Tuesday, November 29, 2011

FCC Small Biz Cyber Planner

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The FCC has launched a Small Biz Cyber Planner, an online resource to help small businesses create customized cybersecurity plans in conjunction with DHS, NCSA, NIST, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The Chertoff Group, Symantec, Sophos, Visa, Microsoft, HP, McAfee, The Identity Theft Council, ADP and others. The complete set of guidance can be downloaded as a PDF at fcc.gov/cyber/cyberplanner.pdf while the interactive online tool is available at FCC.gov/cyberplanner.
"The Small Biz Cyber Planner will be of particular value for businesses that lack the resources to hire a dedicated staff member to protect themselves from cyber-threats. Even a business with one computer or one credit card terminal can benefit from this important guidance.  The tool will walk users through a series of questions to determine what cybersecurity strategies should be included in the planning guide. Then a customized PDF is created that will serve as a cybersecurity strategy template for a small business. 
This effort is part of an ongoing program to raise awareness about the cybersecurity risks to small businesses and to help these businesses become cyber-secure. Earlier this year, the FCC and a coalition of public and private-sector partners developed a cybersecurity tip sheet, which includes tips to educate business owners about basic steps they can take immediately to protect their companies. The tip sheet is available at FCC.gov/cyberforsmallbiz."
Sections in the complete set of guidance are:
  • Privacy and Data Security
  • Scams and Fraud
  • Network Security
  • Website Security
  • Email
  • Mobile Devices
  • Employees
  • Facility Security
  • Operational Security
  • Payment Cards
  • Incident Response and Reporting
  • Policy Development, Management
  • Cyber Security Glossary
  • Cyber Security Links

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