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SMALL BUSINESS PRESENTATION
SMALL BUSINESS PRESENTATION 28
NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
SMALL BUSINESS PRESENTATION ABOUT STOP.THINK.CONNECT.™
In 2009, President Obama issued the Cyberspace Policy Review, which
tasked the Department of Homeland Security with creating an ongoing
cybersecurity awareness campaign – Stop.Think.Connect. – to help
Americans understand the risks that come with being online.
Stop.Think.Connect. challenges the American public to be more vigilant
about practicing safe online habits and persuades Americans to view
Internet safety as a shared responsibility in the home, in the workplace,
and in our communities. SHARED RESPONSIBILITY
For small business owners, business growth is the name of the
game. It’s important to establish a cybersecurity protocol early that
can grow with your business to protect your most critical assets.
• Not only do businesses rely on technology to perform daily functions,
but the Internet provides easy ways for businesses to stay connected
• However, with these increased conveniences comes increased risks.
• Many of the crimes that occur in real life are now facilitated through
the Internet, including human trafficking, credit card fraud, identity
theft, and embezzlement.
• No country, industry, community, or individual is immune to cyber risks,
and no single government agency, company, or individual can solve
our cybersecurity challenges.
• We all have to work together to secure cyberspace.
DID YOU KNOW
Fortyfour percent of small businesses reported being the victim of
a cyber attack, with an average cost of approximately 9,000 per
• Nearly 59 percent of U.S. small and mediumsized businesses do not
have a contingency plan that outlines procedures for responding to
and reporting data breach losses.
1. 2013 Small Business Technology Survey, National Small Business Association
THE REALITY OF CYBER ATTACKS
• All businesses, regardless of size, are at risk. Small businesses may
feel like they are not targets for cyber attacks either due to their size or
the perception that they don't have anything worth stealing.
• Only a small percentage of cyber attacks are considered targeted
attacks, meaning the attacker group is going after a particular
company or group of companies in order to steal specific data.
• The majority of cyber criminals are indiscriminate; they target
vulnerable computer systems regardless of whether the systems are
part of a Fortune 500 company, a small business, or belong to a home
SMALL BUSINESS BREACHES
Small businesses, which are making the leap to computerized
systems and digital records, are attractive targets for hackers.
• Small businesses store significant amounts of sensitive data from
customer information to intellectual property.
• While large businesses can dedicate resources to cybersecurity, small
businesses face the same cybersecurity challenges and threats with
limited resources, capacity, and personnel.
• In 2010, the U.S. Secret Service and Verizon Communications Inc.'s
forensic analysis unit, which investigates attacks, responded to a
combined 761 data breaches, up from 141 in 2009. Of those, 63
percent were at companies with 100 employees or fewer.
• Visa estimates about 95 percent of the creditcard data breaches it
discovers are on its smallest business customers. CYBER TIPS FOR YOUR
• Assess risk and identify weaknesses – If your sensitive information is linked to the Internet,
then make sure you understand how it’s being protected.
• Create a contingency plan – Establish security practices and policies to protect your
organization’s sensitive information and its employees, patrons, and stakeholders.
• Educate employees – Make sure that employees are routinely educated about new and
emerging cyber threats and how to protect your organization’s data. Hold them accountable to the
Internet security policies and procedures, and require that they use strong passwords and
regularly change them.
• Back up critical information – Establish a schedule to perform critical data backups to ensure
that critical data is not lost in the event of a cyber attack or natural disaster. Store all backups in
remote locations away from the office, and encrypt sensitive data about the organization and its
customers. Invest in data loss protection software and use twofactor authentication where
• Secure your Internet connection – Use and regularly update antivirus software and antispyware
on all computers. Automate patch deployments across your organization, use a firewall, encrypt
data in transit, and hide your WiFi network. Protect all pages on your publicfacing websites.
• Create a continuity plan – A continuity plan ensures that of nature, accidents, and technological
or attackrelated emergencies. Business functions can continue to be performed during a wide
range of emergencies, including localized acts templates for this type of plan at
http://www.fema.gov/planningtemplates. DO YOUR PART
• As a business owner, you can earn customer loyalty by promoting the
security practices that you have implemented to protect their data.
• The losses resulting from cyber crimes, which can severely damage a
business’s reputation, often outweigh the costs associated with the
implementation of a simple security program.
• By implementing a security program that involves both technical
controls and cultural adjustments, small businesses can take a big
step in fighting cyber crime.
CALL TO ACTION
Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility that all Americans must embrace to
keep the Nation secure. Become an advocate in your community to help us
educate and empower the American public to take steps to protect
How to get involved:
• Become a Friend of the Campaign by visiting
• Make cybersecurity a priority. Discuss safe online practices with your
• Inform your community about the Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign and
the resources available.
• Blog or post about the issue of cybersecurity and the Stop.Think.Connect.
• Host a cybersecurity activity in your office.
• Download and distribute Stop.Think.Connect. materials, such as the
brochure, bookmark, and poster, to your employees. SECURING