Attacks on information systems are growing rapidly and can have significant impacts on your business operations. Internet security breaches cause downtime, sales loss, and loss of customer data. Each week, cyber security attacks cost businesses several millions of dollars.
As Idaho businesses depend more and more on computer technology and the Internet, it is imperative that you understand the risks of conducting business in the online world and how you can better protect your operations. Start here to help secure your business.
CYBER SECURITY BEST PRACTICES
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Security Toolkit
Comprehensive toolkit with practical information you can put to use immediately and improve the protection of your computers and your business.
- Small Business Development Center – Cyber Security
The Idaho SBDC wants to demystify cyber security and bring awareness about how a business can take the appropriate steps to operate more secure. We are here to help you prepare for and respond to attacks.
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Cybersecurity Resources
- Better Business Bureau – Security and Privacy
New toolkit to help small business owners manage security and privacy challenges. Demystifies the complexities of data security and gives you a non-technical roadmap to securing your customer’s and employees’ data.
- Stay Safe Online for Small Business
Online resource to help businesses understand the need and benefits in securing their networks and computer systems. Use this site to learn about the issues, make smart decisions about cyber security, and understand how to work with your local law enforcement to report an incident.
- US-CERT Best Practice Publications
All-inclusive library of cyber security publications ranging from general Internet security to how to protect your business computers. Includes access to the national cyber alert system to keep your business informed of the most recent Internet threats.
- Center for Internet Security
Security configuration benchmarks to help businesses reduce the risks of technology disruptions resulting from inadequate technical security controls. A definite must for your information technology staff!
Information regarding the joint partnership and information sharing initiative between private industry and the government (particularly the Federal Bureau of Investigations) to protect our state’s critical infrastructure.
- Guides to Ransomware Attacks
Information and recommended steps for safeguarding against ransomware & additional collection of standard practices for what to do before and after a ransomware attack.
- Continuity Central
A central repository of business continuity resources, tools, and educational materials designed to improve your business’s disaster preparation steps.
- Contingency Planning Guide for IT Systems
A thorough guide on how to plan for and respond to disaster recovery incidents in your organization. Provides a step-by-step action plan to improve your contingency preparation processes. Provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST):
The Governor of the State of Idaho has officially adopted the use of the Critical Security Controls (CSCs) to improve cybersecurity for State Executive Agencies. The CSCs are an excellent method for implementing cyber defense. Learn how your organization can benefit from using the CSCs:
Top 3 Ways to Protect Your Business Online
- Protect yourself and your customers from identity theft. Handle credit/debit card and other personal information securely. Do not store this information without appropriately securing it.
- Secure your mobile systems at all times. Laptop theft is a growing threat to your business information. Physically secure these systems and consider encrypting sensitive data.