Cybersecurity for Businesses
Businesses, especially small business are prime targets of cyber criminals. A cyberattack from malware or a data breach can be devastating and have long lasting consequences to a business. Business must ensure their employees are educated on expected cyber threats like phishing emails and how to avoid this. Additionally, businesses must invest in adequate security products and/or services to protect their and customer data.
Typical risks to businesses from cyberattacks include:
Near-term costs include remediation expenses to stop and recover from a cyberattack such as hiring cybersecurity consultants, investigations, replacing applications and systems, and possibly paying ransoms. Longer-term expenses may involve lost revenue due to downtime, public relations, and legal fees and fines.
A cyberattack may significantly damage a company’s reputation - especially if the company was found to be careless or ignore basic cybersecurity recommendations that result in a data breach. Customers and partners may likely have a loss of trust to the business making it difficult to attract new customers and/or investors.
Business operations drive revenue. Business experiencing a cyberattack, may find it difficult or impossible to deliver products and services. Cyberattacks may cause severs operational disruptions, from system downtime or critical data not being available.
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General Cybersecurity Resources
- Cyber Guidance for Small Businesses (CISA)
- Strengthen your cybersecurity (SBA)
- Small Business Cybersecurity Corner (NIST)
- CyberSecure My Business™ (NCA)
- Center for Internet Security (CIS)
Cybersecurity Technical Tips
- Phishing Information & Guidance for Business (Microsoft)
- Technology Checklist For Businesses (Stop | Think | Connect): Download Tips Sheet
- Ransomware Facts & Tips (Stop | Think | Connect): Download Tips Sheet
Cybersecurity Awareness Resources
- California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
- Data Security Breach Reporting (State of California)
- 6 Ways to Help Employees be Privacy Aware (NCA)