, you will be contacted by the Florida SBDC that serves your area to set up a consulting session.
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.Watch 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.
- Articles and Publications
- Practical Cybersecurity Tech for Small Businesses by Tim Foley, Director of Information Security, Dataprise
- The Small Business Cybersecurity and the Global Supply Chain by Adam W. Salerno, Executive Director for Global Supply Chain and Trade Facilitation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- Small Business Information Security: The Fundamentals by National Institutes for Standards and Technology (NIST)
- 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.
- Please contact your local Florida SBDC office.