Why Care about Cyber Security?

Posted: January 31, 2022

Malware? Viruses? Ransomware? Phishing? Why Care about Cyber Security?

How Chickasaw County area businesses handle and protect data is critical to the security of their business and local economy. Meeting the growing privacy expectations of customers, employees and supply chain partners can be a challenge. Customer, vendor and client information; payment information; personnel files; and bank account details are often impossible to replace or to operate your business if lost. It can also be dangerous in the hands of criminals. Take a few minutes and read “Stay safe from cyber threats” from the SBA’s online Business Guide to get an overview of common cyber-security threats, tools for assessing your business risk, and quick and easy best practices that you can implement this week! It is time well spent.


Additional Resources for You or Your Businesses
~Small Business Development Center Iowa – Download Cyber Solutions and Tips Posters, the Cybersecurity Workbook, and share resources from their Cybersecurity page (iowasbdc.org/cybersecurity/)
~Small Business, Big Threat (iowacyber.com) – a Michigan SBDC page with multiple resources, including informative infographics to share with businesses.
~National Cybersecurity Alliance (staysafeonline.org) – Programs include “Cybersecurity Awareness Month,” “CyberSecure My BusinessTM” and a great Resources Library.
~National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) – Check out the Small Business Cybersecurity Corner (nist.gov/itl/smallbusinesscyber).
~Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) – Includes resources for small and midsize businesses (https://www.cisa.gov/uscert/resources/smb) and a cybersecurity awareness toolkit (https://www.cisa.gov/publication/cisa-cybersecurity-awareness-program-toolkit).
~U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – Offers a “Stay safe from cybersecurity threats” page in its Business Guide (https://www.sba.gov/business-guide/manage-your-business/stay-safe-cybersecurity-threats).
~Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – Has a customizable Cyber Security Planning Guide (https://www.fcc.gov/cyberplanner).



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