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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.
  • 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!
  • InfraGard
    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.

DISASTER RECOVERY

  • 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.

 

USEFUL LINKS

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:

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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.
  • Develop a security and privacy policy. Instruct your employees on how to protect your corporate and customer information. Explain to your customers how you will keep their personal data private.
  • 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.