Keep your business secure with this monthly newsletter highlighting upcoming events, recent headlines in cybersecurity news and resources for your business.
Tuesday, March 13
2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT/11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT
Join a webinar hosted by NCSA – as part of the CyberSecure My Business™ program – to learn about recovering from a cyber incident. Resources are available to help you improve the cybersecurity of your business.
Law Enforcement’s Role in Cyber Incident Response
Thursday, March 15
1:00–2:30 p.m. EDT/10:00–11:30 a.m. PDT
(Dial-in: 1-888-769-8520, PIN: 5373526#; webinar link: https://share.dhs.gov/
Join this discussion hosted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to learn about law enforcement’s role in cybersecurity and incident response and best practices and free resources available to public- and private-sector organizations. Panelists from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. Secret Service, DHS and the Orange County Intelligence Center will discuss who to turn to and what resources are available in the event of a cyber incident.
Monday, April 9
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (EDT)
Silver Lake Country Club, 1325 Graham Road, Silver Lake, OH
NCSA is taking CyberSecure My Business™ to Akron in April; the event will include participation from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the FBI, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), local chambers and other partners.
#ChatSTC Twitter Chat:
Protect Your Identity With a
Digital Spring Cleaning
Thursday, April 12
3:00–4:00 p.m. EDT/12:00–1:00 p.m. PDT
Spring means the warmer weather, flowers blooming – and cleaning. Just as you tidy up your home, NCSA and the Better Business Bureau encourage everyone to make digital spring cleaning an annual ritual to protect critical information and devices. Additionally, it’s tax season, which means time to protect your data against tax identity theft and scams. Tune in for a Twitter chat on the top trouble-free tips everyone should follow this spring – and how you and your organization can be more #CyberAware when it comes to your identity and data all year round. Use #ChatSTC to join!
#ChatSTC Twitter Chat:
Now Matters – How Are You Fighting Cyber Threats?
Tuesday, April 17
2:00–3:00 p.m. EDT/
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. PDT
In today’s rapidly evolving cyber ecosystem, you could wake up tomorrow having been breached. There’s no time to waste in guarding your organization against online threats, and every person and organization plays a role in securing the internet. This Twitter chat – live from RSA® Conference – will gather security experts from around the world to discuss what industry and government are doing to prevent, respond to and recover from cyber threats and how we can all foster a culture of cybersecurity awareness. Use #ChatSTC to join!
Nonprofits on the Loose @ RSA Conference 2018
Tuesday, April 17
5:30–8:30 p.m. (PDT)
American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina Street, San Francisco, CA
The Anti-Phishing Working Group, the FIDO Alliance, the Online Trust Alliance, the Cyber Threat Alliance and NCSA invite you to join us for the 8th Annual Nonprofits on the Loose for great food, fun and networking. Meet and mingle with industry and government leaders while enjoying food and drink at the American Bookbinders Museum, conveniently located one block from the Moscone Center. Each attendee must have an RSA Conference badge or the Nonprofits on the Loose cocktail reception invitation.
Business Cybersecurity in the News
Small businesses face challenges in strengthening their cyber defenses, but lawmakers are working to help them. On Jan. 30, the House Small Business Committee held a hearing with cybersecurity experts from the FBI and DHS to discuss how the federal government can help defend American small businesses from attacks. Reporter Lauren C. Williams outlines the conversation, including recommendations to encourage basic computer hygiene and improve training and organizational cybersecurity knowledge.
The National Law Review
Small businesses are increasingly targets of cybersecurity breach attempts; according to a recent Ponemon Institute report, 61 percent of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) experienced cyberattacks in 2017, a 6% increase from 2016. This piece outlines key threats facing SMBs – including the risk of leaks in the Internet of Things, algorithmic exposure and awareness of known vulnerabilities.
AZ Big Media
Kabbage recently surveyed more than 800 customers, and 47 percent plan to invest in cybersecurity products and services in 2018. Reporter Constantina Kokenes highlights the importance of SMBs investing in training and implementing cybersecurity best practices – including identifying the sensitive data they hold and how it’s collected and stored, educating users about how to protect their information, monitoring data and restricting access to it and protecting it during transit and storage.
In this opinion piece, Rep. Steve Chabot – chairman of the House Committee on Small Business – emphasizes the costliness of cyberattacks to small businesses and the degree to which they are targeted. Chabot stresses that “we need to do more when it comes to protecting the cybersecurity of small businesses and their consumers.” He encourages businesses and government to work together, urges entrepreneurs to ensure their systems and servers are protected against attacks and secure their intellectual property and discusses recent legislation efforts to strengthen SMBs’ cybersecurity.
This piece discusses common methods of phishing and the effectiveness of sophisticated attacks; in order to combat cybercrime, the Herald encourages all SMBs to implement training programs for employees. The piece shares a few items for all businesses to consider – “If in doubt, verify”; avoid attachments and links unless you’re certain their legitimate; be careful when it comes to allowing the use of employees’ personal devices to access company data; and train employees on cybersecurity practices.
Resources From Our Partners and Friends
- Hiring a Web Host? FTC Has Security Tips for Small Businesses: Many businesses turn to web hosting firms to set up their website and email systems. In a new publication, the FTC’s Office of Technology Research & Investigation (OTech) looked at 11 web hosts that market their services to small businesses. OTech’s findings are the basis for the FTC’s new advice for small businesses.
- Why SMBs Are Easy Targets for the Bad Guys: Whether companies have 1 or 100 employees, they still need to put in place basic protections. As you go about evaluating whether you’re equipped to stop a cyberattack, ask yourself these questions from Chris Greco, vice president of global business development at Symantec.
- In the Market for a VPN App?: Some people use virtual private network (VPN) apps to shield traffic from their mobile devices from prying eyes on public networks. Before you download a VPN app, consider the benefits – and the risks. The FTC has answers to the questions business people are asking.
- Top Ten Cybersecurity Tips: The SBA shares its top tips for securing your small business, including securing your networks and enforcing strong workplace password practices.