For the past two years, there has been a tremendous increase in the number of cybercrime attacks on small businesses in virtually every industry and every state. The intrusions gather data ranging from customer lists, employee records and donor information kept by non-profit organizations. In cooperation with special agents of the FBI and the Secret Service together with local law enforcement officials, Business Matchmaking has organized dozens of cybercrime briefings.
In California, we are partnered with the Governor's California Cybersecurity Integration Center and, in addition to our own events, produce appearances for the Center's Commander and his staff.
Several leading technology companies have joined us in providing information help minimize the risk of becoming a victim.
Here are key sources of important information about cybercrime:
Security Predictions 2018
Our supporters at FireEye have created a report detailing the major threats posed to small businesses today.
Stay Safe Online
A guide for both individuals and small businesses on how to stay safe online.
Stop. Think. Connect.
While this is a site meant more for the general public, it's a great link to give to friends and family in order to give basic tips in cybersecurity, all available in multiple languages.
Turn It On- 2 Factor Authentication Tutorials
Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) is used by many sites across the internet to add a second layer of authentication to logging in. This site compiles a complete list of tutorials for many popular websites on how to enable this extra level of security to accounts online.
DHS Cybersecurity While Traveling Guide
A more personal guide, one perfect for the business person on the move- recommendations from the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) on how to
Cybersecurity While Traveling.pdf
Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR), Volume 23
Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR), Volume 23 Learn about the latest threats and security trends covered in the Symantec Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR), a comprehensive source of Internet threat data that provides an overview and analysis of the year in global Internet threat activity.
Symantec Cybersecurity Report on Small Business
An online survey revealed that while U.S. small businesses rely heavily on the Internet and routinely handle confidential and proprietary data, many lack the internal resources, formal policies, employee training, and technologies they need to protect their critical information.
CyberSecurity-Report-on-Small-Business_Survey-Report.pdf (PDF 200K)
Symantec Small Business Protection Guide
Guide to complete small business protection strategies including best practices, solution recommendations and resource information.
SB_Protection_Guide.pdf (PDF 4MB)
Did You Know: Small Business
2:35 minute video showing stats and impact to small business of security threats.
NIST Cybersecurity Framework
A framework designed and maintained by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for goverment agencies and businesses alike to manage their cybersecurity risk to a minimum.
NIST Small Business Information Security: The Fundamentals
More in depth information from the NIST on specifically keeping small businesses secure.
https://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/ir/2016/NIST.IR.7621r1.pdf (PDF 178K)
US-CERT Small Business Resources
Small Business cybersecurity resources from the United States Computer Readiness Team (US-CERT).